In 1991, the Canadian International School of Hong Kong first opened its doors to students in small rented facilities in Causeway Bay. Founded upon the recommendation of the Hong Kong Government, who wished to expand the number of international schools offering a North American curriculum, the school was established as a non-profit, charitable organisation and was initially home to only 81 students.
The school continued to expand and by 1999 had achieved its “through-train” objective, providing an education from Pre Reception through to Grade 12 graduation. In June 1999, the school produced its first graduates, all of whom went on to pursue tertiary studies at prestigious universities around the world.
In 1999, CDNIS relocated to its present site in Aberdeen, overlooking the spectacular backdrop of Aberdeen Harbour and the Lamma Channel and outlying islands. The school boasts an award-winning, architecturally designed campus that is uniquely Canadian in style and spirit. Each division is catered to individually with separate classrooms and playgrounds spread over 14 levels for Lower and Upper School.
In May 2008, the school completed its final phase of development of a new Arts Complex. With state-of-the-art teaching facilities and a 602-seat auditorium, the Leo Lee Arts Centre provides a world-class performance arena for the CDNIS community and greater Hong Kong community.
Today, CDNIS ranks as one of Hong Kong’s most esteemed and well-respected international schools with a student population of over 1,850 and a teaching body of over 170 staff. The cornerstone of the school's success is a rigorous academic programme, a modern IT infrastructure, a focus on performing arts and unbounded opportunities in sporting arenas. The school makes a point of employing the finest available staff from Hong Kong, Canada and around the world and providing them with the best teaching resources available.
The Honorary Patron of the School is the Chief Secretary for Administration, HKSAR Government, and the Honorary President is the Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong. The School is also supported by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Canadian Association and the Canadian Club of Hong Kong, with representatives of each of these organisations sitting as ex-officio Governors on the CDNIS Board. The Board Members volunteer their time and expertise, set policies and oversee the operations of one of Asia's finest educational institutions.
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