Luanda International School (LIS) is a private coeducational day school, which offers an English-medium educational program for students ages 3 to 18, predominantly from the international community in Luanda, Angola. It was established in October 1996 by five persons interested in the creation of an English-medium international school in Angola. Oil-related companies have supported the venture.
Governance: The Board and the General Assembly (GA) consist of corporate members, which in turn second representatives (persons) to the Board and GA, respectively. The representatives, consisting of seven members, governs the school with full authority to act for and on behalf of their respective members. The U.S. Embassy representative serves at the will of the Ambassador and is a voting advisory member of the Board.
Curriculum: LIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is authorized to offer three International Baccalaureate programs: Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and the IB Diploma Program (DP). These programs form the framework for an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching. LIS is fully accredited with the IB, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and the Council of International Schools (CIS).
Faculty: For the 2019/2020 academic year, there is a total of 92 teaching staff. All teaching faculty maintain a teaching certificate/credential e.g., Diploma of Teaching/registered Teachers certificate from their countries of origin.
Enrollment: At the start of the 2019/2020 academic year, enrollment was 692 students, There is a total of 52 nationalities represented in the school’s enrollment.
Facilities: The new campus, which opened in 2003, has several buildings, including a cafeteria/auditorium with stage, library and administrative offices, a 25-meter pool, and a sports field. The school plans to expand the current campus to include a maximum of 800-850 students.
Tuition and Fees: Most of the school’s income derives from tuition fees, with contributions from sponsoring corporations funding the construction. Corporate/Embassy/NGO families pay US$42,500 per child, while Nationals and Residents pay US$24,000 per child. The school charges an application handling fee of US$400 and a one-time registration fee of US$4,750 for all new families. There is an annual facility fee for returning families of US$5,000. (All fees are quoted and payable in U.S. dollars for Corporate/Embassy/NGO families.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2019 and are provided by the school.