What aspect of CIS's vibrancy captures your attention?

Headmaster's Welcome

“Welcome to a school whose vibrancy and achievements are earning a reputation for excellence in Hong Kong, the Asia-Pacific region, and beyond.

“Whether you are a casual visitor to our website, a prospective applicant or applicant family, a teacher looking for a great school, or an alumnus/a seeking to reconnect, I think you will find some element of CIS to capture your attention.

“As a school, we seek to be a friendly, smiling community in which the highest standards of academic excellence are embodied in confident, well-adjusted young people. Over three decades, we have developed an exceptionally strong school culture, one that is characterised by an uncommon degree of commitment and continuity.

“One-third of each graduating cohort has in recent years been at CIS since the age of four, while the average tenure of teachers and support staff is nine years. Cognisant that teachers are our backbone, we have attracted a strong and dedicated faculty, with a dozen-plus teachers at CIS for twenty years or more. Parents come through our gates daily to engage in innumerable volunteer activities. Not surprisingly, our young alumni are deeply loyal.

“Amid these continuities, we seek to move ahead where change will serve us well. From the launch of our Phoenix mascot to the start-up of CIS Hangzhou for Year 10, from our school-wide introduction of Positive Education, to an Annual Fund which has enabled a true financial aid program, ongoing summer fellowships for faculty, and myriad enhancements of student life...the last few years have seen significant new initiatives that have grown out of consensus and that are forging ever stronger clarity of purpose about how we guide and support our students.

“We are now engaged in a dialogue about the Future of Learning. We invite you to be in touch and see where this dialogue takes us.”

Ted Faunce


Ted Faunce became headmaster of Chinese International School in 2006. Dr. Faunce was previously Director of the American Section of the Lycée International in St. Germain-en-Laye and a teacher of French at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University and is a graduate of the Hotchkiss School.

A fluent French speaker, he speaks conversational Mandarin. He is a director of Teach for China.

Mission Statement 辦校宗旨

Chinese International School is committed to the achievement of academic excellence and is characterised and enriched by its dual-language programme in Chinese and English. The mission of Chinese International School is to inspire students to a lifelong love of learning.

The school encourages intellectual curiosity and independent, critical and creative thinking which will maximise students’ potential and promote the growth of the whole person. The school prepares its students to be compassionate, ethical and responsible individuals, contributing to local and global communities, respectful of other views, beliefs and cultures, and concerned to make a difference in the world.



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