Chinese After-School Program (CASP)

The program has been designed to offer children the opportunity to develop proficiency in Chinese as a second language and enrich with the understanding and appreciation of Chinese language, customs, and cultures.

The Argonne Chinese After School Program was founded and established by parents in 1999. The program provides the Argonne community with an opportunity to learn Chinese language and culture. The program operates within guidelines set by the School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), a not-for-profit organization with the 501(c) (3) status.

CASP Application (PDF format) [revised 3/19]

CASP Handbook (PDF format)

CASP Brochure (PDF format) [revised 3/19]

Program Registration Info

  • Argonne’s Chinese After School Program(CASP) provides Mandarin or Cantonese language instruction classes for Argonne students grade K-5.
  • CASP accepts applications year round. Applications for wait listed students will be kept on file pending future openings.
  • CASP is parent-run and relies heavily on volunteers.
  • Family participation will be weighed heavily for enrollment consideration.
  • Each family is committed to 10 volunteer hours upon program enrollment.
  • Additional fees will be assessed for any unmet volunteer hours at $10 per missed hour.
  • Each family is required to attend 5 mandatory program meetings per enrolled school year.
  • Attendance counts towards the volunteer hours requirement.

Daily Schedule

(2:40pm – 3pm)  Students gather at the multipurpose room for roll call and snack from home.
(3pm-3:50pm)  Lesson/Enrichment
(3:50pm-4:10pm)  Recess
(4:10pm-5pm)  Lesson/Enrichment
(5pm-6pm)  Homework Time
(5:15-6:00pm)  Pick up

Late fee is billed at $1 per minute late after 6pm.

Program Fees

Fall 2018: To be determined: includes books, supplies & materials + ($25 for two Program Tee Shirts for all new students)

Spring 2019: To be determined

Teachers may ask for additional supplies to be contributed from families for their child(ren).

(Program fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.)

Program Calendar

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.

Meetings and event dates for CASP are included on the General Argonne Calendar. Please refer to link.


As the program is entirely non-profit, collected program fees are determined by the teacher’s salaries, liability insurance and supplies only. Any contribution is welcomed and much needed to further enrich program curriculum and special projects. Please contact any Advisory Board Member for more information or to make a donation.

Our Teachers

Flora Chen
Vivian Gee
Zoe Zhu

Our Teacher Assistants

Daisy Xie
Shirley Cai
Shirley Zhang

Site Director

Gerald Crump

Advisory Board (2018-2019)

Linda Luu (Lead)
Amy Kam (Events)
Margaret Poza (Communications)
Joe Lam (Finance)
Jeff Luu (Enrollment)
Ulash Dunlap (Teacher Support)

Please direct any inquiries or questions to: