High School

The High School at CIS is a diverse and welcoming community which prides itself on being friendly and inclusive. We offer a world class education to around 250 students from 62 nationalities, and with a range of course offerings and co-curricular activities, everyone can find their niche.

The IB MYP and DP programmes prepare students for universities and careers worldwide, and we are extremely proud of the excellent examination results that our students achieve. Our Counsellors offer university and career guidance to help students find happy and successful roles in their lives after CIS. Graduates from CIS go on to universities mainly in Europe and North America, but also in many other parts of the world including Australia, Korea, Japan and the Middle East.

There is wide-ranging extra-curricular provision for students, including the opportunity to participate in drama and music performances. Students can compete in year-round sporting activities, such as volleyball, basketball, swimming, and track-and-field international tournaments. The Student Council is given an important role in the school, where student initiatives lead to real change. There are a range of both curricular and service trips, locally and overseas. Students are able to find ways to make a difference, and to give their energy, skills and time to others.

Every student in the High School is assigned to a Student Advisor and Advisory group to oversee their general welfare. In Advisory groups, the students discuss such topics as academic honesty, examination skills and career options, as well as issues relating to personal well-being. Throughout the school, provision is made for students whose first language is other than English, or who need extra support to access our curriculum due to learning difficulties.

We believe that parental support and involvement in education is a crucial complement to our work. We have information evenings on a variety of topics, and hold regular coffee mornings for parents. In addition, we welcome communication and dialogue with parents at any time.

Mr. Stephen McIlroy
High School Principal


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High School Profile

Parent / Student Handbook

High School Course Guide

Essential Home Supplies

The following items are needed at home:


Stapler and staples

Colored pencils and markers

Glue stick



Hole punch

English and foreign language dictionaries

A4 binders for long-term storage of notes

Essential School Supplies

The following items are needed in school:

Laptop (PC or MAC) with Microsoft Office or OpenOffice. See requirements below for Middle School, grades 6-8*

Extra power cord for laptop to be kept at school

Pens: blue or black ink only




Scientific Calculator for Maths Gr 6-8

For High School calculator requirements, see below.

Developmental Workbook (Kinebog/ A4 Dummy) for Art (can be bought from the Charity Club at school)

PE Kit-Appropriate clothing, gym shoes, towel, soap

Calculator Requirements

It is important that the students are buying non-CAS calculators. The CAS calculators are not accepted in the IB exams. We would recommend students to have either TI-Nspire handheld with touchpad or TI-Nspire CX. These are the easiest to use and teachers will use these in the class room.

All High School students are required to have graphic calculators.

Students are required to purchase their own calculator.

In line with curriculum changes within the Diploma Program, the Mathematics department at CIS decided to use TI-Nspire CX non-CAS calculators. Teachers will be using the TI-Nspire CX non-CAS calculators in their instructions.

Please note that the TI-Nspire CAS calculators are prohibited in the final DP examination.

When purchasing a new calculator please make sure that you buy the non-CAS TI-Nspire version 1.3 or higher, preferably the CX with a touchpad. The earlier versions of the TI-Nspire are prohibited in the IB exams.

More information can be found here.

Report Schedule

Grades 9 and 10
Semester 1 (January) - grades and comments
Semester 2 (June) - grades and comments
Parent-teacher conferences in October and April

Grade 11 (DP1)
Quarter 1 (October) - grades only
Semester 1 (January) - grades and comments
Quarter 3 (March/April) - grades only
Semester 2 (June) - grades and comments
Parent-teacher conferences in October and April

Grade 12 ( DP2)
Quarter 1 (October) - grades only
Semester 1 (January) - grades and comments
Quarter 3 (March/April) - grades only
Semester 2 (June) - grades only
Parent-teacher conferences in October and February

The IB Middle Years Programme. Video by the International Baccalaureate.