Membership Standards


School Membership Criteria

CIS Membership is conferred on a school that:

  • Clearly demonstrates international mindedness and actively promotes international awareness in its students
  • Applies the CIS Code of Ethics
  • Is willing to undertake an external school improvement process

School Membership Standards

A.  School Guiding Statements
  • The school has clear guiding statements (e.g. mission, vision, educational objectives) which are suitable for the enrolled student body
  • The guiding statements commit the school to providing international and inter-cultural experiences for its students and this commitment is reflected throughout the school
B. Teaching and Learning
  • In their content, design and implementation, curricular programmes serve to put the school’s guiding statements into practice including the school’s commitment to global citizenship
  • Curricular programmes are well organised, documented, and support teaching and learning
  • Teaching and learning are adequately resourced in terms of staff, facilities, infra-structure and support materials
  • The school demonstrates commitment to the ongoing professional development of its staff, and this development is informed by student learning needs
  • The school has developed and implemented procedures and criteria to assess student performance and the impact of teaching on student learning
  • The school has processes in place to record, analyse and report individual student performance to parents
C. Governance and Leadership
  • The Governing Body and School Leadership and Management are constituted to provide the school with sound direction, continuity of leadership and effective support in the current and long term life of the school
  • The Governing Body and School Management observe legal and ethical principles in all dealings with the school community
  • The Head of School is a suitably qualified, competent and experienced in education
  • There is a co-operative and effective working relationship between the governing body and the head of school supported by written documentation which outlines roles, responsibilities and limitations of authority
  • The school’s operations and expectations for staff are guided by clearly formulated policies and practices
  • The school carefully plans its development to ensure ongoing school viability, quality school programmes, and accomplishment of the school‘s guiding statements
D. Faculty and Support Staff
  • The school has leadership, management, teaching and support staff sufficient in numbers and with the qualifications, competencies and character to carry out satisfactorily the school’s mission, programmes, services and activities and to support student well-being
  • All staff are employed under clear written contracts or employment agreements and receive adequate compensation for their work.  Adequate procedures are in place for the recruitment, orientation and well-being of internationally recruited teachers
E. Access to Teaching and Learning
  • Language Support, Special Education provision and Guidance/Counselling systems are commensurate with the identified needs and aspirations of the student body, and they ensure that students benefit from the school’s programmes
  • The school provides adequate health care, and insures provisions for emergencies on-site and at school functions which take place away from the school premises
F. School Culture and Partnerships for Learning
  • A school climate characterised by fairness, trust and mutual respect supports student learning and well-being
  • Effective processes for the interchange of opinions with students, parents and teachers foster a good home and school partnership and a positive learning community
  • The school offers extra/co-curricular activities which complement the school’s curriculum and support its mission
  • (Boarding schools only) Boarding services serve the well-being of all boarding students and staff, and support the school’s mission
G. Operational Systems
  • The school’s financial resources are well managed and capable of supporting implementation of the school’s mission- including sustaining chosen curricular programmes
  • The school grounds, buildings, installations, basic furnishings and equipment are adequate for the effective support of the school’s mission and the total school programme
  • The school meets safety requirements of the local authorities, as well as those required by CIS where necessary
  • Any “auxiliary” services which the school may be offering (food, security, transportation, cleaning, etc.) meet acceptable standards of safety and quality

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