Chinese American International School

Main: 150 Oak Street; Pre-K campus: 42/52 Waller St.
San Francisco, CA 94102-0941
Tel: (415)865-6000
Grades: PK-8 | 521 students
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CAIS is the nation's preeminent and oldest school offering Chinese-English dual-language immersion education.
Founded in 1981, CAIS is a Pre-K to 8th grade independent school in San Francisco, California that provides a bilingual and multicultural learning experience for students of all backgrounds.
Our mission at the Chinese American International School is to educate students for academic excellence, moral character and international perspective through immersion in American and Chinese culture and language.
The CAIS program prepares students to be bilingual, biliterate and bicultural when they graduate; demonstrate intellectual curiosity that inspires a lifelong love of learning; act with civility and compassion, and respect diverse beliefs and cultures; contribute to society, family, and peers out of a sincere desire to be of service; exhibit diligence, resiliency, integrity and self respect; and be committed to preserving the global environment and improving the human condition.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1981

Student Body

Total Students 521 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
76%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 39 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 10
Yearly Tuition Cost $23,406
% on Financial Aid
26%
Average Financial Aid Grant $9,000
Admissions Director Linda Vann-Adibe

Sports

Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Dance, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballDance,
SoccerVolleyball,

School Notes

  • CAIS is the nation's preeminent and oldest school offering Chinese-English immersion education. Founded in 1981, CAIS is a Pre-K through 8th grade independent school in San Francisco, California that provides a bilingual and multicultural learning experience for students of all backgrounds. Our mission at the Chinese American International School is to educate students for academic excellence, moral character and international perspective through immersion in American and Chinese culture and language. The CAIS program prepares students to be bilingual, biliterate and bicultural when they graduate; demonstrate intellectual curiosity that inspires a lifelong love of learning; act with civility and compassion, and respect diverse beliefs and cultures; contribute to society, family, and peers out of a sincere desire to be of service; exhibit diligence, resiliency, integrity and self respect; and be committed to preserving the global environment and improving the human condition.
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The average private school tuition in San Francisco, CA is $14,450 for elementary schools and $25,255 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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