Top 15 Best International Schools in Lisbon, Portugal

Top 15 Best International Schools in Lisbon, Portugal

International Schools in Lisbon

There are around 26 international schools in Lisbon and its surroundings, with 15 British schools, 9 are IB schools and 8 are American schools.  Most are English speaking and some are bi and multi-lingual.

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, has a population of around 2.8 million people in its urban area with more than 500,000 of those living within the city limits, an area of around 100 km2.  Lisbon is the second oldest capital city in Europe, after Athens, and is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful.  This coastal city is built on seven steep hills overlooking the natural harbour and Atlantic Ocean which means that there are scenic vistas from every angle and the most incredible sunsets.  Many of the older buildings are brightly coloured or covered in decorative, Moorish tiles. Vintage trams still climb steep hills and pass through the narrow cobbled streets that their more modern counterparts cannot navigate.  The funiculars and lift, like the trams, were introduced into the city in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and help to make Lisbon’s hills a little more manageable. There is also an efficient and very reasonably priced bus and metro system. Lisbon is a safe city with one of Europe’s lowest crime rates. 

The Portuguese love children and have a very family orientated culture, therefore children are welcome everywhere.  

Saldanha

In the northern part of the city, Saldanha is considered to be the Central Business District.  In spite of this it is a very friendly area with plenty of green spaces, street art and excellent public transport.  This area is convenient for PaRK International School Praça de Espanha.

Campo de Ourique

In the western part of the city Campo de Ourique is a little quieter and greener.  The famous tram 28 passes through here and the the Amoreiras shopping centre is nearby.  This area is convenient for a number of international schools including Prime School Lisbon, The British School of Lisbon (BSL), Redbridge School and the Lycée Francais Charles Lepierre Lisbonne

Belém and Restelo

Close to the river to the west of the city, the area of Belém and Restelo is a very desirable place to live.  There are plenty of parks and green spaces, museums, street food and friendly people here.  This area is home to PaRK International School Restelo.

Parque de Nações 

Situated on the riverfront to the north of the city, Parque de Nações is considered to be one of the safest and most diverse neighbourhoods in Lisbon.  It is a modern neighbourhood,  with easy access to the airport and excellent public transport links.  This area has plenty of green spaces and lots of waterfront restaurants to choose from.  It is convenient for Astoria International School and the United Lisbon International School.

Around 20 km out to the West of Lisbon along the coast is Oeiras with its huge marine parade extending along the coast to Algés and a good selection of beaches, parks and green spaces.  As it is further out of the city this area is a cheaper place to live but owning a car is a necessity.  This area is home to the Oeiras International School.       

Cascais 

Around 30 km out along the coast from Lisbon is the beautiful old fishing town of Cascais with it’s cobbled streets,  historic centre, abundance of restaurants and cafés, picturesque coastline and sandy beaches. In the 19th Century it became a fashionable royal Summer retreat.  It is now an increasingly  popular holiday destination, but also a popular place to live.  Only 30-40 minutes from Lisbon by train, Cascais is an acceptable commuting distance for many Lisbon workers.  There are a number of International schools in this area including PaRK International School Cascais, International Preparatory School (IPS), Prime School Estoril, St. George’s School and St. James’ Primary School.

Sintra

Around 20 km north from Cascais is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Sintra.  Sintra is a beautiful, mountainside town with plenty of independent shops and cafés and some incredible architecture including extravagant palaces, opulent mansions and the ruins of an ancient castle.  It takes around an hour to commute into Lisbon by train.  Sintra is home to Prime School Sintra and convenient for Carlucci American International School of Lisbon.

Setubal

Around 50 km to the south of Lisbon is the stunning, historic, coastal city of Setubal.  Setubal is less touristy and surrounded by National Parks and beaches and only a short ferry ride from the pristine beaches and chic resorts of the Troia Peninsula.  Lisbon is an hour and a half away by train or 45 minutes by car.  Setubal is convenient for St. Peter’s School.


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Best international schools in Lisbon

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International Sharing School 

5.0 from 10 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

1 to 18

Description

International Sharing School – Taguspark offers a curriculum focused on personal and professional development, preparing students of age 4 months to 18 years for an increasingly global, multicultural and multilingual world. The school is located in Portugal’s first and most innovative science and technology park.

The language of instruction is English. In addition, the academic curriculum includes tuition in the following languages: German, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Italian and Russian.

Offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), students at International Sharing School face a dynamic, challenging curriculum, taught by motivated IB teachers, focused in building a better world.

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The British School of Lisbon 

5.0 from 8 reviews

Curriculum

British

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 9

Description

The British School of Lisbon (BSL) is dedicated to the best of traditional educational values. BSL offers a stimulating curriculum with a particular focus on numeracy and literacy from an early age. Our vibrant and enriched extracurricular programme also seeks to expose our children to quality tuition in music, drama, sports, and the arts.

