ABOUT US // PHILOSOPHY (教学理念) & MISSION (教学宗旨) // ACADEMICS & CULTURE // ACTIVITIES & EVENTS // PROGRAM CALENDAR & DAILY SCHEDULE // REGISTRATION 2020-2021 // PROGRAM FEES 2020-2021 // CURRENT STAFF // ADVISORY BOARD // CONTACT US // DONATE // PROGRAM BROCHURE
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 (https://www.betterchinese.com) 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
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.
Sample Daily Schedule:
(2:40pm – 3:00pm) Students gather in designated meeting area for roll call and snack from home.
(5:00pm-6:00pm) Homework Time
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 / Assistants
(Lower Intermediate Level)
(Upper Intermediate 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
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
Email / argonneCASP@gmail.com
Address / 680 18th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
Donate to CASP
As the program is entirely non-profit, collected program fees reflect the expenses of Language Instructors’ wages, liability insurance, facilities, and supplies only. Any contributions are welcome and much needed to advance the program curriculum and special projects. Please contact any CASP Advisory Board Member for more information or to make a donation.