CDNIS is a non-profit school that provides a "through-train" education to students from Pre Reception (3 year olds) through to Grade 12 graduation. The school currently has students representing 41 nationalities. The language of instruction and communication is English, with Mandarin and French taught as second languages. In addition to academics, the school is particularly strong in the areas of technology, sports and the arts. With a strong focus and emphasis on developing international mindedness and global awareness, students are equipped with an understanding of the need to meet the challenges posed in the school's mission statement; to develop responsible global citizens and leaders through academic excellence.