General FAQ

What is CLIPCO?

The Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) does not fund all the Mandarin portion of the Cupertino Language Immersion Program (CLIP). When CLIP was initially established, the parents of the first students created CLIPCO, a non-profit 501(c)(3) support organization, as an easy way for parents to donate money to the program.

How is CLIP different from CLIPCO?

CLIP is the name of our program: Cupertino Language Immersion Program. CLIPCO is the non-profit support organization. CLIPCO stands for Cupertino Language Immersion Program Community Organization. CLIPCO consists of parent volunteers who are tasked with raising money to support CLIP.

What does CLIPCO do?

CLIPCO is responsible for raising money each year. Our biggest fundraiser is our Direct Give Campaign. If parents contribute each year, our students are ensured the best quality Mandarin learning possible. CLIPCO also helps to bring our CLIP community together by holding various CLIP events such as the the Chinese New Year Parade and CLIP Graduation.

What are some of the CLIPCO events?

CLIPCO events include Town Hall Meetings, the Chinese New Year Parade, CLIP Graduation, and the Mandarin Language Contest.

How is CLIPCO different from the PTA?

The PTA is responsible for raising money for ALL children of Meyerholz to help fund music, art, PE and technology for our school. PTA will also ask you for a separate donation to help fund the various programs at Meyerholz. CLIPCO funds only the Mandarin and supplemental portion of the CLIP curriculum not covered by the district and PTA. Your child benefits from both donations.

What is the CAC?

CAC is the Curriculum Advisory Committee. This committee was set up by the district to help make curriculum decisions with parent and teacher involvement. CAC and CLIPCO work collaboratively. The CAC board is composed of teachers, parents, and principals. They present funding needs to CLIPCO, which in turn raises the money to cover those needs. Please click here for more information.

What are the Goals of CLIPCO?

CLIPCO’s primary goal is to raise money and to support CLIP by reaching 100% participation level among families in CLIP. Each year we need to raise a significant amount of money to pay for the necessary parts of our program. CLIPCO also strives to increase communication, create a strong parent community, help us all embrace the Mandarin culture, and have fun.

How can your employer help CLIP?

Many companies provide charitable matching programs. In addition, some companies offer other giving and volunteer program that are equally important.

Many companies provide charitable matching programs. In addition, some companies offer other giving and volunteer program that are equally important. For example: Applied Materials will give a $250 Grant to CLIP and Intel will donate $10/hour to CLIP if an employee volunteers a minimum of 20 hours a year.

Please check with your HR department for available programs. Send this information to clipco@cusdclipco.org and CLIPCO will spread the word to other parents to take advantage of these Corporate Community Programs.


Donations FAQ

What does my donation pay for?

Your donation pays for Mandarin texts, development of curriculum, duplication of curriculum, instructional aides, Mandarin books for the Library, and anything that pertains to the Mandarin portion of our program. Please click here for more information regarding the budget.

Why doesn’t the CUSD pay for the Mandarin portion of our program?

CUSD funds the English portion of the CLIP curriculum. Our students receive the same amount of money as other students in the Cupertino Union School District. However, additional funds are required each year to cover the Mandarin portion of the curriculum and its continued development.

Do other schools in the Cupertino Union School District ask for donations?

Yes, all the other alternative programs and regular programs ask for donations.

How do I know where my money is being spent?

CLIPCO works with the district to let parents know where the money is being spent. Every time there is a change in the state-mandated curriculum, the Mandarin portion must be updated, translated, and developed. Please click here for more information.

Why is 100% participation so important?

Full participation in the direct give campaign demonstrates the commitment of our parent community. It also ensures a quality Mandarin education and fulfills your family’s education goals.

How much should I give?

Each year the CLIPCO Board of Directors assess the need of the program and determine the suggested donation amount. Please check the Direct Give donation page for the current year’s suggested donation amount. Every donation, regardless of size, is important to CLIP and our kids. For the school year 2021-2022, the suggested donation is $425 per student for CLIP Kindergarten to 5th grade students and $200 for CLIP 6th grade to 8th grade students.

How can I give my donation?

CLIPCO accepts cash, checks made payable to CLIPCO, Paypal and credit cards. Please make a credit card payment or monthly installment plans by visiting on Donation page.
Paypal: clipco

Does CLIPCO really need my donation?

Yes, if your child is in the program, your child uses new texts, receives Mandarin instruction, and benefits from all aspects of our program. Your donation ensures the ongoing success of our program for YOUR child.

Why should I donate?

CLIP depends completely on donations to fund the programs not covered by normal school district funds.

