Education and Schools in Angola


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The quality of the schools in Angola is a primary concern of expat parents preparing to relocate to this African country. The quality of local schools is well below what most expats would be used to. Adult literacy remains a problem in Angola and schooling is only compulsory for the first four grades of primary school.
 
The consensus among expats is that the public education system in Angola is not an option. The few international schools that do exist are largely concentrated in Luanda, and even the standards in these institutions can vary considerably.
 

International schools in Luanda

 
International schools in AngolaAll expat schools in Luanda are supported by the companies and embassies that founded them. Tuition is extremely high (up to 40,000 USD per annum) and is usually paid by the employing company. Expats moving to Angola with kids of school age must absolutely make sure that an allowance for education is included in their contract.
 
Angolan law requires international schools to enrol both expats and local students - usually children of high government officials. Security is very tight at all schools, so safety need not be a concern.
 
Most expat parents seem to feel that the standard of education provided to students in early grades is "acceptable", but few would branch out and brag about any of the institutions. As there are low numbers of students in high school in Angola, the standard of education seems to deteriorate among the higher grade levels. Furthermore, class choices and extra-curricular offerings may be limited. Many families choose boarding school in the USA or Europe to better prepare students for university.
 
Classrooms of international school are generally air-conditioned, and there is a reasonable play/sports area. Electricity, water and Internet generally have good back-up systems, so they are usually reliable. Some schools offer cafeteria lunches, others end the day early so lunch is taken at home.
 
Finding qualified teachers willing to live and work in Luanda is a challenge for all schools. There are few local staff, and most teachers, like the students, are expats. The quality of education can be inconsistent because teachers change from year to year. Students and teachers alike have visa renewal issues, causing both to miss large blocks of school that can be difficult to make up.
 
All schools, except the Luanda International School (LIS), require that students wear uniforms.

The school week in Angola runs from Monday to Friday. The school day is normally from 8am to 3pm, with two breaks during this period.
 
Kids either go to school with the car and driver provided by their parent's employer, or the sponsoring company provides a bus; schools in Angola do not have their own buses. For the companies that provide a bus from the compound, the expat moms take turns being "bus mom". Bus drivers in Angola rarely speak English, so for safety the company requires a parent on board to handle whatever comes up in English - kid lost their glasses, kid won't wear seatbelt, etc. The parents coordinate the "bus mom" schedule amongst themselves, and arrange a substitute themselves if something comes up when it's their turn.
 

School admissions

 
Some schools give preference to children of employees of their sponsoring companies and expats should contact their company representatives to enquire about what schools are sponsored or recommended by their companies.
 
As a result of the limited number of schools for expat children, and further limits on the number of students per class, all schools have waiting lists, sometimes as long as two years. Do not accept an assignment to Luanda without first obtaining assurance of a space for your child in the school of your choice.
 
Documents required for application to an international school in Luanda:
 
  • Completed registration form
  • A complete medical information form and up to date vaccinations 
  • Three years of academic records
  • Copy of information page of the child/ren's passport
  • Non-refundable application fee (around 400 USD)
  • References from teachers and principal of previous school
  • English schools may require an English-language proficiency test

Homeschooling in Angola

 
Homeschooling is an option if you bring the curriculum with you. That said, Internet service at home is not reliable and textbooks and libraries do not exist outside of the schools.
 

List of international schools in Luanda


Luanda International School (LIS)
www.lisluanda.com
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: Interational Baccalaureate
Ages: 3 to 18
Founding companies (Exxon/Esso, BP, Chevron, Schlumberger, Halliburton) and embassy families have priority. Luanda International School is ocated in Luanda Sul. A new campus opened in 2003 and facilities at the school include sports fields, a swimming pool, cafeteria, art and music rooms, computer labs and a library.

Ecole/Lycee Francais de Luanda (French school)
www.lfluanda.net
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: French
Ages: 3 to 18
French company families (Total, Technip, etc.) have priority. Follows French school calendar. English is taught as a second language. Located in the Luanda city centre.

Escola Portuguesa de Luanda (Portuguese school)
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: European and Southern African
Ages: 3 to 18
Brazilian and Portuguese families. English is taught as a second language. Follows European school calendar - not Brazilian calendar. Located in the city centre.

English School Community of Luanda Angola (ESCOLA)
Sex: Co-educational
Curriculum: European and Southern African
Ages: 3 to 13
Embassy and NGO families have priority. Follows American school calendar.
Pre-primary through elementary grades only. Located in the city centre.

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