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Canadian International School Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates



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Welcome to a school that responds to the needs of 21st century expatriate students. We are living in an international community, so our school must provide a learning environment that cultivates the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to compete in an increasingly global society. Right from the embracing arch at the entrance of CIS, students, parents, teachers and staff know that they are walking into a facility that has been purposely designed for a community of learners to meet the demands of our international world.

Our school has established a solid foundation of academic excellence as well as a warm, inclusive environment in which all of our students feel valued and welcome. Our school is accredited by Alberta Education of Canada and, we are proud to be rated as a Top Tier 4 school with them (we are one of two Alberta Accredited international schools to hold this top status).
The Alberta curriculum is focused on student-centered inquiry learning, which teaches our students to be independent, critical thinkers and possess skills to adapt and excel in different situations and environments. An Alberta high school diploma is internationally recognized and enables students to competitively apply to universities and jobs all over the world. The school strives to provide instructional programs that motivate our students to become life-long learners and to improve our students’ self-esteem and confidence as they become ethical citizens and leaders in a global society. In addition to our outstanding academic program, our students enjoy a wealth of extra-curricular activities, clubs and opportunities to demonstrate excellence.

As a testament to one of the cornerstones of our Vision Statement — to respect diversity — CIS students represent about 80 different nationalities, including Canadian, Emirati, American and British.

Enrollment is open to English-speaking students who are likely to be successful in the challenging Inquiry-based Canadian curriculum. Our students are encouraged to work hard and play hard. They are supported through the rigorous Alberta curriculum by caring teachers who seek to make success stories of each student. On the other hand, they are also urged to contribute to CIS’s flourishing community through participation in sports, clubs, school improvement initiatives and community service opportunities.

A CIS student is one who is respectful and demands respect in return. A CIS student is one who embraces challenges. A CIS student is one who is learning to be a self-directed thinker and who is preparing himself or herself to be a leader in tomorrow’s technological, international, fast-paced world. A CIS student knows that upon graduation he or she will be ready to take on the world!


Dental Insurance is covered under your Medical Insurance policy.

Dependent Opportunities

If you are moving to CIS with your children, we offer free tuition for up to 2 children and 50% discount on all additional children attending the school.


We provide excellent Medical Insurance for teachers and their eligible family members.


We provide flights to the UAE for you to start your career with CIS as well as a round-trip flight every summer to your home country.

If you live in school accommodation, we also provide transportation to and from the school daily.


We provide accommodation for all teachers. You have the option to take school-provided accommodation that is fully furnished. If you prefer to find your own accommodation, we do also have the option of taking a housing allowance.


When working in the UAE, you have the added benefit of tax-free income. 100% of your gross salary is credited to your account. There are no taxable deductions.


All school provided apartments come fully furnished with all of your essential items.


If you live in school accommodation, we cover the cost of utility bills (water, electricity and cooling).

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