The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) of Chengdu International School is a voluntary service organization managed by the parents and teachers of CDIS. Not only does participation in PTO give parents the opportunity to partner with CDIS to plan fun school-wide activities, it’s also a great way to meet other parents and quickly become involved at CDIS.

The PTO is led by an elected Committee that includes: the PTO president and vice presidents that oversee various aspects and activities sponsored by the group. PTO general meetings are held once a month and are open to all parents and teachers. Members of the CDIS PTO can support activities without becoming officers or attending meetings on a full-time basis. You can also serve as a room parent, and help your child’s teacher as needed. We hope to see you there!


Our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) welcomes all parents of CDIS students and is a very important resource for both the school and the parents themselves. To help cater to the wide diversity here at WYIS, our PTO is organized into several language groups, each with their own organizer.   The language group organizer not only serves as the contact person to disseminate school-related information, but they also assist in communication between parents and the school.

Throughout the year, the PTO also helps coordinate various activities. One of our longest-standing school traditions, which PTO plays a large role in coordinating, is International Day. This is a highlight of our year. Here at CDIS, PTO also hosts a luncheon for Teacher Appreciation Day and provides treats for students on Children’s Day.


Want to Get Connected?

Let us know. We’d love to help you get plugged in.

There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer at CDIS. Volunteering offers a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community.

By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's daily activities. You'll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space).

Here are just some of the ways a parent volunteer can help:

Here are just some of the ways a parent volunteer can help:

  • help organize, cater, or work at fundraising activities such as bake sales or car washes
  • help to plan and chaperone in-school events (dances, proms, or graduation ceremonies)
  • organize or assist with a specific club or interest group (if you have an interest in an activity that isn't currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a chess club or cycling team)
  • assist coaches and gym teachers with sports and fitness programs or work in the school concession stand at sporting events
  • sew costumes or build sets for theatrical and musical productions
  • work with the school band or orchestra or coach music students individually
  • help out with visual arts and crafts
  • hold a workshop for students in life skills, trade or technical programs
  • volunteer to speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you'd like to share
  • supervise or judge experiments at a science fair

None of these pique your interest? Make another suggestion. We’re always looking for ways to involve our parents.

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Chengdu is located on the edge of the fertile plains of the Red Basin in China’s Sichuan Province and ranked as one of the most livable mega-cities in China.

Long known as the Gateway to Tibet, Chengdu sits essentially at the base of the foothills of the Himalayas, where spectacular hiking terrain is but a half an hour ride in any direction. Chengdu is also well-known for its spicy food and fiery Sichuan hot pot, for its relaxing teahouses and Sichuan opera, and of course, the Giant Pandas.

Although Chengdu is now a large modern city and the gateway for many of the Fortune 500 companies into Western China, it retains a quaint charm that makes it a very enjoyable, “laid-back” city to live in. It offers many western restaurants across the city and there is always a Starbucks nearby.

To serve the growing expat community, Chengdu has an increasing presence of consulates and chambers of commerce from the USA and many European and Asian countries. For children, Chengdu offers a growing number of music, art and sport clubs. As co-founder of the CISA (Chengdu International Schools Association), CDIS has played a major role in providing more sport and creativity opportunities for expat children in Chengdu.

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