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Prospective parents and students are always welcome to visit the school before or after they apply. To schedule a visit, please call us at +351 219 239 800 or send an email to admissions@caislisbon.org

Thank you for your interest in the Carlucci American International School of Lisbon. We welcome your interest in our school and look forward to getting to know you and your children personally.

To become better acquainted with us, please look at the following information:

Fast Facts

Learning@CAISL

Language@CAISL

Curriculum Overviews:

here for Pre-school;

here for Elementary;

here for Middle School; and

here for High School

High School Profile

If you wish to apply to CAISL for either the current or future school year, please follow this link and fill out the online application form.

As an international school, CAISL has students entering and leaving at all points during the school year. Therefore, we have “rolling admissions” which means that students can be accepted and can enter at any point in the school year.   Ideally, for ease of academic and social transition, entry at the beginning of an academic “quarter” or the “semester” is ideal but not required.

Decisions on whether or not to admit a child are made by a team consisting of a member of the Admissions Team, the Elementary or Secondary Principal (as appropriate), and the Director. Other specialists (Learning Support/Special Needs, English for Speakers of Other Languages, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, for example) are part of the decision as needed. Communication about applications and the decisions are via the Admissions Team.

In considering the application for admission, the decision is based on two factors:


Academic and behavioral record of the child

School Academic and Behavior Reports: CAISL needs the most recent 3 years of school reports.   These should show both the academic results of classes taken but also the comments from teachers/tutors. If the academic record is a “transcript” and does not show teacher comments, then please provide copies of report cards as well.  

Standardized Tests (if any): If the child took standardized tests such as MAP or Iowa (USA) or SATS or (I)GCSE (UK), please provide these also.

Letters of Recommendation from the current teacher/school: While not required, these are often quite helpful.

Educational/Psychological Testing:  If applicable, this must be sent along with any IEPs/504s. Be aware that CAISL’s Learning Support/Special Needs program is designed to support those with mild learning difficulties and CAISL can only admit students who are able to be successful, with only moderate levels of support, in our program.

CAISL Admission Testing: CAISL does not normally administer testing to determine admissions eligibility.   However, in some cases, such testing may be required. This is likely in the following situations:

  • Applicants for High School (9th through 12th Grades) who are not native speakers of English or whose records do not give proof that English would be at a high enough level for a High School Program.
  • Students whose records indicate difficulties with Math.
  • Students who wish to enter the Portuguese Native Language Program but are not coming from a school whose language of instruction is Portuguese or whose records indicate difficulties with Portuguese.

Space in Grade/Program

Class Size:   Most of CAISL’s classes are currently full although, as an international school, there are at times unexpected departures during the school year.   To increase the possibility of securing a place, apply as early as possible. Once a class “closes,” it accepts no new enrollment until a student leaves.

Program Size: In addition to the number of students in a grade (often called “class size), students at times need the services of other programs such as Learning Support/Special Needs, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL), or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).   At times, there may be space in a grade but no space in these specialized programs and, thus, the application will be denied.

Have an Admissions Inquiry?

If you would like to ask a question to our Admissions Team, or if you would like someone to contact you with more information, please fill out the form below.

We would like to provide you with as much information as possible about us and our programs. Please help us out by providing the following data about you and your family.

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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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Rua António dos Reis 95
Linho 2710-301
Sintra, Portugal
T: 351-219-239-800
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