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Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal

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  • GradesNursery - XII
  • CurriculumIB
  • TypePrivate School
  • Gender - BoardingCoed - Boarding School
Kodaikanal International School

School is up to Senior Secondary School (XI-XII) and affiliated to International Baccalaureate (IB). The School is a Coed Boarding School, with classes from Nursery to XII. It is an English Medium school.

About School

Know about Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal: Board & Curriculum, Admission Procedure, Fees & Fee Structure, Contact Details, Facilities and Ranking, Rating and Reviews.

Kodaikanal International School Kodaikanal, is a Senior Secondary School (XI-XII), affiliated to International Baccalaureate (IB). The School is a Coed Boarding School, with classes from Nursery to XII. It is an English Medium school. The school is located in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal International School was established in 1901. It is a Private School .

Basic facts about Kodaikanal International School:
Year Established
School Type
Private School
Boarding School
Class Nursery - Class XII
Admission Period
Rolling Admission


  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

School Level

Pre Primary School (Pre School) - Senior Secondary School (XI-XII)

The motto of Kodaikanal International School is "Unity in Diversity". It is a Coed Boarding School, which serves the educational needs of over 600 students from Nursery through XII. The classes in Kodaikanal International School for every academic year begins in April.

School was established as an American residential school for the children of missionaries in South India. In 1976, school became the first IB school, first international school in India (and the third in Asia) by adopting the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.

School has 2 academic campuses, that also provide staff and student accomodation: Highclerc, housing KIS High School (grades 9-12), and Ganga, home to KIS Elementary School (grades 1-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8). 

School has students from 30 countries. Boarding facility at the school starts from grade 5 onwards.

School Awards and Recognitions
  • Member of the Council of International Schools (CIS)
  • Member of Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA)
  • Member of National Honor Society (NHS), US based student leadership organization
  • Accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) of leges and Schools in 1968, now accredited by both secondary and elementary school divisions (CSS and CES)

Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal is one of the best International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in Kodaikanal and ranks among the top schools in Kodaikanal. Here, the dedicated and professional teachers ensure that the children get the maximum out of their education in this International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Kodaikanal. The school has given exceptional results in the academic sphere and its students have excelled in extra co-curricular activities too.

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Address & Contact Information

School Address

PO Box 25 - Seven Roads Junction Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - 624101 INDIA

School Chairman & Principal

  • Principal: Mr Corleigh Robert Stixrud

School Contact Person

Phone Number

04542 247323, (91) 4542 247 500

Email Address

School Website


Admission Details

Academic Year

Admission Period

Rolling Admission

Admission Contact Details
Contact Person

Phone: (91) 4542 247 218, (91) 4542 247 217
Email: admissions@kis.in

The School has students enrolled from Nursery to XII. Find below the admission schedule, procedure, contact details, documents required and instructions for parents for Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal admission.

In this section, we will answer the common questions like What is the admission process like and what are the key dates? Is there any admission test? Will School also hold an interview or an interaction? What is the age criterion for admission to Kodaikanal International School Kodaikanal for the upcoming academic year?

School has a rolling admission procedure. All applications are addressed immediately. Admission is open to qualified students at all grade levels from Preschool to grade 12. School accept students for boarding from grade 5.

Admission Process

  • First submit an inquiry (one per child). This will help you create your Open Apply account and provides school with some basic information about your family.
  • submit an application online along with
    • candidate's academic records for the last 3 years,
    • plus the three reference forms (from teachers/counsellor/principal),
    • birth certificate, and/or
    • copy of passport. 
  • After completion of all paperwork and following the visit, the KIS Admissions Committee will meet to determine if the prospective student has met the criteria to be accepted to Kodaikanal International School.
  • If admission is accepted, the KIS Admissions Coordinator at KIS will send a letter of acceptance via email to the prospective student and his/her parents.

Fees Details

Kodaikanal International School Fees: Fee Structure & Details

Refer below for Kodaikanal International School Kodaikanal fee structure and current fees.

You can also call the school's Admission Counsellors for more details.

The KIS application fee is used to cover the courier costs of legal documents for signing. 

  • Rs 2000 for students residing in India
  • Rs 5000 for students residing outside India

Fee Structure - Indian Students

  Boarder : Grade K to 8 Boarder : Grade 9 to 10 Boarder : Grade 11 to 12 Day Scholar : Grade K to 8 Day Scholar : Grade 9 to 10 Day Scholar : Grade 11 to 12
Total Fees (Including Registration Fee) 11,84,000 12,81,000 14,74,000 9,65,000 10,52,000 12,14,000
Rgistration Fee 2,10,000 2,60,000 3,10,000 2,10,000 2,60,000 3,10,000
Security Deposit (Refundable) 1,00,000 1,00,000  1,00,000  1,00,000  1,00,000  1,00,000 
Development Fee 1,00,000 1,50,000 2,00,000  1,00,000 1,50,000  2,00,000 
Alumni Service Fee 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000

Fee Students - Foreign

  Boarder : Grade K to 8 Boarder : Grade 9 to 10 Boarder : Grade 11 to 12
Total Fees (Including Registration Fee) USD 19,900 USD 21,00 USD 21,800
Rgistration Fee USD 3,300 USD 4,000 USD 4,800
Security Deposit (Refundable) 1,00,000 1,00,000  1,00,000 
Development Fee 1,00,000 1,50,000 2,00,000 
Alumni Service Fee 10,000 10,000 10,000
Day Scholar An annual rebate of Rs 74,000 (approx. USD 1,150) will be given for day scholars. An annual rebate of Rs 76,000 (approx. USD 1,200) will be given for day scholars. An annual rebate of Rs 88,000 (approx. USD 1,400) will be given for day scholars.

