Dear New Families,
 
Welcome to the Cayman International School. On behalf of the CIS Team, I extend warm wishes to our new students and new families. Thank you for choosing CIS. We are delighted that you are joining us for the 2023-2024 school year. The CIS team is here to assist with the excitement of transitioning to a new school as well as relieving the hints of apprehension that can be normal when coming to a new school and possibly a new country. New experiences, new friendships and new learnings are just a few weeks away.
We are happy to welcome over 100 new students to CIS. Our new and incumbent families alike should be proud knowing that CIS,
  • Includes students from 46 different countries
  • Includes staff from 25 different countries
  • That 25% of CIS students are from the Cayman Islands
  • Is the only Early Childhood to Grade 12 school in the Cayman Islands rated excellent
  • Has CIS International Baccalaureate Diploma results 10% higher than the world average
  • Is governed and owned by the non-profit International Schools Services (ISS)
 

CIS’ excellent rating is based on inspection on instruction and achievement in Maths, Science and English, as well as Student Support and Leadership (OES Report here). People are what make CIS a wonderful place to be, to play and to learn. Our students, teachers, support staff, parents and community work together with our mission and community principles in mind to help us continually improve. Complementing the above, CIS has extensive facilities, among the best for schools in the Caribbean.

Our Admissions Team in conjunction with our respective Principals have prepared a variety of information to help you be familiar with CIS prior to the first day of school for students, which is Wednesday 23 August. To further help with your transition please be mindful of the following dates.
  • Monday, August 21st - Middle School and High School New Student and New Family Orientation
  • Tuesday, August 22nd - Early Childhood and Elementary School New Student and New Family Orientation
  • Saturday, September 2nd - Welcome Back BBQ
  • Friday, September 18th - New Parent Director Coffee
Wishing you a wonderful month. If you are moving to the Cayman Islands, may your move be smooth and besides CIS, know that the island and its people will be here to welcome you. If you already live on island, may your July be as cool as possible and welcome to the CIS community.
 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Team or contact the school at 1-345-945-4664. Again, on behalf of the CIS Team, I extend warm wishes and a hearty welcome to our new students and new families.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jim Urquhart
Director
Cayman International School
 

Principal Welcome Letters

The welcome letters include helpful information to help with a smooth start to the school year. Please click on the different divisions below:


 

New Student Family Orientation & Welcome

Are you a new CIS family? Please join us to learn more about Cayman International School. On orientation day, our Administration and Faculty will welcome new families and answer questions to help everyone get acclimated.  A group of staff will be on hand to help new families with lunch (The Lunch Box.), technology, nurse, athletics & clubs and finance, etc. We will also have a station set up with second hand uniform items. All items are sold for $5 per item, and proceeds are donated. Kindly note that this event is for all new families (parents, guardians, and students). We hope to see you there!

Monday, August 21st

Middle School (Grade 6 to Grade 8): 8;00 - 10:00 AM, HS Gym
High School (Grade 9 to Grade 12): 8:30 - 11:30 AM, HS First Floor Commons
 

Tuesday, August 22nd

Early Childhood (Pre-K2): 8:00 AM, Music & Movement (EC)
Early Childhood (Pre-K3 & Pre-K4): 9:00 AM, Music & Movement (EC)
Elementary School (Kindergarten to Grade 5): 10:00 AM, ARC (ES Gym)
 
(Students are not required to wear uniforms for New Family Orientation)

Early Childhood Phase-In Schedule


 

After School Activities

Early Childhood & Elementary School

Registration Process 
  • Registration for Pre-K4-Grade 2 will open on Saturday, August 19th at 8:00AM 
  • Registration for Grades 3-5 will open on Sunday, August 20th at 8:00AM
  • All registration will close on Wednesday, August 23rd at 3:00 PM
  • Registration is conducted on the CIS Parent Portal- You can find the link to the registration page here
  • You can find all of the important information including Length of term, ASA course schedule, course description, link to register, dates, locations and more on the CIS After School Activity Website

Athletics & Activities

Middle School & High School

Registration Process:
  • Registration for athletics opens on Friday, August 18th at 8:00 AM. 
  • All registration will close on Wednesday August 23rd at 3:00 PM
  • Registration is conducted on the CIS Parent Portal- You can find the link to the registration page here
  • Learn more about  training schedules, calendars, registration links, and more on the CIS Athletics & Activities Website


Student Class Placements (EC / ES)

Friday, August 18th

Your child’s class placement will be sent via email on Friday afternoon, August 18th. Should it be helpful to you, a detailed explanation of how the school develops the class placements is found below:

Class Placement Process


Class Schedules (MS / HS)

Monday, August 21st

Your child’s class schedule will be available on PCR from Monday, August 21st. The technology department will show new students during orientation how to access their schedule.