What does the donation support?

Homework Club, Bilingual and English Teacher’s Assistants, technology, CLIP Art, and Mandarin teacher professional development to name a few. Details can be found on the CLIPCO annual budget.

What happens if CLIPCO does not get enough donations?

CLIP depends on CLIPCO to raise the funds needed to keep the program running. In the event that CLIPCO is unable to raise the target donation amount, services such as Teacher’s Assistants, CLIP Art and Homework Club will have to be cut from the budget.

How much do the other Mandarin Immersion schools cost?

CLIP is the only public Mandarin immersion school program available in the Cupertino Union School District. However, there are private Mandarin immersion school programs in the region. Below are the 2018-2019 tuition fees for two of these private schools. The fees do not include additional fees such as enrollment, registration, and material fees.

International School of the Peninsula (Palo Alto)$30,850
Yew Chung International School (Mountain View)$26,200

When should I donate?

We welcome donations throughout the year, but only donations from the beginning of the school year through the Direct Give Campaign will be counted towards the Direct Give Campaign. To reduce the crunch during the Direct Give Campaign, we are encouraging people to donate early!

Why am I being asked to donate at the beginning of the school year?

Services provided to CLIP students are billed to CLIPCO by the school district. During October, CLIPCO is billed a large sum, equal to roughly half of its budget, to cover personnel expenses such as teacher’s assistants. Then in February, CLIPCO is asked to approve the budget for the following school year, which it can only do if it has sufficient funds to support the budget. For these reasons, donation drive takes place early in the school year to ensure that the program is not disrupted due to financial circumstances.

Can I donate on behalf of another family?

As long as the family has agreed to accept a donation on their behalf, CLIPCO is happy to accept the generous donation. If you are interested in sponsorship, whether on the giving or the receiving end, please contact one of your CLIPCO Representatives.

We are unable to make a donation this year. What can we do to help out?

We understand that not every family has the ability to donate the suggested donation amount. We ask that each family donate an amount that is within their ability. There are also other ways to help that will make a difference, such as organizing small fundraisers to help raise money for CLIP, or do volunteer work that helps CLIPCO keep its expenses down. Please speak to your class representative or anyone on the CLIPCO board to learn about your options. The Board of Directors can be found on our contact page.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Donations to CLIPCO, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is 100% tax-deductible.

Why is CLIPCO asking for donations when it appears to have enough funds in its bank account?

In order to ensure that the CLIP program is not disrupted mid-year due to financial circumstances, CLIPCO must have the entire school year’s funds available at the start of each school year. As CLIPCO spends its funds to pay off program expenses throughout the current school year, it simultaneously raises the funds for the following school year. For this reason, the cash balance does not appear to change significantly throughout the school year even though large sums of transactions are taking place. The following graph demonstrates the typical cash flow that takes place during the school year:

The graph demonstrates that for the 2012-2013 school year, CLIPCO started with $338,000 and spent roughly $300,000 on program expenses, leaving it with just $40,000. However, it raised $290,000 during the same period which kept its cash balance at a stable number throughout the year.

How do I get corporate matching for my donation?

CLIPCO is a non-partisan and non-profit 501(3)(c) organization. Many companies provide their employees the benefit of corporate matching for their favorite non-profit organizations. Since each company does it differently, please contact your company’s HR or Benefits department to inquire about how your donation may be maximized through a corporate matching program.

Organization NameCupertino Language Immersion Program Community Organization
EIN (Tax ID)920193803
PurposeFinancially support the Cupertino Language Immersion Program, an educational program within the Cupertino Union School District.
AddressP.O. Box 1344, Cupertino, CA 95015
ContactKevin Jung and Mirna Wu, Co-Treasurers (treasurer@cusdclipco.com)

FAQ’S ABOUT THE DIRECT GIVE COMPETITION (DGC)

Why do we need a contest to drive donations?

The Direct Give Contest is an annual event that encourages friendly competition to raise funds for CLIP. Since it started in 2010-2011, the participation rate has jumped from roughly 50% in the previous years to nearly 100%! The high participation rate allows us to keep the suggested donation amount low since the more families donate, the less each family needs to donate in order to keep the program afloat. The high participation rate is also a strong indication of the community’s commitment and support of the program.

What are the prizes this year?

Each student will receive a Year of the Tiger CLIP t-shirt (you may opt-out if your child does not want one). Also, to help keep our money in the school where it is needed most, when a student’s family donates the minimum give amount per student, classroom supplies will be donated to their teacher’s classroom which includes items such as: baby wipes, band-aids, Expo and permanent markers, glue sticks, Kleenex, laminating sheets, paper and pencils. The top class at Meyerholz and top grade at Miller that has the most participation and raises the most money will receive a class party (selected by the homeroom teacher).

