At California International School we have a unique and innovative approach to our pedagogy. 

We offer a full STEAM program with a Robust Makerspace where kids engage in pottery, 3D printing, Robotics, and Science.  We also offer two World Languages (Mandarin and Spanish), and a fine arts program, all in a project-based learning environment.  We are accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), WASC Accreditation Information and we are a candidate school for the international baccalaureate Information on the IB Primary Years Program. Take a look inside our school by watching our curriculum overview video. 



Learning Approaches


  • An innovative teaching and learning approach led by students with scaffolded support from teachers.

  • Through exploration, research, technology, engineering, design and other project activities, students propose ideas to find the solutions.

  • Project-based learning allows students to learn by doing while solving problems, as well as completing project learning goals, therefore, they can better understand concepts and master skills.

Personalized Whole Child Focus

  • The whole-child approach to learning is a teaching philosophy that prioritizes all of the developmental and personal needs of students in addition to their academic achievements—in short, the whole child.

  • Through the whole-child approach, students are immersed in learning environments intended to foster a sense of community and encourages interpersonal skills, problem-solving, goal setting, creativity, autonomy, and self-accountability.

Authentic Problem Solving

  • Students can solve real-life related problems such as the environment, time management, self-care, etc. 

  • In the process of authentic problem-solving, students take on a constructivist role and gain new knowledge through inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflections, in real-world contexts.

Views Of Education

Core Values

Four Pillars — Our Beliefs

Portrait of a CIS Learner

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