International School of Hong Kong
Recognised as Hong
Kong’s Leading International School by the Hong Kong Business
magazine’s High Flyers campaign in 2007, the Canadian International
School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) is a non-profit organisation that
provides a “through-train” education to students from Pre-Reception
through to Grade 12 graduation.
We are an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and we are
also equipped to grant credits for the Ontario Secondary School
Diploma (OSSD) – providing a “dual passport” for our graduates who
gain entry into top universities throughout the world.
CDNIS is located on the south side of Hong Kong Island in Aberdeen
overlooking the spectacular backdrop of the Lamma Channel and
surrounding islands. Students are nurtured, inspired and challenged
in an award-winning designed campus with superb facilities,
including a $90 million Arts Complex scheduled for completion in
We provide an outstanding curriculum in English, with Putonghua
strongly promoted as a second language. The school is particularly
strong in the areas of technology, sports and the arts. Our
extensive extra-curricular opportunities enable students to develop
as responsible and global citizens and leaders with a lifelong
passion for learning.
To develop responsible global citizens and leaders through academic
To assist students in becoming responsible global citizens by
developing a respectful and caring nature for themselves and for
others and enabling them to gain a strong sense of belonging and
To develop leadership abilities in students within a friendly and
caring community that inspires, challenges and reflects global
To build a reputation for academic excellence by providing a
rigorous and balanced academic programme with an appreciation for
the Arts, Technology, Sports and Chinese Language and Culture.
Lower School Overview
The Lower School comprises all students from Pre-Reception to Grade
6 and represents 60 per cent of the student body of CDNIS.
Our Reception and Pre-Reception half-day programmes are designed to
provide our youngest students with an introduction to school life.
The programme offers a varied and "hands on" approach to all the
basics, providing a strong foundation in the early years. Students
participate in activities and experiences which promote steady
growth in their social, behavioural, physical and cognitive
development. Included in the regular curriculum are Mandarin, Music
and Library, which are taught by specialists. There are up to twenty
students in both the morning and afternoon classes, with a full-time
teacher and a full-time classroom assistant.
The full-day Preparatory programme is a child-centred,
activity-based programme. The children enjoy a warm and caring
environment where they interact with their peers and nurturing
adults in a variety of activities. The activities and experiences
provided for the students are designed to capture their interest in
learning, encouraging them to be creative and at the same time to
satisfy their desire to explore and discover. There are four classes
at the Preparatory level with approximately 25 students per class,
each with a full-time teacher and a full-time classroom assistant.
Included in the regular curriculum the students receive lessons in
Mandarin, Music, Computer and Library, which are taught by
From Grade 1 to 6, children are taught following the International
Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP). This course of study
concentrates on an inquiry-based approach to learning and encourages
students to adopt the attributes of the “Learner Profile”. Classes
encompass the basics of Language Arts, Mathematics, Mandarin, Social
Sciences, Science, Computer Literacy, Art, Music and Physical
Education. French is introduced in Grade 5.
The primary goal of the Lower School is to have each child become an
independent learner. We want students to excel both academically and
personally and to show concern and respect for the School community
and the community in which they live.
Evaluation and progressive testing is an ongoing process that takes
place throughout the year with daily quizzes, participation,
projects and homework.
Upper School Overview
The Upper School comprises all students from Grade 7 to Grade 12.
Our current enrollment is 630 students. The Upper School is
inspected annually by the Ontario Ministry of Education and is
authorized to grant credits for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
(OSSD). From Grade 9 to Grade 12, students follow academic credit
courses leading to the OSSD. Each credit course consists of 110
hours of instruction. Student’s study 8 courses per year – 4 per day
on a Day 1/Day 2 basis. In order to qualify for an OSSD, a student
must earn a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory credits
and 12 optional credits. Students must also complete a minimum of 40
hours of community service and must pass the Ontario Secondary
School Literacy Test (OSSLT). See our Course Calendar for more
In addition to the OSSD, CDNIS has begun implementation of the
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, which is designed for
students in Grades 11 and 12. In 2007/08, as part of our phase-in
plan, students in Grade 11 will take IB Certificate courses in
English and Chinese Studies. In 2008/09, all students entering Grade
11 will form the first IB Diploma Program cohort and will take the
full complement of courses required. Over the next three years,
CDNIS will also phase in the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for
students in Grades 7 - 10.
In Grades 7 and 8, in addition to the core subjects of Math,
English, Science and Social Studies, all students take French,
Music, Drama, Chinese Studies, Visual Arts and Health and Physical
Education. We take pride in the fact that our achievement levels are
very high as we prepare students for the transition from Grade 8 to
a university preparatory program that begins in Grade 9.
The Upper School will continue to offer the Advanced Placement (AP)
program for students in their last year at the school who are not
part of the IB phase-in plan.
The Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) welcomes your
enquiries and would like to invite you on a tour of the School's
facilities. School tours take place every Tuesday at 9:00 am during
term time. Please call the office to reserve a place on the tour.
The Canadian International School of Hong Kong
36 Nam Long Shan Road
See our location map for directions to the school.
International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) welcomes your enquiries
and would like to invite you on a tour of the School's facilities.
School tours take place every Tuesday at 9:00 am during term time.
Please call the office to reserve a place on the tour.|
The Canadian International
School of Hong Kong
36 Nam Long Shan Road