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Message From The Principal

Welcome to the Collegiate International School, home of the Sand Cats!

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to welcome you to Collegiate International School (CIS) - a vibrant and welcoming learning community located in the heart of Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai, away from the traffic and towers.


At CIS, our staff team are committed to the holistic development of every learner while supporting students to reach the highest levels of achievement. From Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, our values-driven educational program engages a highly international group of students. 


Many of our students walk or cycle to school from nearby though they come from all over the world. As a community of learners, we know first-hand that developing warm relationships among students, teachers and parents creates an environment where students feel they belong.

"Low class sizes and a commitment to every learner result in individual attention for all CIS students."

At CIS our curriculum is aligned to the New York state Common Core Standards. We offer both the IB Diploma program and Advance Placement (AP) courses as options for study in grades 11 and 12, to ensure flexible options are available to meet the needs of our learners. In addition, all students completing the high school program at CIS are eligible for a US High School Diploma or a US High School Diploma with Honors. Those completing the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organization earn the IB Diploma as well. Our High School Advisor works closely with students on university preparedness and the university admissions process to ensure that students are guided in appropriate university or career pathways. 

"CIS is very proud to be a growing, inclusive school set on developing the values of achievement, innovation, integrity, respect, responsibility and collaboration."

Our goal is to develop good human beings and help them to maximize their unique potential in all areas. We ensure learning in classes as well as through experiences in a robust co-curricular activity and athletics program. We are proudly accredited with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and are both College Board and IBDP approved.


We work with all team members to ensure that the professional development offered to our team ensures they can meet the needs of all learners and keeps us abreast of current trends in American and International education.


The sense of community that completes Collegiate International School is admirable.  Often, students will comment, “we are a family” which is important to our global citizens as they travel internationally for opportunities in higher education or employment.  The school balances American education and traditions in an international setting while celebrating the diversity of its wider family.  CIS families know that we are the school with 'heart'. I welcome children and families to come and visit us to experience all we have to offer in person.


Hoping to see you on campus soon,


Jonathan Cox 

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