The Carlucci American International School of Lisbon (CAISL), founded in 1956, is a nonprofit, nondenominational, coeducational day school that offers an American program of study to approximately 700 students from early childhood (age 3) through grade 12 (approximately age 18). The school year is comprised of four quarters, and the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled to run from September 1, 2020 through June 24, 2021.
Organization: CAISL is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees, two appointed by the U.S. Embassy, and one appointed by Visteon Portuguesa. The school’s senior management team consists of the school director, elementary principal, secondary principal, and business manager.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. college-preparatory public schools, including a program of studies leading to the American High School Diploma. The school’s testing program includes the National Merit and College Board tests. Instruction is in English. Portuguese is taught as both a native and a foreign language. CAISL graduates go on to colleges and universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and around the world. Special services to support mild learning disabilities are provided. Psychological testing and private remedial assistance are available in the community. CAISL is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and offers the IB Diploma Program for the last two years of high school which can be taken in addition to the High School Diploma. CAISL is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) and is licensed by the Portuguese Ministry of Education (ME).
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 96 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 689 (EC3 through grade 5: 275; grades 6 through 12: 414).
Facilities: The campus comprises three academic buildings as well as a covered gymnasium of 15,000 square foot, more than 100,000 square foot of exterior sports fields, a snack-bar and a cafeteria, a Fine Arts Center with dedicated classrooms for music, art and drama, and a 450-seat fully equipped theater. The academic buildings include two library/media centers, one for younger students and one for older students (with over 40,000 items including print, non-print, audio-visual and electronic resources), and four science labs. In terms of technology, in addition to all the tools to enhance learning, each student in grades 6 through 12 is provided a laptop, at no additional charge, to use at school and at home as a tool for learning. Students in grades 2-5 have available at school a 1-to-1 computer environment.
Finances: The school’s income derives from tuition and fees. In the 2020-2021 school year, tuition rates are as follows: EC-3/4-kindergarten: €8,700; grades 1 & 2: €10,856; grades 3-5: €12,076; grades 6-8: €13,712; and grades 9-12: €18,440. The school also charges a one-time registration fee of €500, and an annual building fee of €1,953, payable for 5 years beginning in grade 1. The annual optional bus fee varies depending on the number of services required, and ranges from €1,416 – €3,436. Optional lunches cost €696 per year for EC3-kindergarten, and €940 for grades 1-12. (All fees quoted in euros)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.