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2015 Summer Camps

I’ll list the camps I hear about. Local to San Francisco first, then international

San Francisco Bay Area:


STARTALK is the newest of the component programs of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) announced by former President Bush in January of 2006. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. Other programs under the NSLI umbrella include Title VI/Fulbright Hays programs of the US Department of Education, The National Security Education Program (NSEP) of the US Department of Defense, and study abroad and exchange programs of the US Department of State.


We are proud to announce that CAIS has been awarded the STARTALK Summer Program Partnership for the ninth year! The purpose of the CAIS STARTALK Elementary Immersion Program is to provide continuity for retention, enhanced learning, and reinforcement of Chinese language and culture skills to a constituency of San Francisco Unified School District and student who are studying in similar immersion models that would otherwise not be able to access such an opportunity. As a result of participating in the summer program, students will be confident of their language capabilities and enjoy learning about Chinese culture in a fun environment. Students who have been identified as struggling during the school year have the chance to reinforce their learning. We are targeting twelve students per grade, 1st to 5th grade inclusive for two four-week sessions for a total of one hundred fifty students and two hundred thirty four instructional hours.

If you are interested in applying to the program, please click the following link to apply:

Please click here to register.


Kevin Lee

Director of Auxiliary Programs

Chinese American International School

All Stars Mandarin Center

Summer camp at AP Giannini
Grades k-8
Two week sessions – $460 plus 10 percent off if you register by 5/1. No English spoken.
June 1-July 24


Dragonfly designs

Stretch. Inspire. Enhance. Jewelry with Dragonfly Designs.

Mandarin San Francisco, Chinese Immersion School and Classes in San Francisco

Go beyond the limits of your average art class to experience creativity and Chinese learning from a new direction with Dragonfly Designs Mandarin Immersion Camp in San Francisco!

Campers are able to experience the Chinese language and culture through movement, art & jewelry making, games & song. Camp opens with a relaxing hour of yoga inspired movement & games to stretch, strengthen and improve flexibility. Throughout the day, campers expand and reinforce their Chinese language abilities as art & jewelry making techniques are introduced and incorporated with eye-popping color schemes from our large selection of high-quality materials & glass beads. Our exciting array of taught techniques include, jewelry making, candle making, mosaic, tie dye, painting, stamping and damping, polymer clay, wool felted beads, wire work, copper etching, resin and more!

During our mid-day break, campers will have lunch and the opportunity for outdoor games. Get those walls & jewelry boxes ready, because campers can expect to take home a number of handmade art & jewelry projects each day!

This camp is ideal for students attending a Chinese immersion school or Mandarin classes in the San Francisco Bay Area that are looking to enhance their skills during school breaks. Our experienced instructors are native speakers, fluent in Mandarin and have been teaching Mandarin art, immersion & jewelry making classes with Dragonfly Designs throughout the Bay Area. They will expertly lead students through the most unique Mandarin San Francisco Immersion Camp to enhance language skills and comprehension while having fun crafting fine art & jewelry! Boys & Girls, ages 6 and up!

Shu Ren International School Mandarin Immersion Summer Camp 2015

Berkeley, CA

Who Is It For? Children who are interested in learning Mandarin language skills through fun, immersion-based science activities and hands-on field trips. No prior Mandarin skills needed. Pre-K Camp: Ages 2.5-4 School-Age Camp: Ages 5-13.

When? The camp will be held in five two-week sessions between June 22 – August 14. Pre-K campers may register for a single week rather than a two-week session.

Camp runs from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, with morning care and aftercare available from 7:30am to 6:00 pm for an additional charge.

Where?: Shu Ren’s Berkeley campus, at 1333 University Avenue.


Students will use inquiry-based learning to explore each session’s theme, develop their Mandarin skills and engage in exciting, hands-on activities. Each session will incorporate at least one field trip.

Please see the planned curriculum for each session of the School-Aged camp and the Pre-K camp. (Curriculum is subject to change.)

Session Dates: 
Session 1: June 22 – July 3
Session 2: July 6 – July 17
Session 3: July 20 – July 31
Session 4: Aug 3 – Aug 14

Camp Fee: $400 per week (K-7 is $800 per two week session) (8:30am – 3pm)

Extended Care Fee: $75 per week (7:30am – 8:30am, 3pm – 6pm)

Drop-in Extended Care: $14/hour

Contact Shu Ren at 510-981-0320 or for more information or visit our website to register.

