IMG_5352.JPGPhysical address122 Dongyi Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou 510000
Telephone+86 20 3993 9920
Gender: Co-educational
Teaching language: English
Curriculum: Canadian (Alberta)
Ages: 2 to 18


Canadian International School of Guangzhou (CIS) is the first Alberta-accredited Pre-K to Grade 12 International School in mainland China. Alberta’s world-class K12 education system has an excellent reputation and is recognised as one of the best in the English-speaking world. At CIS, it’s taught by Alberta-certified teachers, focusing on innovation and critical-thinking ability.

What the school says

"Our slogan is 'Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow'.

"We aim to inspire our students to be collaborative, confident, independent thinkers in a resource-rich, global learning environment, and to prepare them for a lifetime of success.

"Our values and beliefs:

  • To support your child in achieving their individual best
  • To engage learners to be cooperative and accountable
  • To nurture global citizens in lifelong learning
  • To foster respect and learning in a healthy and safe environment"


Fees for the 2023/2024 school year range from RMB 160,000 for Pre-Kindergarten to RMB 220,000 for Grades 10 to 12. Fees can either be paid annually or in two instalments. There is a once-off application fee of RMB 2,000.

Additional fees apply for lunch, school transport, and uniforms.

From the principal

"At the Canadian International School of Guangzhou, we nurture students to become confident, compassionate, and enthusiastic about opportunities everywhere in the world.

"We shape our students to be globally aware citizens, eager to make a deep and long-lasting contribution to society. Our community is home to many different cultures and nationalities, and our Alberta curriculum teaches students to become 'problem solvers' who pause for thought, appreciate different perspectives and are genuine global citizens.

"At CIS, we understand that every child has potential, and that it is the school’s aim to inspire students to discover and pursue it. Our teaching, facilities and world-class Alberta curriculum all allow us to offer unmatched choice. Your child will be able to explore a large range of activities and subjects and will be inspired to develop their gifts and talents.

"We maintain high standards at CIS and expect our students to achieve their personal best. Our teachers and educational assistants educate and form the future leaders of our world, from our youngest students at two years old all the way through to Grade 12.

"I invite you to explore our website to get an impression of what we provide for international and local students and their families. Or, even better, arrange a visit to our brand-new campus to see it all in person. We look forward to meeting you!"

– Tanya Thiessen, Principal

From the parents

"I understand key things about CIS and one is teachers in CIS love every student. They give opportunities to every student. They care about every student’s individual needs and individual development more than any other school. My children enjoy their school life and this has made them happy at home too. Seeing their happy faces and hearing their laughter, I know I made the right choice for their education."

"We parents are also learning. CIS organized lots of activities, Cantonese opera performance, education forum, expert talks, Germany communication salon, Alberta officials presentations, etc., enabling us to understand the concept of modern education and the direction of global talents in the future."

Further reading

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