Canadian International School is an International School following the Alberta based curriculum for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, located in Khalifa A area of Abu Dhabi.

CIS creates an environment of learning which cultivates the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to compete in a global society. At CIS, the Alberta Study Program provides world-class standards and curricula supporting the Inquiry-Based learning (IBL) program, which has been shown to increase students’ ability in problem-solving.

The sprawling campus features a three-story building with windows that enable students to get acquainted with natural light. The main building consists of classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 1 on the first floor, Grade 2 to Grade 5 classrooms on the second floor and Grades 6 to 12 classrooms on the third floor. All classrooms are equipped with Interactive Smartboards. Other facilities in the main building include two well-resourced libraries with extensive learning resources, science labs, computer lab, administration offices, inviting lobby with fountain, and two elementary art rooms.

The Annex Building of CIS includes a Gymnasium, a 25-foot indoor swimming pool, majestic music room, art studio, and a dance studio. Other facilities include a soccer field, a dedicated school playground for Elementary students and an indoor air-conditioned playground for KG children.

The Canadian International School offers the Alberta Program of Study along with the UAE Ministry of Education. The high quality standards of Alberta Education hold the needs and requirements of international Abu Dhabi students and the regulations of the UAE Ministry of Education. Alberta Education strongly encourages trilingual education and therefore responds to multicultural and multilingual school's requirements.

The Alberta Program subjects include English Language Arts, English Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Drama, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Art and Music, Health, and French. The UAE Ministry of Education requirements includes the study of Arabic, Islamic, and UAE Social Studies.

In Early Childhood Education (ECE), children acquire important skills that respond to social, physical, intellectual, cultural, creative and emotional needs, by exploring their environment through a play-based approach. CIS works to provide a caring, nurturing environment that helps children build the confidence and skills required to become self-sufficient students. The ECE facilities in CIS are intended to actively engage children in activities that are purposeful and playful in their exploration of science, music, language art, drama, mathematics, and physical activity. The design of the classroom provides daylight and warm colors facilitating a positive learning environment. In order to encourage the reading, the KG library offers a comfortable setting for children to explore puppets, stories, books, and their own imaginary world.

The elementary school follows the Alberta Curriculum through an Inquiry-based learning approach. Core subjects at this stage include English, Math, Social Studies and Science.

Students at the Canadian International School engage in a wide range of Physical Education activities which include bowling, kayaking, running off-campus, swimming, dance, basketball, volleyball, Frisbee, softball, gymnastics, running, jumping, athletics and many more.

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Grade Fees
KG1 36,100
KG2 38,400
Grade1 41,800
Grade2 41,800
Grade3 41,800
Grade4 41,800
Grade5 41,800
Grade6 44,600
Grade7 44,600
Grade8 44,600
Grade9 44,600
Grade10 47,900
Grade11 47,900
Grade12 47,900

If you would like to apply, please email the most recent report card and a copy of the Emirates ID or passport copy for your child. Admissions will place them on the waiting list and will be in contact if a place becomes available for your child. The admissions team will make contact with all families that they would like to meet; at this meeting, we will take all additional documents. A place is only guaranteed and held for the student once all documents are submitted and payment is made.

The school reserves the right to place your child in the grade level considered appropriate based on the school’s age acceptance policy, your child’s ability, and the Ministry of Education guidelines.


Days Hours

Sunday Closed

Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday Closed

Thursday Closed

Friday Closed

Saturday Closed

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Art
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Football
  • Frisbee
  • Gymnastics
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

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Larry Thaxter