We are so excited that you have taken an interest in CDIS—the school we lovingly refer to as the “Heart of the City.” CDIS is the oldest international school in Chengdu, having operated for over twenty years. We are not only located in the heart of the city, but in all we do, we keep our students, their families, and our staff first in own hearts, providing a rigorous educational program built upon academic excellence in a caring emotional and social setting.
At CDIS, we work hard to prepare our students for the world beyond K-12 academics as young men and women of integrity and character. Our teachers craft lessons and daily learning around our learning objectives to Learn, Love, and Lead. Daily lessons focus on global competencies such as curiosity, discernment, humility, and purpose, to name a few.
Chengdu International School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and remains a long-standing member of ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools)). CDIS is also a member of CISA (Chengdu International Schools Association) and is one of seven schools in the International Schools Consortium (iSC), a system of quality international schools across China and the UAE. As part of these organizations, our students have the opportunity to compete and collaborate with other schools in athletic competitions, academic events, and fine arts activities across Chengdu and all of greater China. In addition, our staff benefit from continual professional development and collaborative curricular support in order to stay abreast of educational trends and innovative teaching methodology.
There are a number of ways we care about our students at CDIS. We understand that global learners are in transition. Therefore, we make every effort to help students adjust to not only the challenges of a new school environment, but also provide support in their transitions toa new location and the various stages of life. In addition, safety is always a top priority at CDIS, and if you come to visit, you will notice that we have multiple systems in place to achieve safety of students, staff, and visitors. We hope you will consider Chengdu International School as the place for your child’s academic, emotional, and social needs.
Dr. Jennifer J. Birdsong
CDIS Head Principal
iSC Purpose Statement
International Schools Consortium is committed to providing transformative,
holistic K12 education to develop globally-minded individuals who learn, love, and lead.
ONE AMAZING CAMPUS
At CDIS, we understand that learning only takes place if students’ basic needs of health, safety and security are met. Your child’s safety is always paramount in our minds and each member of the CDIS community shares the responsibility of maintaining a secure, nurturing learning environment. Our skilled and experienced school staff ensures that this aim is met by always providing a protective environment for study and play, carefully selected healthy food options and regular access to exercise.
Our modern, purpose-built campus includes every facility you might expect at a quality international school: bright classrooms and hallways, communal spaces for students, indoor and outdoor sport and play areas, multiple fine arts classrooms,cafeteria and a cozy café.
Our gated campus has only one gate that provides access during the school day and is monitored by uniformed guards and 24-hour CCTV camera surveillance. Our Early Childhood Department can only be accessed through biometric-secured gates, keeping accessibility to this area to a needed minimum and ensuring that each child can learn, play, and move around safely and without interruption.
Getting to campus
Ready to find your way to CDIS?
Chengdu International School (CDIS) was founded in 1997 and holds the distinction of being the first international school in Chengdu. CDIS provides an international education program for the children of expatriates living in the Chengdu area. The original school was located on the third floor of the the Jia Hao School, and had only 18 students and four full-time teachers. In 2000 the school grew to 72 students and expanded the secondary program from seventh grade to tenth grade. Due to continued growth, CDIS moved to the fifth floor of the Jinguan Xincheng School in 2002, where PreKindergarten through 12th grade programs could be offered. In 2005, CDIS moved to the Zhonghai International Community campus. After several years, once again CDIS outgrew its facilities and relocated to Tonggui Road in Jinjiang district in September 2013. In 2018, CDIS moved closer to the heart of the city, settling into its current campus located on Shuinianhe Nanlu, mere minutes from the city center.
In 2007, CDIS was the first international school in Western China to receive accreditation for its education program by U.S.-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and in 2010 was accredited by China’s National Center for School Curriculum and Textbook Development NCCT. In 2009, CDIS was the first school to be certified by the Ministry of Education to teach foreign students.
Campus & Facilities
Experienced nurses always available
The CDIS Nurse’s Office has a school nurse on duty every day that school is in session to serve students and staff. Parents are also welcome to visit the Health Office if they have questions. Our Health Office is equipped to handle minor injuries and illnesses and regularly provides advice to students and parents on best practices for health. For children who need medication during school days, the nurse can administer the medicine at the time requested. Our experienced nurses are constantly working to maintain a learning environment for our students that meets Western health and hygiene standards.
