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Logos of High Schools the Class of 2021 is Attending

Outstanding Class of 2021 High School Placements

April 28, 2021 In any year, the high school search process for the Bay Area and beyond is exceptionally complex and competitive. The pandemic gave the added wrinkle of moving the process entirely online, which made our dedicated efforts to find the best fit all the more important. I am thrilled to report that... » read more
Head of Early Childhood 2021-2022 Wei Qian

Announcing New Head of Early Childhood Wei Qian

April 19, 2021 There is a famous line in the Confucian text Meng Zi,《孟子》that says “one cannot have both fish and bear paw” (鱼与熊掌不可兼得). In the fourth century BCE, fish and bear paw were both considered to be culinary delicacies, so perhaps the above quotation might have as its English equivalent, “you can’t... » read more
Middle School students participating in the 春FUN Program

Traveling the World Right Here at Home

April 07, 2021 Due to the pandemic for the second consecutive school year, we cancelled long-awaited trips to Taiwan, Guilin, and Yunnan, not to mention a whole host of smaller annual events that help bind and build our community. Silver linings don’t come easy these days. And yet, along with the many ... » read more
19th Avenue Campus

A Campus for ALL of CAIS and ALL Our Own

April 05, 2021 We haven’t had news this big to share since Carol Ruth Silver first founded CAIS in 1981. Since those hope-filled days, CAIS has remained the pioneering home for Chinese immersion education, but without a home that was all our own. Over the years, our groundbreaking and growing... » read more
Our Next Chinese Program Director Cindy Chiang

Announcing New Chinese Program Director Cindy Chiang

March 26, 2021 Sad as we are to say farewell to departing rock star Kevin Chang after this school year, we are relieved and thrilled that lightning has struck CAIS twice. After an exhaustive international search, it is our pleasure to announce that Cindy Chiang, also a leader in the field of Chinese immersion,... » read more
Courage Core Value Firedragon

CAIS's Role in Addressing Anti-Asian Aggression and Violence

March 09, 2021 Community has always been CAIS’s X factor, and we turn to community for strength when we face challenges. At CAIS, close to 80% of our families have at least one parent who identifies as Asian or Asian American, approximately half of all CAIS employees identify as Chinese-American, and we have all... » read more
Year of the Ox

Celebrating Lunar New Year and the Year of the Ox

February 11, 2021 Enjoy a recording of this year’s Mass Greeting and past performances as well. The Lunar New Year is approaching—New Year’s day is Friday, February 12, in fact. At CAIS we welcome the Lunar New Year with our school’s biggest and most festive community celebration: Mass Greeting... » read more
Kindness Core Value Firedragon

Reopening K-8 in Person

October 02, 2020 Message from Head of School Jeff Bissell Reopening K-8 in Person Teams from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) visited CAIS campuses on Oak and Turk Streets as the final step in our application process for reopening school. Pandemic Response Coordinator Adam Ross... » read more
Chinese Program Director Kevin Chang

2020-2021 to be Chinese Program Director Kevin Chang's "Victory Lap"

September 02, 2020 Dear CAIS Community,A global pandemic. Deteriorating air quality from the now annual wildfires. In recent days I have asked my colleagues, somewhat rhetorically, “What next? Locusts? Killer wasps? A pack of emboldened coyotes roaming Hayes Valley?” Head of Middle School Joe Williamson informed... » read more
Curiosity Core Value

Class of 2020 Success in High School Admission

April 10, 2020 Making for an especially bright spot in the midst of these challenging times, I am delighted to share that the CAIS Class of 2020 had a banner year in high school admissions. The class not only applied to the widest range of schools of any class in the past six years, but also enjoyed record... » read more
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