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 of School

iSC Purpose Statement

International Schools Consortium is committed to providing transformative,

holistic K12 education to develop globally-minded individuals who learn, love, and lead.




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 experience is unique. iSC is a division of the LDi - Leadership Development International family of companies, an organization committed to leadership development, training, and transformation around the world.



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.