Singapore
International, Canadian curriculum
Ages 2 to 18

Canadian International School

At CIS, we celebrate both our internationalism and the uniqueness of the 80 plus nationalities represented among our students and staff.

CurriculumInternational, Canadian
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): SGD $38,900
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Welcome message from Canadian International School

Our vision

CIS will provide extraordinary learning opportunities for the globally connected student. A nurturing environment, an international curriculum, and a culturally diverse community will facilitate exceptional achievements. Together we will take action to make the world a better place.


Our mission

Engage. Enlighten. Empower.


Our core values

Values should be more than inspiring or beautiful words. Our values are a behavioural blueprint that shape who we are as a school community and as individuals. In all that we do, we ask ourselves – does this promote what we value most?


Collaboration, Curiosity, Creativity, Generosity, Respect, Excellence

Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum 26 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: SGD $38,900
This school has more than one campus in Singapore:
Lakeside Campus: Ages 2 to 18
Tanjong Katong Campus: Ages 2 to 12

Address: 371 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437128

Important notes about this school

The school also offers possible bilingual instruction programme (English, Chinese) for students aged 4 to 9 years. This programme is for additional fee.

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All the details about this school in their own words

We have organised the information available for this school into 6 sections and 40 questions. Click or tap on the name of each section to read more.
Number of students

3,000

Number of nationalities represented in the school

80 Nations

Most common nationality

We have no dominant nationality.

Max. number of students per class

All classes are staffed to ensure our students enjoy an optimal learning environment, and sizes range from 16 to a maximum of 26 students. Full details can be viewed on the school's website.

Average number of students per class

The average teacher to student ratio at CIS per grade is outlined below.
3 - 6 years: 1:16 Early childhood to Junior kindergarten
7 - 10 years: 1:22 Grade 1
11 - 14 years: 1:24 Grades 5 to 8
15+ years: 1:26 Grades 9 to 12

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English speaking teachers

Yes, they normally are.

Language support for students not fluent in English

There is an English Language Learner (ELL) programme available for students who are not fluent in English. This is mandatory for students in Grades 1 through 10, if, after an English proficiency assessment, CIS determines that the student requires this support programme.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Chinese, French, and Spanish

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Use of technology in the classroom

Students in Grade 4 through 6 must have an iPad to use at school every day.
Students in Grade 7 through 12 must have their own MacBook computer at school every day.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, homework is assigned daily.

Approximate hours of homework given

It depends on the age of the student / grade.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

No

Entry evaluation for students

Students must meet the CIS entry requirements in order to be eligible for admission to CIS.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Students must meet the CIS entry requirements in order to be eligible for admission to CIS.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is no deadline for registration for Kindergarten to Grade 10, CIS accept new students throughout the academic year. Entry into the Diploma Programme is at the beginning of Grade 11 only. Queries regarding DP entry can be directed to the Admissions Department.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, with the exception of Diploma Programme.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

98%

External examinations or assessments available

MAP; International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
MAP assessments are administered in Grades 3 to 10 in Reading and Mathematics, and allow us to measure our students’ achievements against students internationally, while the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12 allows us to compare to worldwide results.

Results in these examinations

Class of 2018 International Baccalaureate Diploma results
Pass rate: 98% (Compared to 78.4% Worldwide)
Average score: 34.4 (Compared to 29.78 Worldwide)

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, CIS contracts with an independent, local school bus operator (Yeap Transport) to provide door-to-door bus transportation for CIS students. Yeap’s fleet consists of modern, air-conditioned buses, equipped with 2-way radios, CCTV and a GPS tracking system.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

The school offers limited Learning Support. Please speak with Admissions for details.

