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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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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CIS Wins ISAC Basketball Title

By Mars G. Alison | March 17,2018

HOST Cebu International School (CIS) ruled the boys basketball competition of the 3rd season of the International Schools Activities Conference (ISAC) for school year 2017-2018 which came to an end yesterday.

The CIS hoopsters outlasted the basketball team of British School Manila (BSM), 51-45, to take the boys basketball title.

BSM had actually topped the eliminations with a clean sheet after winning all of their games.

CIS struggled during the first day but climbed to the second spot following a 4-2 (win-loss) record and bounced back strong during their finals showdown against the visiting BSM squad.

CIS rallied past Southville International Schools and Colleges (SISC), 51-46, in the final four to advance to the finals.

BSM bagged its finals ticket at the expense of Brent International School Manila (BISM), 59-34, in the semifinals.

SISC settled for third place with a 52-44 routing of BISM, relegating the latter to fourth place.

The fifth to seventh places were occupied by Brent International School Baguio (BISB), Brent International School Subic (BISS) and Faith International Academy (FIA), respectively.

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CIS Dragons sweep ISAC Volleyball Tournament 2017 to win back-to-back Championship

Cebu International School traveled to Manila over the weekend (Oct 19-22) to participate in the ISAC (International Schools Activities Conference) Volleyball Tournament.

The girls team, led by Senior Captain and All-ISAC Honoree Catrina Suarez, finished 2-4 on the weekend in a competitive girls bracket. With only one graduating senior, the team looks poised to be even stronger next season.


The boys team, led by Senior Captain Michael Pochiet and All-ISAC Honorees Eric Spencer, Drew Riveral, and Ken Nishikura, finished undefeated not losing a single set the entire tournament. The boys are back-to-back ISAC Champions for the first time in CIS history, defeating Brent International School Baguio in the finals for the second straight year. Even with four graduating seniors, the CIS boys volleyball team has a strong core returning next season.

The tournament was attended by athletes, coaches and athletic directors from Brent International School Baguio, Brent International School Manila, Brent International School Subic, British School Manila, Faith International Academy, Southville International School and Colleges and Cebu International School.

This is CIS’s third championship title and first back-to-back championship title.

Written by: Ms. Emily Cornet

Our win was also featured by the Cebu Daily News. For the full article: CIS is ISAC volley champ anew

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CIS Graduates Receive Full Scholarships from New York University – Abu Dhabi

Two exceptional graduates from Cebu International School have been selected to receive full scholarships from the prestigious New York University – Abu Dhabi, based on their academic ability, extracurricular participations, and IB Diploma scores.

With the help of our College Counselor through our extensive college guidance program, CIS attends to each student’s goals in applying and obtaining acceptances in the university of their choice, whether local or international.

Evangeline Louise Gerodias, CIS Scholar, Class of 2016

Evangeline is now entering her sophomore year in NYU Abu Dhabi majoring in Writing and Literature. She was chosen as a CIS Scholar for the 2014-2015 school year after completing Junior High School in the University of Southern Philippines – Foundation.

Brian Shin, CIS Loyalty Award Recipient, Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Brian Shin (Shin Seung Hoon), is a recipient of the CIS Loyalty Award having attended CIS from Grade 1 up to Grade 12. This school year, he has entered NYU Abu Dhabi on a full scholarship, majoring in Engineering.

Explain your experience with the IB Diploma Programme in 3 words

Brian: “Wall Climbing Race”

Wall climbing / Rock climbing is a sport that requires one’s full attention and strong persistence to successfully reach the top, the objective. Climbers need to pick the right climbing holds in order to gradually yet surely approach the top. It is purely the climber’s own decision to choose his/her path towards the top, while aiming to optimize the time given to them. No matter which path you take, it is going to be very difficult. What matters is persevering your way through. By the time you reach the top, you will realize how much you accomplished. There may be times when you fall back, but, again, what matters is staying in the game and pushing yourself to the top. The same goes for IB.

Louise: “Challenging, Radical, Enlightening”

Challenging – I lost count of how many times I felt frustrated.

Radical – I had been enrolled in a local school all my student life before coming to CIS. Thus, the IBDP curriculum was completely different from the curriculum that I was familiar with. However, the change helped me became more expressive and it motivated me many a times to go out of my comfort zone.

Enlightening – the IB did not only expand my academic knowledge but also the knowledge I have of myself. Had I not taken the IB Diploma Programme, I may have never seen the beauty in analyzing and interpreting literature.

What have you learned from your years at CIS that will help (or helped) you prepare for university life abroad?

Brian: The learnings that I gained from CIS exceeds mere academic education. In my point of view, the most important concept that I’ve learned was embracing varying perspectives, whether one agrees or disagrees. Keeping an open mind to unprecedented opinions and thoughts certainly increases one’s exposure to learning opportunities and enables one to embrace diversity.

Louise: I learned that motivation comes from within and that respect for cultural diversity is important. Also, I should never shy away from risks. I must step out of my comfort zone to grow.

How did you feel when you were chosen as a full scholar?

Brian: Scholarship at NYU Abu Dhabi is not a luxury; it is an investment. An investment that encourages scholars to fully engage in their fields of passion. The university advocates the idea of multidisciplinary education alongside its liberal arts system; hence being chosen as a full scholar, I felt eager to take advantage of the resources provided for study and delighted to join an academic institution that shared a similar vision about education and the world in general.

