Cebu International School Commences its Centennial Anniversary with the Opening of the 2024-2025 School Year

Cebu-International-School-Centennial-100Y-Logo-OfficialCebu City, Philippines – May 1, 2024 – Cebu International School (CIS) is proud to announce the commencement of its 100th Anniversary with the opening of the 2024-2025 school year this August. As this historic milestone is reached, CIS has firmly established itself as one of the leading international schools in the Philippines, providing a quality holistic international education that challenges students to be globally engaged, positive contributors in a competitive, changing world.

Established in 1924 as the Cebu American School, CIS changed its name in 1973 to better reflect the growing diversity of its student body and its focus on nurturing young minds to become internationally-minded global citizens. The school’s centennial celebration is a testament to its rich history of academic growth, cultural diversity, and commitment to lifelong learning.

“Over the past century, CIS has earned international recognition as a quality international school provider, particularly over the last 25 years as an internationally accredited school that offers the reputable International Baccalaureate (IB) programs,” said Dr. Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent of CIS. As we celebrate our centennial this year, we look forward to honoring our past, celebrating our present, and preparing for our future.

The 2024-2025 school year will be marked by a series of special events, projects, and initiatives that celebrate CIS’s rich history and commitment to excellence. Students, parents, alumni, and the community are invited to join in the festivities and be part of this historic milestone.

About Cebu International School:

Cebu International School (CIS) is a leading international school located in Cebu City, Philippines, offering the reputable International Baccalaureate programs for students from Preschool to Grade 12. With a holistic focus on academic excellence and competency in life skills, cultural diversity, and community engagement, CIS prepares students to recognize and pursue individual and collective goals, develop their skills as lifelong learners so as to be prepared to take positive, caring action to contribute in a competitive, changing world.

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2023 IB Diploma Results

We are thrilled to announce the outstanding IB Diploma results for the year 2023 and take great pride in sharing that our students have once again surpassed the global average across all key metrics.

This remarkable achievement serves as a testament to the dedication and hard work of our incredible students, the support of their teachers and parents, and the standard of excellence we maintain here at CIS alongside our IB programmes.



The achievements of the Class of 2023 are truly commendable and demonstrate the effectiveness of our holistic approach to education. Through a combination of rigorous academic programs, comprehensive support systems, and an encouraging learning environment, our students have showcased their capacity to excel. This outstanding accomplishment not only highlights their individual abilities but also reflects the collective effort of the CIS community in shaping their success.

We extend our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2023 for their exceptional accomplishments.

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IB Results 2022: CIS Students Continue to Score Above World Average

On July 6, students around the world received their IB Diploma results. At CIS, we are pleased to report our students continue to perform above the world average in all key metrics – a credit to the students, their teachers, parents, CIS, and the IB program!

Most importantly, our students’ results give us confidence that they are ready to take on the challenges of our time and be positive contributors in a competitive, changing world.

Despite taking on nearly the entire two-year Diploma Programme online via our #CISRemoteLearning program, and dealing with the restrictions of COVID and the aftermath of Supertyphoon Odette, CIS students scored exceptionally well, above the world average in pass rates, average total points, and average course grades.

Furthermore, our students received offers from multiple countries and universities around the world, along with scholarship offers worth over 1 million USD! We congratulate them all on their success, commend them for their hard work over these past two years, and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

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World-class boarding with an environment great for studying

The study environment in a boarding school plays an important role in the success of a student. The CIS Student Residence is thoughtfully designed to this need of your precious child. Each student is provided a study space with:

  • a large desk with ample space for working with laptop
  • a comfortable study chair
  • storage facilities for books, files, etc.
  • good lighting, ventilation, and climate control
  • power points

Our facilities also include quiet areas where a student can engage in uninterrupted study, the pursuit of personal reading, writing, creating, reflections, and many more. The lush green surroundings, the comfort along with all the safety levels that meet international standards give your child a great study environment.

To request for more information and to secure a slot, contact

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Boarding at the CIS Student Residence

by Mr. John Devadoss, Head of Student Residence

Situated in the beautiful scenic Cebu City — a global hub for business processing services, tourism, shipping, and furniture-making — the Student Residence of Cebu International School is a brand new state of the art infrastructure providing boarding for students from Grade 7-12. Those fortunate to get admitted into this prestigious Boarding House, that boasts of international standards in every way, find a home away from home.

Photos by: (L-R) Josh Roland, Fritz Carilo, Emjeii Beattie

Aerial view of the CIS Student Residence
Aerial view of the CIS Student Residence

The Residence is within the school premises which allows the students to enjoy easy access to all the school facilities – swimming, library, internet, gymnasium – even beyond school timings and on weekends. Boarding students can enjoy the best of our facilities in a safe and secure environment. Your child will no longer have to travel everyday to/from home/school, minimizing the risks involved with traveling and completely removing the need for wasting time on travel.

Cebu International School will be celebrating its centenary year in 2024, and offers all three of the internationally renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) academic programs, and boasts of an enviable record in IB Diploma exam results. CIS is accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Western Association for Schools and Colleges and the Head of Student Residence accredited by the Association of Boarding Schools UK. Outstanding world class facilities and dedicated, experienced and professionally qualified staff will ensure that your child receives the best possible holistic education that can match the best of the best in the world.

An exceptional Student Residence is one that is happy, and happiness is rarely arrived at through the exercises of routines that deprive dignity. Boarding in CIS is not about rigid routines but more about making the student a global citizen, and well versed in values that they will need when they grow up. The Student Residence paves the way for the students to learn important life skills even beyond school walls.

