Council of International Schools

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Headquarter City Washington

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  • Universities affiliated

    No university is yet affiliated to this group.

    • The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a global, non-profit, membership organisation that defines standards and supports the continuous improvement of international education through an integrated portfolio of services. Core service areas are School Support and Evaluation, Educator Recruitment, and Higher Education. In addition, CIS has developed an Affiliated Consultant Network, confers an International Student Award, facilitates networking and professional development in all service areas, and hosts various, annual conferences and events worldwide.

      CIS membership comprises more than 680 primary and secondary schools, 490 higher education colleges and universities, and represents 109 countries. All members must demonstrate a fundamental commitment to providing students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens. Educators, School Leaders, counselors and students can also registers as individuals with CIS to benefit from Recruitment and Higher Education Services.

      The CIS offices are located in Leiden, the Netherlands, and in Ithaca, New York, USA.

      Member Schools can be variously defined as international, national, non-profit, government, company or proprietary. Staff and students are multinational; the primary language of instruction is in most cases English, although some schools offer bilingual or tri-lingual programmes. The curriculum usually offered is Western in format but, adapted for the international market, e.g. the International Baccalaureate (IB), the International General Certification of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and Advanced Placement (AP), among other international models. The financial set-up ranges from government or company funded to the more typical, tuition fee-based. Usually an international school is established for the children of parents who have temporarily been assigned to work or live in a different country, but national students are increasingly attending schools offering international programmes, as their parents value the increased post-secondary educational and career opportunities resulting from an international education. Member schools must be actively committed to self-analysis and improvement and participate in evaluation.