What are the methods of donation?

Acceptable forms of payment include: PayPal and checks. Please use the online pledge form for both check and PayPal donations. This form helps us keep track of your donations (tax receipts and class rankings).
Payment is accepted via PayPal at https://www.cusdclipco.org/donations.html Payment through company donation portals or donor advised funds should be directed to CUPERTINO LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (Tax ID: 92-0193803)

Checks should be made out to “CLIPCO” and mailed out to P.O. Box 1344 Cupertino, CA 95015

For the purposes of the Direct Give Campaign, you may make a donation on behalf of another family or families. This sponsorship can be for any classroom or grade. It can be for an unnamed family or you can give credit to a specified family with their consent. Please contact a CLIPCO Board Representative to indicate your intent to do so. CLIPCO will treat the information you provide with the utmost confidence.

Do not forget to ask your employer about matching gifts. Corporate matches are very important to the CLIP program. Parent donations alone will not get us to our fundraising goal. ○ Corporate matching is additional to what each family donates as part of their fiscal duty to the CLIP program. They are NOT included in the campaign contest for prizes. Honor Roll – since CLIP depends completely on donations to fund the curriculum programs not covered by regular school district funds, we are grateful for the financial support of our community and would like to recognize our donors. Donors are recognized on our website throughout the school year and in the December CLIPCO Newsletter after the Direct Give Contest. The donation amounts that qualify for the tiers below are per student. You can indicate if you wish for your donation to be “anonymous” so that your family’s name does not appear on the honor roll.

Kindergarten – 5th grade6th grade – 8th grade
Bronzedonation of $425donation of $200
Silverdonation of $426 to $650donation of $201 to $325
Golddonation of $651 – $949donation of $326 to $474
Platinumdonation of $950 or moredonation of $475 or more

The Direct Give Campaign Committee has the final authority on the contest. If needed, we may send clarification in future emails. Remember that the goal is to raise funds to sustain our amazing CLIP program. The Direct Give Campaign Committee is made up of parent volunteers who contribute their


CLIP Registration Questions

District Information

CUSD: Registration Site
CLIP K-5: Registration Site
CLIP 6-8: Registration Site

Do I have to live within the boundaries of the district in order to join CLIP?

You have to live within the district boundaries at the time you register for school in order to apply to the program. In order to remain in the program CUSD residency is required.

How do I apply to the program?

There are three main enrollment requirements to be eligible for CLIP registration:

  1. Follow the procedures for general district registration.
  2. Attend a mandatory (virtual) CLIP Tour.
  3. Follow the procedures and meet the deadlines for Open Enrollment for the CLIP program.

2021-2022 New Transitional Kindergarten through 8th Grade Student Priority Registration is January 11, 2021, through February 10, 2021

Please visit the sites below for specific information.
CUSD: Registration Site
CLIP K-5: Registration Site
CLIP 6-8: Registration Site

2021 CLIPCO Tour Information

Does the CLIP program teach traditional or simplified Chinese?

Students at Meyerholz will begin learning written Chinese using zhuyin in conjunction with traditional characters. They will use traditional characters during the primary grades. Students will begin learning pinyin in grades 4 and 5 for use with computers and pleasure reading. Students in grades 6-8 will continue to use traditional characters as the basis of the program, but will also be introduced to simplified characters.

What are the chances of getting my child into the program after kindergarten?

After kindergarten, the chances of joining the program are dependent on a space being available for the student.

How can I help my child if I do not speak Mandarin at home?

It is not necessary for Mandarin to be spoken in the home in order for your child to be successful in the program.

Do siblings have priority?

Sibling priority will be given to siblings of in-district students currently attending the respective school who register during the registration window.

I can not make the tour, what do I do?

Virtual’ attendance at one of the tours offered is MANDATORY. Only the parent of the child can attend (relatives sent in place of the parent are not accepted) Individual tours cannot be arranged.

CLIP Dedicated Site Questions

Is CLIP getting a dedicated campus?

No, the district has not decided on a CLIP dedicated site. Several sites have been mentioned, both active and inactive district elementary school sites. Inactive sites have never been fully explored as CLIP sites before and we are waiting for the district to send more information on how funding such as construction bonds may be used to possibly improve inactive school sites.

Why is it important for CLIP to have a dedicated campus?

