At CIS we provide a Canadian curriculum in English that is certified by Canada through the Canadian province of Alberta. Our curriculum is a cohesive, research-based K-12 scheme that is inquiry-focused and enables students to engage with concepts and skills needed in the 21st century.

As part of our accreditation, CIS is regulated by an Alberta government appointed agency that visit our school and provide professional development and curriculum support to us, on a yearly basis. We are currently the only school in Cambodia to submit to a yearly accreditation process. 

The Canadian Curriculum

Canada’s education system is internationally recognized and has a very strong global presence. Canada consistently ranks in the top 10 countries in the world for education by the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

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Leah Dushenski – Head of School

“If Canadian provinces entered PISA tests as separate countries, three of them, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, would be in the top five places for science in the world, alongside Singapore and Japan and above the likes of Finland and Hong Kong.”

How Canada became an education superpower, BBC, 02/08/2017

What is PISA? 

PISA is the Programme for International Student Assessment, a program of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). 

Every 3 years PISA tests randomly selected students in various countries from around the world. The test is designed to evaluate education systems by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science. The most recent test was conducted in 2018 and the results were released in December 2019. Approximately 600,000 students from 79 countries took part. 

“Canadian multiculturalism provides a distinct philosophy that seeks to both respect the importance of native cultures and incorporate immigrants into a distinctly Canadian identity.[Making it a perfect fit for international education]” 

Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems, Marc Tucker (editor), 2011
How does PISA help education reform? The cases of Germany & Brazil

Why Choose a Canadian Curriculum For Your Child?

Canada as a whole consistently performs very highly on PISA tests compared to other countries, and in 2018 outperformed almost all other western countries, and is consistently the highest achieving English speaking country in the world. 

Why Alberta? 

Alberta is one of the top two highest achieving provinces in Canada, no English-speaking country has performed better overall than the province of Alberta. The province’s, developmentally appropriate, teacher developed curriculum, combined with standardized examinations in Grades 6, 9 and 12, ensures a curriculum that is effective and accountable. 

Consistent Results Produce Good Educational Outcomes

Alberta’s, and Canada’s, results have remained remarkably consistent since PISA tests started in 2000. The PISA test results continue to verify Canada and Alberta’s places among the top education systems in the world. 

You can find out more about the Alberta curriculum in our curriculum overview.