School Life

Welcoming and inclusive, YCIS feels like a family. Teachers, parents and students collaborate to create a community life that enriches the heart and grows the mind.

Beyond the classroom, YCIS Silicon Valley students have ample opportunities to explore their passions, share their talents, view the world from new perspectives, and serve others.

Field Trips

Field trips bring learning to life. As a key component of a well-rounded education, field trips provide students with enriching educational experiences outside the classroom. Students travel across town and across the globe to make connections and memories of a lifetime. Trips include:

5th Grade Class Trip to Beijing
Walden West outdoor science education
Fine Arts field trips such as the symphony or musical theater
Field trips connected to Chinese, science, social studies and other subjects such as to Angel Island, the Oakland Zoo, the Ohlone village at Deer Hollow Farm, the Chinese market and many more

Events and Traditions

Students enjoy a host of events and traditions that bring our community together. Among the many school and parent-organized events are:

Founder’s Day – celebrated by all YCIS schools
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Imagination Day
Arts Day
Movie Nights
Chinese New Year
Read Across America
Science Day
Field Day
End of Year Family Picnic


YCIS students love to perform! From the youngest two year olds to our graduating class, students are encouraged to share their talents as they bring joy to their audiences. Performances include preschool Christmas and end of year class presentations, Winter and Spring Concerts by all elementary and middle school students, and a whole school Chinese New Year Gala at a professional theater.

Character Education Assemblies & Service Projects

Developing compassion, empathy and a strong moral compass are hallmarks of a YCIS education. Enriching the character education program are monthly bilingual assemblies led in turn by each grade level class and school or class-based service projects. Whether raising funds in the Founder’s Day walk-a-thon for our Seeds of Hope charity, collecting food for needy local families, or raising funds for the Red Cross to help victims of California fires, students are finding ways to use their talents, knowledge and skills to help others.


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