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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in working at the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon, Portugal.

In most years, CAISL hires between 3 and 8 teachers for our faculty of 90.   We are looking for excellent teachers who are expert in their teaching fields, who love teaching and students, and who are willing and able to make a two-year commitment. We have an American curriculum at all grade levels and, additionally, offer the IB Diploma Program in the last two years of high school.

Aligned with the recommendations of the International Task Force on Child Protection, we hold ourselves to a high standard of effective recruiting practices with specific attention to child protection.

This section will give you an overview of Lisbon, the school and its programs, and the salary/benefits package.

As vacancies develop, they will be advertised on this web site and on Search Associates If there is a vacancy in which you are interest and for which you are qualified, please read the "How to Apply/Current Openings" section. 

Blannie Curtis

Please view the Information for Applicants links below.

To apply, go to "How to Apply/Current Openings." 

Living in Lisbon

Portugal is an excellent place to live. Outdoors people have beaches, mountains, superb camping and hiking, and a climate among the best in Europe. City people have museums, concerts, medieval villages, and a wide array of cultural activities.

Portugal is a country of contrasts. There are ultra-modern housing developments and shopping malls, with US, British, and German products for sale and first-release movies in English.

There are also quaint villages, breath-taking churches, medieval monuments, and sections of even the capital city in which you will believe you are back 500 years. The night life is active with discos open until the wee hours of the morning.

An excellent meal in a mid-range restaurant will cost about 20-30 euros per person. The stores have everything you could wish to buy, although you will pay a premium for some imported goods. The best food for the lowest prices is found in the weekly farmers’ markets. The public transportation system is excellent with trains, buses, and trolleys taking you anywhere in the country you could wish to go.

Of course, every country has its frustrating elements. Although Portugal is one of the the least expensive countries in Europe, some things are expensive relative to salaries. Portugal is also “wrapped in red tape” (to quote one of our teachers). Getting any documents is a lengthy and frustrating process because the procedure for getting “legal” tends to change regularly and without warning.

Academic Program

CAISL seeks to blend the best from the United States model of education with the best from a variety of national systems. Students take Portuguese as either a foreign or a native language through 8th grade. We have an ESL program for students Grades 1 through 10 and at varying levels of fluency. We are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, by the Council of International Schools, and by the International Baccaulaureate Organization and operate under permanent license from the Portuguese Ministry of Education.

Almost all of our students go on to university either immediately after high school or after a gap year. This means that we work to challenge the students academically. We don't expect all of the students to achieve A's; we do expect them to learn how to be responsible, to become giving members of the school community, and to push themselves intellectually. Our academic program reflects these goals.

Teachers are actively involved in curriculum writing and there is room for curricular innovation and adaptation at all levels in consultation with colleagues and administrators. Teachers are expected to reach the curricular goals in the ways they deem effective and to communicate their objectives and assessment procedures in a timely and professional manner to students, parents, colleagues, and administrators.

All classes place a premium on communicating effectively and learning the skills of finding and assessing information rather than have having the information handed to them by the teacher.

The IB Diploma Program is available for students in grades 11 and 12 in addition to the American High School Diploma.

Daily Schedule

Primary/Elementary classes are self-contained for core classes (reading, writing, spelling, math, social studies, science). Specialists teach Portuguese as a Foreign language, Portuguese as a Native Language, Music, Art, Computers, and Physical Education.

Secondary School teachers teach 5 or 6 classes. Classes meet for 90 minutes every other day on an alternating block.  

As part of their regular assignment, teachers also have lunch/recess duty, attend at least one meeting each week after school, and meet frequently with parents, usually either during their preparation periods or immediately after school.

The first class of the day starts at 08h20 and the last class ends at 15h45.

