Nordhavn Campus FAQ

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The cycle lane going towards Nordhavn station is unsafe as it is not segregated and there are heavy goods vehicles using the room. What is going to be done to make it safe? What are the long terms plans and what temporary actions will be taken in the short term?

The local area (Levantkaj, Stubbeløbgade and Sundkrogsgade) is owned by By & Havn. But Copenhagen Kommune (and the Copenhagen police) are the road authorities. Members of the CIS Administration keep an ongoing dialogue with both the Kommune and By & Havn. This dialogue includes the issue of the missing bike lane on the north side of Sundkrogsgade:

  • According to the Kommune and the local police, Sundkrogsgade is safe as it is, but we keep pressing for a dedicated bike lane on both sides of Sundkrogsgade. By & Havn are considering this but cannot promise anything;
  • We have requested (and been promised) more frequent and more thorough cleaning of Sundkrogsgade because of the many trucks transporting dirt from the Metro building site. (P.S. The number of these trucks will decrease in coming weeks as the Metro is fully excavated). The road will be swept three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). By & Havn will also regularly pressure-wash the road in coming months;
  • By & Havn have agreed to re-striping deteriorated lines on the road, including the parts where the bike lane is not raised.

We will continue to lobby for a regular, dedicated bike lane on both sides of the road.


What is the actual, physical address of the new school?
The new campus address is:
Levantkaj 4-14
2150 Nordhavn
Our landline phone numbers and the email and website addresses will of course remain the same.

What are the changes (if any) to the student/teacher ratio?
The school board has temporarily revised the class size policy to allow a maximum of 24 students in classes from Grade 1 through 12. The policy will revert to the previous class sizes stated in board policy for the 2017-18 school year.

What is the physical plan for the school? How is the building organised?
The building has three common floors as a base (ground floor, first floor and second floor) upon which are built four "towers" or branches to house the early years, primary grades, middle school and high school, respectively.

What is the vision for the new school?
The vision for the new campus is built around twin pillars: learning and community. The new campus will be first and foremost a center for learning for our students, staff and families. In addition, it will be a center of activity for the CIS community and larger community in Nordhavn and beyond. We expect that the campus will eventually be used from morning to night, by the school and then the external community. The campus will allow us to learn from and with the broader Copenhagen community.

What physical benefits will be provided by a new building that we do not currently have? The new campus will greatly expand our facilities, allowing us to merge our two campuses onto to one, providing an optimal learning environment for our students from preschool through high school. In addition to the expanded classroom space sufficient to house approximately 1,200 students, the school will have “state of the art” facilities for sport, theatre and music. The new food services area will make it possible for the school to become a hub of activity throughout the day and into the evening and on weekends. Outdoor play facilities on the rooftops of several floors of the building will allow students to play year around in a safe and age appropriate environment.

What will the carbon footprint be for the new campus?
The building is covered almost entirely in solar panels that will produce approximately 50% of the school’s annual electricity. The campus is also designed to be temperature efficient, minimizing the need to use excessive energy on heating or cooling.

What sustainability/green measures will operate in the new campus?

The New Campus lives up to the 2020 environmental building codes/requirements.

  • 12,000 solar panels provide 50% of the school's energy consumption
  • Toilets prepared to use secondary water for flushing
  • All water faucets are optically controlled
  • Motion sensors everywhere control lighting to save energy
  • LED based lighting = vastly reduced energy consumption
  • CO2 and temperature sensor ensure optimal oxygen level & temperature, adjusting airflow accordingly and saving energy
  • Use of natural materials wherever possible to reduce chemical emissions. Wooden floors use high percentage of each tree by laying it in small pieces and allows for easy maintenance and repair.
  • All bio waste from kitchens enters a bio tank and will be reused for animal fodder
  • Paper and cardboard hydraulically compressed and sold/recycled

Where is the funding for the project coming from?
The funding for the building comes from donations, the school’s financial reserves and from bank loans. The principal donors for the project have been: the Moller Foundation (Maersk), the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Hempel Foundation, the Villum Foundation, Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S // D/S Orients Fond, and the Augustinus Foundation.

Will this new campus mean an increase in tuition fees?
The financial projections for the next several years include modest increases to cover an increased cost of living as well as slight increases in staff salaries. There is no expectation to increase fees beyond levels that have been established in the recent past.

