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School Profile: Information for Universities

Luanda International School

2018 – 2019
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 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 670 students. The LIS Class of 2019 is comprised of 25 students.

The overall student body at LIS represents more than 50 nationalities. There are 130 students in the high school (Years 10-13) from 27 countries with the largest numbers from Angola and the United States. Most students are bilingual, with 12 different “first languages” spoken in Years 10-13. Many students hold two passports. Additional nationalities within the high school community include: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Madagascar, Namibia, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, 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 46 members of the high school faculty, 25 of whom hold a graduate degree. Nationalities represented by LIS high school teachers are: Australia, Canada, Spain, France, Ghana, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The school year is divided into two semesters beginning mid-August and mid-January respectively.

Curriculum & Grading Scale
LIS offers the Primary Years, Middle Years, and the option to pursue the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate. Across all grade levels, English is the language of instruction. Students must successfully complete Creativity, activity, service (CAS) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) to fulfill graduation requirements. LIS reports academic achievement on a 1 – 7 scale, with 7 being the highest level. Students receive two formal written reports a year – the first in December and the second mid-June.

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 activities after school. These include: Model United Nations, Student Council, Global Issues Network, Diversity Club, English lessons for local staff, Dance (Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop), Touch Rugby, and Band. 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.

IB Diploma Results – Class of 2018 (16 students)
Luanda International School has an inclusive, open enrollment policy with regard to the IB Diploma Programme. Of the LIS Class of 2018, 13 students earned the full IB Diploma – with 7 earning Bilingual Diplomas – and 3 students earned IB courses certificates. The average score for LIS students awarded the IB Diploma in 2018 was 29.5 points, with one student earning 38 points.




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