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School Profile: Information for Universities

Luanda International School

2022 – 2023
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 day school serving the expatriate and local community in Luanda, Angola. Enrollment from Early Years to Year 13 (grade 12) is approximately 523 students from 44 countries. The LIS Class of 2023 is comprised of 18 students.

There are 106 students in the high school (Years 10-13) from 25 countries with the largest numbers from Angola, the United Kingdom, United States, Brazil, and Portugal. Most LIS students are bilingual and many hold two passports. Additional nationalities within the high school: Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

LIS is fortunate to recruit and retain an experienced and committed international faculty. There are 46 members of the high school faculty, 38 of whom hold a graduate degree or postgraduate diploma. A number of teachers serve as IB workshop leaders and/or examiners. Nationalities represented by secondary faculty: Australia, Canada, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Impact of COVID-19
On March 18, 2020, LIS switched to online, asynchronous learning which lasted 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, with additional lessons for IB HL classes taught online. The 2022-2023 school year commenced with a normal school schedule and the much-anticipated return of on-campus co-curricular activities. The country-wide indoor mask mandate was lifted on October 10, 2022.

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 pathways, 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. 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 2022 IB Diploma Results (25 students)
Luanda International School has an inclusive, open enrollment policy with regard to the IB Diploma Programme. Of the twenty-five May 2022 graduates, 21 were candidates for the Diploma and all passed – with 12 earning Bilingual IB Diplomas. The average total score was 34 points and the highest score – achieved by two students in the cohort – was 42.


Bold indicates one or more LIS student matriculating.

Anglia Ruskin University
Aston University
Bath Spa University
Birmingham City University
Brunel University
Canterbury Christ Church University
Cardiff University
City University of London
Coventry University
DeMontfort University
Durham University
King’s College London
Kingston University
Lancaster University
Leeds Beckett University
London Metropolitan University
Loughborough University
Nottingham Trent University
Oxford Brookes University
Royal Holloway, University of London
University of the Creative Arts at Farnham
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of Buckingham
University of East Anglia
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Greenwich
University of Huddersfield
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Manchester
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of Strathclyde
University of Surrey
University of the Arts in London
University of Warwick
University of Westminster
University of Winchester
University of York

Amsterdam University College
Eindhoven University of Technology
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Leiden University
Technical University (TU) Delft
Tilburg University
University College Maastricht
University College Roosevelt
University of Twente
Utrecht University
Vrije University
American University
Auburn University
Baylor University
Brown University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Duke University
George Washington University
Howard University
Louisiana State University
Northern Arizona University
Pepperdine University
Scripps College
Smith College
Spelman College
Stanford University
SUNY Purchase College
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of California, Irvine
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of San Diego
Wake Forest University
Whitman College

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

Additional Destinations:
University of New South Wales, Australia
Charles University, Czech Republic
EU Business School, Spain
Middlesex University, Dubai
IADE Faculdade de Design Tecnologia, Portugal