You will find below a list of the most popular international and bilingual schools for expats in Angola with fee information. It includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools and you will find the right school to prepare for International Baccalaureate, and other diploma in Angola. Some schools may follow the American or British curriculums with English speaking programs while others are regulated under the French education system.
International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff). There may be some local population, but the schools are geared for an international student body. Schools usually follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, Canada or Australia/New Zealand. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English, French, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Many schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam. Schools often provide additional accreditation such as the international baccalaureate.
Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.
There are four years of compulsory, free primary education in Angola. While literacy is still not at ideal levels, the university system has been rapidly developing. An influx of expats has also brought greater demand for international schools and wait times can be quite long. Luanda also ranks as one of the most expensive expat locations and tuition reflects that at around $40,000 USD per annum (biggest importer of 4x4 vehicles and richest meet with the poorest...). However, this is often paid by the employing company. Angolan law requires international schools to enroll both expats and local students - usually children of high government officials.
The CoIS (Council of International Schools) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) are other accrediting bodies for schools in Angola.
American Schools of Angola
Address 1: Grades 9 - 12 (high school only)
Kalunga Atrium, Rua Engrácia Fragoso, Luanda, Angola
Address 2: Grades 6 - 12 (middle school and high school)
Av. Pedro de Castro Van-Dunem Loy, Condomínio Plaza, Torre C Mirantes, Talatona, Luanda, Angola
Tel: +244 945 333 000
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
Private, grades Pre-Kindergarten - 12 accredited schools, (day and boarding) with: American teachers and curriculum, innovative high tech methodologies, a U.S. accredited curriculum, low teacher to student ratios and attention to the success for each student. Students earn a U. S. high school diploma and guaranteed acceptance into at least one of our participating partner U.S. universities.
Escola Portuguesa de Luanda
Address: Rua N'Gola M'Bandi, n. 278
Tel: +244 222329558
Annual Tuition Rates: Inquire at school
The Portuguese School caters to Brazilian and Portuguese families. It is co-educational and English is taught as a second language. The school follows European school calendar for students between the ages of 3-18. Located in the city center.
English School Community of Luanda Angola (ESCOLA)
Address: Rua Cambambe 21-23
Bairro Patrice Lumumba, Luanda, Angola
Tel: +244 222 443416
Annual Tuition Rates: $17,600 - 30,000 USD
This inter-denominational school is located within the city and offers a British/South African program. ESCOLA follows a classic educational philosophy with English language instruction from pre-primary to Grade 9. Follows American school calendar. Embassy and NGO families have priority.
Luanda International School (LIS)
Address: Rua do Talatona - Caixa Postal 1566
Bairro de Talatona, Luanda Sul, Município da Samba, Luanda, República de Angola
Tel: +244 222460752
Annual Tuition Rates: $25,200 - 33,600 USD; Facility fee of $15,000
This is the most popular private, non-profit, coeducational day school. Wait lists can be over 2 years long and inquiry should be made as soon as possible. It offers classes from pre-school through grade 10. The school offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme from Pre-Primary to Grade 6. The IB Middle Years Programme is being implemented in grades 8-10. The school is actually located about 30 kilometers outside Luanda City. It is the only school in the area that does not require students to wear uniforms. Founding companies (Exxon/Esso, BP, Chevron, Schlumberger, Halliburton) and embassy families have priority.
Lycée Français Alioune-Blondin Bèye
Address: 13 rue Louveau
92 438 Châtillon Cedex, Luanda, Angola
Tel: +244 222 32 44 13 ou 15
Annual Tuition Rates: €211-877 per quarter
Located in the city center, the school is open to students from Angola and international students from ages 3 to 18. Instruction is in French, with English taught as a second language. The school follows French school calendar under the direction of programs and instructions of the French Ministry of Education. At the end of twelfth grade, all successful bachelor receive guidance in the cycle of higher education in France. French company families (Total, Technip) have priority.
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