Expectations of Teachers

At CAISL, each teacher strives to exhibit the following 
Expectations of Professional Excellence:


  • Uses activities which ensure student participation
  • Relates activities to the daily lives of students in a meaningful context.
  • Ensures that the instruction and learning activities are differentiated according to the level of the students collectively and individually
  • Helps students to become Creative Problem Solvers by exposing them to a variety of challenging and creative “active learning” lessons. 
  • Demonstrates commitment to ensuring that our students become Effective Communicators who express and interpret ideas using appropriate means.
  • Promotes life-long learning in a meaningful context through active inquiry, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
  • Promotes and establishes good work habits that will give students the necessary tools to become lifelong learners.
  • Effectively uses IT in delivery of instruction and in assessment
  • Assists students to form broad conceptual understandings while gaining depth of knowledge
  • Elicits deep, engaged, active learning for all students regardless of discipline or instructional level
  • Inspires student-learners to strive for individual and collective excellence


  • Has extensive breadth of content knowledge in his/her teaching field allowing him/her to respond to student interest and questions “on the spot.”
  • Has extensive depth of content knowledge in his/her teaching field allowing him/her to respond to student interest and questions “on the spot.”
  • Has extensive knowledge of the academic, social, and emotional development of children and/or adolescents providing him/her with the basis for adapting lessons and providing support.
  • Has extensive knowledge of the current developments not only in his/her own academic discipline but in related disciplines, allowing him/her to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to lessons. 
  • Has extensive knowledge of current developments in the area of academic, social, and emotional development of children and/or adolescents and applies selected developments to his/her own work
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to life-long learning



  • Planning via Rubicon Atlas goes includes Goals, Assessments, Learning Activities, Resources, Content, Character Counts, and Reflections. 
  • Ensures student learning of the standards and benchmarks adopted by CAISL and takes students beyond them.
  • Organization of classroom and lessons shows expertise in planning and adaptability whether working with full-class activities or individualized instruction within the classroom setting.


  • Demonstrates mission-consistent discipline in all instances. 
  • Sets high—but not uniform—behavioral standards and expectations for all students.
  • Develops and maintains a classroom atmosphere in which students are self-directed and which inspires learning.
  • Models and promotes well-mannered and respectful interactions with students.
  • Provides a caring and safe environment that supports diverse learner needs.

  Specific Expectations related to the Division of the School are:




Available IN CLASSROOM from 8:15a.m to supervise children and greet parents

Attendance at Winter Concert, Spring Show, and other extra-curricular student-based events

Attendance at extra-curricular student-based events

Chaperoning of week-long Gredos trip (5th grade teachers and others as needed)

Specific area supervision (break/duty/bus) as assigned

Periodic attendance at extra-curricular events coordinated by colleagues or Parent Support Group.

Full-day schedule of student supervision and/or instruction as needed with the youngest students

Specific area supervision (break/duty/bus) as assigned

Periodic attendance at extra-curricular events coordinated by colleagues or Parent Support Group

5 or 6 45-minute periods of instruction including scheduled/emergency subbing as assigned




Participation in the planning and chaperoning of MS trips and activities:

"Week without Walls"  (3 to 5 days) 

  • Gr. 6: Evora (or similar)
  • Gr. 7: Mérida, Cordoba & Granada (or similar)
  • Gr. 8: Gredos
  • All MS Camping Trip


  • Chaperone 3 MS Dances per year
  • Support students in environmental or community service projects

Participation in the planning and chaperoning of HS Trips and Activities: 

  • Support students in environmental or community service projects
  • Sponsor and/or participate in student club(s) or activities such as National Honor Society, Student Council, Community Service, Pi Day, MUN, Scavenger Hunt, etc.
  • Chaperone overnight trips when needed

Coordinate and plan activities for an Advisory group (as assigned)

Coordinate and plan activities for an Advisory group (as assigned)

Specific area supervision (break/duty/bus) as assigned

Specific area supervision (break/duty/bus) as assigned

5 or 6 periods of instruction including scheduled/emergency subbing as assigned

5 or 6 periods of instruction including scheduled/emergency subbing as assigned

Periodic attendance at extra-curricular events coordinated by colleagues or Parent Support Group

