Canadian International School of Guangzhou

  • 122 Dongyi Lu, Panyu District, Guangzhou
  • 广州市番禺区东艺路122号
  • PanYu
  • +86 20 3993 9920

Canadian International School of Guangzhou Description

Canadian International School of Guangzhou (CIS) is the first Canadian government accredited comprehensive international school in Chinese mainland, which is supervised by both the Canadian and the Chinese governments. CIS provides Kindergarten to Grade 12 Alberta (Canada) curriculum, and we welcome students aged 2-18. Every student who enrolls at CIS will be registered and receive an Alberta (Canada) Student Identification Number from the government.The CIS faculty is made up of a team of dedicated professionals who are all certified by the Alberta (Canada) government. The Alberta (Canada) curriculum focuses on innovation, global citizenship awareness and critical thinking skills. CIS high school graduates will receive the globally recognized Alberta (Canada) high school diploma which is issued by the Alberta (Canada) government. CIS graduates are studying in top-ranking universities around the world.

Location: Guangzhou

Established: 2012

Age of students: 2-18

No. of students: 1,000+

School levels: Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12

Curriculum: Alberta (Canada) Curriculum

Languages taught: English, Chinese

Extracurricular activities: After school activities offer unique choices for children, including French, Arabic, art, chess, science club, sewing, film studies, debate, floor hockey and others.

Popular compounds: Merchant Hill, Clifford, Star River Phase, Cambridge Shire, Agile, South China Country Garden, Global Villas


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We offer a Kindergarten to Grade 12 education based on the Alberta, Canada curriculum. Alberta is one of Canada’s most dynamic provinces and an international leader in education. Alberta’s world-class Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system has an excellent reputation and is recognized as one of the best in the English speaking world.

CIS is the first Alberta(Canada) accredited K-12 international school that’s monitored by both Canadian and Chinese government in mainland China, providing Alberta curriculum to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in English. Once students complete Grade 12 they will receive an Alberta High School Diploma and apply directly to top-ranking universities around the world.

Rigorous Curriculum

A challenging, flexible and varied program of studies combined with provincial standardized exams prepares students for postsecondary education.

Focus on Innovation and Critical Thinking

The Alberta curriculum emphasizes conceptual understanding and skill development that can be transferred across multiple domains. 

Globally Recognized

The Alberta curriculum is internationally recognized as one of the best learning systems in the world. Students consistently place in the top tier of international rankings. 

Comprehensive Education

The Alberta curriculum emphasizes a broad liberal arts education with opportunities for excellence in the arts, athletics, leadership and community service. 

Highly Professional Teachers

The Alberta curriculum is taught by certified teachers who possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s of Education and are committed to the highest professional standards, ensuring high quality instruction. 

Gateway to Top Universities

Students who graduate with an Alberta Diploma receive acceptances to leading universities and colleges around the world. 

Comprehensive Accreditation Process

Becoming an Alberta accredited international school requires leadership commitment, planning, resources and annual reviews.

Schools must go through annual comprehensive on-site approval process conducted by the Alberta government in order to maintain their accreditation, including teacher observations, review of curriculum implementation and surveys. 

CIS welcomes all national and international families to apply for admission. The requirements include: 

•Foreign Residency Permit/passport

•Educational history

•Supporting identification documents

Students will be interviewed and assessed to ensure that we are able to provide appropriate educational program support. Upon acceptance, you will receive an official letter plus an enrollment package which includes our Terms and Conditions, and Parent/Student Handbook. A 2,000RMB application fee is required by all new families.


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Senior Leadership Team


Howard Stribbell

CIEO Director of International Education

Mr. Howard Stribbell was the Head of School at The International School of Macao (TIS) and the School Supervisor at the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CISP). He led the growth of TIS from 300 students to over 1300 students. He is the founder of the Canadian Overseas Schools Association and Warrior Foundation, a non profit foundation that works with at risk youth. Howard graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BA (Honours), B. Ed. (Honours) and M. Ed in Educational Leadership. He has presented at numerous conferences on topics involving technology, teacher recruitment and social media.



Tanya Thiessen


My name is Tanya Thiessen I have a Bachelor’s of Education and a Masters in Educational Psychology both from the University of Alberta.  Growing up I lived in a small French town, where I learned to speak both official languages of Canada (French and English).  I have been a school administrator for the past 8 years and have been working in education for the past 13 years.  I believe I have the best job in the world.  It is an honor to watch our students learn and grow from our professional and phenomenal group of teachers.  I am very proud to be the principal of CISGZ.



Kim Romyn

Assistant Principal

Education background: 

Bachelor of Education, University of Alberta, 2005. Major: French Minor: Sciences

Masters of Education, University of Alberta, 2013. Focus: Curriculum

Teaching experience:

2005-2013 – Grade 3-7 teacher, Alberta

2013-2016 – Alberta Education, Curriculum Manager, Mathematics K-6

2016-Present – Canadian International School of Guangzhou, Grade 3, Learning Support, Assistant Principal

I truly believe that every child can be successful. There is nothing more exciting than the moment when a child understands something or learns something new. I enjoy teaching because I enjoy being surrounded by the passion, creativity and ambition of our future leaders.



Matthew Turner

School Counsellor

Mr. Turner grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University as well as his Bachelor of Education degree from Mount St. Vincent University, both located in Halifax. He received his degrees in 2006 and 2008 respectively, with a double major in History and English and a specialization in secondary education. Mr. Turner began his teaching career in Alberta where he spent six years teaching a myriad of subjects ranging from grades seven to twelve. During this time, he completed his Master of Education degree in leadership through the Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2015, Matthew began studying to complete his Doctor of Education degree through the University of Calgary. This venture was put on hold to pursue an opportunity in international education with CIEO in Guangzhou, China.



Philippe Bureau

ESL Lead Teacher

Education: DEC in Commerce from John Abbott College, Bachelor of Education from the University of Sherbrooke, specialized in English as a Second Language

Experience: 2 years teaching English in a private school in Montreal, Canada. 1 year teaching English and Social Studies at Huamei International College in Guangzhou. 2 years teaching English as a Second Language at CIS.

Passion: Ice-hockey, soccer, skateboarding and snowboarding

Teaching Team

Our faculty is made up of a team of dedicated professionals that all hold Alberta Teaching Certificates. 

In addition, we have a full team of Educational Assistants to help your child to be successful. Our TESOL certified assistants are equipped to help our English Language Learners from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12.





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