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We're proud of our school and glad you have chosen to visit us online. View the slideshow below to see what sets CAISL apart in the areas of Academics, the Arts, Personal Development, Athletics, and Support Services.

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CAISL offers the best of the American philosophy with a challenging standards-based curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Teachers use on-going assessment and feedback combined with external testing. All High School students work toward an American High School Diploma and also have the opportunity to take the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program which is offered in Grades 11 and 12. Students graduating from CAISL enter universities around the world.

Over Fifty percent of the CAISL faculty are native English Speakers, the vast majority from the USA. Support programs for Special Educational Needs and English as a Second Language are offered without additional charge when need is determined by the CAISL professional staff.

Leadership skills and global awareness are developed through the Iberian Model United Nations and the Junior Model United Nations, hosted annually by CAISL.

Physical facilities support 21st century learning: large classrooms which permit movement and the “active learning” that is so much a part of American education, four science laboratories, and two Library-Media Centers.

Technology is widely used to support and enhance learning. Each student in Grades 6 through 12 is eligible to check-out a school laptop for his/her use during the year; Grades 2 through 5 have laptops assigned on a 1:1 ratio for student use at school.

The Arts

The CAISL Fine Arts Program is supported by purpose-built classrooms in the newly opened Fine Arts Center which includes a 450-seat theater. Performance-based Elementary and Secondary Music Programs showcase students’ development in individual and group vocal music and rhythm/percussion instruments. String Orchestra is also offered to 5th grade and Secondary Students.

The Elementary and Secondary Art Curriculum focuses on each child’s development of individual creativity through a variety of media.

CAISL’s Secondary Drama Program includes "Musical Theater" at Middle School level, and live dramatic productions for Middle and High School; Secondary students have the opportunity to study computer-based art/digital media


CAISL facilities supporting the Physical Education and Athletics program include a 1400m2 gym, two outdoor soccer pitches, an outdoor basketball court and dressing/shower rooms.

Physical Education is taught by specialist teachers throughout all grades. A program of individualized fitness is available in High School.

Extracurricular sports are available without additional fees for all students beginning with “soccer and basketball school” for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Beginning in Grade 4 students have the opportunity to participate in competitive sports, playing in games and tournaments with other local international schools. CAISL offers boys’ and girls’ teams for soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country, track and field and baseball. High School varsity teams, in addition to playing in local games and tournaments, also travel to tournaments in Europe.

Personal Development

CAISL has two personal counselors, one for Elementary and one for Secondary who provide support and guidance for students, helping them individually and in groups to meet the challenges and stresses of growing up.

Additionally, a College and Career Counselor in the Secondary provides a program of career guidance, support for students in the selection of their courses and assistance in selecting and applying for universities in the USA, the UK, and other countries. A Portuguese University Counselor provides guidance on the requirements for entering Portuguese universities.

Outreach to the local and global communities is numerous including: Banco Alimentar, Recycling Club, Habitat for Humanity and Elementary and Secondary Community Service Clubs.

Support Services

 Nursing care is available throughout the year from 8am to 6pm during the school day and for on-campus after school activities.

Transportation is provided to most places within the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

The cafeteria serves a choice of 3 lunch menus, one of which is vegetarian. The Snack Bar is open before classes begin and throughout the day. The school provides Early Childhood and Elementary students with a snack daily without charge.

Our Mission

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.

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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Linhó 2710-301
Lisboa, Portugal
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