Periodic attendance at extra-curricular events coordinated by colleagues or Parent Support Group

What I really like about living in Portugal

  • The weather (this year)
  • Safety—Portugal is a very safe country. Except for pocket-picking in the tourist areas, the crime rate is low and violent crime is extremely rare.
  • The sense of history and the historic sites
  • Lisbon itself is very unspoiled, very undiscovered.
  • The “laid-back” way of life.
  • Lots of wonderful day-trips possible.
  • Wide variety of “American” things—fast food and shopping malls, Pizza Hut and Starbucks
  • Public transportation is excellent—very easy to get around.
  • The “café culture” and long leisurely lunches and dinners.
  • The proximity to the ocean—great for swimming, wind-surfing, and “beach-bumming”
  • Year-round variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Open-Air markets for food, clothes, and housewares

What I really dislike about living in Portugal

The drivers and the traffic—very dangerous with buses going in both directions on a one-way street and cars making three lanes out of two.

The red-tape, indescribable rules and regulations related to visas, taxes, etc. Just as you think you understand and can get something done, the rules change and you have to start all over.

More and more American fast food restaurants and shopping centers; Pizza Hut and Starbucks have invaded! 

Many items, especially imported one, are expensive relative to salaries.  

AirBnB and other tourist accommodations make finding affordable housing increasing challenging.

Too many tourists in Portugal these days!

Little concept of customer service—the “laid-back” attitude is fine until you need something done.

The things that I really like about teaching at CAISL

  • Having students of different nationalities
  • Great kids
  • Supportive colleagues, administration, staff, and parents
  • Great Facilities!
    • Positive/creative curriculum that allows teacher input and flexibility

    Salary and Benefits

    Entry-Level SALARIES:   2018-2019
    Bachelor Degree (Licenciature pre-Bolonha/com Mestrado integrado post-Bolonha)
     Advanced Degree (Masters or Ph.D). 


    6-10 Years10+ Years 1-5 Years6-10 Years10+ Years


    The annual salary is calculated by multiplying the monthly salary times 14.  Salaries in Portugal are paid monthly for 12 months plus an extra month's salary paid in December and in June.  In the first year, the December extra payment is not a full month but is pro-rated according to the amount of time worked.  These "extra salaries" are called "subsidios"

    Credit will be given for up to 10 years of recent equivalent and relevant experience.

    Portuguese Income Taxes (IRS): The rate depends on total family salary, the number of workers in the family and number of dependents; the range is approximately from 20% to 25% for entry-level salaries if this is the only income.
    American passport holders may be eligible for a maximum 2-year exemption from paying Portuguese income tax.  This has to be approved by both the American and the Portuguese tax authorities.  Only Americans who did NOT file a Form 2555 in the most recent tax year and who do not already have fiscal numbers as residents of Portugal are eligible to apply.
    Portuguese Social Security Taxes:  All workers in Portugal are required to pay into Portuguese Social Security at the rate of 11% of income.   This payment entitles the worker to benefit from the system of free health services and steeply discounted medicines.  Workers new to Portugal begin paying into the system with their first salary and are immediately eligible to receive treatment at the local "Centros de Saude" (Health Centers) and for the discounted medicines.  Other benefits under Social Security become effective only after an individual has paid into the system for 6 months.  

    Career Progression (Salary) TableTable Salary increases are governed by the following parameters

    • Performance Review average of 4.25 (out of 5.0) or higher for 3 consecutive years
    • Performance Review average of 3.7 to 4.24 (out of 5.0) for 5 consecutive years
    • If advancement does not occur after 5 consecutive years, it can only occur when the average of all prior years is no less than 3.7

    Lunch Subsidy:  Paid in the form of a "debit card" at a rate of 6.83 euros per working day (Monday-Friday of 5 hours or more).  This subsidy is not taxed.

