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Cayman International School (An ISS-Governed School)

Cayman Islands


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS), IB DP


United States of America, Common Core, IB DP, Common Ground

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Cayman International School - School Context

Cayman International School (CIS) is a private, university preparatory, non-sectarian, co-educational school for students Pre-K2 to Grade 12 (Nursery to Year 13). CIS is governed by International Schools Services (ISS), a non-profit organisation based in Princeton, New Jersey. CIS is accredited MSA and is an authorised IB World School. CIS has 990 students. The students and staff constitute over 45 nationalities and are 25% Caymanian. Its community principles and definition of learning inform programming and the respectful learning milieu.

The school’s robust program includes academic disciplines, extensive athletics, service, arts, and co-curricular activities. The Early Childhood programme draws from High Scope and Reggio Emilia. From Kindergarten to Grade 10 (year 1 to year 11) the curriculum is the US Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and is informed by the Common Ground Collaborative (CGC). Students in Grade 11 and 12 (year 12 and 13) engage in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since the previous inspection, January 2020, CIS’ enrolment grew 28.5%. Its teaching staff grew by 21.1%. A new state-of-art High School Building opened in January 2021. The percentage of students doing the full IBDP has increased by over a 100% whilst maintaining a 100% pass rate. Connections with the Cayman Islands have expanded in volume and depth via ambassador programmes and service learning to name a few. CIS doubled its Cayman Citizen Scholarship Programme. Significant improvements were made to access controls and child protection by better securing the perimeter of the school grounds. Since January 2020 programming opportunities in STEAM, the arts, and sciences were added. To further support social emotional needs of students, the counselling teams and learning support teams have added six additional staff and nine additional teaching assistants. Student Success Teams (SST) meet each week regarding the progress of students with accommodations, Individual Education Plans (IEP), and behaviour plans. Enhancing leadership capacity, the roles of grade level leaders (January 2020), vertical team leaders (August 2022) with school wide committees of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), Wellness, and Student Life being established in March 2021. A new Director was appointed in August 2020. The role of Middle School Principal was added for August 2020. New Principals in Early Childhood and High School were appointed in August 2021 and 2022, respectively.

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Wellness allowance - CI$ 500 (USD $600).


Long Term Disability coverage


School covers 100% of premium fee for standard plan. Coverage includes dental and vision. Enhanced plans available that involve employee contribution.


5% matching to pension plan after 9 months of employment at CIS for non-Caymanians. Pension plan starts on first day for people who have Caymanian status.

Dependent Opportunities

Teachers receive tuition benefits for dependent children - 100% - First Child, 50% - Second Child, 20% - Third Child

Moving Allowance

CI$2000 (USD$2400) settling-in stipend for teachers hired from overseas at start of contract


There are no income taxes in the Cayman Islands.

Number of Contract Days

Typically 185 teaching days and 10 Professional Learning days. 197-day contract (typically 195 working days) for teacher and teacher assistant positions; 212-day contract for office positions.


Arrival flight reimbursed for each full time faculty member hired from overseas and one dependent permanently residing in Grand Cayman. Flight reimbursement for economy tickets from home of record. Annual travel allowance - CI$ 1,000 (USD $1,200).

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