Hong Kong
International, Canadian curriculum
Ages 3 to 18

Canadian International School of Hong Kong

36 Nam Long Shan Road Aberdeen Hong Kong
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CurriculumInternational, Canadian
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
BilingualNo
International Baccalaureate Yes
First year fees: HK$217,000

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Number of students

There are 1,840 students across 15 grade levels, from Pre Reception to Grade 12.

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Our students represent 41 different nationalities.

Most common nationality

The most common nationality at CDNIS is Canadian.

Ratio of local students to international students

Eighty-five percent of our students hold foreign passports.

Max. number of students per class

The maximum number of students in each classroom is 24.

Average number of students per class

The average number of students in each classroom depends on the grade level and subject matter. Pre Reception (3-year olds): 20. Reception (4-year olds): 18. Prep (5-year olds): 20. Grade 1-6: 20-24. Grades 7-12: 8-20

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

All Pre Reception to Grade 3 classes have their own individual classroom assistant, or Educational Assistant (EA). Pre Reception has one teacher and two EAs in each classroom. Reception to Grade 3 has one teacher and one EA in each classroom. Grades 4-6 have one teacher in each classroom and there is one EA who shares their time at each grade level. Grades 7 and 8 share one EA. Grades 9-12 have EAs who help in different areas (PE, Science, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, LTT, Library and Learning Support).

Native speaking teachers (in language of instruction)

Yes. CDNIS is an English medium school and all classroom teachers are native English speakers or speak native level English. Teachers in our Chinese Studies Department are all native Chinese speakers, except one teacher, who first language is English, but is fluent in Chinese. Teachers in our French Department are all native French speakers or speak French at a native level.

Language support for students not fluent in the school's language of instruction

All children who enrol in our school speak English.

Additional language classes offered by the school

All children in Pre Reception to Grade 6 study Chinese. Students in Pre Reception and Reception participate in 30-minute lessons each day. Students in Preparatory to Grade 6 are streamed into differentiated classes and enjoy 280 minutes of Mandarin instruction each week. The majority of students in Grades 7 and 8 also study French. Students in grades 9-12 may study either Mandarin or French, or in some cases, both languages.

Use of technology in the classroom

As part of our commitment to infuse digital technology to enhance teaching and facilitate learning, all Lower School students have regular access to iPads and MacBooks, with students in Grades 4 and above managing their own laptop as a personal digital learning device. Students from Pre Reception to Grade 6 use educational technologies to effectively and purposefully create, communicate, collaborate and engage in critical and reflective thinking. Students are supported in the responsible use of technology through our digital citizenship programme. Our aim is to provide students with the skills sand knowledge to become responsible, independent digital citizens. All teachers use digital resources to engage students in authentic and relevant learning experiences. This and the use of digital media have a strong curriculum emphasis. A comprehensive teacher learning programme and at-hand support for students and teachers strengthens the teaching and learning possibilities.

Children in grades 4-12 participate in a 1:1 laptop programme. Children in Grade 1 participate in a 1:1 iPad programme, that will be rolled out through to Grade 3 over the next two school years. Children in Pre Reception to Grade 3 all have regular access to iPads and MacBooks.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

All students from Prep to Grade 6 will be assigned homework most nights from Monday to Thursday. All homework will have a specific purpose related to the Teaching and Learning Programme and individual student’s needs. All students are expected to complete all assigned homework, as well as reading on a daily basis.

There is a consensus amongst the proponents of homework in the educational literature that the “10-minute rule” is the most appropriate guideline in terms of time spent on home learning. According to the 10-minute rule, a student should spend 10-minutes for each grade level, e.g. Grade 1: 10 minutes, Grade 2: 20 minutes, Grade 3: 30 minutes, etc. This 10-minute rule accounts for the time it should take the majority of students to complete assignments, assuming that students work without interruption. However, the time it takes for individual students to complete work differs, as there are many variables that affect the rate at which students complete home learning.

Homework assignments vary over the Upper School years. Students in MYP are expected to have 1-2 hours of homework daily or about 5-10 hours weekly. Students in the IB Diploma years should expect 2-3 hours daily or 10-15 hours per week. During exam or internal assessment periods, this load may become heavier. Time frames to complete homework will vary depending on the skill levels of each student.

