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E.S.C.O.L.A., an acronym for the “English School Community of Luanda Angola", opened its doors at the start of the 2003/2004 academic year. From an enrolment of 27 students in the first year E.S.C.O.L.A. has grown in numbers and now has an enrolment of 170 students. The curriculum is eclectic in nature, and although centred round Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS), has been adapted to incorporate international trends.  At the start of the 2012/2013 academic year Singapore Mathematics was introduced. Being our host country, included in the curriculum are aspects of the culture, history and geography of Angola as required by the Angolan Ministry of Education.


E.S.C.O.L.A. caters to students from Pre-Primary 3 to Grade 9 and its philosophy is based on providing a holistic education that promotes the growth of the complete person in body, mind and spirit. Class sizes are limited to twenty five students, and where necessary, academic and teacher assistants are appointed to assist in the junior classes.

E.S.C.O.L.A. is an interdenominational, independent school that welcomes students of differing nationalities and cultures.


In this environment, respect for other cultures is a core aspect of our school, and we celebrate our diversity each year by holding an International Day.

E.S.C.O.L.A. is a caring school environment that provides opportunities for students to become empathetic citizens of the world by encouraging them to think of others less fortunate than themselves - World Stand Up Against Poverty Day is celebrated annually and we currently support the Community School’s Project based in Luanda. 

E.S.C.O.L.A. is associated with the well-established Colégio Português Luanda and the Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of both schools. The students of both schools benefit from the cross-cultural exposure in such an environment and interaction between the two schools is encouraged. Consequently, our second language, which is Portuguese, is enhanced through social interaction while students begin formal lessons in Portuguese in Grade 2.


E.S.C.O.L.A. is a member of ISASA (the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa), ECIS (The European Council of International Schools) and ANEP (Associação Nacional do Ensino Particular). In order to remain up to date on current educational trends, staff development meetings are held and members of staff are sent on courses and conferences organised by both ISASA and ECIS. Our Grade 5 to 9 students write the ISA international examinations each year in October. These offer a chance to benchmark against some of the better schools internationally.

E.S.C.O.L.A. provides opportunities for individuals to enhance their talents in a variety of areas. Sport is integrated into the school day while swimming, for all classes, takes place in the school's pool. During the course of the year, an Early Childhood

Development Concert, a Foundation Phase Concert and Primary supper theatre are held, as well as an annual creative book day, and art exhibition.  Various optional extra-curriculum activities are offered each term for students in Grade 1 to 9. Students belonging to the combined E.S.C.O.L.A./Colégio Português swimming team, are trained after school, and take part every year in the Luanda Mini League swimming galas.

E.S.C.O.L.A. encourages communication between Parents and Teachers and to this end has an open door policy. Reports are forwarded to Parents in the first and third term, while Parent interviews are held in the second term as well as a Student Led Conference day.

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