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School Profile 2020-21: Information for Universities

Luanda International School

2020 – 2021
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 to
the LIS Class of 2021:

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
Design Technology HL/SL
Environmental Systems &
Societies SL
Sports, Exercise &
Health Science HL/SL

Group 5
Mathematics: Analysis &
Approaches HL/SL
Mathematics: Applications &
Interpretation HL/SL

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

School & Community
Luanda International School (LIS) was founded in 1996 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 435 students from 39 countries. The LIS Class of 2021 is comprised of 24 students.

There are 112 students in the high school (Years 10-13) from 27 countries with the largest numbers  from Angola, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Most LIS students are bilingual and many  hold two passports. Additional nationalities within the high school community are: Azerbaijan, Brazil,  Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia,  Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, 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 42 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,  Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, 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.

Impact of COVID-19
On March 18, 2020, the LIS campus closed and classes transitioned to online delivery. In the days  that followed, most expatriate families and teachers left Angola, so the decision was made to  temporarily structure the school day around both synchronous and asynchronous lessons. Online  learning will continue through the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. LIS is the only SAT  test center in Angola; the most recent administration on campus was December 2019.

Grading Scale & Reporting
LIS reports academic achievement on a 1–7 scale, with 7 being the highest level. TOK is graded  Pass/Fail. Grades are progressive over the course of the year and thus, grades on mid-year reports are to be considered “interim” with June marks reflecting a student’s overall (“final”) level of  achievement. Achievement levels on June reports for Year 13 students reflect predicted grades  submitted to the IB 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.

Class of 2020 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 2020, 19 students earned the IB Diploma – with 14 earning  Bilingual Diplomas – and 6 students earned IB courses certificates. The average total score for students awarded the IB Diploma in 2020 was 32 points; the highest score in the cohort was 42.




Arts University Bournemouth
Aston University
Bath Spa University
Birmingham City University
Bournemouth University
Buckinghamshire New University
Cardiff University
Coventry University
Kingston University
Lancaster University
Liverpool Hope University
London Metropolitan University
London South Bank University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Middlesex University
Northumbria University
Nottingham Trent University
Regent’s University London
Richmond, American University in London
Robert Gordon University
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Holloway
Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham
Staffordshire University
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bolton
University of Brighton
University of Derby
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Glasgow
University of Law
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University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
University of Liverpool
University of London City – Cass
University of Manchester
University of Northampton
University of Portsmouth
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University of the Arts London
University of Warwick
University of the West of England
University of West London
University of Westminster
University of York


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Christopher Newport University
Collin County Community College
Columbia College (SC)
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Drake University
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Houghton College
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University of Tampa
University of Texas, Dallas
University of Texas, San Antonio
University of Texas, Arlington
University of Texas, Austin
University of Tulsa
Virginia Tech University

Additional Destinations:

Universidad de Buenos Aires
St. Mary’s University, Canada
Charles University, Czech Republic
ArtFX School of Digital Arts, France
European School of Economics, Italy
Heriot Watt University, Malaysia
University of Amsterdam
University of Utrecht
Escola Superior de Disseny (ESDi), Spain
EU Business School, Spain
Francisco de Vitoria University, Spain
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Bold indicates one or more LIS
student matriculating.