Canadian International School, Abu Dhabi

Canadian International School, Abu Dhabi

About Canadian International School, Abu Dhabi

Canadian International School (CIS), Abu Dhabi, is a premier educational institution that offers a rigorous and internationally accredited curriculum. Established in 2007, CIS Abu Dhabi is accredited by Alberta Education of Canada and follows the Alberta Program of Study, which is known for its focus on Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL).

CIS Abu Dhabi has a vibrant student body encompassing nearly 1,000 individuals from over 50 nations. The school community is committed to providing a supportive and stimulating learning environment where students can develop their academic, social, and emotional potential.

The faculty comprises highly qualified and seasoned educators from around the world. Maintaining a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:13, CIS Abu Dhabi ensures that each student receives personalised attention and unwavering support.

CIS offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including athletics, arts, and clubs. These activities allow students to explore their interests, develop new skills, and make friends.

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In Brief

School Details

Grading System at Canadian International School

The specifications of Canadian International School are given in the table below:



Early Childhood


Elementary School

Grade 1 - Grade 6

Secondary School

Grade 7 - Grade 12

Canadian International School Syllabus

Canadian International School (CIS) in Abu Dhabi follows the Alberta Program of Studies, which is a highly regarded curriculum. It is designed to help students achieve their individual potential.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

The ECE program at CIS is focused on purposeful play, which is a proven way to develop children's interest in becoming lifelong learners. Children in ECE have the opportunity to explore their surroundings, learn new skills, and develop their social and emotional intelligence. This is done through a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, music, and play-based learning.

Elementary School

Class teachers deliver the elementary school curriculum at CIS through inquiry-based learning. This means students are encouraged to ask questions, explore their ideas, and learn through hands-on experiences. The core subjects in elementary school are:

  • English
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

Secondary School

In secondary school, students continue to study the core subjects of Science, Mathematics, English, and Social Studies. They also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of optional subjects, such as:

  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Languages
  • Ethics
  • Career and Technology Studies
  • Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • Locally Developed Courses

Grade 9

In Grade 9, students delve into a core curriculum, this foundational knowledge prepares them for further academic and professional pursuits. Information And Communications Technology (ICT) is also a mandatory subject in Grade 9 to enhance their digital literacy. Additionally, students have the flexibility to explore their interests and expand their horizons by selecting from a range of optional subjects. The Core Curriculum comprises:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Health and Life Skills

Grade 10-12

As students progress to Grades 10 to 12, they continue to strengthen their academic foundation with a core curriculum consisting of Mathematics, English Language, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Career and Life Management (CALM). This comprehensive curriculum equips them with the essential skills and knowledge required for success in higher education and the workforce. In addition to the core subjects, students in Grades 10 to 12 have the opportunity to tailor their learning experience by selecting from optional subjects. The optional subjects offered include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Career and Technology Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Social Sciences 
  • Languages
  • Physical Education

Admission and Fees

How to Apply for Canadian International School? Step-by-Step Process

To apply for Canadian International School, follow these steps:

Step 1: Register your interest. 

You can register your interest by emailing the school with your full name, recent reports, Emirates ID, and a copy of your passport.

Step 2: Be placed on the waiting list.

The admissions department will place you on the waiting list and contact you as soon as a spot becomes available.

Step 3: Check the status of your application. 

You can check the status of your application by emailing the admissions department on the first day of every month.

Step 4: Complete the application form.

If you are successful, you will be contacted by the school and asked to complete the application form available on the school's website.

Step 5: Submit the application form and required documents. 

You must submit a hard copy of the application form and the following required documents to the school campus:

  • Recent report cards (last academic year and mid-term report for the current year)
  • Copy of applicant's Emirates ID card (or passport if Emirates ID is not yet available)
  • Emirates ID card of both parents
  • Passport copy of applicant and both parents
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (6 cm x 4 cm)
  • Birth certificate of the applicant
  • Immunisation card
  • Applicant's health insurance card
  • Complete official transcripts (for Grade 11 and 12 applicants)
  • Options sheet (for Grade 7 to 12 applicants)
  • Attested transfer certificate from the previous school (for outside Emirates or overseas applicants)

All documents must be in English or Arabic, or accompanied by an official UAE translation.

Please note:

  • School tours are held every Thursday morning at 10:00 am.
  • If your child is studying in a British school, they may be offered a place in a different year, as the grade/year levels do not align between the British system and Alberta Education.

Fee Structure of Canadian International School

The fees for Canadian International School are mentioned below:







AED 12,735

AED 10,830

AED 10,830

AED 36,100


AED 13,540

AED 11,520

AED 11,520

AED 38,400

Grade 1 – Grade 5

AED 14,730

AED 12,450

AED 12,450

AED 41,800

Grade 6 – Grade 9

AED 15,710

AED 13,380

AED 13,380

AED 44,600

Grade 10 – Grade 12

AED 16,865

AED 14,370

AED 14,370

AED 47,900


  • The above tuition fee includes the costs of books and registration fees (non-refundable).
  • Canadian International School fees can be paid in three instalments.
  • 1st instalment is due before August 16
  • 2nd instalment is due before December 10
  • 3rd instalment is due before March 10

Canadian International School Abu Dhabi fee does not include the cost of:

  • Transportation
  • Uniform
  • Field trips
  • Special student activities

School Facilities

Transportation Facility at Canadian International School

CIS offers a bus service to all students, run by Emirates Transport, an ADEK-approved company.

To sign up for the bus, fill out the form on the CIS website. Emirates Transport will then contact you to confirm the registration and bus stop location. The service is subject to availability.

All buses have a monitor to look after kids during the ride. You can choose a one-way service, but there's no discount.

The total fee for a school year is AED 4,600, payable in three instalments:

  • 1st instalment: AED 1,840, due on/before August 18
  • 2nd instalment: AED 1,380, due on/before December 9
  • 3rd instalment: AED 1,380, due on/before March 10

Sports Facilities at Canadian International School

The school is committed to allowing students to participate in sports and physical education. The school's sports facilities and programs are designed to help students develop a love of sports and physical activity that will last a lifetime. 

CIS Abu Dhabi has a number of state-of-the-art sports facilities, including:

  • A 25-meter indoor swimming pool
  • A full-sized football pitch
  • Basketball courts
  • Volleyball courts
  • A gymnastics studio
  • A dance studio
  • The school's sports facilities are available to students during and after school hours.

Contact Details

Telephone: +971-2-556-4206

For general enquiries: [email protected]

Admission enquiries: [email protected]




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are the specific hours or time slots during which the school operates?

The school is from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM from Monday to Thursday and from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Friday.

2. Does the school organise extracurricular activities after regular school hours?

The school offers a variety of extracurricular activities after regular school hours. They are offered at no additional cost to students.

3. What is the total number of grade levels or academic years in the school?

The school operates from KG to Year 12 grade level. 

4. What is the current enrollment count of students in the school?

There are approximately 900-1000 students on campus.

5. How many different nationalities are currently represented among the student body?

The school has a diverse student population, with students from over 69 different       nationalities.

6. What is the format of the academic calendar of the Canadian International School?

The academic year starts in August and ends in July.

7. What is the range of tuition fees Canadian International School charges?

Canadian International School’s fee range is AED 36,100 – AED 47,900.

8. Does the school have a cafeteria or canteen facility available within the campus?

Yes, a large canteen on the school grounds offers several lunch and snack options.

9. Does the school host holiday camps during winter, spring, or summer breaks?

Yes, the school host a variety of holiday camps during winter, spring, or summer breaks.

10. What is the current number of teachers employed at the school?

The Canadian International School has over 149 staff members, including teachers and support staff.

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