How many students will the new campus accommodate?
The new campus was designed for a maximum of 1,200 students, though a more realistic figure is approximately 1,150.

What is the size of the new school?
The new campus will comprise an area 25,000 m2. Arranged on a base of common facilities, the campus is designed to provide specific areas for the early years, primary school, middle school and high school.

What is happening to Hellerup campus?
The Hellerup Campus has been sold to the Gentofte Kommune. They have not yet made a final determination as to how to use the property.

What is the role of ECIS in this project?

The ECIS was established as a private, non-profit organization by the CIS PTA several years ago for the purpose of overseeing the development and construction of the new CIS campus in Nordhavn. Once the building is completed ECIS will rent the facility to CIS. It may be possible at some point in the future for ECIS to donate the building to CIS.

What is the development plan for Nordhavn, and how will this affect CIS?
The new Nordhavn project is slated to continue for a number of years resulting in a mixed use area of the city that is projected to house as many as 40,000 residents. There are a number of phases for a project of this scale, with the new CIS campus being one of the first. To date the new UN headquarters has been completed and construction is in full swing in the section of the old port, south of the new CIS campus. The new metro line is scheduled to be completed by January 2020 and will include a station next to the campus. The area will be under construction for some time. It is the intention of the school to become a community resource and center in the lives of the residents and organizations in Nordhavn now and in the future.

How might the school become a community centre?
As has been mentioned above, the school fully intends to become a hub for the CIS and wider communities. This might include, but not limited to the use of the following for community events:

  • sports facilities
  • the cafeteria
  • the theater
  • conference rooms
  • Library


Will there be a swimming pool on the new campus?
Unfortunately, there won't be a swimming pool at the new campus. The maintenance and running costs would be prohibitive for a non-profit school such as ours. The closest public pool will be Østerbro Svømmehal in Østerbrogade, some 2 km from Nordhavn.

For the kids sports training, in particular football seasons, will they take place in the new school premises?
For the next school year we will be using the same external fields that we are presently. In the future, the school will construct a football pitch on land adjacent to the new campus that has been set aside for use by CIS and the wider Nordhavn community. A specific date for this new sports pitch has not been established yet by By og Havn, the organization responsible for the area.


What are the plans for security in a building that is open to the community? How will external users access the school, at what times, and how will external users be monitored?
Security has been an important issue and design consideration from the very start of the new campus project. There is an understanding of the need to balance a campus that is conceived to be a “community resource” with the need to ensure the safety and security for all. That, in part, explains the sole public entrance to the school being one floor above ground level. By placing the access and egress point there, and by creating other limited access points to the academic areas, it is possible to restrict the common areas from the remainder of the campus. We will have full-time receptionists during school operating hours that will screen visitors and direct them to points around the school as necessary and appropriate.

We are presently discussing the security needs for the campus during after school hours, evenings and weekends. Our thinking now is that we will employ security guards to be on campus during these times to monitor and direct school campus visitors and facility users. All of our plans are being reviewed by the security personnel at the American Embassy, who have kindly served as our unofficial security consultants throughout the design and construction phases of the new campus.


There will be a staff and parent parking lot right next to the campus. The lot will accommodate some 140 cars which is five times the current number. Fees will apply as soon as the parking lot has been striped. We'll let you know.



We have been working closely with the municipality and the transportation authority on the access and layout plan. There will be a new road into the campus, and there will be bike paths, a traffic signal, as well as two bus routes.

Click here for a detailed description of how to get to and from school.

What is the distance from the Nordhavn station to the new campus and how long will it take to walk?
The distance from the station to the new campus when the new access road has been opened, which is scheduled to happen before next January will be approximately 1.5 km. There will be walkways and bike paths that will provide a safe journey for those on bike or foot. It is expected that it will take about 15 minutes to walk from the station to the new campus.

Given the additional travel time required ex Nordhavn station, incl. the walk, has the school given consideration to the school day starting 15 mins or more later for the PYP/MYP pupils?

We have decided that staggering the start and end times by division will help the flow of students and parents at the beginning and end of the day. We have started the school year with this staggering, and it will continue through the move in January.

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