Our History


Cebu International School is a private secular institution offering a Preschool to Grade 12 international education. CIS is non-stock, non-profit, self-sustaining corporation governed by a Board of Trustees elected from the parent body.

“The school aims to develop well-balanced global citizens who are intelligent, environmentally concerned and respectful of universal moral values within the multinational environment of an ever changing interdependent world.”

Cebu International School was founded in 1924 as the Cebu American School and grew from a multi-level tutorial 5-room schoolhouse to a complete K through 12 school by 1986. Generally international in curriculum, CIS is a day school which uses English as the language of instruction and follows a calendar year from August to May.

The original school was situated in Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City and in 1973 moved to Banilad, a 2.3-hectar lot leased from the provincial government. In 2000 CIS moved to its new, permanent, purpose-built 3.2-hectar campus in Pit-os. The campus has 3.2 hectares of land, 7,500 square meters of instructional space which includes classrooms, laboratories, computer rooms, art rooms, music rooms, canteen, offices and a gymnasium. The football field is full-sized, the car park can hold 150 cars and the compound is very secure.

Cebu International School obtained authorization to implement the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) in October 1999, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2014, and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in 2020, making CIS the only school in the Philippines to offer the IB Continuum.

In February of 2003, the school was pleased to be awarded Republic Act 9190 from the Philippines Government giving CIS full recognition as an educational institution, international in character. CIS is the only school in the Visayas region with this recognition. Republic Act 9190 further resulted in the revision of the school’s By-laws. The essence of the revision was that the school is now governed by an elected ten member Board of Trustees selected from within the school’s international parent community.

Cebu International School is proud to be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). CIS has maintained international accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1996.

Cebu International has been a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) since 1998 and attained international accreditation since May 2008.

The fact that Cebu International School is the only school in the Philippines that is accredited by the IB (International Baccalaureate), CIS (Council of International Schools), WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) means that we hold a unique position within the spectrum of education offerings in the Philippines.

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