Louise: I don’t think I can answer this question without laughing at myself. I was scared to the point that it took me almost a month, I think, to accept the offer. I knew that the scholarship was such a great blessing but that was exactly why I was apprehensive. I was unsure whether I was ready for what was to come my way. In hindsight, I should have spent more time celebrating the news. As Mr. Tony Harduar (past Superintendent) said, “One small act of applying for CIS and then finally saying yes is paying such big dividends.”

What activities (whether academic or extracurricular) helped you the most in getting this scholarship?

Brian: There aren’t specific activities or steps towards receiving a scholarship. If there is a formula to it, I would be more than willing to share.

All I want to say is to keep doing what you feel is important and valuable. There is no need to compromise your actions with the expectations of others or a system that may seem unalterable. Although it may seem cliché, it is absolutely important to not fear changes, especially changes that you identify as essential and beneficial. Do what you want to do and the scholarship will be yours.

Louise: I think my commitment to community service in the form of being a leader at school and volunteering for non-profit organizations, such as the Archdiocesan Campus Ministry, helped me obtain the scholarship.

Any advice for people who would like to study university abroad and hopefully land a scholarship?

Brian: My advice will always be the same: do what you feel is important to you. It is highly likely that people will tell you to do this and to do that, but in the end of the day, do they matter to you? Do what matters. For me, the reason for studying abroad is to interact and engage with people who hold greater knowledge in fields that interest me most. Searching and creating the most optimal environment for your passion will be the greatest asset in your life.

Louise: Motivation comes from within so work hard (harder!). Do not limit yourself and do not over plan everything. It is important to know your priorities and be organized in obtaining them. Do things one step at a time!

A quote that you always go by or a quote that inspires you?

Brian: Just do it.

Louise: Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

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CIS Awards Academic Scholarships to Two Local Students

This school year, CIS awarded full scholarships to two students from local schools in Cebu. This is our way of giving back to the community and to give opportunities to two aspiring students in order to experience a true international education. After a thorough candidate selection process, we chose scholars based on competitive screening that involved testing and panel interviews.

Here is a short profile of our 2 scholars and their thoughts as we asked them questions about joining CIS this year.

Mayumi Mari Villacastin Maghuyop

16 years old, Grade 11 in CIS

Former school: Our Lady of Joy Learning Center, Consolacion, Cebu City
Recent Achievements: President of Supreme Student Council, President of Math & Science Club, Captain of Secondary Level Volleyball Team, Member of Mandaue Children’s Choir having traveled to Europe and Asia for performances, and more.

Niña Perez

16 years old, Grade 11 in CIS

Former School: Medellin National Science and Technology School, Medellin, Cebu
Recent Achievements: Class Valedictorian, School Publication Science Writer & Cartoonist, Regionals PopCom (Commission on Population) Quiz Bowl Qualifier, Journalism Division Qualifier, Dance Palabas 2016 Champion, and more.

What drew you to CIS that made you apply for this particular scholarship program?

Mayumi: What drew me to CIS was that they had a very well-developed program, very good facilities and certified teaching personnel. Also, I was drawn to it because I had been adamant about going to a school that could provide me with the best quality of education.

Niña: CIS offers the IB Diploma which would be helpful for universities outside the country and could potentially open numerous doors for me professionally in the future, so that was kind of the main reason of me applying.

What do you think is the edge of a proper international curriculum?

Mayumi: I think that the edge in having a proper international curriculum is that it will better prepare me for whatever I will be doing in college, and beyond.

Niña: A proper international curriculum means having constantly improving educational services to cater the needs of each student be it in academics, sports or art. It also gives you straight pathways to top universities worldwide (if you work hard for it).

How does CIS differ from other schools in the region?

Mayumi: CIS differs greatly from other schools in the region not just because of the people I go to school with or the teaching styles but basically the whole environment of CIS is so different from the other schools. There is a lot of freedom and at the same time responsibility that is given to every student and I really think it helps the student learn to be more independent and it helps make you discover more about yourself.

Niña: Aside from the curriculum, CIS is different from any other school in the region for its welcoming environment, teaching methods, committed teachers and friendly student body. CIS also encourages a student competing with himself rather than everyone else mindset which is nice.

What are you looking forward to learning in your last 2 years of high school education with the IB methods of teaching?

Mayumi: I hope to learn as much as I can, not just academically but also personally. I hope to be able to express myself completely and freely, explore my capabilities and push my boundaries.

Niña: I am really looking forward to delving in deeper with all my subjects except Math. Just kidding, even math.

What is your favorite subject so far and why?

Mayumi: I don’t exactly have a favorite subject just yet, but I do enjoy Biology very much, as well as IB Art, because the classes are very interesting and the teachers are encouraging.

Niña: It must be a tie between Art, because I love how we dwell on different styles and medias, and English, because it’s a fun class and I always get my mind blown in every discussion (Hi Miss Holloway!)

Describe CIS in one sentence.

Mayumi: A place where if you think you can do it, you can achieve it.

Niña: CIS is different, challenging but truly exciting.

“Making the imaginary reality..”

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