Both children have been at CIS since January 2014. As they had previously completed their entire schooling at an Ontario curriculum school in Hong Kong, emotionally and academically transitioning to a new school and country was quite difficult for them. CIS’S pastoral care supported them extensively during this transition; the advisory teachers worked with us to provide a good support system for our kids.
The staff at CIS are approachable, and students are encouraged to communicate academic or social concerns with their teachers. The emphasis on the holistic wellbeing of students is also great – they’re not confined to book knowledge or traditional classrooms. My daughter has enjoyed being exposed to Model United Nations ( MUN) and environmentalism through the Green Machine programme. Both children have also developed leadership qualities through their student council experience. My daughter serves as the President and my son is the Grade 7 representative. CIS aims at developing character with an emphasis on real- world exposure, such as the community and service work during excursions, interaction with other students during MUN, sports matches and field trips. The highlight of the school year for us is the UN food fair and parade.
Before moving, we searched online for international schools with a similar curriculum to our kids’ previous school. Although we couldn’t locate an Ontario curriculum school, we appreciated the consistency of CIS’S IB education. The frequent school tours and responsiveness of admission staff also allow parents to gauge the school’s fit first-hand.
• Lakeside Campus, 7 Jurong West Street | 6467 1732 • Tanjong Katong Campus, 371 Tanjong Katong Road | 6345 1573 cis.edu.sg
Mahi and Karmesh Kumar Tiwari, Indian; Mudra Kashyap (17) and Kabir (12)