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CityAbu Dhabi
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 4 to 18
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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 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: Dirham 36,100
to: Dirham 47,900
Address: SE-43, Khalifa A City Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
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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

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Please see our student services section.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic from Kindergarten and French from Grade 7

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Technological supports and enhancements are continually upgraded and expanded. Each classroom is equipped with interactive SMART boards, cameras, and microphones to support interactive, simultaneous in-person and on-line instruction and activities. Students are provided with access and direct instruction to complete and submit a range of activities electronically. Each class has an interactive online "Team" where students can view previous lessons and resources.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

CIS earned the highest possible rating in the ADEK evaluation of online learning in May 2020.

External examinations or assessments available

All Grade 12 core subjects require students to complete Alberta Diploma Exams.
All Advanced Placement (AP) classes require students to write AP Exams in May of the school year.

Results in these examinations

CIS students consistently score above provincial averages in Alberta Diploma Exams.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Appropriate take home activities, projects and homework are assigned according to the subject and grade level.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

CIS is an inclusive school supporting students with a range of abilities and exceptionalities. Student supports are focused on attending to student strengths and identifying areas for growth through individualized and small groups interventions. Student Supports are collaborative and include engagement of School Administration, Classroom Teachers, Teaching Assistants, and the Student Services department. Students and parents are also integral members of the student support team.

Learning support offered

The Student Services department works closely with teachers in all grade levels to help students reach their highest levels of learning. Targeted and specialized supports include Arabic literacy, English literacy, SEN teacher intervention, and school counselling.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Differentiated instruction within each class is designed to encourage more able students to pursue their interests and develop their strengths. A range of extra-curricular activities at all grade levels provide opportunities for students to find and pursue their passions. Across grade levels, CIS publicizes and supports student efforts in local, national, and international contests in writing, the arts and STEM. At Grade 10-12 levels, more able students can select Advanced Placement courses in Microeconomics, World History, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus and Art.

Student access to education psychologist

CIS can provide a list of recommended private practitioners in Abu Dhabi.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

8:00 am

School finish time

3:00 pm

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available


School provided lunches

Our cafeteria serves a variety of fresh, nutritional hot meals, as well as sandwiches, salads, fruits, smoothies and fresh juices. Parents, staff and authorized school visitors can enjoy hand-crafted menu by our barista.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Across all grade levels, CIS offers a broad and vibrant range of extra-curriculars. Some of our most popular clubs include Model United Nations, Tournament of the Mind, Chess, Book Club, Gardening, Mathletics, Environmental Club, and Robotics.
Special interest clubs and extra-curricular clubs may vary from year to year based on student interest.
Athletic teams and clubs include football, volleyball, basketball, swimming, netball, and track.

Sports activities included

Students at CIS follow the Alberta curriculum and the five realms of Physical Education:
1. Alternate Environment: Students participate in a variety of land or water based activities in alternate environments. The wonderful CIS pool allows students to swim within the school property. Other activities may include bowling, running off-campus, kayaking, etc. These activities are dependent upon weather conditions, community availability, and ADEK approval.
2. Dance: Students participate in a variety of dance experiences to enhance creative movement and expression.
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.
5. Individual Activities: Students participate in running, jumping, and throwing activities, individual activities, and target activities, including racquet sports and athletics.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

CIS participates in all local private school athletic teams and tournaments.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, dance studio, grass soccer field, central turf playing field, age appropriate playgrounds.

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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