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Council of International Schools


In 2003 Cairns State High, as a community, commenced the journey to international accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS).

In 2005 Cairns State High was awarded international accreditation and in 2016 was successful in being re-accredited. The First Report into Progress and Planning was accepted in 2018.


Cairns State High is proud to be an accredited CIS school as the organisation's foundational beliefs and practices, the Accreditation content and process and the Standards strongly align to the school’s vision of 'The best we can be.'

Being a member of CIS sets Cairns State High apart from others. We are an international school with internationalism as a focus. CIS memberships assists us to drive the improvement agenda of the school and using the standards and expectations of CIS assists us to act locally and have a vision globally. The CIS Evaluation/Accreditation process is integrated within the school’s continuous improvement/strategic planning processes. 

The accreditation process by CIS is independent, rigorous and developmental.

A broad range of categories are evaluated as part of the accreditation against high standards, which are rigorous, globally accepted and applied to all schools. All stakeholders are interviewed as part of the process.  Accreditation sets a global benchmark for schools.

The evaluation process provides an opportunity to improve the quality of education offered at the school and CIS Award of Accreditation recognises the quality of the evaluated school. Other reasons that a school would wish to undergo Accreditation include: 
  • The plan it offers for continual improvement
  • The quality assurance it offers for families
  • Its internationally-recognised Standards used in Accreditation
  • Recruiting high quality teachers who are suitable as international educators
CIS' engagement with the school is continuous unlike a school inspection. CIS has an ongoing relationship with the school - In a 5 year cycle, for example, there are three site visits, to support and challenge the school in an ongoing manner.
Schools around the world join CIS for guidance, support and access to like-minded peers as they develop challenging international programmes for their students. As a global organisation, CIS helps schools access new international educational practices, gain recognition for accomplishments, attract qualified staff, facilitate student connections with leading universities around the world, and provide a quality international education experience to students and parents.
As of 2018, the CIS community includes:
  • 735 schools and
  • 579 universities and colleges across
  • 116 countries, as well as an
  • 8 person Board of Trustees and
  • more than 50 full and part-time staff around the world. 
In Queensland, Cairns High works with other accredited schools as part of the Queensland Chapter of CIS Schools. 

The schools work together on international education, professional development and developing global citizenship.