Startalk Chinese program

The Mandarin Institute SFUSD Startalk Chinese program is now open for registration! Middle and high school students (including incoming students) can get a jump start on their Mandarin skills this summer from 7/6 – 7/24. The program is presented by the Mandarin Institute and SFUSD. 

The Startalk award enables us to provide this program ($1600 value) free to a limited number of students. Application deadline is April 30th. There is a non-refundable registration fee of $300. Lunch is included.

Classes are held in the heart of Chinatown at the beautiful campus of San Francisco City College. The program includes exposure to Chinese culture, activities (such as brush painting, Chinese chess etc.) and an hour each day of direct one-to-one conversations via Skype with a personalized language instructor in China. There are also several field trips and daily excursions into Chinatown.

More information can be found in the attached flyer and on the website. Kindly pass the flyer to your students. There is also a short video of the program.

If you should have any questions, please contact

Please help us spread the word about the program by forwarding to any students/teachers/families you think might be interested.


H. Yalan King 关亚岚
Executive Director | Mandarin Institute

44 Page Street, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-6863 t | (415) 297-1227 m |

Mei Jia Mandarin Language Summer Camp

Dear parents,
Join us for our program this Summer! We will have lots of fun while learning and improving a second language. We will offer a variety of amazing activities including dance, games, crafts, Chinese calligraphy, painting, paper cutting, cooking, Kung Fu martial arts and much, much more! Our teachers create different activities and art projects for our campers each year.At the end of each two week session, we will invite families to join us for an exciting performance and party that students put together to showcase newly acquired language skills.
Students are grouped into three classes- beginning, intermediate, and advanced- according to language proficiency. Each two week session is packed with many activities that promote learning and growth, as well as time in the great outdoors providing opportunities to use the language.
Age: Entering kindergarten -5th grade
Camp Time:  8:30am-3:00pm
Awesome Extended Camp is our optional morning extended camp from 7:30am – 8:30am, After Camp options that go until 6pm.
Space is limited!Registration is on a first come first served basis.
Session One: Let’s Go Camping (June 8-19)
Session Two: Passport Through China (June 22-July 3)
Session Three: Friends of the Rainforest (July 6- 17)
Session Four: Healthy Asian Cooking  (July 20- 31)
Session Five: All about me, a scientific approach (August 3-14)
Please go to for more details. And check Mei Jia 2013 and 2014 Mandarin Summer Camps.
   2014 Summer Camp 中文夏令营- Mei Jia Chinese Learning Center 美佳中文学校夏令营
   Mei Jia Chinese Learning Center-2013 Mandarin Summer Camp
Thank you!
Jia Rao
San Francisco Chinese Academy(SFCA)
Mei Jia Chinese Learning Center (MJCLC)
Phone: (415) 710-8545
 Fax:    (415) 242-5706

Asian Arts Studio

Artist Wei Lin Laoshi has been organizing this Mandarin immersion summer camp with lots of art elements for six years.  Her camp has limited space and often fills up  quickly.
If you are new to this group or this program, feel free to try their Spring Camp to have a better feel of it.This year, Asian Arts Studio (located near Lakeshore Plaza in SanFrancisco) will again host a spring camp and a summer camp.During the spring camp, our team will warm up for our summer camp, update thecurriculum for the year, practice new songs and performances, and train newteachers.
2014 Summer Camp Songs and Dances
Mandarin and Art SummerDay Camp 2015 will be in session from June 1st to July 31.
Throughout the nine weeks, the Mandarinteachers from the SFSU Confucius Institute will use their expertise to teachour students Mandarin character reading and writing.  ACE will also use its expertise to bring itssupport to the camp.  Guests with specialskills and award-winning young artists will be invited to enhance the campexperience and inspire our students. We have a strong team!Camphours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm. The weekly tuition is $230.  Morning Care is from 7:30am to 8:30am and isavailable for $25 a week.  After Care isfrom 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  It is availablefor $60 a week.  All classes and activities are conducted in Mandarinand English. Besides the Mandarin reading and writing, the camp also offers drawing,painting, calligraphy, singing and dancing. Unless it rains, there will be daily field trips. The students willpresent an art show and a dancing and singing performance every Friday at3:00pm during the camp. The9 weekly themes are:
Week One:    Robot Girls and Boys6/1-6/5;
Week Two:     Popular Chinese Animals6/8-6/12;
Week Three:  Cartoons of American SuperHeroes 6/15-6/19;
Week Four:    Wild Animals 6/22-8/26;
Week Five:     Mongolian Cultures6/29-7/3;
Week Six:        Manga-style Princes& Princesses 7/6-7/10;
Week Seven: Dragons, Dinosaurs and Reptiles 7/13-717;
Week Eight:   Aliens and Space Creatures7/20-7/24;
Week Nine:    A Better World7/27-7/31.  We also offer a 3-D drawingtraining class during the day camp only for students whose art skills are aboveLevel 2.  The spring and summer campregistration process is faster now; sign up before our summer day camp fillsup. If you have any questions, call us at 415-297-3072, Monday through Friday, from9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
魏琳 Lin Wei
Asian Arts Studio
80 Springfield Dr.
S.F., CA 94132


