About Us

Cherry Academy is a college preparatory after school. We are committed to academic excellence! It’s our mission to serve as a resource for your children’s long-term academic success. We offer k-12 academic-focused afterschool program, summer camp, math, English reading & writing, and Chinese enrichment classes, PSAT/SAT/ACT test preparation classes and college counseling services. We believe every child can succeed. Each child may need a unique key to unlock his or her potential. Together with the family and the school, Cherry Academy aims to help our students maximize their potential to succeed.

The classes are designed for small group instruction. This small group environment will allow for personal attention and an accelerated pace of learning. The curriculum is standards based and individualized to challenge every student at his/her specific level. A student’s work will be assessed frequently, to continually monitor the student’s progress. As a result, our teachers provide the personalized support necessary to help students reach their highest level of academic excellence.

Leading Academics

We offer an exceptional academic program characterized by an innovative, challenging curriculum.

Experienced Teachers

Our teaching team is the cornerstone of a Cherry Academy education. With a passion for their craft, their goal is your child’s success.

Our Philosophy

At Cherry Academy, we develop lifelong learners and kind, respectful individuals. We value kindness, diligence and intelligence. We nurture love of learning, creativity and leadership by combining the beauty of eastern and western on education.

Our motivated students, dynamic teachers, supportive staff, and engaging academics come together to create one of our greatest joys – a learning environment that inspires inquiry, collaboration and fun.

Our Misson

We believe the best way to prepare our students is to provide an environment that brings out the best in our students. In an increasingly competitive and collaborative global environment, we continue to proudly and passionately set the pace for excellence, and it’s truly the entire community’s commitment to excellence that makes Cherry Academy such a dynamic, invigorating and inspiring place.

Our mission is to educate students for success, and to foster kindness, respect and integrity within a safe and nurturing environment. We achieve academic excellence through the development of intellectual curiosity, personal accountability and love of learning. Our comprehensive program and exceptional faculty and staff help students discover, develop and enjoy their unique talents. We honor individuality, embrace diversity, and promote leadership and service, preparing students to take their place as global citizens.

Message from the Head of School


Greetings and welcome to Cherry Academy! My name is Yun Cao and I am the founder of Cherry academy. I am also a teacher, an academic tutor, test prep specialist and college admission coach with a passion for sharing the joy of learning with students and help them maximize their potential to succeed. Through my private class, I help students significantly improve scores on all sections of the PSAT/SAT and ACT, as well as substantially improve their academic performance. I have extensive experience diagnosing students’ weaknesses, simplifying difficult material and motivating students. As a full-time, academic coach, I dedicate a substantial amount of time to each of my students.

As a young girl, I grew up in a family with a loving mother who loved learning so much that she dedicated her entire life passing her joy of learning to me and my siblings. It was natural for my sister to receive her PhD in economics and me to receive my PhD in Computer science many years later. I have became a curious person who is eager to find answers for unknowns. Since then, it has became my life’s goal to use my whole time and energy of life to educate and pass the joy of learning to our next generation.

In terms of teaching experience, I have taught at universities in China and Japan respectively as a professor. When I was studying in Japan I had also had the pleasure of teaching to elementary school students and to adults at various community centers for over 3 years. Since coming to the United States to work as post-doctor for UC Berkeley, I have been teaching and tutoring on various subjects including PSAT/SAT, ACT, K-12 math, ESL, and TOEFL with great success. I am very proud of my students and believe they will accomplish great things and help spread the joy of learning.

By my life and academic working experience, I think the primary goal for teaching kids is to nurture their love of learning and build good study habits; for teaching teenagers, the parents and teachers must be in a position of respect in order to positively guide them. Only then, can we maximize their own potential and invoke their passion and talent.

Education brings the uttermost joy to me and my students. From the bottom of my heart, I welcome all future students who want to unlock their true potential in life.

I have been teaching and tutoring Math at elementary, middle school and high school level and K-12 multi-subjects including PSAT/SAT, ACT and TOEFL prep. In addition, I help parents and students on their college planning.

I can speak, read and write English, Chinese, and Japanese. 

Cherry Academy help students locally in San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell, and Saratoga, California, United States and globally via an online platform. We are committed to helping our students achieve their best. Likewise, we believe that everyone has the innate building blocks to be a successful learner and succeed academically. We work hard to help our students feel comfortable and engaged with the learning process.

Cherry Academy emphasizes on academic achievement and a fun learning experience.

We invite you to join us!