    Health Insurance: CAISL pays for a private Portuguese health insurance plan for the employee.  Currently, the employee may also enroll 2 dependents without charge and other dependents by paying the premium.  The provision of school-paid health insurance for dependents is reviewed annually by the Board of Trustees and may be altered for subsequent years.  

    Social Benefit:  Under some circumstances, an employee may benefit from a waiver of registration, building, and tuition fees for up to 2 dependent children if space is available in the grade the child(ren) would be enrolled in and if the children are academically and behaviorially eligible.  Employeess who with to avail themselves of this benefit should apply as early as possible as spaces are limited in all grades.  

    Bereavement Airfare, equal to that to/from the contractual point of origin, in the case of death in the employee's immediate family.
    Definition of Hiring Categories
    CAISL makes every attempt to hire qualified and experienced teachers who are already locally based or who already have plans to move to Portugal or who are seeking a position in Portugal only and not applying to other countries.   

    We also hire, through international recruiting agencies or through direct contact, teachers who are fully internationally mobile and are seeking employment internationally, not just in Portugal.  Those hired with this parameter are designated Foreign Service Faculty (FSF).
    These Foreign Service Faculty (FSF) are accorded some benefits in recognition of their internationally mobile situation.  FSF receive two-year contracts which can be renewed by mutual agreement. 

    Employees who live in Portugal already, who come to Portugal because of a partner's living/work arrangements, or who are only seeking employment in Portugal are categorized as Local Hire.

    Foreign Service Faculty Benefits:
    Note that dependents eligible under this policy are either spouse or natural or legally adopted child of an age to attend CAISL or younger and must be declared during the interview process prior to hiring.

    Transition Allowance

    • In August of a FSF's 1st year, CAISL will provide the employee with a "transition allowance."
    • This amount is designed to cover essential moving and resettlement expenses including but not limited to application for work visa in home country/country of residence, shipping or excess baggage costs, and finding and contracting/equipping a house/apartment.

    Foreign Service Premium (FSP)

    • Those classified as FSF are accorded a "Foreign Service Premium" (FSP) in an amount determined annually by the Board
    • Once hired, this FSP is confirmed by contract to be paid in Years 1 and 2 of CAISL employment.  
    • The FSP will continue in Year 3 if a minimum average rating on the annual performance review for all prior years is 4.0 or greater.
    • If the performance review is 4.25 or greater for the prior 2 years, the Director is authorized to increase the FSP by up to 20% for Year 3
    • This increased amount may continue in Year 4 for continuation of excellent performance as defined above.
    • In Year 5, the FSP will begin to diminish by 20% annually from the amount of Year 4 and will not be given as of Year 10.

     Foreign Service Flights

    • For FSF, CAISL books and pays for the flight to Portugal in August for the employee (and one dependent if applicable) on a date determined by the school.
    • Should the employee wish to arrive earlier than the school schedule, the employee is solely responsible for booking and cost of flight and no compensation for the lost benefit will be given
    • At the end of Year 2, CAISL pays the flight upon departure at the end of the initial contract if notice of intent not to renew was given by the deadline set in the Faculty Employment Guide.
    • If the employee is returning by mutual agreement, CAISL will pay for a home-leave flight in the summer between Years 2 and 3.
    • Thereafter, no flights are owed.

     Foreign Service Visas

    • For FSF, CAISL will pay the fees due in Portugal for initial acquisition of a "residencia."
    • The employee is responsible for all fees in his/her home country or country of residence at the time of application.
    • The school will also pay for the renewal of the residencia (residence visa) from Year 1 to Year 2.
    • Thereafter, the school will provide logistical/paperwork support to the employee for subsequent renewals but payments are the responsibility of the employee.

    CAISL is a student-centered educational community in which we challenge ourselves and each other to do our best and to make positive contributions to our diverse and ever-changing world.

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