CDIS adheres to established child safety and protection guidelines based on UNICEF’s Child Rights declaration regarding teacher-student behavior and facility use and design to guarantee optimum safety for each child. We are committed to holding each other accountable through training and processes that protect children.
It's all about hygiene, health, and great food
Healthy, well-balanced food is crucial for each child’s development. At CDIS, we ensure this through regular health and hygiene procedures and inspections, meal preparation, and menu planning. This starts with a kitchen that meets health standards. Our kitchen and dining areas are regularly checked by government authorities to assure that all hygiene standards are met and hygiene procedures are followed.
All our lunches are prepared by our own chefs who have worked in international hotels and are very experienced in both Western and Chinese cuisines. We purchase our food and beverage products from trusted vendors only, and each morning carefully select meat, vegetables, and fruit.
Each day, our students can choose between Western and Chinese food. One lunch meal, including a Chinese or international entrée, rice, vegetables, salad, soup, fruit, and a small dessert is only 25¥. Students can also, of course, bring their own lunch and warm it up in one of our microwaves. All students eat their lunches in our clean cafeteria.
A safe way to travel
Every school day, CDIS provides bus transportation to and from school for all students who have registered for it. Experienced and well-trained bus monitors are always there to ensure your child’s safety. Additionally, each bus is equipped with cameras. Data is recorded and stored. All of our buses keep in constant contact with the CDIS transportation manager while on their routes. This system enables us to increase security and communicate delays with parents.
Minimizing the effects of air pollution on campus
Air quality and the effects of heavily polluted air on children’s health is a serious concern. Even on days with a low AQI rating, Chengdu air is full of pollutants. For that reason, CDIS indoor facilities (classrooms, hallways and areas for indoor sport and play) are closed from outside air and constantly provided with filtered air though our Centralized Air Filtration System. This allows us to continue with classes and sports, even on heavily polluted days. We check the air pollution rate several times each day, and the nurse both posts the AQI in high traffic areas and e-mails staff daily so that adjustments to outdoor activities can be made if necessary.
For our outdoor facilities, CDIS monitors pollution levels on a daily basis, using the information here: http://www.aqicn.info/?city=Chengdu. A policy is in place to adjust activities in an attempt to safeguard the health and wellness of our students. This policy applies to outdoor sports as well as outdoor playtime. A summary of our AQI (Air Quality Index) policy:
AQI 0-150: normal activities
AQI150-200: reduced-intensity activities
AQI 200-250: Elementary students indoors; Secondary students have low-intensity activities if outdoors
AQI > 250: All activities inside
Teachers will immediately pull a student from an activity if he/she shows signs of abnormal respiratory distress, and notify the school nurse for further monitoring.
2018 Safety and Security Poster Winner, Hayden Smith from Chengdu International School
iSC SAFTEY AND SECURITY
To ensure the safety of our students, parents and visitors are required to sign in at reception upon entering the school campus. Badges identifying parents and visitors are available at the desk and must be worn at all times while on campus. Before leaving the school, please turn in your badge and sign out.
SAFETY FEATURES ON CAMPUS
- iSC schools feature security measures that provide a safe learning environment. We have a front door that is locked at all times and only accessible through the use of a biometric scanner.
- iSC schools have a strict pick-up policy. All new individuals picking up, even those listed on the enrollment forms, are required to show ID regardless of relation.
- When in the care of our staff, all children are accompanied, supervised, and in line of sight at all times without exception.
- The majority of our staff members are CPR and First Aid certified and receive a minimum of 24 hours continuing education classes bi-annually.
- All Bus Drivers have yearly driver safety training.
- First aid certified staff are present at every school event.
- An AED is provided in the event of an emergency.
- All iSC schools obtain fire code certification from their local fire bureau.
- Alarm systems and fire suppression equipment are in place.
- In the event there is an obstacle blocking your escape route, go to the closest exit. Once outside, proceed to the assigned gathering point.
- In the event that the route to the assigned gathering point is blocked, immediately proceed to the alternate gathering point.
- Teachers and students stand quietly in line until word is given from the administration that it is safe to re-enter the building.
Healthy, well-balanced food is crucial for each child’s development. This starts with a kitchen that meets health standards. Our kitchen and dining areas are regularly checked by government safety inspectors to assure that all hygiene standards are met and hygiene procedures are followed.
