High School Program

All high school students at CDISl participate in a rigorous college-preparatory program that affords students the opportunity to enter universities and colleges around the world. Since our first graduating class in 2003, our graduates have gone on to study in countries around the world, such as the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and The Netherlands, to name a few. High School students have many choices available to them in order to meet their goals and develop their talents and interests.


Core Curriculum

The core curriculum in the high school is comprised of English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, and physics), social studies, Chinese, physical education, fine arts, and religious studies.

Student Support

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Honors classes parallel the curriculum offered in the corresponding regular classes but will cover additional topics. Also, Honors classes will move at a faster pace and cover topics in greater depth. An Advanced Placement (AP) course is designed to prepare students to take an College Board sponsored Advanced Placement (AP) exam in May each year. CDIS currently offers the following AP courses, more than any other international school in western China: • Biology
• Calculus AB&BC
• Chemistry
• Chinese Language and Culture
• Statistics
• Macroeconomics/Microeconomics • English Language and Composition • English Literature and Composition • Physics 1:Algebra-Based and Physics 2: Algebra-Based
• Psychology • Studio Art: Drawing • World History

Advantages of Honors/AP Classes:

  • Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves in a more demanding class
  • Honors/AP classes expose students to information they might not otherwise encounter in high school
  • Students who do well on the AP exams may earn college credit when they enroll in a college or university
  • College and university admissions departments may look favorably on students who take more challenging programs


CDIS provides the following college entrance exams for student seeking college or university admission around the world:

  • PSAT® (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)
  • SAT® (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
  • ACT® (American College Test)

All 10th and 11th graders participate in the PSAT® The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which is co-sponsored by The College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is developed, administered, and scored for the co-sponsors by Educational Testing Service. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading, math, and writing skills that are important for success in college. Critical reading and math sections test a student’s ability to reason using facts and concepts; the multiple-choice writing skills component assesses communication skills. Most students take the SAT and/or ACT in 11th grade, but some take it in 10th grade or earlier. Information obtained for test results can help students plan their education beyond high school. PSAT/NMSQT scores can be used to estimate probable performance on the SAT®.

Co-curricular Activities


The art curriculum provides instruction and experiential education while teaching the elements of art and principles of design. Each student experiences art through a variety of media, techniques, and processes. All programs begin with the premise that each child can enjoy artistic expression and take pride in the work he or she creates. Program goals involve visual education and communication. Advanced students may also develop their own portfolios and gallery displays.


The CDIS music department offers intermediate band and choir for High School students.  Students get many opportunities to use their gifts and creativity through both singing and instrumental music.  We seek to offer each student a well-rounded music education at CDIS so that each student can build his or her musical abilities and creativity.  We also look forward to further expansion of the program and hope to create even more opportunities for CDIS students to make music.


During the school year our rigorous PE program provides students the opportunity to develop skills and explore sports and activities they may not have tried before such as swimming, badminton, table tennis, etc. Beyond our regular PE program, CDIS offers High School swimming, basketball, volleyball and soccer to all qualifying students. CDIS is a member of CISA (Chengdu International Schools Association), ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) and ISC (International Schools Consortium). CISA provides regular games and tournaments between the international schools in Chengdu. Our athletes also travel to other cities across China to participate in tournaments with other ISC or ACAMIS schools. Our well-guided sports programs provide opportunities for young men and women to gain important life skills by teaching them the value of good sportsmanship, teamwork, commitment, hard work, and the importance of physical activity to support a healthy lifestyle.


The CDIS Theatre Arts program provides students with public speaking and performing arts skills. In addition to the High School Theatre Arts class, both Middle and High School students are given an opportunity to be involved in large-scale productions. Through our productions students not only have an opportunity to perform but also gain experience with stage construction and setting, prop fabrication, costuming, hair and makeup, sound, lighting, special effects, publicity, house management, and a host of other skills.


The National English Honor Society (NEHS) is an American honor society that recognizes students with an aptitude and interest in the English language arts. Its parent organization, Sigma Tau Delta, has over 100 years of history in American universities. NEHS has been growing rapidly in the U.S. over the past several years, and has recently expanded to include international chapters. We are proud to have chartered CDIS’s Quill & Dumpling Chapter as an opportunity to recognize high achievers and upstanding members of our student body, providing them with exciting alternative learning opportunities as well as opportunities to serve others.

Model United Nations

The Model United Nations class teaches students about the issues facing the world and expands participants’ critical thinking skills, as well as their debate and communication skills. Students in this class will research their assigned countries to become well versed in its history and current needs. They will come to understand the economic and historical implications of decisions made by leaders. Finally, they will serve as representatives at international conferences to gain first-hand knowledge of and experience with the impact a country’s pursuit of its political and social agenda has on a global scale. High School Model United Nations (MUN) first-year students participate in a formal class and attend one MUN conference in the Spring Semester. Students with high school MUN experience are eligible for the MUN club, which involves attending an international conference in the fall and a domestic conference in the Spring.

Student Advisory Council

The purpose of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) is to provide servant leadership to the student body of CDIS and give input to, and be informed about significant institutional decisions relating to student life. The members of the SAC will be selected by a general election vote open to all CDIS high school students. A class representative will be elected by each high school grade level at the beginning of the academic year.


The yearbook is produced by students and supervised by a faculty advisor. During yearbook class, students are exposed to advanced page design and photo enhancement software, acquire publication design skills, and learn the importance of responsibility, organization and time management. Those elements come together to create the CDIS Yearbook.

Community Service

CDIS has a long history of working on community service projects as a way to contribute positively to our community, as well as to teach our students to be aware of the needs of others and to be world changers themselves. Over the years, our students have been involved in raising funds for various projects. We partner with Alpha Communities and Operation Blessing to financially support rural Chinese students so that they can complete their high school education. We also provide school lunches, through these organizations, for other students who otherwise could not afford to eat. CDIS secondary students are also involved in helping in a local orphanage and have the opportunity to go on yearly service trips to the Philippines, Cambodia, Inner Mongolia and Yunnan Province.

ISC Science Fair

In addition to laboratory exercises in their science classes, CDIS students are given opportunities for independent research.Throughout the year High School students research, develop, and perform experiments or engineering projects. The students summarize their project in a display and present them at the science fair. The Best of Show from our fair will go on to compete in an Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® (Intel ISEF) qualifying fair. Winners of the qualifying fair compete in the Intel ISEF. This fair, held every year in the U.S., is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, and annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 65 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research. Since 2009, CDIS has seen its students among the award winners at ISEF in the United States.