Chinese After School Program (CASP)


About Us

The Argonne Chinese After School Program (CASP) was founded and established by parents in 1999. CASP is a parent-run organization that operates within guidelines set by the Argonne’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), a not-for- profit organization with the 501(c) (3) status. CASP provides Mandarin language instruction classes and enrichment for Argonne students grades K-5.  CASP is California Heritage School.

Philosophy (教学理念) & Mission (教学宗旨)

At CASP, we believe in raising bilingual/multicultural children together. Our after school enrichment program provides Argonne students with an opportunity to learn Chinese as a second language and increase their understanding and appreciation of the Chinese Language, customs, and culture. CASP’s highly skilled instructors and instructor assistants create meaningful content and activities so our children learn to speak Chinese naturally while having fun and developing a keen understanding of the Chinese Culture. 

CASP’s mission is to empower students to strive for basic proficiency in the Chinese Language and as active learners in understanding Chinese Culture through language and arts.

Academics & Culture

During the week, students learn Mandarin with simplified characters (Han Yu Pin Yin). Our instructors have more than 20 years of experience teaching Chinese. We focus on developing student’s listening, speaking, reading, writing, and understanding of Chinese Culture. Classes are conducted primarily in Mandarin with some English translation. Our instructors and instructor assistants create a fun and enjoyable learning atmosphere through play, music, songs, art and stories.

There are four different class levels for students and we currently utilize the BetterChinese ( curriculum. Students engage in historical traditions to learn and celebrate Chinese holidays through artwork, writing and performances.

Activities & Events 

Throughout the year, CASP students will celebrate many of the Chinese holidays through artwork, writing, dumpling making and performances.  Some of the holidays celebrated in past years include Winter Solstice (Dongzhi Festival) 冬至节, Lunar New Year, Spring Festival, and ChingMing Festival.

Program Calendar & Daily Schedule

2020 Fall Virtual Learning Overview
CASP Virtual Learning Session will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays each week, from 08/24 to 12/18/2020 through Zoom. Class session ranges from 30 – 45 minutes depending upon instructional level. There will be no class on 09/7, 10/12, 11/11, or 11/24-11/26.


Beginner Level (Kindergarten- 1st Grade)2:00- 2:30pmChen Lao Shi
Transitional Level (2nd Grade)2:30- 3:15pmLiang Lao Shi
Intermediate Level (3rd Grade)3:30-4:15pmLiang Lao Shi
Advanced Level (4th-5th Grade)2:30-3:15pmGee  Lao Shi

2020 Fall Virtual Learning Session Themes
August / Getting To Know You
September / Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
October / Halloween
November / Thanksgiving
December / Winter Solstice & Christmas

The program operates on the same extended year calendar as Argonne Elementary. Summer session is open to Grades 1-5 only. Please contact the Site Director or Enrollment Lead for more information.

CASP events that are relevant to the entire Argonne community are included in the school-wide calendar. Meetings and other program events relevant to CASP families only are posted on the CASP Shutterfly site calendar.

Registration [For 2020/2021, enroll HERE]

All levels are welcome.  No prior Chinese language skills are necessary. CASP accepts applications year round.  Applications for waitlisted students will be kept on file pending future openings.

Program Fees (2020-2021)

Fall 2020 Tuition / To be determined. Includes books, supplies & materials + ($25 for two Program Tee Shirts for all new students)

Spring 2021 Tuition / To be determined.

After School Late Pick Up Fee/ Late fee is billed at $1 per minute after 6pm

* Program fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Language Instructors may ask for additional supplies to be contributed from families for their child(ren).

Current Language Instructors

Flora Chen
(Beginner Level)
Anna Liang
(Transitional & Intermediate Level)
Vivian Gee
(Advanced Level)

Advisory Board (2020-2021)

Lead // Linda Chu
Communications // Lamar Heystek
Enrollment // Reina Tse
Events // Reina Fujii & Emille Lawrence
Finance // Peter Chow
Instructor Support // Joyce Cheng & Pui San Tam
Website Support // Winnie Fung

Honoring Past Board Members: We would like to express gratitude for these individuals for all their hard work over the years. We greatly appreciate their efforts, time, and talent to help run CASP at Argonne.

Linda Luu, Jeff Luu, Amy Kam, Annie Ng, Pauline Hui, Cindy Lee,
Jason Tran, Maria Tran, Annie Chinn, Hugh Do, Winnie Kwei, Gerald Crump, Judy Huey, John Chan, Joe Lam, Margaret Poza, Chris Boggess, Ulash Dunlap 

Contact Us

Email /
Address / 680 18th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121

Program Documents