Canadian International School (CIS) is a leading IB world school in Singapore that offers the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme for students aged 2 to 18 years. Over 3,000 students from 70 nations attend the school across two campuses – Lakeside (Nursery to Grade 12) in the West, and Tanjong Katong (Nursery to Grade 6) in the East.
The school’s passionate and highly trained staff strive to equip each student with 21st-century skills that enable them to thrive, exercise leadership, achieve ambitious and worthy goals, and to make a positive difference in an increasingly globalised world.
At CIS, we value our community’s linguistic diversity and are committed to promoting multilingualism. >CIS’s Chinese-English and French-English bilingual programmes are designed to allow students to be fluent communicators in both languages, providing them with an edge in an extremely competitive and ever-changing world.
Chinese-English Bilingual Programme
Available to our Lakeside campus students in pre-kindergarten and to our Tanjong Katong campus students in junior kindergarten through to grade 6. It is fully aligned with the IB PYP and includes two qualified teachers per class: one native English speaker and one native Chinese speaker.
French – English Bilingual Programme
CIS offers a French-English bilingual programme to children in grades 2 to 4 (extending to grades 1 to 5 in August 2021 – subject to enrolment numbers). Available at our Lakeside Campus only, this programme is perfect for families who want their children to become bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural in both English and French.
Key features of our bilingual programmes
- Two fully qualified teachers for each class
- A bilingual curriculum fully aligned to the IB Primary Years Programme
- Equal exposure to both languages.
The CIS STEAM (Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Mathematics) philosophy and makerspaces provide project based learning experiences that challenge inquisitive minds, fuel innovative thinking, and create a culture of teamwork and collaboration. STEAM provides students with:
- An engaging interdisciplinary approach that integrates the five areas of science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts and mathematics.
- Innovative and enlightening learning experiences that are transformational, for both students and educators.
- An inquiry-based approach that helps develop critical thinking skills and creativity, spurring innovation and invention. Students are empowered to take control of their own learning, preparing them to be problem solvers in the real world.
New Kindergarten Wing due to open end 2021.
Watch this video of our new junior wing at Lakeside which is due to be completed mid-2021.
7 - 10 years: 1:22 Grade 1
11 - 14 years: 1:24 Grades 5 to 8
15+ years: 1:26 Grades 9 to 12
11 January 2021 - Start of 2nd semester (subject to change)
11 June 2021 - End of 2nd semester
What Sets This School Apart
At CIS, our aim is to empower students. To set them up to succeed in a world we can't yet see.
A Student-Centric Approach
CIS has a culture of innovation, in academic programming and thinking. Faculty adopt a student-centric approach which ensures that programme development, curriculum and assessment are driven by what is best for children and their learning, across the K-12 spectrum. This student-centricity manifests itself in pioneering programmes and learning spaces that simulate the real world, provoke inquiry and investigation, analysis and experimentation, collaboration and communication, and innovation and creativity.
At CIS, students are taught how to think, not what to think. Learning isn’t deskbound. Students are taught to become flexible and critical thinkers, creative in the way that they connect ideas and concepts, collaborative in their thinking and inspirational in their capacity to motivate others. They collaborate, they connect with the community and environment around them, and they search for solutions rather than look for the one ‘right’ answer. They are encouraged to build on their natural curiosity and develop strong communication skills that will enable them to connect with people both on a local and global level.
Instilling a Determination to Act and Achieve
CIS teaches students the value of resilience, giving them the confidence to pursue an idea from inception to completion, as well as providing them with the necessary skills to overcome the barriers they may encounter along the way. At CIS, students are instilled with a sense of drive, purpose and a determination to achieve.
21st Century Success
Today’s students are in a unique position; they are the first generation to face a world where exam results alone no longer dictate success. Success in a global environment more than ever before will require not only the ability to come up with fresh and original ideas, but the focus and dedication to turn those ideas into action.
Exciting New Developments
Our new virtual open house page will help you get a glimpse of what life at CIS is like. So, take the time to peruse our videos, magazine articles, social posts and parent testimonials to understand more about our community, academic programmes and campuses.
New Kindergarten Wing due to open end 2021.
At CIS, we celebrate both our internationalism and the uniqueness of each of the 70 plus nationalities represented among our students and staff. In a multicultural and multilingual environment, with English as the language of instruction, we are greatly enriched by this diversity. Our community has the opportunity to develop an understanding of Canada's culture, customs and approach to education. It is truly the kind of ""cultural mosaic"" for which Canada has become so well known.
Nursery - $24,000
Pre K - Grade 3 - $32,100
Grade 4 - 6 - $35,800
Grade 7 - 10 - $39,900
Grade 11 - 12 - $40,900
Tanjong Katong: Annual fees
Pre K - Grade 3 - $31,270
Grade 4 - 6 - $34,950
For full details of all our fees, please visit our website.
Activities provide students with the opportunity to connect with like-minded CIS friends from across different age groups, and, at times, with friends from other schools. Opportunities are wide in scope, and because of the demands made on their time, students learn about the concept of commitment and time management.
Activities encourage in students an understanding of their peers, while developing skills that facilitate success in group or team environments. By trying out new things, students have an opportunity to be risk-takers, communicators and knowledgeable.
Activities, run by external providers who are leaders in their field, take place after school and on weekends in fixed time slots. They are offered in three seasons across the school year, and students sign up via an online registration system. Competitive sports, offered under the ACSIS league, also run year round.