Approximate hours of homework given

There is a consensus amongst the proponents of homework in the educational literature that the “10-minute rule” is the most appropriate guideline in terms of time spent on homework. According to the 10-minute rule, a student should spend 10-minutes for each grade level, e.g. Grade 1: 10 minutes, Grade 2: 20 minutes, Grade 3: 30 minutes, etc. This 10-minute rule accounts for the time it should take the majority of students to complete assignments, assuming that students work without interruption. However, the time it takes for individual students to complete work differs, as there are many variables that affect the rate at which students complete homework.

Homework assignments vary over the Upper School years. Students in MYP are expected to have 1-2 hours of homework daily or about 5-10 hours weekly. Students in the IB Diploma years should expect 2-3 hours daily or 10-15 hours per week. During exam or internal assessment periods, this load may become heavier. Time frames to complete homework will vary depending on the skill levels of each student.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Many international schools in Hong Kong have waiting lists and demand is higher in the Primary school years. At CDNIS, we do have waiting lists at most grade levels in our Lower School. However, we encourage families interested in joining our school to contact our Admissions Department directly to find our more information.

Entry evaluation for students

CDNIS practices a selective admissions process in which students are assessed prior to entry into the school. Admission decisions are based on a careful assessment of each applicant’s age appropriate knowledge, skills and understandings as well as their social and emotional development. Successful applicants must demonstrate that they are capable of meeting the school’s high academic standards as self-directed and responsible individuals. The IB Learner Profile also helps to govern selection as we look for students who are caring, open-minded, balanced, and principled.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Assessment Procedures
Pre Reception
Applicants need to have beginning English skills as determined through a small group interview with a teacher. Social skills and the ability to follow instructions in English are also part of this assessment. The interview will take approximately 45 minutes.

Reception
Applicants need to have basic English skills as determined through a small group interview with a teacher. Social skills and the ability to follow instructions in English are also part of this assessment. The interview will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

Preparatory
Applicants need to have the ability to speak in simple sentences and to understand and respond to a teacher's general instructions and questions in English. Social skills are also part of this assessment. The interview will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes in a small group setting.

Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3
Acceptance is based upon the results of a short written and verbal test specifically designed for the grade level. The test includes vocabulary, writing, reading, comprehension, mathematics, and speaking skills. Social skills and the ability to follow instructions are also part of this assessment. Grade 1 and Grade 2 will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Grade 3 will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Grade 4 to Grade 12
Acceptance is based upon the results of the Canadian Achievement Test, which is a standardized test to determine competency in English and mathematics based on the Canadian curriculum. Applicants may also be required to write a short piece about a prescribed topic. Grade 11 applicants only will write an additional math test to determine their math ability and background. Previous academic results and a Student Reference Form are also taken into consideration. The time for an admission test varies in length from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

The deadline to apply to CDNIS is different from the deadline in which students can register for the upcoming academic year. Students applying for entry into Pre Reception to Grade 2 must submit an application by October 31 the year prior. Students wishing to apply for entry into Grades 3-11, must apply by January 31 of the year they wish to enroll. Once a student has been accepted into the school, they may begin registration procedures.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes. As some students leave the school after the first term, or move to Hong Kong in the middle of a school year, students may join the school once the year has started.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100% of our graduates have gone on to attend a post-secondary institution.

External examinations or assessments available

Our students graduate with two diplomas - the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Results in these examinations

All members of the Class of 2015 passed their IB Diploma exam and achieved an average of 36.4 points (out of 45 points) compared to the world average of 29.9. An impressive 32 students achieved a score of 40 or more points out of a maximum possible 45, with three students achieving full marks of 45. Across the entire cohort, ten students placed in the top 1% of the world with a score of 43 points or more while the 32 who scored 40 or more placed in the top 5%. Additionally, nine students received the Bilingual Diploma.

The success of our students has resulted in the majority being offered places at some of the most selective and prestigious universities around the world, but our caring and student-centered approach ensures that all CDNIS students are guided towards their own ‘best-fit’ for University.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

N/A

School bus service available

Yes, our school offers a school bus service with over 80% of our students and staff utilizing this service.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, CDNIS has a Learning Services Team (LST) .

