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Thank you for visiting the Luanda International School website. On this site you will learn that the school offers the three IB programmes throughout the age range and that these programmes are currently the best available for ensuring a quality, rigorous academic curriculum in an international context. These 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.

You will also read of a school prepared to search the globe for professional, internationally-minded teachers with a proven ability to build relationships and community; nurture the social, emotional and cognitive well being of students, demonstrate care, encourage and inspire; of a school dedicated to learning in its broadest sense where students are participating in a range of sporting, cultural and social action service designed to broaden outlooks and garner an appreciation of the world around them. It should also be clear that the school puts the safety and security of its students as its utmost priority to ensure well being, dignity and respect for self and others.

However, even the best designed websites are exactly that – designed – and without visiting or being part of our school you are unlikely to find out all you need to know about us. If you do get the opportunity to visit us here in Angola I hope you will discover two things that set Luanda International School apart and make it just that little bit “special”.

Firstly, 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 lense 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 very hands-on Parent Teacher Association and a talented and committed teaching faculty. Secondly, the school has genuine ambition. This is shown not just by the enormous investment in buildings, programmes and teachers, but also by a desire of all members of the school community to see the school engage in continuous improvement. Resting on laurels is not an option nor is beating our chests.

Luanda International School 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.


Dylan Hughes
School Director

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