Student Residence dining & area
Student Residence dining & area

Extra curricular activities such as karaoke, movie, barbecue, and quiz nights, would all contribute to ensuring our students have plenty of fun as they bond with their peers. Opportunities to train in first-aid, learn new recipes, cook, knit, hike, attend picnics, swim, learn new games (such as chess and, cricket for example), and participate in team building games, are just some of the activities your child will be able to enjoy, contributing to enabling them to grow in a comprehensive way academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.

The CIS Student Residence will be a place to grow in accountability and in responsibility. Dorm life, group discussions and individual mentoring all provide opportunities for them to understand that there is more to life other than just academics or a narrow set of interests. It is a place that gives them the space, time, and encouragement to be aware and mindful of their hopes, dreams and beliefs, and how they can grow to become the best they can be.

Maya Angelou famously said ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’. The CIS Student Residence is not about just making your life pleasant, but also one that ensures you have an engaging and meaningful life. With our professionally qualified and experienced staff, renowned for Pastoral Care and counseling, we go that extra mile to empathize, support and show the type caring attitude that will make all the difference in your child’s life in every way! The CIS boarding experience is an exceptional one, one that is on par with the best in the world, from where students will carry the memories of friendships and experiences that enrich them and equip them for a lifetime.


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Class of 2021 IB Results

Congratulations to our Class of 2021 for their hard work in achieving excellent IB results—with a 100% pass rate! A student has earned the highest score of 44 (out of 45) and in addition to that, this cohort’s average points is now the highest in CIS history.

Results are compared to this years’ world average numbers based on the article released by the IBO announcing statistics of more than 170,000 IB students across the globe.

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a rigorous two-year programme of international education that prepares Grade 11 & 12 students for university and life in a competitive, changing world. IBDP students follow six courses: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. The points awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. The highest possible total score for the IB Diploma is 45 points. The IB Diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to various levels of performance across the whole Diploma and to satisfactory completion of Creativity, Activity and Service requirements.

We are very proud of our students and a big thank you to their teachers for supporting them during challenging times.

Learn more about the IB Diploma Programme in CIS here.

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CIS IB Diploma Exam Results for 2019

Cebu International School (CIS) is pleased to announce the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) exam results for the Class of 2019.

The IB Diploma results were released on July 6th 2019. There were 30 IB Diploma candidates; 24 of them earned the diploma.

A note on the exam participants:

  • There were an additional 2 students who opted for certificates.
  • All Grade 12 students earned their CIS High School Diploma (100% pass rate).

In comparison with the IB average grade worldwide per subject for the May 2019 exam session, 15 out of the 21 subjects offered at CIS earned marks higher than world average.

The number of 7’s (highest grade possible) was achieved in the following subjects:

1) English Lang and Lit (1)
2) Mandarin Ab Initio SL (3)
3) Mandarin B SL (1) – no HL this school year
4) Spanish Ab Initio (2)
5) Spanish B SL (2) – no HL this school year
6) Psychology HL (3) – no SL this school year
7) History HL (1)
8) Math SL (2)

Established in 1924, CIS was authorized to offer the IB Diploma Program in 1999, and was recently re-accredited by the Council of International Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and re-authorized by the International Baccalaureate for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Diploma Programme. This external validation of our program demonstrating a high-quality curriculum and level of instruction is present, and providing opportunity for our students to shine. A feature of our accreditation protocols is the continual focus on improving learning each year, and we will continue to look at ways to develop our program to facilitate excellence from committed teachers and motivated students in order to offers the best opportunities for our students’ future endeavors.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme® was first offered 50 years ago, is a rigorous two-year education program for students in grades 11-12. The program is unique in its structure, utilizing a holistic approach that explicitly teaches critical thinking, approaches to learning skills and the development of desirable attributes and positive attitudes while enabling a broad base of study in six major subject groups, as well as in-depth higher level of study in three of the subject groups. It is used widely in many international, private and government-run schools in countries all around the world, and is a recognized and respected qualification that promotes entry into higher education and leading universities worldwide.

Congratulations to the class of 2019 for their performance, which is a real credit to their hard work and commitment!

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Class of 2018 College Acceptances

Out of the 38 graduates in the Class of 2018, 35 have received multiple offers to enter universities around the world, and three chose to take a gap year.

Scholarships were awarded to 15 of these graduates, and these range from 15% to 100% based on merit, academics, sports, financial need and IB Diploma scores. In addition to the 15 who received scholarships, additional grants will be available after final IB exam results.


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IB Global Conference 2018 Reflections

The 2018 joint IB Head’s and IB Global Conference was held in Singapore from 25th – 27th March, 2018. The event attracted more than 1700 educators and school leaders to commemorate the IB’s 50 years in education.

Keynote speakers included: Pak Tee NgAssociate Dean, Leadership Learning at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)Rose Luckinleading researcher on artificial intelligence, and Meagan FalloneCEO of Barefoot College International, an organization aimed at spreading self-sufficiency and sustainability “one woman at a time” in least developed countries.

Dr. Underwood (Superintendent) and Ms. Choco Laplana (IB and Curriculum & Accreditation Coordinator) spent the three days networking and attending various workshops led by IB educators and IB personnel on topics such as Formative Assessment, Learning Diversity and Inclusion, Concept-based teaching and IB Program Updates.

“Happy 50th Birthday, IB”

It is impressive to see how far the IB has come over the last 50 years, and how it has established itself as the premier International School Program in the world. CIS is proud to have been the first, and currently still the only, IB World School in the Visayas and Mindanao region of the Philippines, and like the IB, we look forward to continuing our journey towards providing the most effective learning environment for our students to develop in!

“The best teachers are those who know their students not just who gets the most grade 7s [top grades]”

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