Cayman International School upgrades and expands

The new classrooms at Cayman International School can be reconfigured easily to suit lesson and student needs.
The new classrooms at Cayman International School can be reconfigured easily to suit lesson and student needs.

The Cayman International School is marking the recent completion of the second planned phase of adding new classrooms and fixtures.

A press release states that with a growing student body now surpassing 580, the school was in need of more functional space.

The recent expansion includes two elementary classrooms, four multi-functional secondary classrooms, two student support centers and a media room. The expansion was completed in time for the start of classes in the new year.

The new classrooms can be converted or rearranged to suit a variety of lesson designs and purposes.

“Classroom design is a fundamental element of teaching and learning. It reflects educational philosophies and can have a significant impact on student engagement and achievement,” said CIS Director Dr. Jeremy Moore. He said the school decided to adopt a classroom design based on research in educational space design, observations of other innovative international schools, and input from members of the faculty and administration.

The press release says CIS has embarked on achieving a modern learning environment with a focus on progressive teaching, which includes use of smart boards, offering iPads to students, use of Google classroom resources, online coursework and other digital resources, and on-campus technology, including a 3-D printer.

“At CIS, learning is focused on student-centered philosophies, and modern approaches to teaching,” the release states. “This includes Project Based Learning which is a vital aspect of the school curriculum. CIS is committed to excellence and high quality schooling and will continue its growth and advancement toward becoming a world-class educational institution.”

DECCO, Dart Enterprises and CIS have a long relationship. The company was contracted to build the school’s infrastructure for International School Services, the governing body of CIS.

The original buildings were donated and dedicated in 2006 through the William and Claire Dart Foundation.

“[The teams] that collaborated, drew on the lessons learned from Phase One of the expansion project, and also drew on individual expertise and strong teamwork throughout,” said project manager for the recent construction, Nick Natale of DECCO.
The third phase is expected to start in June and will add a second floor to one of the buildings, which will furnish new classroom space and washroom facilities and cover two stairwells.

“CIS is an independently run school, but its commitment to excellence and to positively shaping the social, economic and environmental well-being of future generations is one which aligns well with the Dart group of companies,” said CEO of Dart Enterprises Ltd. Mark VanDevelde.

“At the core of our business relationship we are landlord and tenant; but our commitment to education, to excellence and to our youth make us partners in many, many ways.”