Upper School

To our Upper School families, or those interested in learning more about the CDNIS Upper School, I extend to you a very warm welcome. I have been a teacher and now Principal at CDNIS for 25 years. It is a wonderfully nurturing environment and I am immensely proud to share with you these highlights and features:

  • We are a vibrant learning community of learners from Grades 6 to 12 of about 870 students
  • Our students from Grades 6 to 8 study in a tailor-made programme specific to the needs of young adolescent learners; this Transition Years programme finds an invigorating balance between the multidisciplinary and inquiry-based mindset students bring from the Lower School to the growing confidence they feel in deep subject-specific exploration
  • All of our students have the opportunity to graduate with two diplomas: the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
  • We offer a rich selection of course options in the Diploma Programme years (Grades 11 and 12) including 4 Arts options, 7 Science options, and 6 Humanities options
  • We have amongst the highest IBDP average scores in the world and are proud of the fact that all of our students are encouraged to attempt the Diploma for the richness of development and growth it brings, particularly in the areas of critical and creative thinking, communication skills, and global mindedness
  • There are abundant and enthusiastically supported sports, arts, and community service options that enrich our school as a whole and give opportunities for well-rounded growth and development

The CDNIS Upper School is indeed a wonderful place to grow and thrive.  We would love to hear from you if you are a prospective student by contacting our Admissions Department.

Tim Kaiser
Upper School Principal