Opening of the new kindergarten wing of the Canadian International School (CIS) in January 2023.

Want a kindergarten that has it all?
A solid academic base, a warm environment that promotes curiosity with lots of outdoor games every day.

The Canadian International School (CIS) is thrilled to announce that its new kindergarten wing will open in January 2023. Designed to bring the outdoors in and support the inquiry and play-based approach of the school, it will house the student community from Kindergarten to Grade 1 and will have a spectacular new outdoor discovery center.

Useful outdoor play and more
Inquiry-based learning and focused play is at the heart of CIS Kindergarten student education.

Focused play and inquiry-based learning engages children, triggers their curiosity, and empowers them to solve problems creatively. Exploring concepts through interactive activities like water games means you can really learn all about volume and capacity through the hands-on process.

Play is an effective learning tool and not something that is done instead of learning. CIS believes in providing opportunities for students to learn through meaningful play both in and outside the classroom, so that they can develop not only their imagination and empathy, but also their skills linguistic and social.”.
Dr. Colleen Drisner, Principal of Lakeside Campus

Designed to facilitate learning through play
A massive 2,600 square meter (nearly three-quarters of an acre) outdoor discovery center will be connected to spacious classrooms filled with natural light.

Much more than a playground
When children are outdoors, they are quickly inspired to get active and run, jump and climb. These activities, in turn, stimulate brain development, sharpen social and gross motor skills, and generate strong academic performance.

CIS students will have the opportunity to play every day in the ODC which has a few extra special features: a sound and art garden to experiment in, a mud kitchen and an ecological pond. Plus, lots of grassy hills, natural tunnels, a play fort, and a yoga lawn.

By playing with mud, water, sand and loose objects such as sticks, stones, mesh and rope, students will engage in imaginative and creative thinking while solving problems. They will learn to calculate, measure, invent, estimate, specify, analyze, formulate hypotheses and test theories, thus developing their thinking, communication and research skills.

Learning Modules
Lakside’s unique learning module design has been incorporated into the new wing. Grade-level classrooms that serve students in the English and Chinese-English and French-English bilingual programs will power dedicated lighted learning modules, providing exhibit spaces and fostering a strong sense of grade-level community.

Specialized spaces to support children’s development
The CIS team got creative with some of their new early learning spaces. The new junior library will house a wide selection of age-appropriate books, a gross motor room and a functional educational bakery.

New facilities for the entire school community
Students across the school will enjoy the wing’s new full-size gymnasium which will serve as an additional practice and tournament room for older students, a 25m indoor swimming pool, a dance studio and a 200m theater. squares.

Learn more at the CIS Open House in April, RSVP at