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School Profile: Information for Universities

Luanda International School

2021 – 2022
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

Secondary 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 2022:

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 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 Early Years to Year 13 (grade 12) is approximately 418 students from 36 countries. The LIS Class of 2022 is comprised of 25 students. 

There are 105 students in the high school (Years 10-13) from 23 countries with the largest numbers from Angola, the United Kingdom, United States and Portugal. Most LIS students are bilingual and many hold two passports. Additional nationalities within the high school community are: Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

LIS is fortunate to recruit and retain an experienced and committed international faculty. There are 39 members of the high school faculty, 22 of whom hold a graduate degree. Nationalities represented by secondary faculty are: Australia, Canada, France, Ghana, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A number of teachers serve as IB workshop leaders, examiners, and/or are members of school accreditation teams.

Impact of COVID-19
On March 18, 2020, LIS switched to online, asynchronous learning which continued  through December. From January to June 2021, the Angolan government permitted a maximum of four hours of face-to-face instruction per day and in August, this increased to six hours. Additional lessons are taught online. LIS continues to support a number of remote learners who remain outside Angola due to restrictions imposed by sponsoring employers,  health concerns, or visa delays.

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. The school year is divided into two semesters beginning mid-August and mid-January respectively. All students must successfully complete Creativity, activity, service (CAS) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) to fulfill graduation requirements. A robust wellbeing curriculum is incorporated into the school day through which students explore topics such as time management, relationships, identity & inclusion, mental health, career exploration, and transition to university.

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. 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 2021 IB Diploma Results (21 students)
Luanda International School has an inclusive, open enrollment policy with regard to the IB Diploma Programme. In May 2021, LIS administered IB exams to 18 students on campus. Additionally, one student took exams in the United States and two followed the non-exam route due to travel restrictions and lockdown in their home countries. Of the 21 graduates, 19 were candidates for the Diploma and all passed – with 10 earning Bilingual Diplomas. The average total was 34 points and the highest score in the cohort was 41.




Bold indicates one or more LIS student matriculating.


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Aston University
Birmingham City University
Bournemouth University
Buckinghamshire New University
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Coventry University
Durham University
King’s College London
Kingston University
Lancaster University
Loughborough University
Middlesex University
Oxford Brookes University
Royal Halloway, University of London Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham Staffordshire University
The University of Bolton
The University of Northampton
University of the Creative Arts at Farnham
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University of Liverpool
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University of Portsmouth
University of Surrey
University of the Arts London
University of Warwick
University of West London
University of Westminster
University of York

Amsterdam University College
Eindhoven University of Technology Erasmus University Rotterdam
Technical University (TU) Delft
University of Twente

Escola Superior de Disseny (ESDi)
EU Business School
Francisco de Vitoria University

Auburn University
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University of Texas, Arlington
University of Texas, Austin
Wake Forest University
Whitman College

Concordia University
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Toronto
York University

Additional Destinations:

University of New South Wales, Australia
Charles University, Czech Republic
Masaryk University, Czech Republic
ArtFX School of Digital Arts, France
European School of Economics, Italy
Korea University, South Korea
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
IADE Faculdade de Design Tecnologia, Portugal