YCIS At a Glance

At YCIS Silicon Valley, students learn with joy, grow with empathy and explore with

confidence as they become bilingual world learners and leaders.


students enrolled — and growing


student-to-teacher ratio schoolwide


zip codes represented


K-8 teachers with advanced degrees


kindergarten students who begin violin instruction


chromebooks in grades 3 and up


iPads in grades K-2


years YCIS has been a pioneer in global education


YCIS schools in our network


YCIS Silicon Valley is located in the vibrant community of Mountain View, CA. With two campuses in close proximity, YCIS is conveniently accessible from Highways 101, 85, 237 and the Central Expressway and close to many of Silicon Valley’s major employers.


School Day

Grades K-8: 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., with after-school programs until 6:00 p.m.

Preschool: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (school-day option available)

Our Students

  • Age 2 through Grade 8
  • 45% Male : 55% Female
  • Primary home languages are English, Mandarin or both
  • Some additional languages students speak at home: Spanish, German, French, Russian, Indonesian, Cantonese and other Chinese dialects
  • 75% of K-8 students participate in after-school programs and classes
YCIS Faculty

Our Faculty

  • 10 years average teaching experience for all teachers
  • 60% of K-8 teachers have advanced degrees
  • 100% of faculty are engaged in professional development
  • Secondary languages faculty speak: Japanese, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Cantonese and other Chinese dialects

Our Graduates

Our confident, globally-minded students have moved on to attend top private and public secondary schools such as : The Harker School, Castilleja School, The Nueva School, Woodside Priory, Sacred Heart, ‘Iolani School, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Valley Christian School, The King’s Academy, BASIS Independent, Archbishop Mitty High School, Summit Denali, Los Altos High School, Mountain View High School, Branham High School and Palo Alto High School.


Our Curriculum

At the heart of a YCIS education is a globally-focused Mandarin and English dual language curriculum that shapes both hearts and minds. From the youngest preschoolers to our soon-to-be graduates, students grow creatively through the arts and music, develop leadership skills and service, and explore beyond the classroom as they grow into confident, articulate and compassionate individuals. We invite you to explore our Preschool, KindergartenElementary and Middle School programs.


Languages of Instruction


The preschool program is a fully bilingual, dual-immersion learning environment. Native-speaking Mandarin and English co-teachers work together to support children’s learning through an inquiry-based approach.

Grades K-8

In the K-8 program, each class has a homeroom team of English and Mandarin speaking co-teachers who lead the daily bilingual morning meeting and co-teach other bilingual classes.

Taught in English: Mathematics, Science, Social Studies/History, English Language Arts, Violin/Music and Physical Education (Grades K-8).

Taught in Mandarin: Chinese Language and Culture (90 minutes daily); Art for Grades K-8; Chinese History for Grades 6-8.

Taught Bilingually with Co-Teachers: East Meets West project-based learning, Social-Emotional Learning and daily morning meetings.

YCIS’s Chinese Studies program offers students the choice to learn either traditional or simplified characters.


Summer Programs

YCIS’s Chinese Immersion Summer Camp (ages 5 and up) is open to students of any school and all language levels. Campers explore creative, hands-on activities while building vocabulary, confidence in speaking, and cultural awareness through arts and crafts, drama, music, sports, science, cooking, building, language arts and more. Explore our theme-based Summer Camps for curious, creative kids.


YCIS Network of Schools

YCIS Silicon Valley is proud to be part of the YCIS family of international schools. Founded in 1932 by Madam Tsang Chor-hang in Hong Kong, Yew Chung has been inspiring young students  for nearly 90 years to strive for academic and personal excellence as servant leaders. Under the vision and direction of the founder’s daughter, Dr Betty Chan Po-king, Yew Chung has grown from a pioneering early childhood program into a worldwide network of 20 international schools in Hong Kong, mainland China and Silicon Valley, USA and the Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education teacher training college in Hong Kong.

Established in 2002, YCIS Silicon Valley is an independently registered and operated 501(c)(3) non-profit school in Mountain View, California, USA.

Give your child the confidence to explore, adapt and succeed as a globally aware citizen of our world. Learn more about YCIS.