Students have a choice between Asian and Western cuisine, which are prepared by our own chefs. We purchase our food and beverage products from trusted vendors only, and each morning carefully select meat, vegetables and fruit for daily meals.
Students can, of course, also bring their own lunch and warm it up in microwaves provided in the cafeteria.
All students eat their lunch in our clean and spacious cafeteria.
Off CAMPUS EVENTS
A Safety Plan is developed for each off-campus event and a copy is maintained in the school office.
The plan includes:
- Pre-visits to the trip destination to confirm all accommodation, food, activity, and service information
- List of students on the trip, with current emergency phone numbers
- Permission to travel forms signed by parent / guardian
- Medical information pertaining to trip participants who require specific medical assistance
- List of teachers and chaperones, with contact information
- For overnight and out of city events, a calling tree in the safety plan ensures full contact
- To the extent possible, teachers and chaperones have access to cellular phones while at off-campus events
AIR QUALITY INDEX
Air quality and the effects of heavily polluted air on children’s health is a serious concern. For that reason, CDIS's indoor facilities (classrooms, hallways and areas for indoor sport and play) are closed from outside air and constantly provided with filtered air though our Centralized Air Filtration System. This allows us to continue with classes and sports, even on heavily polluted days. We check the air pollution rate several times each day.
For our outdoor facilities, iSC schools monitor pollution levels on a daily basis. A policy is in place to adjust activities in an attempt to safeguard the health and wellness of our students. This policy applies to outdoor sports as well as outdoor playtime. A summary of our AQI (Air Quality Index) policy:
- AQI 0-150: normal activities
- AQI150-200: reduced-intensity activities
- AQI 200-250: Elementary students indoors; Secondary students have low-intensity activities if outdoors
- AQI > 250: All activities inside
Teachers will immediately pull a student from an activity if he/she shows signs of abnormal respiratory distress, and notify the school nurse for further monitoring.
WHILE ON CAMPUS
The safety and security of our people and the communities in which we operate is critical. We must be vigilant, disciplined, and always looking out for one another. Each of us is a role model for others. Do not enter classrooms unless escorted by a member of staff or by prior arrangement.
If you have any concerns about a child’s behavior or treatment, please report your concerns to reception as quickly as possible. Report any accident, injury, illness, or unsafe condition immediately. Never assume that someone else has reported or will report a risk or concern. Stop work, your own or others', if you consider it unsafe. Speak up if you observe an unsafe or unhealthy working environment. Listen to others who speak up.
Walk to the nearest stairwell and exit the building. Do not use elevators. Proceed to the field area. Do not re-enter the building until you are told it is safe to do so.
In case of an emergency requiring a lock-down, immediately enter a room and lock the door. Go to an area of the room that is away from the door and away from the windows. Stay until an announcement is made.
IT'S GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS
As a School, we strive to be appreciated as an active contributor to our local and global community in order to deliver the best possible teaching and learning opportunities for our students. To assist with these goals, we work with a range of partner organizations who provide a variety of services that support our position as an independent school, enhance our curriculum offering, or complement our community engagement programs.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS CONSORTIUM
Chengdu International School is a part of the International Schools Consortium (iSC) — a nonprofit organization that, since 1986, has offered excellent academic programs to meet the intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of students. iSC has six schools in China — in Chengdu, Qingdao, Wuhan, Wuxi, Tianjin, and Yantai — plus one school in the UAE, and helps to support various other educational initiatives globally. iSC is a multi-school program, enabling students and teachers to participate in system-wide programs where they can interact with others outside of their immediate school. Students compete in basketball, volleyball, and soccer tournaments, as well as music and choral festivals, and Model United Nations (MUN) conventions. In addition to student involvement, all teachers attend iSC’s annual professional development conference to share best practices. The opportunity to be a part of this larger, interconnected community is just one of the many ways in which the
ACCREDITATION & AFFILIATIONS
CDIS was the first international school in Western China to receive accreditation for its education program by U.S.-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2007. In 2009, CDIS was also the first school in Chengdu to be certified by the Ministry of Education of China to teach foreign students. Each of these accrediting bodies reviews CDIS every three years, and we submit yearly reports that detail continuing quality improvement initiatives and progress.