CIS Expansion

CIS Aerial Rendering

The expansion of Cayman International School is an exciting project that will enhance the educational experience for students, increase the capacity of the school to nearly 1100 (including four classes at each grade level), and will maintain the small class sizes and positive culture that CIS is known for. The new Early Childhood Center provides an extraordinary environment for our youngest learners to play, grow and learn, and the new High School building, including a double gymnasium and performing arts spaces, is designed for contemporary collaborative learning. In recent years, CIS has become widely recognized in international education circles, and this remarkable expansion project will further its growing reputation for excellence.

Early Childhood

Opening in August 2019

The early childhood facility will consist of a nursery, pre-K classrooms, a library, a teaching kitchen, as well as music and movement rooms, the latter a place where children can develop their motor skills. There will also be covered, outdoor learning gardens for each classroom, and a designed outdoor play space for the children.

Students in the early childhood facility will be immersed in larger spaces with additional areas for growing and playing. Programs like music and movement and perceptual motor, which are currently curtailed due to lack of space, will thrive in the new environment, and the early childhood library will be the pièce de résistance.

CIS Lobby
Classroom 1
Classroom 2
Music and Movement
Open Collaboration

High School

Opening in August 2020

The new high school building will transform and improve upper-grade students’ experiences in many ways. It is designed to be flexible and accommodate contemporary approaches to teaching and learning. Ultimately, it will enhance deeper learning by providing students opportunities to engage in constructivist activities in a variety of spaces, rather than to simply sit in rows and listen to lectures in boring boxes. The innovative design for the high school will promote collaboration, enable inquiry-based and project-based learning and create an atmosphere of excellence for students.

Library 2
Classroom 1
Gymnasiumm 2
Project Space
Art and Maker SPace

Expansion Partners

  • Cayman International School
    • CIS Board
      • Liz Duffy, President of ISS
      • Kristin Evans, CFO of ISS
      • David Randall, ISS Vice President Caribbean
      • Sonia Krutka, CIS Board Recording Secretary
      • Jeremy Moore, CIS Director (non voting)
      • Other ISS executives as needed
    • Parents
    • Students
    • Faculty
  • International School Services
    • ISS has been dedicated to world-class education for over 55 years
    • Headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey
    • ISS is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(3)
    • ISS owns and governs CIS
  • Dart
    • Based in the Cayman Islands, Dart has a global portfolio of investments including real estate, hospitality, retail and biotech
    • Dart is the owner and developer of Camana Bay
    • CIS was the first building to open in Camana Bay on September 6th, 2006
  • Perkins + Will
    • Perkins + Will is a US-based architectural firm founded in 1935 with offices in Miami
    • Collaborates with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable practices
    • Perkins + Will principal Lawrence Kline was the lead architect on original CIS project during his time at Spillis Candela

Expansion Factors

  • Financing
    • Partnership between CIS and Kenneth B. Dart Foundation
    • US $60m development costs of expansion funded by Kenneth B. Dart Foundation
    • CIS has a lease until 2043
  • Facilities Agreement
    • The KBD Foundation owns the school buildings
    • Dart owns and operates the ARC and Sports Complex
    • CIS pays for usage of the school buildings and the Sports Complex
    • Dart rents out the Sports Complex during non-school hours

Expansion Timeline

Expansion Timeline

Community Presentations

In the News

Camana Bay Times - April 2018

"Dart, in partnership with International Schools Services, is planning a US$60 million expansion of Cayman International School that will almost double its current size and student capacity.

The expansion will add an early childhood campus as well as a separate, purpose-built 87,000-square-foot high school that includes band, drama and music facilities, a double gymnasium and a media centre. The new high school will also have a visual arts room as well as science, innovation and “maker space” labs, the latter being a place where students can learn to use and experiment with various technologies
and equipment." Click here to read more.

Cayman Compass - April 2018

"A 9-acre site next to the existing school is being cleared and plans have been submitted for a new purpose-built high school and early childhood center.

The new buildings will free up space in the existing school, ultimately allowing for the addition of at least one extra class at every age group. The school’s director, Jeremy Moore, said the developments would take the school’s capacity from around 630 to 1,100 and almost double the size of the campus." Click here to read more.