 Ivy Summer Camps Beijing

The fee is RMB 7200 per session. Early bird until May 22nd: RMB 6120. If 5 or more families come together, we will offer a group discount of 20% before May 22, 2015. After May 22, only a group discount of 10% will be available.


Summer is a unique time for children to explore their interests, to make new friends, to gain knowledge, and also to have tons of fun in the process! 2015 Ivy Summer Camps are specifically designed to meet the diverse needs of children through offering a wide range of summer camp options from Science Camp, Art Camp, Drama Camp, Lego Camp, and Chinese Culture Camp. Projects and activities within each program are designed to inspire children’s imagination and creativity, to strengthen their communication skills, and to help build self-confidence. Our experienced and enthusiastic teachers ensure a high quality yet fun-filled summer experience for each child. It’s a great place for children to get motivated, encouraged and inspired!

Come and join us for a fun summer and enjoy a 15% Early Bird Discount (20% for Ivy children) if registered before May 22nd, 2015!


“Traditional Chinese Culture” Summer Camp

Our Chinese summer camp is an ideal program for children ages 3 to 6 who are non-native Chinese speakers but already have a basic knowledge in the language. We offer a language immersion experience, where your children can learn to speak the language as well as understand the culture. Our exciting themes include Chinese Festivals, Chinese Architectures, Chinese Handicrafts, and traditional Chinese Arts. Through a wide variety of theme-based activities, children will get to know Chinese traditional cultures in a fun way, such as Hutong, Siheyuan (traditional courtyard), Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, traditional instruments, martial arts, tea culture, traditional clay figurines, and etc,. We will also organize traditional games like Diushabao (bean bag throwing) and Doukongzhu (diabolo) during our outdoor play time.

·         Age Group: 3~6

·         Date: 

·         Session1: July 6th  to 17th, 2015

·         Session2: July 20th  to 31st, 2015

·         Language of Instruction: Chinese

·         Time: 9:00 to 15:30

·         Camp Location: Ivy Academy East Lake campus (Suite C-101, East Lake Villas, No. 35 Dongzhimenwai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing)

·         Details:

“Think, Paint and Create” Summer Art Camp

The Summer Art Camp is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and is a truly fun and dynamic summer experience that will spark creativity, engagement, exploration and individual expression. This two-week exploration into the world of arts will not only expose children to many areas of the arts, but also encourage them to be independent thinkers and problem solvers.  They will work on both long and short-term projects such as sculpting with clay, creating colorful shirts, recording dance and music videos using applications and technology such as Garage Band and iPads, and making instruments.  The children will also have an opportunity to visit the art district known as 798 as well as the UCCA Creative Studio. This program will be presented in English and led by our team of highly qualified instructors.

·         Age Group: 3~6

·         Date: July 6th  to 17th, 2015

·         Language of Instruction: English

·         Time: 9:00 to 15:30

·         Camp Location: Ivy Academy East Lake campus (Suite C-101, East Lake Villas, No. 35 Dongzhimenwai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing)

·         Details:

“Science Shenanigans” Summer English Camp


Welcome to the amazing world of science! The Summer Science Camp is designed for children ages 3 to 6 and they will have fun exploring this magical and exciting world.  The children will gain an understanding of hypothesis, experimentation and discovery.  For the next two weeks your child will learn how to make their own flashlights, soap, hand lotion and, the ever-popular blowing things up using chemical reactions (no worries it’s all age appropriate, fun and safe!) Field trips will include visiting science museums as well as inviting science magicians to our school.  This summer camp will also empower children as they not only get to create a wide range of items that they never thought was possible, they will also get to take them home to share with their family and friends. This program will be presented in English and led by our team of highly qualified instructors.

