School Overview

Chaoyin International School (CIS) is a new British Columbia certified independent school. Our focus is to prepare students for their journey towards university. We believe that this journey begins early through establishing a solid foundation in literacy, numeracy, and language skills, especially English and Mandarin.

Draw for Employees

The CIS school community is supportive, dynamic and collaborative. We focus on supporting our educators to teach with confidence, develop innovative academic and co-curricular programs, build meaningful relationships with students and families, and grow professionally. As a new school with an emphasis on Canadian and Chinese cultures, there is an opportunity to create something special together.

Why you’ll love it here?

CIS believes in a Professional Learning Community approach (PLC). Throughout the year, teachers work collaboratively to offer presentations on topics related to their own professional development and the school’s goals. To encourage our teachers’ continuous development, we partner with the University of British Columbia’s faculty.

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  • Chaoyin International School building exterior
  • Chaoyin International School students and teacher
  • Chaoyin International School student dancing
  • Chaoyin International School students playing violin
  • Chaoyin International School reception area
  • Chaoyin International School gym
  • Chaoyin International School elementary classroom

Why Teach at Chaoyin International School?

CIS offers a warm and caring atmosphere where collaboration is encouraged among colleagues and students. We pride ourselves on our dedication to our student’s growth and teachers’ development alike.

Our Mission and Vision

OUR MISSION is to provide a safe, inspirational learning environment to enable students to become lifelong active learners and well-rounded citizens who will contribute positively to their community and become healthy, productive members of our global society.

OUR VISION is to be a progressive leader in education, setting high standards for educational excellence while striving to ensure that each student has opportunities to succeed.

Our Values:

HONESTY is the building block for relationships and the basis for trust.  It is the absence of falsehood and the action of full disclosure.  It is the ultimate test of moral strength. When honesty is present, integrity will also be apparent.

RESPONSIBILITY is being accountable for our actions and their consequences. When we demonstrate responsibility, we are doing our best to meet the expectations of ourselves and others.

RESPECT is “to consider worthy of high regard”. Being respectful is an attitude of honouring people and caring about their rights.

EMPATHY is a feeling of concern, compassion and understanding of another’s situation or feelings while recognizing individual situations and differences.

FAIRNESS is ensuring impartiality where everyone plays by the same rules.

CULTURAL and INDIGENOUS RECOGNITION is to honour the homelands that we share to help guide and foster our perspectives.

Our School Community

Our school organizes events and activities (e.g., social activities, travel opportunities to China, health/wellness activities, financial planning, etc.) to support staff. At CIS, you will experience the joy of working in a school that prioritizes teaching & learning, relationships, and a sense of humour!

Unique Programs

CIS’s educational program is rigorous, robust, and challenges students each day to be the best they can be. What sets us apart is our Mandarin Language Program. CIS Students receive daily instruction in Mandarin Language starting in Kindergarten (with no experience necessary) and develop fluency by Grade 7. About half of our enrolment is from overseas students in China.

Chaoyin International School has several other unique programs:

  • STEM program focus
  • Daily physical education from JK; recreational sports in all grades
  • Extensive club offerings, including debating, drama, floor hockey, basketball, badminton, volleyball, ultimate, public speaking clubs, and many others
  • Leadership opportunities in all grades
  • School-wide “spirit” houses
  • Sister School exchanges with Chaoyin China Schools
  • Community Field Experiences with the University of British Columbia

The Community

The City of Richmond is a thriving multicultural destination offering a growing range of cultural, heritage, culinary and leisure experiences well-suited to all ages and interests. With a population of nearly 200,000, where half its residents are of Asian descent, Richmond is where “east meets west.”

Voted as one of the Canada’s most livable, the Richmond is home to 80 km of walking and biking trails, stunning natural landscapes, National Historic Sites, parks, and some of the city’s top attractions.

Living and Working in Richmond

Richmond has everything – shopping, recreation, parks, biking, ocean beaches, rivers, farmland, and easy access to the Vancouver airport (YVR), BC Ferries, and the US border. You can experience a broad range of Asian culture without having to leave North America Richmond. There are over 400 Asian restaurants, world-renowned Asian night markets, the awe-inspiring International Buddhist Temple, and three Hong Kong-style shopping malls—Richmond offers authentic Asian food and cultural experiences. You can also spend the day at the quaint village of Steveston, a historical fishing community located at the Fraser River.

Chaoyin International School is centrally located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible by SkyTrain. Our school campus is located near restaurants, shopping malls, and several fitness facilities, including the Richmond Olympic Oval—a state-of-the-art sports complex and community centre.

School Location

Salary and Benefits

Chaoyin International School’s teacher salaries are on par with local public school districts. Our annual salaries range from $50,000 – $88,000, depending on your experience and education.

CIS also offers comprehensive extended health and a dental plan in addition to MSP coverage. Other benefits and perks also include:

  • Life and disability insurance
  • RRSP matching program (5%)
  • Technology stipend ($500)
  • Generous school holidays
  • Membership discount at a nearby fitness facility
  • Subsidized entry fee for Vancouver Sun Run
  • Individual meetings with financial and retirement planning professionals
  • Staff social events throughout the year
  • Monthly Professional Development presentations
  • Opportunities for Pro D conferences using staff Pro D funding

Application Requirements

Our ideal candidate has experience teaching at the elementary level (primary & intermediate) and/or in multi-age classrooms. It is helpful if you can offer expertise in other teaching areas such as Mandarin, Music, Fine Arts, ELL, French, and Physical Education.