Canadian International School Hong Kong

3.85  / 5
Country:# 12
Region:# 40
Overall:# 80
Hong Kong, China
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Question 1:

The facilities of the school adequately provide for a positive learning/working experience.

9 / 10
Question 2:

School provides adequate access to teaching materials without any extra expense by the teacher (books, lab supplies, art supplies, materials, copying, etc.

9.7 / 10
Question 3:

School is well funded to provide students and faculty with adequate materials to support their course offering.

9.3 / 10
Question 4:

Parent community is actively involved in supporting the school's mission and their child's education endeavors.

7.3 / 10
Question 5:

Classroom student to teacher ratios are kept low.

7.3 / 10


Question 6:

Students are generally of high aptitude.

8.3 / 10
Question 7:

Student interactions with faculty are primarily characterized by respectability.

9 / 10
Question 8:

Students are of diverse ethnicity.

6.3 / 10


Question 9:

Administration positively supports faculty in a professional manner.

6.3 / 10
Question 10:

Administration actively encourages a dialogue concerning school related issues.

9 / 10
Question 11:

Administration is actively engaged in developing/supporting/maintaining a clear school vision.

6 / 10
Question 12:

Administration makes sure that the financial stability and integrity of the school is well maintained.

6.7 / 10
Question 13:

Administration/Ownership uses school funds to support the well being of the school.

6 / 10


Question 14:

Salary scale is competitive.

6.7 / 10
Question 15:

Salary provides the opportunity to save appropriately.

8.7 / 10
Question 16:

Salary provides the opportunity to travel during vacation.

8.7 / 10
Question 17:

Salary scale provides for vertical and horizontal movement based on years of experience and/or units/degree's earned.

9 / 10


Question 18:

School provides a quality health insurance plan that covers all major medical (health, vision, dental.

6 / 10
Question 19:

School provides retirement benefits that are competitive.

6 / 10
Question 20:

School provides a health insurance plan that covers international travel/coverage.

3.3 / 10
Question 21:

School provides for faculty child tuition benefits.

7 / 10
Question 22:

School provides strong support for maternity benefits.

6 / 10
Question 23:

School provides an adequate amount for end of contract airfare cost.

0 / 10
Question 24:

School provides an adequate shipping allowance.

3.3 / 10


Question 25:

School provides quality available housing or a housing stipend that affords quality housing.

4.3 / 10
Question 26:

The proximity of housing in relation to school location is within an acceptable distance of travel.

7.3 / 10
Question 27:

Options of moving housing during the course of contract is acceptable.

8.3 / 10


Question 28:

Colleagues foster a welcoming environment to new faculty.

9.7 / 10
Question 29:

School hires a diversity of family structures (Singles, couples, families.

8.7 / 10
Question 30:

Colleagues foster a professional environment that supports growth.

9.7 / 10
Question 31:

Colleagues foster a personal support structure in place of family.

9 / 10


Question 32:

City the school resides in provides opportunities for things to do without having to travel

9.7 / 10
Question 33:

City the school resides in provides easy opportunities to travel to other places.

9.7 / 10
Question 34:

Local culture is apparent in the city/country in which the school resides.

9.7 / 10
Question 35:

Local culture of in which the school resides is open to integrating expats into local customs and traditions.

9 / 10
Question 36:

City/Country in which the school resides does not exact personal restrictions on lifestyle choices.

9.3 / 10
Question 37:

City/Country in which school resides provides for potential tax benefits.

3.7 / 10
Question 38:

Quality of local health care is excellent.

8.3 / 10
Question 39:

Cost of living in the city/country where school resides is reasonable.

7.3 / 10
Question 40:

City the school resides in has excellent infrastructure for mass transportation (e.g. - is a car required.

9.3 / 10
Question 41:

City/Country in which the school resides provides for adequate personal safety.

9.3 / 10

Professional Development:

Question 42:

School makes available a variety of professional development opportunities.

9.3 / 10
Question 43:

School makes available funds to support continued development.

9 / 10
Question 44:

Time is specifically set aside in the calendar for faculty and staff formation.

8.7 / 10
Question 45:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to professionally grow by the school.

8.7 / 10
Question 46:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to experiment, implement, and bring up new ideas for classroom innovation.

8.7 / 10

Settling In:

Question 47:

School meets you on arrival and escorts you to accommodations.

9 / 10
Question 48:

School provides an adequate orientation to the school and local culture upon arrival.

9 / 10
Question 49:

School provides an allowance to support the transition.

7 / 10

After Arrival:

Question 50:

Facilities of the school were well represented during the hiring process.

9 / 10
Question 51:

Contract is honored based on what was agreed upon during the hiring process.

9 / 10
Question 52:

School actively maintains a dialogue and support structure to make sure basic needs are being met.

7.3 / 10

Review Narratives:

3 reviews




This school has significant leadership and governance issues. A once positive and extremely happy workplace has changed almost overnight! It is generally believed that staff are very unhappy - many have left or are intending on leaving once they have completed their contract. In June 2015 there were 'sackings' of a group of excellent educators who had the courage to speak up.




While the culture of the school does at present make it a wonderful place to work this could change with a change in the Head of School for the 2014/15 school year. As the successful candidate is being chosen by the chairperson of the board and three board members exclusively, there is considerable concern that priority is being given to candidates who meet their expectations i.e. raise what are already good grades and get students into Ivy League colleges. While the school certainly places a focus on academics the staff see much more to a well rounded international education than placement in an Ivy League college. There is a definite disconnect between the vision for the school held by the Board and that held by the staff. Staff work exceptionally hard in the pursuit of excellence and professional growth, but senior admin provide light relief on a number of occasions through the year with light-hearted social functions that are fun and memorable. There is a real level of generosity on their part in terms of funding and the thought given to preparation. Student life is busy with many, many opportunities to learn and enjoy a whole range of activities. My children dread the day we may have to move on.




CDNIS was a wonderful place to work and I miss it dearly. The students are very hardworking and respectful individuals. The other teachers have a strong work ethic and challenge you to be best that you can. The level of technology integration and innovation in teaching is unparalleled. While there are some issues (no place is perfect), it is pretty hard to beat that place.