Canadian International School of Hong Kong

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Coordinates: 22°17′07″N 114°13′06″E / 22.28528°N 114.21833°E / 22.28528; 114.21833

Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Canadian International School of Hong Kong (blue sky).jpg
36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen
Hong Kong
Type Private, Comprehensive, International, Primary, Secondary, Co-educational
Motto To inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally.[2]
Established 1991
School district Southern District, Hong Kong
Principal Helen Kelly (Lower school)
Timothy Kaiser (Upper school)
Head of school David Baird
Staff 55[1]
Faculty 170+[1]
Grades JK - Grade 12
Enrollment 1800[1]
Education system International Baccalaureate, Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Campus size 40,710 metres (133,560 ft)
Athletics Timberwolves
Athletics conference South East Asia Student Activity Conference
Mascot Timberwolves

Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) is an international school in Aberdeen, Hong Kong. Founded in 1991, the school provides an education for over 1,800 students representing more than 40 nationalities from Pre Reception to Grade 12. CDNIS is one of five International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools in Hong Kong authorized to deliver three IB programmes - the Diploma Programme (DP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Primary Years Programme (PYP). In addition to the IB Diploma Programme, students are also eligible to receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma upon graduation. The language of instruction is English with Mandarin, French and Spanish taught as second languages. The Interim Head of School is Mr. David Baird.[3] The school celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2016-2017 school year.

For six consecutive years, CDNIS was recognized as the "Leading International School in Hong Kong", by Hong Kong Business magazine’s High-Flyers campaign. In 2008 and 2009, the Fraser Institute Report Card awarded CDNIS with a 10 out of 10. CDNIS was one of only three school out of more than 700 delivering the Ontario curriculum to achieve this ranking in 2009 and the only school to achieve this ranking for two consecutive years.

Lower School[edit]

The Principal of the Lower School is Helen Kelly and the Vice Principals are Lisa Kipfer (Pre Reception - Prep), Robert Grantham (Grade 1-3) and DJ MacPherson (Grade 4-6). Students from Pre Reception to Grade 6 are part of the Lower School and make up just over 60% of the student body. Students in Pre Reception and Reception attend school for either the morning or afternoon session, while Prep to Grade 6 students attend school all-day.

Students as young as three and four-years-old attend the half-day Pre Reception and Reception, programmes, designed to provide an introduction to school life. While the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) is officially used from Pre Reception, students also take part in regular Mandarin, performing arts and physical education classes, which are taught by specialist teachers.

Upper School[edit]

The Upper School consists of students from Grades 7 to 12, with a current enrolment of 812 students, making up almost 40% of the student body.[4] Students in Grades 7-10 take part in the Middle Years Programme (MYP), while students in Grade 11-12 take part in the Diploma Programme (DP). The Principal of the Upper School is Timothy Kaiser and the Vice Principals of the Upper School are Barbara Dacho (Student Life and Leadership) and David Butler (Academics).

98% of the 122 students in the Class of 2016, the 7th cohort of IB graduates, were awarded the IB Diploma. Three students were awarded the maximum of 45 points out of 45, while 26 students achieved a score of 40 or above. The Class of 2015 IB score average was 36 points.[5]


Canadian International School of Hong Kong was founded in 1991 by a group of Canadians living in Hong Kong who volunteered their time to establish an international school offering the Canadian curriculum. When the school first opened its doors to the first 81 students, the school campus was located in a small rented facility in Causeway Bay. The school continued to grow, and by 1999 has reached the "through-train" objective, providing an education from Reception to Grade 12. The school produced its first graduates at the end of the 1998/1999 school year. During the 1999 school year, Canadian International School moved to its present location Aberdeen, being architecturally designed with a unique Canadian style and spirit. CDNIS was and remains to this day a non-profit organization.

Construction of Aberdeen Campus[edit]

The school campus, designed by Canadian architect Norman Grey-Noble, was built in three main phases over a period of several years. The first phase, often referred to as the main building and used mainly by the Upper School, includes floors one to nine completed in 1999. Along with numerous classrooms on every level, a swimming pool is located on the first floor, two gymnasiums and an outdoor playground are on the third floor, the main school cafeteria and another outdoor playing surface, which is covered in artificial turf, is on the sixth floor and the main school office is on the ninth floor.

The second phase, which was finished in 2002, is used mainly by the Lower School and includes floors nine to 14. Besides numerous classrooms, this area also includes the school library, a covered playground on the 11th floor and another cafeteria on the 12th floor. The third and final phase, the Leo Lee Arts Centre (LLAC), was completed in the spring of 2008. The LLAC is a HK$100 million facility with a 602-seat auditorium and teaching facilities for music, drama, dance and visual arts.[6] The Green Roof Garden and Chinese Cultural Centre were completed in Augusts 2015 [7]


The school has a wireless network that students and teachers can access in every classroom. All classrooms have ceiling mounted projectors and sound systems, and many have interactive whiteboards. CDNIS was the first school outside of North America to receive its status as an Apple Distinguished School in 2000 and is one of Hong Kong’s leading users of Mac computers. The upper school uses Moodle as an online platform.

Laptop program[edit]

All teachers are issued laptops, and all students have regular access to iPads and MacBooks. For students in Grades 2 and 3, the school provides one school owned laptop per four students, in mobile carts that can be moved between classrooms. All students in grades 4-12 participate in the one-to-one Macbook programme and are required to use these laptops within and outside the classroom. Students in Grade 1 to 3 participate in a one-to-one iPad programme.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Facts". Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Canadian International School of Hong Kong. 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Core Statements". Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Welcome Messages". Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Upper School - About Us". Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Canadian International School of Hong Kong 2014 IB Diploma Results". Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "School History". Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
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  8. ^ "Parent Information Handbook". CISPA. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 

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