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Luanda International School

Luanda International School

Via S6, Bairro de Talatona, Município de Belas, Luanda, Angola

+244 932 337 056



Luanda International School
School type Co-educational Day
Status Private, non-profit
School Director Dylan Hughes
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3-18 years
Number of pupils 520
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Rene Bradford
MYP Coordinator Catherine McCann
PYP Coordinator Julie Ranger
Associations CIS, IB, NEASC, AISA

Welcome to Luanda International School(LIS)

LIS was founded in 1996 as a non-profit international school serving Pre K to Year 13 (grade 12) students from the expatriate and local community in Luanda, Angola. Together we form a close-knit community that cares deeply about many things including respectful and healthy relationships, a strong sense of belonging, student voice, leadership, and growth. Our students, families and staff come to Luanda from around the world with more than 40 nationalities represented in our community.

Every year the school identifies a mantra to express a strong belief imbued in our values. Each mantra serves to guide our work and unify the school and community. This year's mantra is founded on the concept of ubuntu. Ubuntu means 'you are because of others', that is, your sense of self is shaped by your relationships with other people. This is such poignant mantra especially as we continue to foster and build a stronger sense of inclusion and belonging into the fabric of the school.

Our Mission

Luanda International School is a diverse community of learners, committed to fostering compassionate, confident and socially responsible individuals who thrive in the world.

Relationships matter

Effective schools build strong partnerships with their school community. We believe our relationships with students and parents are a point of difference from many other schools in Angola - you can feel it the moment you enter the school. Students are at the center of what we do, so our engagement with our parents is always about the students and learning. We expect our families to engage, play a fundamental role in the success of their childs progress and achievement and ultimately, live our mission and values.

Thriving in Angola and Beyond

When it comes to thriving, teachers matter more to student achievement than any other aspect of schooling. Our faculty members have a proven ability to empower, encourage and inspire learning that is concept based, inquiry-driven and focused on the social, emotional and academic well being of children. Our team nurtures the social, emotional and cognitive well being of students, demonstrating care and compassion. We are a school prepared to search the globe for professional, internationally-minded teachers with a growth mindset and proven ability to build relationships and community.

Taking social responsibility and action beyond the classroom is important at LIS. Angola provides our students and staff with authentic opportunities to engage with a wide range of challenges and issues. These engagements must be sustainable, linked to our school values and enriching for the learning experience. The 'pay it forward' experience and opportunity to live the school's mission throughout the process are just as important as the outcome. Our co-curricular programme is designed to engage and extend our diverse community of learners in an enjoyable, safe and supportive environment. The programme enhances our sense of community through building sustainable and positive relationships within LIS, Angola and global contexts. A lot of our work is connected to the environment, children, and education. We believe an important enabler of thriving is to access others, connect with them, and find ways to mutually benefit through taking social action and responsibility. Students have reached out to other organizations including NGOs and ministries. This external expertise, coupled with student passion, helps to create the basis for sustainable project-based learning and the opportunity to thrive. Finally, the building of social competence serves as a cornerstone in our programmes to develop lifelong skills including peaceful conflict resolution, awareness and appreciation of other cultures, and interpersonal skills.