To help pupils understand who they are becoming and what subjects they enjoy, we provide a safe environment and actively encourage them to challenge themselves. As a result, children play a more significant part in their development, they feel confident to participate, make mistakes, and have fun. The British School of Lisbon knows that children thrive on high expectations and challenges, whether in the classroom, on the sports field or in the arts.

By setting the bar high, we expect our students to develop into top candidates for entry into any UK independent school, or a world-class university. While high academic standards are important to us, we firmly believe a child’s happiness should come first. The British School of Lisbon places a particular focus on displaying enthusiasm for life, kindness to others and good manners.

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International Preparatory School logo International Preparatory School 

5.0 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 11

Description

International Preparatory School International Preparatory School (IPS) Lisbon is a school that prides itself on the warmth of its welcome to children and parents from around the world. The multi-national community represented at IPS, by pupils and their families as well as staff, helps to create a learning environment which fosters a global understanding of each other and the variety of cultures we bring to the school daily. 

We are proud of the high academic standards attained by our children, and encourage them to achieve their best in all areas of the curriculum. International Preparatory School promotes the values of caring, self discipline, respect, humour, a love of learning and a sense of discovery which are all so important to the adults of the future who will soon be shaping our world. 

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St. James' Primary School 

5.0 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

English, Portuguese

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 10

Description

St. James’ Primary School Lisbon is a school for children from the ages of 6 to 10. It was created in response to the need for expansion of St. George’s School which has existed since 1960, in Cascais, and follows the same guidelines, policies and ethos.

We prepare children to continue their learning path in both the Portuguese and the English/International learning system at St George's School from Year 8 until Year 10 (ages 10 to 14). Good standards of discipline are maintained, supported by a system which promotes keenness and esprit-de-corps. Small classes ensure individual attention.

Pupils are taught in English and Portuguese by qualified staff, their time being divided equally between the two languages and curricula.

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PaRK International School Cascais 

5.0 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB,Portuguese

Primary Language

English

Ages

1 to 12

Description

At PaRK International School we teach children the skills and give them the tools to become bilingual, curious, collaborative, caring, autonomous and agile learners while achieving their personal best in a fast moving world. We are highly committed to our mission of guiding and inspiring students to be successful and happy in their adult lives. We work together to have a global impact in the field of education. We have a passion for education, innovation and technology. We view technology as a global language and believe that understanding it allows our students to interact and impact the global society.

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Carlucci American International School of Lisbon 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

IB, American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

Carlucci American International School of Lisbon takes seriously the responsibility to ensure that each student is welcomed and valued, and, at the same time, challenged with an academically demanding curriculum. We strive to help students feel accepted and to accept themselves and each other.

We do not want students to get intellectually "comfortable." Academic achievement is not accomplished by those who are comfortable. It is accomplished by those who are always striving and questioning and demanding the best, both of themselves and of those around them. This is the atmosphere we work to create.

Supporting its mission, Carlucci American International School will educate school-aged dependents of the national and international communities residing in the Lisbon area. The multi-cultural, multilingual make-up of the CAISL student body is an asset and a resource for enriching the lives of all students.

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Lisbon Montessori School 

5.0 from 4 reviews

Curriculum

Montessori

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 12

Description

Lisbon Montessori School (LMS) fosters a partly bilingual environment. Our language of instruction is English but classroom assistants speak with students in Portuguese. We follow the AMI school of thought within the Montessori philosophy.  Lisbon Montessori School works to create an environment where children will feel safe, able, trustworthy, appreciated, and encouraged to focus deeply on their activities.

Dr. Montessori believed that patterns of concentration and exactness established in early childhood also produce a confident and competent learner in later years. Mixed age is an important factor of the Montessori classroom. This provides children with possibilities to discover ways of functioning in a real social group. In addition, a great deal of knowledge reinforcement results from this interaction of different aged children.

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United Lisbon International School 

4.9 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 15

Description

United Lisbon International School is a new world-class international school located in central Lisbon, next to the Park of Nations. The school is opening doors in September 2020 for students in Early Childhood (from 3 years) to grade 9 (typically 14/15 years). For the first academic year, the school will offer a limited number of 150 seats.

United Lisbon is a modern and innovative international school, offering English-language academic programs from Early Childhood (from 3 years) and to grade 12, with a challenging curriculum based on US-standards and leading to internationally acknowledged university-preparatory programs including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (United Lisbon is a candidate school and pursuing authorization for the Diploma Programme).

We offer education that matters tomorrow: a school providing education inspired by and fit for the 21st century; an international education founded on rigorous standards of excellence, seamlessly integrating technology into the learning environment. We want our students to embrace the opportunities created in tomorrow’s world.

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Prime School Sintra 

4.9 from 6 reviews

Curriculum

English, American

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Max Class Size

15

Description

Prime School Sintra is part of the Prime School group.