Infrastructure & Facilities

The Kodaikanal International School campus is spread over 43 Acres acres of land in area of Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu. The School is a K-12 Boarding School. The School's infrastructure includes but is not limited to:

Sports Facilities(11/42)

  • Aerobics
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Covered Play Area
  • Cricket
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnasium
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Horse Riding
  • Indoor Stadium
  • Judo
  • Kabaddi
  • Karate
  • Kho Kho
  • Outdoor Stadium
  • Netball
  • Play Area
  • Rugby
  • Shooting
  • Skating
  • Soccer
  • Splash Pool
  • Sand Pit
  • Sailing
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwando
  • Tennis
  • Throwball
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
  • Lacrosse

Education Facilities(2/6)

  • Library
  • Digital Library
  • Career Counseling
  • Counseling
  • Student Exchange Programs
  • Test Center

Classroom Facilities(0/5)

  • AC Classrooms
  • AV Classrooms
  • Lockers
  • Air Purifiers
  • Air Filter AC Classrooms

Visual and Performing Arts Facilities(1/4)

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Dramatics
  • Music

Laboratories Facilities(2/6)

  • Laboratories
  • Language Labs
  • Maths Labs
  • Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL)
  • Computer Labs
  • Robotics Labs

Transport Facilities(0/2)

  • Transport Facility
  • AC Buses

Boarding Facilities(1/2)

  • Hostel
  • AC Hostels

Accessibility Facilities(0/4)

  • Accessible Parking
  • Ramped or Level Entrances
  • Accessible Washrooms
  • Braille and Large Print Room Numbers

Digital Facilities(0/4)

  • AV Facilities
  • Interactive Boards
  • School App
  • Wi-Fi

Food and Catering Facilities(1/3)

  • Canteen
  • Meal Served
  • Kitchen & Dining Hall

Safety and Security Facilities(1/11)

  • CCTV
  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Security Guards
  • Boundary Wall
  • Fenced Boundary Wall
  • Speedometer In Bus
  • GPS In Bus
  • CCTV In Bus
  • Fire Extinguisher In Bus
  • School Bus Tracking App

Medical Facility Facilities(1/7)

  • Medical Facility
  • Medical Room or Clinic
  • Resident Doctor
  • Medical Staff
  • Isolation Room
  • ICU
  • Dedicated Ambulance

Other Infra Facilities(1/7)

  • Kids Play Area
  • Activity Center
  • Toy Room
  • Amphitheatre
  • Auditorium
  • Day Care
  • Lego Room

School takes in students from Preschool to grade 12, though residential students are accepted only from grade 5 and up.

KIS is divided into two academic campuses: The Highclerc Campus for its high school (grades 9-12) and Ganga Campus for its elementary school (grades P-5) and middle school (grades 6-8). These campuses have 73 rooms, 3 libraries, 2 media centres, 5 computer/IT labs, 3 study halls, 6 science laboratories, and 1 student recreation room. 

Residential catering is provided by KIS Food Services, at 2 main dining facilities with equipped with full kitchens, and Gymkhana Snack Bar, an attractive outdoor fast-food counter. 

Sport Facilities Detail

School has 

  • 2 covered courts for basketball and 2 outdoor basketball courts
  • indoor football, volleyball and badminton,
  • 3 playing fields for football, cricket, baseball and field hockey,
  • 1 racquetball court,
  • 1 squash court,
  • 3 tennis courts,
  • 2 children's playgrounds.
Safety & Security Measures at the School
  • KIS Dispensary has 24-bed medical care facility with 24-hour healthcare
  • KIS has a full-time doctor and four registered nurses on staff that are available to patients at all times during the semester, and on weekdays during the holidays

Extra-Curricular Activities

School Clubs and Societies

The School has organisations/Clubs/Societies that organize various activities to develop the skills and extract the best out of every child. These scholastic and co scholastic clubs are a great way to explore the interest of any student or even develop new ones. [object Object]

  • Art and Craft
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Social Service

Academic Programs

School Timings and Vacations

What are the school timings?

The school works in Shift 1 (Morning).

Language of Instruction
  • English
What is the typical school vacation schedule?
The School holidays are from
Number of Students
School Senior Secondary Streams
    School Level & Classes

    Which grades will you have in the new session?

