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Campus to campus, standing out from the international crowd

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December 14th, 2014


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In a crowded field, Copenhagen International School’s commitment to excellence sets it apart

COPENHAGEN International School (CIS) is a non-profit day school that offers a comprehensive education program for students aged 3 to 19. Over 800 students from more than 70 countries attend one of the school’s two campuses: the Hellerup Campus for primary and middle school students aged 3 to 13 and the City Campus for senior school students aged 14 to 18.

“At CIS, we endeavour to develop the potential of each student by offering educational excellence in a stimulating environment of cultural diversity and mutual respect,” explained Thomas Nielsen, the school’s head of communication and advancement.

CIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and has been accredited by the Council of International Schools since 1973. The school is also accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in the US. CIS is one of the five founding member schools of the IB Diploma Programme. 

Educational and personal growth

CIS PRIDES itself on its commitment to excellence in the education and the personal growth of every student. Students learn in a multicultural community where each person is respected regardless of nationality, race, or religion and can discover the world, its people and its cultures through direct experience. 

Nielsen contends there is no such thing as a “typical” CIS student.

“We are blessed with a very diverse student body,” he said.

Currently, about 20 percent of CIS students come from the US, 13 percent from the UK, and 20 percent from Denmark. The remainder come from countries all over the world.

Not just a classroom

ALTHOUGH there are a plethora of international schools to choose from, Nielsen claims that CIS stands out in a number of ways.

“CIS is the only inclusive international school in Denmark with custom-made programs designed to meet the individual needs of a diverse body of learners,” he said.

 “CIS is also the only school in Denmark authorised and accredited to offer all three IB Programmes for students aged 3 to 19.”

Nielsen also drew attention to the school’s many extracurricular programmes, which include activities like sports, art, music, dance, robotics, fencing, sewing and more.

It’s own neighbourhood

Nielsen said that rather than being disconnected, CIS’s diverse student body creates its own “neighbourhood”.

“It is a vibrant and very active international community consisting of 1,200 parents, 840 students, 180 staff and over 70 different nationalities,” said Nielsen. 

“Parents get involved in a multitude of ways and often praise CIS for being both a great school for their kids and an instant network of friends and fellow professionals for the parents.”

CIS’s strong academic program prepares students for entrance into colleges, universities or other institutions  to continue their studies. 

CIS offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program. In addition, the school provides courses and learning support services that address the needs of a student body diverse in educational back-ground and ability. 

More than 90 percent of the graduating seniors enter universities and institutions of higher learning worldwide.


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