Prime School is a leading International group of schools with roots in the Cambridge international curriculum, which currently has four schools for  students from ages 3 to 18, in Lisbon, Estoril and Sintra, and now offering the American curriculum of the state of New York as an additional option. Over 600 students from more than 50 countries attend our schools.

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Redbridge School 

4.9 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

French, Portuguese

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 12

Description

At Redbridge School Lisbon we inspire creativity, a love of learning and international mindedness through a challenging and playful multilingual learning environment, where children feel happy, valued and secure. We have a warm, holistic and child-centred approach to international education within an inclusive and multicultural environment valuing diversity, kindness and collaboration.

Redbridge School is a purpose-built school, designed to meet the needs of the children. We offer a challenging and stimulating curriculum which respects the pace and needs of each child and have an experienced, fun and passionate team inspiring confidence and perseverance.

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PaRK International School Praça de Espanha 

4.8 from 15 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB,Portuguese

Primary Language

English

Ages

2 to 18

Description

At PaRK International School Praça de Espanha we teach children the skills and give them the tools to become bilingual, curious, collaborative, caring, autonomous and agile learners while achieving their personal best in a fast moving world.

We are highly committed to our mission of guiding and inspiring students to be successful and happy in their adult lives. We work together to have a global impact in the field of education. We have a passion for education, innovation and technology. We view technology as a global language and believe that understanding it allows our students to interact and impact the global society.

Our Praça de Espanha campus opened in September 2017 welcoming children from 1 Year Old to Grade 2. The school will grow to our full capacity with our students finalising Grade 4 by 2021.

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St. Peter’s International School 

4.8 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

English

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

St. Peter's International School is an international school that provides a competitive, high-quality response to the needs of a diverse population. Its fundamental principles are centered on the integral development of the child, valuing academic and professional success, based on attitudes, practices and values that contribute to the growth of the individual.

The St. Peter's International School mission is to build self-reliant, critical, creative students, who have the necessary skills and abilities to perform well at a personal, social and professional level, thus allowing them to pursue their studies, and actively integrate into a rapidly changing and increasingly globalized society.

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PaRK International School Restelo 

4.8 from 7 reviews

Curriculum

English,IB,Portuguese

Primary Language

English

Ages

1 to 10

Description

At PaRK International School Restelo we teach children the skills and give them the tools to become bilingual, curious, collaborative, caring, autonomous and agile learners while achieving their personal best in a fast moving world.

We are highly committed to our mission of guiding and inspiring students to be successful and happy in their adult lives. We work together to have a global impact in the field of education. We have a passion for education, innovation and technology. PaRK International School Restelo views technology as a global language and believe that understanding it allows our students to interact and impact the global society.

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Oeiras International School 

4.5 from 8 reviews

Curriculum

IB

Primary Language

English

Ages

6 to 18

Description

In the midst of the uncertainty and doubt that affects our world today, Oeiras International School (OIS) believed it was important to create a welcoming environment where our children could be happy and stimulated to make the most of their capabilities, while at the same time, made aware of the ethical values that should govern life in modern society.

We want our students to be able to complete their education in the best higher education institutions the world has to offer if they so choose, irrespective of the area, and be better equipped to shine in an increasingly competitive world. At Oeiras International School, we believe that schools do not replace parents in their role of educating their children but instead schools only help in the process. We know that it is crucial that the school shares the same value system. We recognize the vital importance of having the school community deeply involved and committed in the everyday life of the school.

Oeiras International School aspires to achieve academic excellence that will open any door for our students.

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St. Julian's School 

4.5 from 5 reviews

Curriculum

IB, English, Portuguese

Primary Language

English

Ages

3 to 18

Description

St Julian's School Lisbon is a private co-educational school founded in 1932 with a strong record of academic achievement and extra-curricular activity. St Julian's has three sections, each with its own Principal: the Primary School, the Portuguese Section, and the Secondary School.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

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Other International Schools in Lisbon

There are 12 other international schools in Lisbon that didn't make it into our Top 15, either because they didn't have enough reviews or its review rating was too low. If your school is one of those and you think it should make the Top 15, make sure you add your review and tell your story via the school links below.

School Curriculum Rating
St. George's School English, Portuguese 5.0 / 5
Prime School Estoril English, American 5.0 / 5
Prime School Lisbon English, American 5.0 / 5
Sintra International Christian Academy American, Christian 4.3 / 5
Astoria International School English, Portuguese 4.2 / 5
Prime School O Século English, American 4.2 / 5
International Christian School of Cascais American, Christian 4.2 / 5
PaRK International School Alfragide English,IB,Portuguese 4.0 / 5
Deutsche Schule Lissabon German 3.8 / 5
Lycée Francais Charles Lepierre Lisbonne French 3.2 / 5
St. Dominic's International School IB 3.0 / 5
Santo António International School English 2.8 / 5

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