Main: 150 Oak Street; Pre-K campus: 42/52 Waller St., Middle School Campus, 888 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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CAIS is the nation's preeminent and oldest school offering Chinese-English dual-language immersion education.
Founded in 1981, CAIS education begins at 2 year old preschool through 8th grade. It is a co-ed independent school in San Francisco, California that provides a dual language and multicultural learning experience for students of all backgrounds.
Our mission at the Chinese American International School is to inspire and empower learners to Embrace Chinese, Become our best selves and Contribute to a better world. Our Core Values are Kindness, Curiosity, Courage, Perserverance, and Inclusion.

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Chinese American International School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1981
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
489 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
86%
State avg.: 49%
Students by Grade
Chinese American International School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
69 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 2
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
CAIS offers adjusted tuition ranging from $1,700 to $33,400.
% on Financial Aid
21%
Admissions Director
Elaine Chang
Admissions Associate
Sophia Jang

Sports

Total Sports Offered
4 sports

School Notes

  • CAIS fosters a culture of learning characterized by curiosity, agency, perseverance and joy. Students take control of their own learning, experiencing the joy and empowerment of a growth mindset and life in which learning is a continuous and never-ending journey.
  • We foster a school community that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. We firmly believe social and emotional competence can and must be explicitly taught in order for our students to achieve their capacity to be kind and resilient individuals who actively particpate in, contribute and grow within a diverse, equitable and inclusive community.
  • The CAIS immersion bonus is an expansive mindset that is cultivated through Chinese immersion which extends far beyond language to add to a student's cognitive, character and intercultural competencies. From incorporating project based learning and Reading and Writing Workshop in both languages across grades, to our focus on design thinking and arts integration across the curriculum, CAIS teachers help students build the skills they need to be prepared for 21st century challenges.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Chinese American International School cost?

Chinese American International School's tuition is approximately $37,200 for private students.

Does Chinese American International School offer a summer program?

Yes, Chinese American International School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Chinese American International School offer?

Chinese American International School offers 4 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer and Volleyball.

What is Chinese American International School's ranking?

Chinese American International School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Largest student body.

When is the application deadline for Chinese American International School?

The application deadline for Chinese American International School is Jan. 2.

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The average private school tuition in San Francisco, CA is $23,056 for elementary schools and $33,142 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Francisco, CA is 69% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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