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
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 Nonsectarian
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.: 41%
Students by Grade Chinese American International School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 39 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1
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


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

School Notes:

    Profile last updated: 07/30/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Discovery Center School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Discovery Center School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Discovery Center School (0.1 miles away)
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