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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CIS Model United Nations Club Goes to Beijing

The Model United Nations club members recently traveled to Beijing, China, for the 25th anniversary of the International School of Beijing’s THIMUN-affiliated conference. The theme this year was “Justice and Equity in the Age of Globalization”, and was reflected throughout all issues and crises debated in each forum.

Our students filled the roles of delegates from Spain and Vietnam in a variety of committees, resolving and debating a wide array of important issues challenging the world today. As part of this conference, students were able to attend brief lectures by prestigious guest speakers from the United Nations, New York Times, US Embassy in China, and more.

A trip to a historically and culturally rich country such as China would not be complete without experiencing local traditions, foods, and places. Students climbed the Great Wall, attended Kung Fu and Chinese acrobatic shows, indulged in local cuisine, and toured the Forbidden City.

CIS is proud of its continued representation at the conference, and congratulates all the students for their preparation, hard work, and continued dedication throughout the conference. We are hoping that more high school students in the coming years will continue to help the club grow!

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Everyday Open Day at CIS

Did you know that CIS has an Everyday Open Day program? Our doors are open whether you want to have a school tour, or schedule a free trial of classes, whether half day or full day, at anytime of the year by scheduling an appointment with us with your preferred date and time.

Have your children experience a renowned International education here at Cebu International School. Call us at +63 (32) 261 0247 local 13o or email to schedule an appointment.

You may also go ahead and fill up our Inquiry Form for potential students here!

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CIS Proudly Presents: Seussical!

The students of Cebu International School will perform Seussical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza!

CIS Production will bring to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

TICKETS – Php300 available at the CIS office now! Call 261 0247 for more details on buying tickets.

Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Steph Flaherty, & Eric Idle. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss.

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Upcoming International Student Conferences

BEIMUN 2018: The 25th Annual BEIMUN Conference will be held at the International School of Beijing in China, March 15-18, 2018, and we are pleased to announce that CIS will once again be participating in one of the region’s most prestigious conferences. Chaperones this year will be Ms. Holloway, Mr. Keller, and Ms. Chang. Any and all high school students (grades 9-12) are encouraged to join MUN for this amazing trip–even if you have no experience! Join MUN veterans and newbies alike at club meetings on Tuesdays in Ms. Holloway’s room (302) to learn more about it.
Interest forms were distributed at Tuesday’s meeting, but it’s not too late to stop by and pick one up! This signed form is due back to Ms. Holloway by Friday, November 24. If you have any questions, please direct them to Ms. Holloway at
GINBali 2018: CIS is thrilled to announce our first ever participation the annual GIN (Global Issues Network) Conference for middle school students to be held at Canggu Community School in Bali, Indonesia. The conference will be held March 2-4, 2018, and will be chaperoned by Ms. Holloway, Mr. Horne, and Mr. Pierra. All MS students attended an informational meeting on Wednesday and received interest forms to be completed and submitted to Ms. Holloway by Tuesday, November 21. On this same date, we will hold an informational meeting for parents and guardians, to be held at 3:30 in the Library.
All interested families from grades 6-8 are encouraged to attend the meeting and learn about this unique and exciting opportunity. We hope to see you there!
Note: space is limited to ten participants per school. Students are required to complete and submit an application for review by a panel of teachers and administrators. If you have any questions, please direct them to Ms. Holloway at
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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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