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History & Governance


When CIS opened its doors in 1983, its co-founders Nelly Fung, Kin-yue Fu and Joyce Tai realised a long-held dream of a school that would offer the best of both Chinese and Western worlds.

Their vision was for a school open to all regardless of nationality, race or creed, where students would achieve fluency in Chinese (Mandarin) and an understanding of the dual heritage that makes Hong Kong unique.

Born in Asia and educated in Asia and the West, the founders saw a need in the late 1970s for an educational institution in Hong Kong that could provide an alternative to local schools teaching mainly an exam-based curriculum and to international schools teaching mainly Western curricula.

CIS remains true to that vision today. Bilingual and intercultural, it continues to break ground in its language teaching and to earn acclaim for preparing bright, articulate young people at home in the East or the West.

First page of the PDF file: ALookBackatCISOvertheYears

CIS Founded

School opens with Primary 1-3 students

Braemar Hill Campus established 

IBDP introduced 

First graduating class

CIS accredited by ECIS & NEASC

First MYP School in Hong Kong

Phoenix mascot launched

CIS Hangzhou established 

New Tower opened 

35th Anniversary celebrations 

Vision '33 launched


The school is a non-profit charitable organisation. Ultimate responsibility for the school rests with the Board of Governors of the Chinese International School Foundation.

The Board establishes broad policies to ensure that the school meets the highest standards of service to its constituents. It is assisted in its long-range planning for the school by various Board committees. Day-to-day operation of CIS is the responsibility of the Head of School, who works closely with the Leadership Team.