The First Day of School for Students

Wednesday, August 23rd

Education and kindness are crucial for our world. The palpable anticipation of each new school year is like an annual renewal - a time of opportunity - perhaps even a mild reprieve from the world’s complexities. Whether the anticipation is in the form of excitement, trepidation or both, the words of wisdom below continue to ring true for children and adults alike, “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” - Maya Angelou

School hours can be found here.

*Please refer to the Early Childhood Phase-In Schedule for all students from Pre-K2 to Pre-K4


 

CIS Lunch Vendor Sign Up

The Lunch Box

Please sign up with the lunch provider for Cayman International School:

the lunch box


Civvies Day

Friday, August 25th
Cost: 2 CI 
NGO of the Month: National Trust / Bob the Iguana
 

For those families new to CIS, "Civvies Days" are held on the last Friday of every month. On Civvies Days, students can wear regular non-uniform clothes in exchange for a $2 CI donation. All money raised on Civvies Days goes to on-island charities.

The list of dates and charities for the 2023-2024 school year can be found here.


 

Back to School BBQ

Saturday, September 2nd

To kick off our school year, we will be hosting a Back to School BBQ on September 2nd, from 4:00-6:00 PM at Cayman International School. Our hope is to share the great activity and volunteer opportunities that exist both on campus and in the community. We are also inviting those that already offer great services to CIS families and set up a station with second hand uniform items. All uniform items are sold for $5 per item, and proceeds are donated. We look forward to seeing you there!


School Photos

Monday, September 4th - Friday, September 22nd

School photos are scheduled for three weeks in September. More information will be provided at a closer date.


Back-to-School Nights


Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 2nd & Friday, November 3rd

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place after school on Thursday, November 2nd and the whole day on Friday, November 3rd. Information will be sent out closer to the time regarding how to sign up for this event.
 

Safety and Security

Safety is vital for schools. Each child needs to feel safe physically, socially/emotionally and intellectually to be as successful as possible. The world seems to increase in complexity each year – the notion that we might not remember what we were taught, but we remember how someone made us feel continues to be true.

Drills

The first week of school entails a lot of work related to habits and routines. One such routine is knowing what to do in an emergency. All CIS faculty and staff engage in emergency procedure training and review. During the first full week of school we will conduct our first fire drill. Thereafter we have a rotation of earthquake, tsunami, lockdown and fire drills.

Roads & Parking Lots

The first days of school also involve families setting and adjusting their routines of student pick-up and drop-off. Inevitably this means greater traffic in the parking lot and roads near CIS at the start of the school year. Please drive with care, watch for people and be patient with fellow drivers. The speed limit within and around our campus is 15 mph 24 km/h. Our security team and others will be visible in the parking area to assist with the safe flow of cars and people, yet ultimately we count on you to drive with care and courtesy.

Hurricane Season

Please note that CIS will be in line with recommendations and announcements made by the Governor, the National Hazard Management Council, and the Ministry of Education in the event that schools are to be closed due to tropical storm warnings and potential developments into hurricane conditions.


Health - Learning - Rest, Nutrition and Exercise

Edward Stanley noted that those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. Also related to health, it is highly recommended that students bring a filled water bottle to school. To support broader community health, if your child has a fever or is ill, please have them stay at home until they are feeling better. If you have health questions, please feel free to contact Nurse Ann Thomas at ann.thomas@cis.ky and Nurse Gema Martinez at gema.martinez@cis.ky

It is unequivocal that proper rest, appropriate nutrition and regular exercise help us learn and contribute positively to physical and social/emotional health. The above can be easier said than done. Nonetheless, please do all you can to ensure your child is well rested, eats well and engages in movement.


Contact Us

General Questions

For general information, please contact us at cis@cis.ky or 345-945-4664.

Admissions

For questions regarding the admissions process, please contact admissions@cis.ky. You may also visit the admissions section of our website.

ENROLLMENT

Please contact registrar@cis.ky with any questions relating to the Parent Portal or your child's enrollment at CIS.

Finance

For questions regarding school fees, payment, and invoices, please contact cis.billing@cis.ky

Employment

For questions regarding careers at CIS, please visit the employment page of our website or you may email hr@cis.ky

Activities

For questions regarding after school activities, please visit the activities page of our website.

Marketing/Communications

For any media related inquiries or questions about communications at CIS, please contact admissions@cis.ky

NURSE

For questions regarding vaccinations or other health related concerns, please email nurse@cis.ky