Colombo International School

Colombo International
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka
Type Independent day-school
Founded 1982
Founder Elizabeth Moir
Principal D.C. Sanders
Grades Playgroup to Year 13
Gender co-educational
Age range 3 to 19
Enrollment 1578
Student to teacher ratio ~ 1345:64
Language English

Colombo International School is a co-educational independent day-school in Colombo, Sri Lanka. There are 1400 enrolled students from 30 countries, ranging from 3 to 19 years (from Playgroup to Year 13) in the Infant, Junior and Secondary sections.


The school was established in 1982, as an English-language school based on a British curriculum, open to both Sri Lankan and foreign students.

In 1993, the new Chairman,Mr.Armyne Weerasinghe[1][2][3] initiated a development and expansion programme. In 1998, a branch, CIS Kandy was opened in Mawilmada.

The school has expanded over the last 24 years to reach the present enrollment of approximately 1578 students from 30 countries. There are now about 100 students in each year group attending the school.

Sexual education book controversy

The sex education textbook Introducing Moral Issues by Joe Jenkins[4] caused controversy in 2010, when the National Child Protection Authority was alerted by lawyer and former UNP MP Dinesh Dodangoda that the book was being used in the school's 6th Grade curriculum.[5] A court case was filed by Dodangoda.[6] The book had been used without complaint since 1997.[7]


The school's basketball team has consistently been in the top division of the school's league. The school's court is used as a venue for many tournaments. [8]
CIS has produced numerous national tennis players and players who have also gone on to represent Sri Lanka at an international level, namely Alex Fairbanks and Joshua Jayaratne.

Notable alumni


  1. Marianne David (27 February 2005). "Another first by Mount Lavinia Hotel". 11 (33). The Sunday Leader Online. Retrieved 2014-02-18. Chairman, Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Armyne Wirasinha [..]
  2. Irangika Range (2004-02-13). "Lanka Salt awarded ISO 9001:2000 certificate". Online edition of Daily News - Business. Retrieved 2014-02-18. SLSI Chairman Armyne Wirasinha[..]
  3. "Sri Lanka links up with World Bank for distance education". Online edition of Sunday Observer - Business. 2002-04-28. Retrieved 2014-02-18. DLC Chairman Armyne Wirasinha[..]
  4. Jenkins, Joe (1994). Introducing moral issues. Oxford: Heinemann Educational. ISBN 9780435302979.
  5. Berenger, Leon (October 31, 2010). "NCPA cries foul, CIS sees no evil". Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. Berenger, Leon (November 21, 2010). "Sex education handbook in courts tomorrow". Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  7. "Book on moral issues causes controversy in Sri Lanka education sector". ColomboPage. Oct 25, 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  9. Bedi Prize 2012 to Sri Lankan doctor. Daily News, Retrieved on 3 August 2012.
  10. Abnormal heart rhythms and health. Sunday Observer, Retrieved on 17 August 2014.
  11. Dr. Wijeyeratne for ESC Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Sunday Times, Retrieved on 24 August 2014.

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