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Learn with joy.

A happy, curious child can change the world. At YCIS, students know they are seen, heard and understood as they explore their unique gifts, nurture an open outlook on life, and become fluent in Mandarin and English.

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Grow with empathy.

Our students learn that it is our moral responsibility to make the world a better place. This sense of belonging to something that is larger than oneself helps children develop into smart, honest and compassionate world citizens.

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Explore with confidence.

YCIS students discover themselves as they discover the world. Students experience the best of Eastern and Western traditions, learning how to respect the differences and find the familiar in other cultures — so that no matter where their journeys lead, they maintain a grounded sense of self.

You belong at Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley, a welcoming school community where all children from preschool through grade 8 are encouraged to find and follow their gifts as they become compassionate, bilingual world learners and leaders.


Preschool is magical at YCIS. Curiosity, wonder and exploration abound in our classrooms, where English and Mandarin teachers work in teams to create a joyful, hands-on learning environment.

Your child will gain confidence and independence, and develop a positive sense of self, as he or she explores the world through engaging, thought-provoking, brain-building experiences.

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I love that YCIS is like a big family. I felt comfortable being myself with everyone and I’ve made really close friends that I’ll have for a long time.


Transitional Kindergarten

YCIS’s bilingual TK program offers a nurturing environment that progresses from inquiry-based learning to project-based learning, solidifying the academic and social fundamentals necessary for a successful start to elementary school.


Walk into a Kindergarten classroom and you will discover smiling, laughing curious children asking questions, actively exploring, collaborating and solving problems as they learn to read, write, and express themselves.

At YCIS, the magic happens in two languages. From the moment children walk into class, they are greeted by warm, caring English and Chinese co-teachers who jointly foster their students’ growth and serve as role models for cross-cultural collaboration.

Elementary School

Kindergarten through 5th-grade students begin to learn what it takes to become people of character and integrity — global citizens who will make a difference in our changing world.

Your child will build a strong foundation of life skills as he or she explores personal passions and interests through our challenging, global-minded curriculum.

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“YCIS is a warm and intimate community of families and staff where students benefit immensely from strong academics in both Mandarin and English, excellent teachers, a thoughtful character education program, music and art, and an astonishing multitude of relevant, interesting, and diverse activities.”


Middle School

Middle School is where students become future leaders as they prepare for a global world where East meets West.

Your child will grow as a compassionate, ethical individual as he or she develops character, critical-thinking skills and a strong inner moral compass.


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My son has been amazingly supported and encouraged to recognize and value his uniqueness. He has a love for languages, and is comfortable communicating in Mandarin.


Summer Camp

A fun, active summer adventure for all!  Summer campers from age four to grade 8 explore creative activities in Mandarin and English with arts and crafts, drama, music, sports, science, cooking and more.

Your child will build self-confidence, make new friends, enrich language skills and grow cultural awareness while delving into unique thematic experiences.

Summer Camp

Summer camp teachers have incredible depth, not only in Chinese language, but also in the art of facilitating happiness.



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student-to-teacher ratio schoolwide


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elementary and middle school teachers with advanced degrees


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chromebooks in grades 3 and up,


iPads in grades K-2


years YCIS has been a pioneer in global education


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Why choose YCIS Silicon Valley?

  • Language and cultural fluency

    Learning two world languages simultaneously makes students flexible, open and critical thinkers.

  • Whole-person education

    Students develop compassion, empathy and a strong moral compass as they become outstanding academic performers.

  • Creative path to leadership

    Small-group learning helps students grow through the arts and music, develop leadership skills, and explore their unique gifts.

  • Sense of social responsibility

    Students learn to care deeply about the world and its people, upholding the 85+ year YCIS international legacy of service.

  • International perspective and edge

    By blending Eastern and Western language, cultures and worldviews, students gain the skills needed to adapt and succeed as globally aware citizens.

  • Welcoming community

    YCIS families and faculty come together to encourage children to grow into purposeful, intentional individuals.

As a YCIS Silicon Valley student, your child will have the unique opportunity to learn with joy, grow with empathy and explore with confidence in a bilingual, intercultural community from preschool through grade 8.


  • Jan 31

    Applications are Open

    Jan 31

    YCIS Early Enrollments are Open for Preschool – G8, and the deadline is Jan 31st. Submit your Application Now!

  • Feb 1

    Register for Summer Camp

    Feb 1

    YCIS Chinese immersion summer camp includes the best of traditional camp experiences along with unique language learning that caters to all levels of Chinese language ability — from beginners to native speakers.

  • Feb 4

    Chinese New Year

    Feb 4

    The Year of the Rabbit is here! In Chinese culture, the rabbit is a tame creature representing hope and life for a long time.YCIS Silicon Valley will celebrate Chinese New Year of the Rabbit and YCYW’s 90th Anniversary & 20th Anniversary with our multilingual and multicultural community. May the fortune be with our YCYW family in the Year of the Rabbit!

  1. Why Your Kindergarten Choice Could Matter More than You Think

    If you are considering dual-language education for your child, know that students who begin in kindergarten have a strong advantage in their ability to become bilingual quickly. At YCIS, our globally focused, dual-language (Mandarin and English) program appropriately challenges children who have heard Mandarin spoken at home, as well as those who have had no exposure to the language.

  2. 5 Advantages an International School Will Give Your Child

    Have you thought about how an international school could offer these wonderful things to your child? Aside from the obvious benefit of a multicultural experience, there are several unique advantages of choosing an international school that parents often don’t discover until they see the results for themselves.

  3. Native American Cultural Presentation Launches Month of Gratitude

    Thank you, Kevin Locke, for sharing your culture with us!  Elementary students were treated to an interactive performance of Native American stories, songs and an amazing Hoop of Life dance.

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YCIS  (Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.