Learning support offered

Please speak with Admissions for details.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Please speak with Admissions for details.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

8:30am

School finish time

3:30pm

Supervised care before/after school

CIS offers an extensive Activities programme to students school wide. The Activities programme is divided into three core segments: Arts, Grizzly Club Sports and Leisure and Learning,

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

CIS offers an extensive Activities programme to students school wide. The Activities programme is divided into three core segments: Arts, Grizzly Club Sports and Leisure and Learning;
Programme examples include: Badminton, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Tennis, Netball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Yoga, Judo, Taekwondo, Karate, Photography, Jewellery and Bead Making, Chess, Magic, Movie Making, Computer, Clay Modelling, Inline Skating, Modern jazz, Circus Skills, Lego Robotics, Acting, Perfume, Cheer Leading.

School provided lunches

Yes

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

Food includes dishes that cater to the western palate, local taste and vegetarians.

Sports activities included

Athletics, Basketball, Badminton, Soccer, Cross Country, Swimming, Football Rugby, Tennis are some of the School's core sports.

Sports facilities at the school

Olympic-length swimming pool , Tennis Courts, 500 Seat Theatre, Kindergarten Outdoor Learning Centre, Learning Indoor Pods, Junior Aquatic Centre, Junior Lab, Bilingual Classrooms, Chinese Classrooms, Spanish Classrooms, Junior / Senior Playgrounds, Sand Pits, Science Labs, Academic Guidance Centre, Drama Studio, Visual Arts Studio, Music Room, Arts Collaboration Studio, Aquatics Centre, Tennis Courts, Elevated Playing Field, Fitness Centre, STEM Centre, Makerspace, Multimedia Lab, Gym, Basketball Courts, Nurses Station, Science

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, the school competes in the ACSIS league, and also the Community sports leagues.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The Canadian International School (CIS) has, for 25 years, provided a high-quality education to the international community living in Singapore. With over 3,100 students from 80 nations, CIS offers children aged 3 to 18 years a truly international experience. In partnership with parents, we strive to equip each student with key 21st century skills that will enable them to thrive and achieve ambitious and worthy goals in an increasingly globalised world.

Teaching approach of the school

At CIS, we strive to develop students who are successful, well-balanced and responsible global citizens. We achieve this aim by modelling the IB Learner Profile, encouraging students to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced and Reflective.

CIS students experience a standards-based, International Baccalaureate university preparatory education, that places them at the centre of all learning experiences. Our students are active learners, blending traditional academic subjects with real world “inquiry based” learning and investigation, and problem solving skills. CIS students go beyond learning facts and figures; they create new knowledge by using the array of tools available to them in today’s information age.

A look into the school's facilities

Get in contact with the Admissions team

Admission Team

Admission Executive

At CIS, we understand that selecting a school for your child is a big decision. Our admissions team are extremely knowledgeable about our school and are here to help with any questions that you may have. You can get in touch via email admissions@cis.edu.sg or you can also reach us on our admissions hotline +65 6734 8088

Admissions Requirements

CIS accepts students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 throughout the year, although places are subject to vacancy. Entry into Grades 9 and 10 is open until the last Monday in February each school year, while entry into Grades 11 and 12 (the IB Diploma Programme) is only open to Grade 11 students during the first two weeks of the school year. Any exceptions will be addressed by Admissions, and discussed with the Secondary School Principal.

CIS English language proficiency requirements vary depending on a student’s grade. The English Language Learner (ELL) programme is mandatory for students in Grades 1 through 10, if, after English proficiency assessment, CIS determines that the student requires this support programme.

Admissions Process

The application process begins with the submission of an application form, payment of the application fee, and submission of supporting documents.

Step 1. Complete the application form
Step 2. Submit the supporting documents to our Admissions Department
Step 3. Upon acceptance of a place at CIS, execute the CIS Student Contract
Step 4. Pay the confirmation fee
Step 5. Submit final documentation before school starts

Deadline for registration

There is no deadline for registration for Kindergarten to Grade 10, CIS accept new students throughout the academic year. Entry into the Diploma Programme is at the beginning of Grade 11 only. Queries regarding DP entry can be directed to the Admissions Department.