Canadian International School of Hong Kong

Aberdeen, Hong Kong SAR

The Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) is a non-profit school that provides a "through-train" education to students from Pre Reception through to Grade 12 graduation. CDNIS is an IB World School located on the south side of Hong Kong Island in Aberdeen.

Ages taught:

3 — 18

School size:

900 boys, 900 girls

School type:



  • Day
  • Flexi Boarding
  • Weekly Boarding
  • Full Boarding


  • International Baccalaureate
  • Canadian Curriculum


Melanie Hnetka

Job title:

Senior Manager, Communications

Accreditations and memberships:

  • International Baccalaureate World School (IB)
  • Council of International Schools Member (CIS)
  • The East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS)
  • Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation (HKSSF)
  • International Schools Sports Federation Hong Kong (ISSFHK)
School Website

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In the face of a rapidly changing world where students are expected to be globally-minded, CDNIS is the school where students come to distinguish themselves from others. We take our role in inspiring excellence, cultivating character, and empowering engagement locally and globally very seriously, ensuring all students have an exceptional experience attending CDNIS. This is achieved through a broad, challenging, academic programme for all students embracing 21st century learning and creativity. The best way to find out about CDNIS is to visit us. We invite you to visit our campus and discover first-hand how we inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally.

Senior management

David Baird, Interim Head of School
Tim Kaiser, Upper School Principal
Helen Kelly, Lower School Principal

School description

Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) is a non-profit school that provides a "through-train" education to students from Pre Reception (3 year olds) through to Grade 12 graduation. The school currently has nearly 1800 students representing 41 nationalities.

Considered as one of the leading schools in South East Asia, CDNIS is an IB World School fully authorized to deliver the International Baccalaureate's Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years Programmes. The school is also authorized to grant credits toward completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), thus providing a "dual passport" for graduates to gain entry into top universities throughout the world.

CDNIS is located on the south side of Hong Kong Island in Aberdeen overlooking the spectacular backdrop of the Lamma Channel and surrounding islands. Students are nurtured, inspired and challenged in an award-winning designed campus with superb facilities, including the spectacular 604-seat Leo Lee Arts Centre.

The language of instruction and communication is English, with Mandarin, French and Spanish taught as second languages. In addition to academics, the school is particularly strong in the areas of technology, sports and the arts. With a strong focus and emphasis on developing international mindedness and global awareness, students are equipped with an understanding of the need to meet the challenges posed in the school's vision statement; to inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally.


CDNIS Facilities

Class sizes

Kindergarten average class size:


Reception average class size:


Primary average class size:


Secondary average class size:


Sixth form average class size:


Kindergarten teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 6

Reception teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 11

Primary teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 12

Secondary teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 10

Sixth form teacher/pupil ratio:

1 : 10

Term dates

  • 2017/2018
  • 10/08/17 - 15/12/17

Academic information

Curriculum followed:

  • International Baccalaureate
  • Canadian Curriculum

Higher education:

100% of students progress to higher education

University destinations:

Members of the Class of 2016 were accepted into universities around the world including Boston College, Cambridge, CUHK, Johns Hopkins, London School of Economics, MIT, NYU, Parsons The New School of Design, UofT & more.

Sports and extra-curricular activities


Timberwolves Sports
The athletic programme promotes participation, enjoyment, and success. We want students to discover and develop a lifelong love of sport and we strive for success at the highest competitive levels.

Extra-curricular activities:

After-School Activities (ASA)
An active and extensive after-school activities (ASA) programme is offered to meet the various needs and interests of our students. It includes sports, performing and visual arts and many other clubs and activities.


Admission process:

CDNIS has a selective admissions process in which students are assessed prior to entry. Admission decisions are based on a careful assessment of each applicant’s age appropriate knowledge, skills and understandings as well as their social and emotional development. Prospective families are encouraged to visit the school.

Admission and language criteria:

Families complete an application profile, and submit detailed reports in English. Successful applicants must demonstrate that they are capable of meeting the school’s high academic standards as self-directed and responsible individuals.

Bursaries and scholarships




Please visit the school website ( for more details about scholarships.



Melanie Hnetka

Job title:

Senior Manager, Communications

School news & events


Hong Kong SAR


36 Nam Long Shan Road



Post/Zip Code:

Hong Kong


+852 2525 7579

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