The Council of International Schools (CIS)

The Essington International School Darwin is a member of several organisations and associations, and also has several Memorandum of Understanding with educational and community groups in the NT and overseas.

One of our School’s membership is with the Council of International Schools (CIS) , regarded as the ‘premier organisation’ in international education and committed to international ‘best practice’ in schools. The Essington International School Darwin initially became a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) about eleven years ago. We were one of the first and few schools in Australia to be a member of this group. Because of the difficulty of the ECIS’s international office working with schools in Australia and Asia from Europe, ECIS formed into two associations: ECIS and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Schools out of Europe and in the CIS have their head office in Melbourne making travel and communication easier for the organisation’s members.

CIS is a not-for-profit organisation worldwide organisation of over 650 schools and 450 colleges and universities. The Essington School Darwin and Kormilda College, who joined in recent years, are the only two NT schools who are members. Thirty nine schools in Australia have now been accepted as members of CIS.

The central purpose of CIS is “to enable member organisations to achieve and deliver the highest standards in international education and continually improve the outcome of student learning”. As a member of this organisation of high performing schools outside of Australia, we are able to model our programs and practices against high quality schools internationally.

We continue to build links with high performing international schools overseas. This year will be seeking to strength our links with high performing and internationally recognised CIS schools in Singapore and Jakarta. Some teach the national curriculum (as we do), others teach a US or British curriculum, and others the International Baccalaureate (IB). All of these provide us with curriculum programs we can use to value add to our NT curriculum and students' learning experiences.