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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 Coeducational Day
Status Private, non-profit
School Director Dylan Hughes
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3-18
Number of pupils 416
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP, IBMYP, IBPYP
Diploma Coordinator Rene Bradford
MYP Coordinator Catherine McCann
PYP Coordinator Julie Ranger
Associations CIS, IB


Luanda International School (LIS) is an exciting school in an exciting country. A curriculum based on understanding, teachers intent on building a rapport with their students, secure well-resourced premises and all within what could well be one of the world’s greatest classrooms, Angola. The school was founded in 1996 with funding from six oil companies as an international, non-profit, independent school serving the expatriate and local community in Luanda, Angola. Enrollment from Pre K to Year 13 (grade 12) is approximately 416 students from 39 countries. We believe that happy children and school communities require a strong sense of belonging and common purpose. Throughout the school there is a refreshing commitment to foster student engagement through hands-on inquiry, commitment to meaningful action and service and a dedication to value learning through the lens of inquiry and academic achievement as a result of grit and growth mindset. The common purpose that fosters this has now evolved through a future-focused Board, a relationship centered leadership team, a very hands-on Parent Teacher Association and a talented and committed teaching faculty.

Community & Mission

The LIS community is a diverse community of learners, committed to fostering compassionate, confident and socially responsible individuals who thrive in the world. Our teachers, students, and families come to Luanda from around the world. We have currently over 39 nationalities represented in our community. Together in Luanda, we form a tight-knit community that cares deeply about relationships, respect, student voice, leadership, and growth.


Our faculty members have a proven ability to empower, encourage and inspire learning that is concept based, inquiry-driven and focussed on the social, emotional and academic well being of children. Our team nurtures the social, emotional and cognitive well being of students, demonstrating care, encouraging and inspiring. We are a school prepared to search the globe for professional, internationally-minded teachers with a proven ability to build relationships and community.

Our Programme

Our school offers the three IB programmes throughout the age range and these programmes are currently the best available for ensuring a quality, rigorous academic curriculum in an international context. The IB programmes ensure that our students have the best chance for a smooth transition from one year to another, from one country to another and perhaps most critically, from school to college or university. We encourage students to become compassionate, life-long learners. This is developed throughout their learning with a focus on the attributes of the IB Learner Profile where learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective. International-mindedness is further developed through the learning of an additional language. As part of our school's core values, we respect the language of our host country, Portuguese, and aim for all students to be able to function linguistically in the environment in which they live.

Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS)

Creativity, Activity and Service is at the core of our DP Programme and it is at the center of learning at LIS. Students engage in meaningful and authentic experiences that foster leadership, perseverance, initiative, and the development of skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making. Our students have initiated and led highly successful projects that have made a strong impact on communities and the environment. The Association of International Schools in Africa awarded a Menstrual Education project with the Outstanding Service Project Award 2019. Please visit this post to learn more about this incredible project. At LIS, our mission drives us - our DP students are addressing current and pressing issues such as the Covid-19 crisis which has affected thousands of people in Luanda, Angola. Masking Angola was born out of that need and they are currently collaborating with communities to deliver soaps, hand sanitizers and masks. Given their success, the Crescer Angola association is partnering with Masking Angola to expand the project to other provinces across the country. More projects like these ones are excellent examples of how at LIS, we are living our mission.

Co-Curricular Programme

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, Angolan and global contexts. Student leadership is embraced in the programme to foster compassionate and socially responsible students who are confident to thrive in the world. The co-curricular programme encompasses four aspects at LIS: after school activities, the arts, sports and outdoor education. Each of these aspects is focused on developing student interest while providing further opportunities to be committed, challenged and excel, as students progress through the school.

Covid-19 Impact

On March 18, 2020, the LIS campus closed and classes transitioned to online delivery. In the days that followed, most expatriate families and teachers left Angola, so the decision was made to temporarily structure the school day around both synchronous and asynchronous lessons. Online learning will continue through the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, and we are planning to reopen the physical campus on January 18th 2021 if it is safe to do so.