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Luanda International School (LIS) is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an English medium educational program for students from ages three to 18, predominantly from the international community in Luanda, Angola. LIS was established in October 1996 by five people interested in the creation of an English-medium international school in Angola. Oil-related companies have supported the venture. There are 40 different nationalities represented in the student body. Our present enrollment includes 30% of National Angolan students.

Governance: The Board of Directors (BoD) and the General Assembly (GA) consist of corporate members, which in turn appoint representatives (persons) to the BoD and GA, respectively. The Board of Director representatives, presently consisting of six members, govern 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 member of the BoD.

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). We use these programs as the framework for an inquiry-based approach to learning and teaching.

Accrediting Bodies: LIS is fully accredited with the IB, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Faculty: In the 2022-2023 school year, LIS has 182 total staff including 74 teachers, 14 of whom are U.S. citizens, 10 host-country nationals, and 50 third-country nationals representing 24 countries. All teaching staff have diploma of teaching/registered, teacher’s certificate from their countries of origin, as well as bachelor’s, master’s and/or doctorate degrees.

Enrollment: Enrollment for September 2022 was 529 students, including 55 U.S. citizens, 154 host country nationals, and 265 third-country nationals representing 41 countries.

Facilities: The LIS campus opened in 2003 and is located approximately 16 kilometers from the U.S. Embassy. There are several buildings on the campus, including Secondary, Primary, and Early Years classrooms, a cafeteria, an auditorium with a stage, a library and administrative offices, a 25-meter pool, and a sports field.

Finances: Most of the school’s income derives from tuition fees, with contributions from sponsoring corporations funding the construction. Tuition 2021/2022: Certificate applicants (AOA 26,775,000), Corporate applicants (AOA 26,775,000), and Nationals/Resident Card holders (AOA 12,157,800). All school fees are quoted and payable in kwanza (AOA).

This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-date information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2022 and are provided by the school.

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