What is the actual, physical address of the new school?
The new campus address is:
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