Abu Dhabi
Canadian curriculum
Ages 4 to 18

Canadian International School

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Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
Total first year fees: Dirham 43,344
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage: cisabudhabi.com
Yearly fees: Dirham 43,344

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

12% local : 88% international

Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

English as a Second Language

Additional language classes offered by the school


Use of technology in the classroom

Most classrooms are equipped with interactive smart boards.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


External examinations or assessments available

Alberta Diploma

School bus service available


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Learner Support

School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

3:00 pm

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Football, basketball, swimming, mad science, chess club, art club, photography club, drama, golf, music, language lessons, student council

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Students at CIS are taught within 5 reals of Physical Education:
1. Alternate Environment: Students participate in a variety of land or water based activities in alternate environments. CIS wonderful pool allows students to swim within the school property. Other activities may include but aren’t limited to: bowling, running off-campus, kayaking etc. These activities are also dependent upon weather conditions and resources available within the community.
2. Dance: Students participate in a variety of dance experiences to enhance creative movement and expression. This year students have learned many forms of line dance and have been able to “Create a Dance” within a group setting.
3. Games: Students participate in a variety of games to develop manipulative skills, strategies, techniques, and spatial awareness. Within CIS games units, students are encouraged to focus on cooperation, communication, effort, leadership, participation, and preparation. Sample games units have included: volleyball, basketball, tchoukball, football, frisbee games, softball, and low-organized games.
4. Types of Gymnastics: Students participate in movement challenges that enable them to develop several skills such as strength, flexibility, and balance. CIS ‘stuntnastics’ unit is a fun way for students to practice balances and pyramids within 2-3-4 person group settings.
5. Individual Activities: Students participate in running, jumping, and throwing activities; individual activities and target activities. Several of CIS units such as racquet sports and athletics are some of the individual manipulative units CIS has incorporated into the yearly plans.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, dance studio, grass soccer field, central turf playing field, playground

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

CIS is a school that responds to the needs of 21st century expatriate students. We are living in an international community, so CIS school must provide a learning environment that cultivates the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to compete in an increasingly global society. Right from the embracing arch at the entrance of CIS, students, parents, teachers and staff know that they are walking into a facility that has been purposely designed for a community of learners to meet the demands of our international world.

Teaching approach of the school

At CIS, the Alberta Program of Study provides the internationally renowned standards and curriculum framework to support Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL), a student-centered educational philosophy that has proven to increase students’ abilities to problem-solve. Students are presented a guiding question, and then must use their prior knowledge and skills to build direct and meaningful correlations to solve the problem. Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Information and Communication Technology, Fine Arts fuse as they are explored in real life contexts that demand and allow for multiple intelligences to shine.

The more involved students are in the process of learning, the greater the depth and scope of understanding. Engaging students’ minds in the whole process means they are learning how to learn and how they learn. They are learning more about themselves and their world, and ultimately developing a sense of security and belonging.

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