Head of School Welcome

It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the Canadian International School of Hong Kong!

We are immensely proud of the reputation our school has established since its founding in 1991. CDNIS is an independent international school with currently more than 1,800 students and 300 staff, all united by the joy of learning, excellence in achievement, and shared values. Our student body represents more than 40 nationalities from Early Years 1 (3-years old) through to Grade 12. With all 15 grade levels coexisting on one campus, members of our community are able to form strong bonds and long-lasting relationships. In fact, over a third of the graduates of the Class of 2020 had been with the school for 12 years or more, a remarkable percentage compared with other international schools.

CDNIS has been a leader in international education since its inception 29 years ago and is now widely recognized as one of the world’s most innovative and cutting-edge institutions. Our future-ready programmes promote academic excellence, the development of character, and strong engagement both locally and globally. We are fully committed to the integration of Chinese language and culture with the Ontario curriculum and International Baccalaureate programmes, and are the only school outside of Canada where students graduate with both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the IB Diploma. Post-secondary institutions around the world recognise these two distinct diplomas for their rigorous assessment, and we are proud that CDNIS students graduate with both. Along with the focus on academics, CDNIS places a high degree of importance on the development of the whole child, which is supported by an exceptionally rich extra-curricular programme. Students are encouraged to maintain a balance between academics and extra-curricular opportunities, preparing them to thrive at the top post-secondary institutions they are admitted to around the world.

At the centre of every great school is an outstanding staff, and CDNIS is no exception. Whether inside the classroom or out, students and teachers engage in a learning process that is second to none. CDNIS faculty and staff are recruited from around the world and are part of a highly supportive educational community deeply committed to producing great scholars who are also compassionate, informed and open-minded global citizens.

As a non-profit organization, our funds are reinvested to continually upgrade and strategically improve our facilities and learning resources. We are proud of the creation of our new hands-on maker spaces, innovation labs, state-of-the-art Upper School Design Studio and a beautiful Reggio-inspired Early Years Environment (EYE), which just opened this year.

CDNIS is a school where all students can find their passion, be it in academics, the arts, athletics, community service, leadership, or wherever their passion lies. The skills students acquire at CDNIS will enable them to succeed in the world of the future where they can actively contribute to building a better, globally-focused and peaceful world.

The best way to get to know the school is to come for a visit and discover why CDNIS truly is an extraordinary school where ideas live and breathe. Please contact our Admissions Department and join one of our weekly school tours. We very much look forward to welcoming you!

Dr. Jane Camblin​​
Head of School