Canadian International School (Singapore)

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Canadian International School located in Singapore
Lakeside Campus, 7 Jurong West 41, Tanjong Katong Campus, Tanjong Katong Rd.
Type International school
Established 1989
Head of school Peter Corcoran
Number of students 3000
Education system International Baccalaureate
Medium of language Chinese, French, Spanish
Programmes PYP, 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 3,000 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).

The Tanjong Katong Campus 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.

The Lakeside campus, set on 43,000 sq.m. of land, 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, dedicated outdoor learning centres, Olympic-sized swimming pool, maker spaces and a two-storey library.

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 activities after- school programme. The Global Languages 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[1]
  • Daily Chinese or French acquisition classes - Junior Kindergarten to Grade 10
  • Bilingual Chinese-English programme - Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6[2]
  • Bilingual French-English programme - Grade 1 and Grade 2
  • Additional Language Classes in Chinese, French or Spanish classes -


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 sees students goes beyond the traditional classroom to learn. 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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "CIS KINDERGARTEN". Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Retrieved 9 September 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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