Upper School

As principal of the Upper School, I want to share with you a little of what I am privileged to see on a daily basis. Day in and day out, I see friendly, cooperative, kind students approach their classes with enthusiasm, discipline and curiosity. We set the academic bar high at CDNIS, expecting our Grade 7 to 10 students to keep pace with the challenging IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and our Grade 11 and 12 students to graduate with not one but two diplomas: the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the IB Diploma (DP). But I find over and over again that students rise to the challenge and meet or even surpass expectations. The curricula we offer provide a structure to the day and a set of academic goals to achieve, but we expect more at CDNIS in acknowledging that it is in the non-structured or less structured parts of the day that students grow in other essential ways. Whether it is chatting with a friend during a spare block, auditioning for the school musical, suiting up in a T-Wolves uniform for an upcoming competition, or "yielding the floor" as a delegate in Model United Nations, we expect all students to take full advantage of these opportunities to develop that all-important social and emotional side of a person's character.

The CDNIS Upper School is an exciting place full of hard-working, determined students who are already beginning to envision their place in the world and how they will be able to make a difference. These same diligent students also know how to bring fun, relaxation, and balance to their pursuits. Indeed, the "Smile Index" is very high among both staff and students and I am very proud of the supportive, caring, focused yet fun environment that we have been able to create and sustain in the Upper School at CDNIS.

As you browse through the CDNIS site, I encourage you to click on links in the dedicated Upper School website to find out more about our dynamic and rewarding place to study, interact, and be inspired. And as always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any concerns or questions.

Tim Kaiser
Upper School Principal