Korean Immersion Program (KIP)

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Why Consider Language Immersion?

Korean/English Two-Way Immersion is an educational program for grades K-8 designed to help students develop the ability to speak, read and write in two languages.

Language learning is integrated into every part of the curriculum - math, science and art as well as reading and writing. Children become fluent and literate in both languages in a dynamic learning environment while developing skills for participating in a culturally and linguistically diverse world.

For children who speak Korean at home, maintaining the Korean language provides a good academic foundation.  They learn subjects such as science, math and social studies in their home language while they are developing language skills in English.

For children who speak English at home, immersion education is a chance to learn a second language at an early age while also learning about another culture.

Students give up nothing for the added benefit of language and cultural literacy; they are studying the core curriculum required by the State of California. KIP is also totally integrated into the Claire Lilienthal environment. We participate in all aspects of the school, including the PTA, School Site Council and field trips.

How Does the Program Work?

At Claire Lilienthal, we have one KIP classroom each for grades K-3 and a combined 4th/5th grade class.  When Children enter KIP, most of the instruction is in Korean.  Each year, the percentage of instruction in English increases.  While in Middle School, our Korean Immersion students take two Korean classes.  Currently Korean is offered through an enrichment period and through Math. 

For more information about KIP:

School tours are offered each fall for families with children starting kindergarten the following September. School tours will be posted on this site as soon as they are available.  You can also read through our Frequently Asked Questions for more information!


Please click on the link below to download the school's Korean Immersion Handbook, in pdf. format. In order to open and read either file, please use Adobe's Reader or Apple's Preview applications.

Korean Immersion Handbook (2015 edition)

Resource Guide

Where can I buy Korean groceries and prepared food?

  • Seoul Market/First Korean Market, Richmond District: 4625 Geary Blvd. between 10th and 11th Avenues, 415.221.2565

Seoul Market has all the basics, from regular grocery items, housewares, frozen foods and fresh produce. They also have a wide selection of prepared foods (bulgogi, kalbi, sesame chicken, and lots of homemade kimchi, pickles and side dishes. At the front of the store, they have an assortment of cheon (little pancakes) made fresh, kimbap, japchae, korean fried chicken, and other specialties.

  • Woo Ri Market, Fillmore District: 1528 Fillmore Street, at O'Farrell Street, 415.673.9888

Woori Market is small but has all the basic Korean groceries, plus marinated meats, kimchi, pickles and lots of take-out food (japchae, kimbap, fried chicken) and lots more.

  • Kukje Market, Daly City: 2350 Junipero Serra Blvd. (near the Daly City civic center), 650.992.0333

Kukje Market is huge, compared to the local markets in the city. You'll find groceries, frozen foods, lots of fresh produce, a very big housewares department, meats and a very big deli with lots of ready to eat items. Even video rentals. Kukje also has a customer loyalty program, so if you are going to shop there regularly, be sure to ask to join their "club". You'll get price discounts and other perks. Kukje also has a larger selection of soju than the other local markets.


San Francisco Korean Immersion Education Alliance, Inc. (SFKIEA) is a non-profit corporation established by a group of Claire Lilienthal parents to better support the Korean Immersion Program at the school. Among other things, SFKIEA has advocated for better funding and support for the program, and seeks to identify and secure additional financial support for Korean language education at our school. 

Please visit the SFKIEA website to learn more about how you can support Korean language education at Claire Lilienthal.

San Francisco Korean Immersion Education Alliance, Inc.

샌프란시스코 한국어 이멀지언 교육 연합체

360 Ritch St. #201
San Francisco, CA 94107