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School Profile: Information for Universities

Luanda International School

2019 – 2020
IB Code: 001903
CEEB Code: 600000

LIS Mission
A diverse community of learners, committed to fostering compassionate, confident and socially responsible individuals who thrive in the world.

Dylan Hughes

Secondary School Principal
Grant Rogers

University Counselor
Kristen Belka Rosenfield

IB Diploma Coordinator
Rene Bradford

Council of International Schools (CIS)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

IB Diploma Subjects Offered:

Group 1
English Language & Literature HL/SL
Portuguese Language & Literature HL/SL
Self-taught Literature SL

Group 2
Portuguese B HL/SL
Spanish B HL/SL
Spanish Ab Initio SL
English B HL

Group 3
Economics HL/SL
History HL/SL
Geography HL/SL
Environmental Systems & Societies SL

Group 4
Biology HL/SL
Chemistry HL/SL
Physics HL/SL
Environmental Systems & Societies SL

Group 5
Mathematics HL/SL
Mathematical Studies SL

Group 6
Music HL/SL
Theatre HL/SL
Visual Arts HL/SL

School & Community
Luanda International School (LIS) was founded in 1998 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 690 students from 52 countries. The LIS Class of 2020 is comprised of 25 students.

There are 128 students in the high school (Years 10-13) from 30 countries with the largest numbers from Angola and the United States. Most LIS students are bilingual and many hold two passports. Additional nationalities within the high school community include: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

LIS is fortunate to recruit and retain an experienced and committed international faculty. A number of teachers serve as IB workshop leaders, examiners, and/or are members of school accreditation teams. There are 48 members of the high school faculty, 29 of whom hold a graduate degree. Nationalities represented by LIS high school teachers are: Australia, Canada, France, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Curriculum & Calendar
LIS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and offers the three International Baccalaureate programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) with ​English as the language of instruction across all grade levels. ​All students must successfully complete Creativity, activity, service (CAS) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) to fulfill graduation requirements. The school year is divided into two semesters beginning mid-August and mid-January respectively.

Grading Scale & Reporting
LIS reports academic achievement on a 1–7 scale, with 7 being the highest level. TOK is graded Pass/Fail. Students receive two formal written reports a year, one in December and a final report in June. Grades are progressive over the course of the year and thus, grades on December reports are to be considered “interim” with the June marks reflecting a student’s overall (“final”) level of achievement. Final achievement levels on June reports for Year 13 students reflect predicted grades submitted to the IBO in April.

Policy on Class Rank and GPA
Due to small class size and the academic, linguistic, and educational diversity of our transient and international student body, LIS does not rank students or calculate GPA.

Co-Curricular & Outdoor Education Program
LIS students participate in and/or lead a wide variety of athletic, cultural, creative, and service-oriented after school activities. There are varsity and junior varsity teams for basketball, soccer, swimming, and volleyball. During the second semester, students in Years 10 and 11 (grades 9 and 10) participate in week-long outdoor education trips to South Africa.

Class of 2019 IB Diploma Results (25 students)
Luanda International School has an inclusive, open enrollment policy with regard to the IB Diploma Programme. Of the LIS Class of 2019, 23 students earned the full IB Diploma – with 11 earning Bilingual Diplomas – and 2 students earned IB courses certificates. The average total score for LIS students awarded the IB Diploma in 2019 was 30 points; the highest score in the cohort was 38 out of a possible 45.




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