·         Age Group: 3~6

·         Date: July 20th  to 31st, 2015

·         Language of Instruction: English

·         Time: 9:00 to 15:30

·         Camp Location: Ivy Academy East Lake campus (Suite C-101, East Lake Villas, No. 35 Dongzhimenwai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing)

·         Details:

Summer DramaFit Camp

Our DramaFit Camp focuses on building confidence and body awareness by letting your child’s imagination take the lead. The children will develop characters from English stories and tales that will culminate at the end of the camp session in a show production for all friends and family to come and see. Everything from the setting to the plot to the characters are brought to life by the children’s unique vision. Our teachers will assist the children with the entire show production from start to finish. What sets us apart from other drama camps is that the goal is not perfection, what’s important is the child’s journey and enjoyment, not the product!


·         Age Group: 3~6

·         Date: 

·         Session1: July 20th  to 31st, 2015

·         Session2: Aug 3rd to Aug 14th, 2015

·         Language of Instruction: English

·         Time: 9:00 to 15:30

·         Camp Location:

·         Session1: Ivy Academy East Lake campus (Suite C-101, East Lake Villas, No. 35 Dongzhimenwai Main Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing)

·         Session2: Ivy Bilingual School Ocean Express Campus (Building E, Ocean Express, No. 2 East Third Ring North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing)

·         Details:

Summer Lego Camp


Our program is designed for children ages 4 to 6 and they will learn basic Lego techniques that will stimulate creativity and imagination.  They will explore the world through Lego building and use their own creations to mimic the world. Our teachers will give children the opportunity to create and play with Lego bricks, and at the same time improve their English speaking skills. They will be learning symmetry with Lego, practicing Alphabets, building their favorite fruits with Lego, making their own Lego flags, and playing Lego Science Scavenger Hunt!

·         Age Group: 4~6

·         Date: Aug 3rd to Aug 14th, 2015

·         Language of Instruction: English

·         Time: 9:00 to 15:30

·         Camp Location: Ivy Bilingual School Ocean Express Campus (Building E, Ocean Express, No. 2 East Third Ring North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing).


HSK Summer Camp: July 9th-23st (PST) 2 weeks in China

Dear Colleagues,
>> I am writing to share with you the information about another specially designed program – 2015 HSK Summer Camp for American Students – sponsored by Hanban. Participants will enjoy two weeks in China for learning Chinese language and culture, visiting historic and scenic sports, and making new friends with Chinese students. Hanban will cover all expenses for accommodations, transportation, and group activities in China during the program in Beijing and another city.
>> Please take a close look at the attachments and encourage your students to apply for this program before May 10, 2015.
>> HSK Summer Camp: July 9th-23st (PST) 2 weeks in China
>> Application Deadline: May 10th, 2015
>> Application Requirements:
>> Student applicants must meet the following criteria:
>> (1) American citizen with valid passport;
>> (2) Current High School or College Students (Age 14-22)
>> (3) Possesses a basic level of Chinese (Certificate of HSK/HSKK/YCT);
>> (4) Interested in Chinese language and culture;
>> (5) Healthy, able to travel internationally;
>> (6) No long-term experience in China (No more than 1 year);
>> (7) Take HSK test: For students without a HSK certificate, could registered for the latest test first (April 18th, 2015) and obtain the certificate later. About the test details, please visit
>> Fees:
>> Students and Teachers/Chaperons should pay for:
>> 1. $200 application fee; (Check-only, payable to S F State, non-refundable after the approval from Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters)
>> 2. International airfare; (to travel agency)
>> 3. $140 Visa application fee; (money order, cashier’s check-payable to “Chinese Consulate General”, Master Card or Visa Card)
>> 4. $60 International travel insurance. (Check-only, payable to S F State, non-refundable)
>> In-China costs:
>> Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters is responsible for covering the in-China costs of students and chaperones including food and lodging, transportation, and group activities while in China.
>> For more information, please visit, or call Lois Gao at 415-338-7624, or email .
>> All qualified students are welcome to apply.
>> Thanks,
>> Jiaxin Xie
>> Director
>> Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University
>> 1600 Holloway Avenue,Burk Hall 333
>> San Francisco, CA 94132
>> Tel: 415-405-2868
>> Fax: 415-405-2866
>> Web: Pao School, Shanghai, Residential summer school

See their video, brochures, here.

SinoLanguage, Sichuan


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2015 1:44 pm

    Add our school please!

  2. May 14, 2015 1:46 pm

    Oasis Trilingual Community School – Summer Program!
    Our unique, fun, engaging, and hands-on language immersion classes are taught in three languages Mandarin, Spanish, English!

    Summer School – Open for Registration!
    (Near: Pasadena, Temple City, Silver Lake, Echo Park)

    About Us
    We are a private elementary school providing a fun, hands on, rigorous trilingual program of Mandarin, Spanish and English in our curriculum daily.


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