Learning support offered

Learning Services is a multi-disciplinary team trained in the psycho-social and cognitive development of children and adolescents. Collectively, the LST support the range of individual need in the Lower School, from the youngest to the eldest and the least able to the most able.

The LST are teachers, support staff and school counsellors who work to ensure that all students have opportunities to develop their full potential according to their unique set of strengths and needs.These staff strive to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of children through an integrated service delivery and a focus upon school, home and peer networks.

The model of Learning Services is pro-active and preventative and when necessary, offers a reactionary model of service delivery. The team members have a holistic view of children and believe that the emotional well-being and resilience of children is a fundamental aspect of turning potential into performance. This view underpins the case management style of Learning Services and the collaboration and cooperation between the counselling and academic support team and the homeroom teacher.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains. These domains may include intellectual, creative, socioaffective, and/or Sensorimotor. These students require differentiated curriculum, interventions and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school programme. CDNIS uses this rationale and definition to identify and challenge gifted and talented students in a way that can also increase opportunities for all students.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes. CDNIS has a full-time Psychologist on staff to serve the needs of all students from Pre Reception to Grade 12.

School start time

For students in full-day classes (Prep to Grade 12), classes begin at 7:40am and finish at 2:20pm. For students in half-day classes, (Pre Reception and Reception), class times are 7:40am-10:30am and 11:30am-2:20pm.

School finish time

Full-day classes end at 2:20pm.

Supervised care before/after school

No

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

An active and extensive extra-curricular programme of more than 70 activities and clubs offers our students many leadership opportunities. This dynamic programme includes a comprehensive inter-school sports schedule, a rich array of performing arts opportunities, school clubs and a full complement of intramural and recreational activities.

Students are encouraged to get involved in both local and global community-engagement initiatives, particularly those that promote interculturalism. Members of these clubs are responsible for planning and orchestrating numerous events, projects, fundraisers and more from start to finish, skill which are sought after in future global citizens and leaders.

School provided lunches

Yes. The school has two cafeterias.

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

Yes. The school offers a good selection of food items to suit all diet types.

Sports activities included

Physical education and sport have proven an important means of not only helping students perform at their peak level but also of harnessing happiness and fulfillment. Our students participate in a wide variety of posts and have won countless local and international championships in numerous individual and team events.

PSPE is integral to teaching and learning in the PYP and is embodied in the IB learner profile that permeates the programme and represents the qualities of internationally minded students and effective lifelong learners. The development of overall well-being is defined through three common strands that have relevance to all teachers: identity, active living and interactions. These strands are concept driven and have been designed to interact with each other, working together to support the overall development of students.

Participation. Enjoyment. Success. These are the goals of the CDNIS Athletics Programme. CDNIS student’s have the best opportunity to take part in a wide range of ISSFHK and SEASAC Sports. We want them to discover and grow a life long love of sport through enjoying their participation. We strive for and celebrate success at the highest level and at the personal level.

Sports facilities at the school

The school has excellent sporting facilities, including two indoor gymnasiums, a weight training and fitness area, a dance studio, a 25-metre swimming pool, an artificial turf field, and several outdoor playing areas.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes. CDNIS was a key player in the formation of the International Schools Sports Federation of Hong Kong (ISSFHK). The league enables students to complete in a league of 24 international schools across a wide range of ports including basketball, volleyball, touch rugby, rugby, track and field, badminton, football, swimming, golf, softball, cross county and netball. CDNIS is also a keen participant int he South East Asia Students Activities Conference (SEASAC), an international organization made up of 12 schools across South East Asia. SEASAC provides students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons through many sport tournaments and activities, such as Model United Nations, and an Arts Festival.

Summary of prices and fees

School fees, for a twelve year old child , in HKD

Yearly fees: HK$193,000
When you first enroll your children in the school, some extra fees are applied:
One time fees: HK$24,000
Total first year fees: HK$217,000
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Where exactly is this school?

Get in touch with this school

Contact email: admissions@cdnis.edu.hk
School's webpage: cdnis.edu.hk
School's Fees webpage: cdnis.edu.hk/fees-charges
Address: 36 Nam Long Shan Road Aberdeen Hong Kong