Message From The Principal

Welcome to the Collegiate International School, home of the Sand Cats!

CIS is a vibrant and welcoming learning community located in the heart of Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai, away from the traffic and towers. CIS staff are committed to the holistic development of every learner while supporting students to reach the highest levels of achievement. From Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, our values-driven educational program engages a highly international group of students. 


Many of our students walk or cycle to school from nearby though they come from all over the world. As a community of learners, we know first-hand that developing warm relationships among students, teachers and parents creates an environment where students thrive. No matter where they live in Dubai and no matter where they come from -- our students can't wait to get to school each day! 

"Low class sizes and a commitment to every learner result in individual attention for all CIS students."

Non-native English speakers are welcome at CIS and provided intensive support to develop their English language skills. Classrooms at Collegiate International School (CIS) are vocabulary rich and experiential learning, inquiry and collaborative group work support critical thinking in all content areas.  Gifted and talented students spark their skills and special abilities in our GATEway program. Learning is supported in all environments including field trips (local and international) that extend our curriculum, and events that celebrate global-minded thinking and display our learning. 


The CIS curriculum is aligned to the New York state Common Core Standards. CIS also offers the IB Diploma program and Advance Placement (AP) courses as options for study in grades 11 and 12. All students completing the high school program at CIS are eligible for a US High School Diploma or a US High School Diploma with Honors, and those completing the requirements of the International Baccalaureate Organization earn the IB Diploma as well. The high school advisor works closely with students on university preparedness and the university admissions process to ensure that students are guided in appropriate university or career pathways.  

"CIS is very proud to be a growing, inclusive school set on developing the values of achievement, innovation, integrity, respect, responsibility and collaboration."

Our goal is to develop good humans and help them to maximize their potential in all areas. We ensure learning in classes as well as through experiences in a robust co-curricular activity and athletics program. We are proudly accredited with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and are both College Board and IBDP authorized. Professional development offered to our teachers ensures they can meet the needs of all learners and keeps us abreast of current trends in American and International education.


The sense of community that completes Collegiate International School is admirable.  Often, students will comment, “we are a family” which is important to our global citizens as they travel the globe for opportunities in higher education or employment.  The school balances American education and traditions in an international setting while celebrating the diversity of its stakeholders.  CIS families know that we are the school with 'heart'.  I invite prospective families to visit us and experience that in person. 


Hoping to see you on campus soon,


Bruce Major