Meyerholz Elementary currently houses three programs: CLIP, neighborhood, and Special Day Class (SDC). Due to the immense efforts put forth by teachers and staff at Meyerholz Elementary in creating the best possible learning experience for all students, many parents are unaware of the underlying complications and inequities a shared site brings to all three programs.  Though coexistence is working, it is not working towards the best interest of the CLIP program or students.

Throughout the years, CLIP teachers have had to make many compromises due to the lack of space or need for equity at school and these are two factors that can not be changed by having a shared site. There is no room for expansion at the current site and equity at school sites often means that customizations in curriculum or supplemental activities for CLIP students is often not implemented because of the need to have a unified experience across all students in a grade regardless of individual strand. These two factors have brought about countless in class and program compromises throughout the years.  Compromises such as cancellation of grade level cultural events, lack of opportunities for beneficial field trips that have additional costs or need for parent chaperones, no stake in choosing curriculum that best fit CLIP student needs (English/Chinese literacy curriculum), scheduling challenges, extremely large class sizes in 4th/5th grade classrooms, and teacher retention issues due to large CLIP class sizes starting in grade 2 and the lack of additional stipends for BCLAD (Bilingual Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development) certificated teachers that neighboring districts offer.

A dedicated site will not only benefit teachers but will support families of varying backgrounds.  Families, both Mandarin speaking and non-speaking, have different needs from an immersion program. By having a dedicated site, the curriculum can be  more focused on programs that can support each type of student background and their learning needs. Both enhanced English and Mandarin customized curriculum and supplemental activities can exist at a dedicated CLIP elementary school site.

Will my child continue to attend Miller and Lynbrook if CLIP moves to a different location?

It depends.  Currently, Miller is hosting the CLIP courses for grades 6 to 8. Once a dedicated elementary school CLIP site is chosen, the district will need to make clear what options are available for CLIP students for attending middle school. As for Lynbrook, as a provisional agreement to help Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD) with declining enrollment at Lynbrook, all Miller students including CLIP students are allowed to attend Lynbrook for another 2 years regardless of home address. This provisional agreement is up for reconsideration every 2-4 years. Prior to this agreement, CLIP students returned to their home high school after graduating from the CLIP program in 8th grade.

Can CLIP maintain a successful student population on a dedicated site and not face possible closure in the future?

The waitlist numbers for CLIP have been large and stable for many years. As of November 2020, the waitlist has 230 students across all grades and typically CLIP has a kinder waitlist of about 60-70 students. Adding classes will produce a population of about 550 students at the school, the ideal CUSD school size.
Adding a 4th Kinder Class: The waitlist easily allows for a 4th Kinder class to be added and without space constraints. Adding a fourth kindergarten class will bring the total number of K-3 classes in CLIP to 4.
Adding a 3rd 4th and 5th grade Class: We could also bring the number of 4th-5th classes to 3 classrooms per grade. An unintended perk of having a fourth kindergarten classroom is that upper grade class sizes can be reduced. Currently, three kindergarten classes with attrition have kept CLIP grades 4 and 5 cohort sizes at ~65 students. Each 4th and 5th grade cohort is split into two classes for a class size of ~32 students, however with the addition of a fourth kinder class, it will allow 4th and 5th grade to expand to three classes. This will allow class sizes to reduce to ~28 students per class from the current ~32 students per class. This reduction will create a better learning environment for students and lessen the burden on upper grade CLIP teachers. 

The district and board are talking about a CLIP dedicated site, will CLIP parents have input on this decision or be surveyed?

Although this discussion seems sudden, in reality, it has been an ongoing conversation since the inception of CLIP. MCAC, CLIPCO, school administrators, and the district have been working towards an independent site for CLIP as an alternative program. In

2018, Dr. Baker after meeting with CLIP reps and parents, proposed a CLIP dedicated site and given this opportunity, the CLIP leadership in CLIPCO & MCAC felt that CLIP could successfully have its own site proven by the many years of stable CLIP attendance and waitlist.

CLIPCO and MCAC are composed of CLIP parent volunteers across all grade levels and they embody a good cross section of CLIP parents’ opinions. MCAC includes CLIP teachers and administrators who provide input into supporting and improving the CLIP program.  With groups of CLIP parents, teachers, and administrators coordinating and working for the CLIP program, these two organizations are capable of making sound decisions for the improvement of CLIP. It is, in fact, why these two organizations were formed and how they have operated for many decades. Parents are encouraged to participate in MiCAC, MCAC, and CLIPCO and to make their opinions known to their individual CLIPCO grade representatives.

What is the diversity of the CLIP student body?

The diversity within CLIP and that of the Meyerholz Neighborhood and CUSD community are not that different.