    Kodaikanal International School is a Pre Primary School (Pre School) to Senior Secondary School (XI-XII) for both boys and girls and has following grades/levels

    Senior Secondary School (XI-XII)
    Secondary School (IX-X)
    Middle School (VI-VIII)
    Primary School (I-V)
    Pre Primary School (Pre School)
    NurseryPre KGKG

    Academics Programme and Curriculum Structure

    The Academic session at Kodaikanal International School starts from April. The School provides education to students from Nursery to XII.

    Kodaikanal International School is a Coed English medium Boarding School which offers the International curriculum IB, from Nursery to XII.


    Kodaikanal International School is authorised to offer the following

    IB International Board Schools - MYP, PYP, IBDP
    International Baccalaureate (IB)

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) (International Baccalaureate Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland) offers 4 programs for students randing from age 3 to 19. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students of age 3 to 12 students. Middle Years Programme is for students aged 11 to 16 and Diploma Programme (DP) for students ages 16 to 19. Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal is affiliated to International Baccalaureate (IB). Every School authorized to offer the IB programmes is known as an IB World School.

    The school is affiliated to IB since 16-Jan-1976 with IB affiliation number 000067.

    The Schools offers following IB programs

    • PYP
    • MYP
    • DP

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    Curriculum offered in Kodaikanal International School by Class

    In this section, we will answer What board of education does Kodaikanal International School intend to follow over the years?

    Level - Class/Grade
    Pre Primary School (Pre School)
    • School follows IB PYP Curriculum in Pre Primary level classes. IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed to cater to students till Grade/Class 5. Know more about PYP.

    Primary School (I-V)
    • Upto Class V, School follows IB PYP Curriculum. IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) caters to students from Class /Grade 1 to 5. Know More about IB PYP
    Middle School (VI-VIII)
    • School follows IB MYP Curriculum in Middle level classes, IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) caters to students from Class /Grade 6 to 8. Know more about MYP.
    Secondary School (IX-X)
    • School follows IB MYP Curriculum in Secondary level classes, IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) also caters to students of Class /Grade 9th & 10th. As per the Agreement signed between International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in January 2013, compeletion of IB MYP program will be consdidered equivalent to any other Class 10th board examination in India. Students can get continue their education with any school or board after compelting the IB MYP. Know more about MYP.
    Senior Secondary School (XI-XII)
    • School follows IB DP Curriculum in Senior Secondary level classes, IB Diploma Programme (DP) caters to students from Class /Grade XI & XII. Know more about IB DP.

    Along with IB curriculum school also offers KIS Diploma, which is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and colleges, Philadelphia and recognized by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, as equivalent to the Indian "+2" secondary certification.

    IBDP Subjects

    KIS IB Diploma subjects are chosen from each of the following six groups below:

    Group Subject Courses
    1 Group 1
    (Studies in Language & Literature)
    English A: Literature SL/HL, Language & Literature HL/SL and Korean A:Language & Literature SL/HL
    2 Group 2
    (Language Acquisition)
    English B SL, Hindi B SL/HL, Spanish B SL/HL, Spanish Ab SL, German B SL/HL, Korean B SL/HL, French B SL/HL and Tamil B SL
    3 Group 3
    (Individuals & Societies)
    Business Management SL/ HL, Economics SL/HL, History SL/HL, Psychology SL/HL and World Religion SL
    4 Group 4
    Biology SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL, Physics SL/HL, Environmental Systems and Societies SL and Computer Science SL/HL
    5 Group 5
    Math SL / HL, Math Studies SL
    6 Group 6
    (The Arts)
    Visual Arts SL /HL, Film SL / HL and Music SL/HL


    Other Details

    School Staff Details

    Designation Total No.
    Vice-Principal/Head Master  
    Health Wellness Teacher  

    School Rating & Reviews

    4.4out of 5

    based on 39 ratings

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    Jessie HuangReview based on friends/family/personal experiencewrote a review on March 15, 2019 3:22 PM
    I teach piano here. A job full of accomplishment
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    It's a great school with best baccalaureate service and educational excellence. It's an American school with multi cultural belief and has best dorm service found anywhere in India. Don't think it's a 5-Star hotel, it's a school
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    It is a very amazing school with a great experienced teachers,, a school with a charming environment.
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    Loved the place at first sight and got reminded of my school days. If there is time machine I want to do my schooling over here, even if it is for an year.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Kodaikanal International School is affiliated to which board?

    Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal is affiliated to the International Baccalaureate (IB).

    What is the process of getting admission into Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal?

    The Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal has students enrolled from Nursery to XII. Refer to Admission Section for information on admission process, schedule and key dates.

    Is this school a co-educational school?

    Yes The Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal is a Coed school.

    What is the curriculum offered at Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal?

    Kodaikanal International School, Kodaikanal offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) at various levels of education.

    Is this school good? What is the rating of this school?

    The Kodaikanal International School is rated 4.4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews on SchoolMyKids.com, largest school reviews and rating platform.

    Does Kodaikanal International School offer Hostel facility to students?

    Yes, The school offers boarding/hostel facilities to students. The School is Boarding School.