Canadian International School (Singapore)

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Canadian International School located in Singapore
Lakeside Campus, 7 Jurong West Street 41, Singapore 649414
Tanjong Katong Campus, 371 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437128

TypeInternational school
Head of schoolPeter Corcoran
Number of students5,000
Education systemInternational Baccalaureate
LanguageEnglish with additional language in: Chinese, French, Spanish
ProgrammesPYP, MYP, DP, Bilingual(Chinese - English, & French- English), STEAM, Open Minds

The Canadian International School (CIS) is an International Baccalaureate school with a student body of over 5,000 individuals from 80 countries. CIS offers the International Baccalaureate Primary (IB PYP), Middle Years (IB MYP) and Diploma (IB DP) programmes to students from Nursery to Grade 12.


The Canadian International School was established in 1990 as a university preparatory day school and was named the Canadian Overseas College, but subsequently changed its name to the Canadian International School. In its first year, the school opened with a population of only six high school students and six staff members. Today, the Canadian International School has two campuses – the Lakeside campus in Singapore's west (Nursery to Grade 12), and the Tanjong Katong campus in the east (Nursery to Grade 6).

Before these two campuses, the school operated a campus located at 5 Toh Tuck Rd.[1] The Toh Tuck campus (Nursery to Grade 3) was closed in 2011 and all students were moved to the aforementioned Lakeside campus for the next school year.

In June 2020, it was announced that China Maple Leaf Educational Systems Ltd had agreed to acquire CIS in a deal valued at S$680 million.[2]

CIS curriculum and faculty[edit]

Canadian International School's curriculum is delivered within the International Baccalaureate framework. The CIS educational programme consists of five elements: Academics, Athletics and Activities, Service and Leadership, Outdoor Learning, and Arts and Creativity; students spend the majority of the school day in the Academic element.

Global Language Programme[edit]

CIS's academic programme is delivered in English and learning an additional language is a requirement of the curriculum. Daily language lessons start in junior kindergarten. Students whose first language is not English will be supported by an English language learner programme. A range of mother tongue and additional languages are available in the after-school activities programme. The additional language programme develops students' linguistic capabilities, providing them with the necessary skills to compete on the world stage. The language choices are:

  • Immersion programme in Chinese or English - Pre-Kindergarten[3]
  • Daily Chinese or French acquisition classes - Junior Kindergarten to Grade 10[4]
  • Bilingual Chinese-English programme (junior kindergarten to grade 6), French-English programme - Grade 1 and Grade 2 (Lakeside only)
  • Additional Language Classes in Chinese, French or Spanish


STEAM integrates the areas of science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts and mathematics. STEAM at CIS is taught across the entire school from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Outdoor Learning[edit]

Outdoor learning used to see students goes beyond the traditional classroom to learn. However current expansion plans have removed all outdoor learning environments and left the students with outdoor education in the bus bay. Primary students spend a week a year in a variety of real-world settings. Excursion week sees students in Grades 4 to 11 exploring countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China and Cambodia.


The Canadian International School's faculty is one of the finest, with over 60% of staff holding advanced or double degrees.[5]

Bilingual Programme Singapore[edit]

The school offers two bilingual programmes. The Chinese-English bilingual programme is provided at both Tanjong Katong and Jurong West campuses from kindergarten to grade 6, while the French-English programme is offered in grades 1 and 2 at Lakeside only. The programme is structured so that students attend alternate days of Chinese or French then English.[6]


Tanjong Katong Campus[edit]

The Tanjong Katong Campus (1°20′02″N 103°40′11″E / 1.3338°N 103.6696°E / 1.3338; 103.6696) was opened in September 2007 on the former site of the Tanjong Katong Girls' School. Block C of the Tanjong Katong campus is a Singapore Heritage listed site.

Angela Henderson is the current principal of the campus.[7]

Jurong West Campus[edit]

The Lakeside campus (1°20′02″N 103°40′11″E / 1.3338°N 103.6696°E / 1.3338; 103.6696) is set on 43,000 sq.m. of land,[8] provides students with facilities that include classrooms connected to learning pods, academic facilities, sporting, outdoor and playground facilities, as well as a performing and fine arts centre, 500-seat theatre, Olympic-sized swimming pool, maker spaces and a two-storey library. (Green Berg International School) It also features a 2,011-sqm outdoor learning play area meant for students aged three to six that includes sand and water areas to support play-based learning.[9]

Angela Hollington is the current kindergarten and primary school principal.

Jeff Smith is the secondary school principal.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Canadian International School (Singapore)". FourSquare City Guide. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  2. ^ hermesauto (2020-06-22). "China Maple Leaf is near deal for Singapore's Canadian International School". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  3. ^ "CIS KINDERGARTEN". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Entry requirements". Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  5. ^ "CIS School Staff | Canadian International School - Singapore". 2018-09-19. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  6. ^ "Bilingual Programme Singapore | Canadian International School". 2018-09-19. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  7. ^ "Tanjong Katong Campus | Canadian International School - Singapore". 2018-09-19. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  8. ^ "Canadian school's new campus to open in 2011". AsiaOne. AsiaOne. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Canadian International School goes big on outdoor learning". The Straits Times. The Straits Times. The Straits Times. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Lakeside Campus | Canadian International School - Singapore". 2018-09-19. Retrieved 2018-09-20.

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