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CurriculumsIB, British, and Portuguese
Languages of instructionEnglish and Portuguese
Age RangeAges 1 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Portuguese
Native English and Portuguese teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Portuguese)
Class sizes Average 23 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: €8,950
to: €19,750
This school has more than one campus in Lisbon:
Alfragide Campus: Ages 1 to 18

Address: Estrada de Alfragide, 92 2610-015 Amadora, Portugal

Praca de Espanha Campus: Ages 1 to 8

Address: Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 52 1070-064 Lisbon, Portugal

Restelo Campus: Ages 1 to 10

Address: Av. das Descobertas, 21 1400-091, Lisbon, Portugal

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Number of students

PaRK IS has 2,503 students in 3 campuses (Alfragide: 1293; Praça de Espanha: 271; Restelo: 447)

Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students

70% Portuguese to 30% International

Native English and Portuguese speaking teachers

PaRK IS community welcomes teachers from all over the world, of which all are fully qualified to teach in their area of expertise.

Language support for students not fluent in English and Portuguese

The school provides support in English and Portuguese for second language students.

Additional language classes offered by the school

English and Portuguese are embedded in the curriculum from the age of 1. For Senior School students we also offer Spanish and French. Other languages are available as an extracurricular activity.

Max. number of students per class

Early Learning School (2 adults per class) - 1 Year Olds: max of 12; 2 Year Olds: max of 16; 3-5 Year Olds: max of 25
Junior School - from 22 to a max of 25 (Grades 1-3 have a support teacher so that there are 2 teachers with the students)
Senior School - from 22 to a max of 25

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

1-2 Year Olds - 1 Teaching assitant per class
3-5 Year Olds - 1 Teaching assistant per age group
Grades 1-4 -1 Teaching assistant per age group

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is integrated in the curriculum - PaRK IS students are familiar with different technologies, apps and learning tools which are used across subjects and projects beyond the Computational Thinking weekly classes. From Grade 4 onward we have the iPad one-to-one programme (every students has is own iPad). Until then, there are iPads and laptops at the teachers and students disposal. From Grade 7, students use laptops.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

PaRK IS was the first school to implement a successful virtual school when needed, making a smooth transition to online learning and not missing a day of learning. Our school offers the best virtual programme in the area as integration of technology is already one of PaRK IS’ pillars - students and teachers are comfortable using it in teaching and learning.
Our school and our students can adapt no matter the solution - as we are solution-responsive and fast-paced thinkers: we live what we teach to guarantee uninterrupted education in every situation. Our innovative programme allows us to rapidly adapt since our community of students and teachers are familiar with the integration of technology and the use of e-learning platforms.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

As an international school we do not practice religion at the school but, as Portugal is a catholic country, there is Catechism offered as an extracurricular activity.

External examinations or assessments available

Our students take the IGCSE's (Grade 10) and the IB Diploma exams (Grade 12)

Results in these examinations

We are thrilled with the IGCSE's 2022 results: with 47% of the grades within the A*- A grade range and 90% in the A*- C grade range.
In May 2022 we had our first cohort of students with an outstanding average IB score of 35 points.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

In Junior School, Homework is seen as a complement to the classroom work, helping students to gain working methods and be
responsible for their own work. Children have a weekly plan, where mandatory and optional homework are marked. We suggest students to
distribute the work throughout the week, not accumulating only in one day, to maintain a continuous study with less overload. Homework activities are prepared to stimulate children to self-regulate and promote their responsibility and autonomy and so that parents can follow their children’s work.
For the Senior School, home learning is set to fulfil the challenging and rigorous curriculum aims we have at PaRK IS, but equally we
recognise that our students have other commitments in the evenings and at weekends. Home learning at PaRK IS might be set by teachers for a variety of reasons: Practice tasks are set to reinforce learning by asking students to retrieve key knowledge and understanding or practice the skills developed in class; Preparation tasks are assigned to introduce students to material the teacher will present in the future - it is a form of pre-teaching; Performance tasks require students to produce a product such as an essay, composition, project, etc.

Approximate hours of homework given

Junior School: students have a weekly sheet of Portuguese, Maths and English which they can complete in the course of a week - by doing this each student can organise their work taking into consideration families' dynamics and extracurricular activities.
Senior School: each subject has a maximum limit of 40 mins per week for home learning

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

As we are still growing - our first students will be graduating Grade 12 in June 2022 - we do not have any stats yet, but all of our current IB students intend to apply to a higher degree and are starting to choose their universities with the help of our University Counsellors.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Our unique Well-Being department guarantees that each student has their needs individually met - PaRK IS students receive personalised and all-rounded education from age 1 up until 18 years of age.

Learning support offered

PaRK IS has a Well-Being Department responsible for looking after the well-being of the students as well as for the Social Skills programme, included in the curriculum from the Early Learning School up until Senior School. This department includes teachers specialised in special needs, so that each student can reach their potential and have an adapted programme for each one's needs.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The IGCSE and IB programme allow the individual tailoring of subject chooses for students to excel in areas of interest and strength.
For gifted, able and talented students there is an adaptation of the curriculum and adapted work with tasks that challenge them. In mathematics there is an advanced curriculum for these students; PaRK IS also promotes these students tutor younger children or even peers. Whenever they have non-academic talents, there is flexibility for them to practice even during class time: instruments or sports activities.
From Grade 9 there is an advanced maths level.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes! Our Well-Being department include a team of psychologists specialised in the different stages of the educational journey.

Entry evaluation for students

Students entering Grades 1 to 4 are invited for an interview as part of the admission process, scheduled after the first visit of the Parent/Guardian to the school. Students entering Grades 5 to 12 must do an online assessment test and an interview. From Grade 7 onwards, if the school deems important, an interview with the Head of Senior School is scheduled. For Grade 9, a final conversation with the Deputy Head of Academics is necessary to choose the subject choices. For Grades 11 and 12, a conversation with the IB Coordinator is necessary to choose the subject choices.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

From Grade 5, prospective students take an online cognitive assessment test.

Waiting list

Yes, in most grades.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Applications are accepted from October of the preceding year of entrance and are only valid for the following school year. Although students typically join PaRK International School at the beginning of the school year, admissions are accepted and welcome throughout the year, subject to availability of places and integration feasibility.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, subject to availability of places and integration feasibility.

School start time

Early Learning School (1 & 2 Year Olds) - 9:30 am
Early Learning School (3 - 5 Year Olds) - 9:00 am
Lower Junior School (Grades 1-4) - 8:30 am
Upper Junior School (Grades 5-6) - 8:20 am
Senior School (Grades 7-10) - 8:20 am; (Grades 11-12) - 8:15 am

School finish time

Early Learning School: 4:30 pm
Junior School: 4:30 pm
Senior School: 4:00 pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, the school is open from 8 am to 6 pm at no extra cost and offers an extended period from 6 pm to 7 pm for those families who need and extra hour.

School bus service available

A bus service is offered between the Restelo and Alfragide Campus, prioritising siblings attending both campuses.

School provided lunches

Yes - meals are included in the tuition up until Grade 6. From Grade 7 onward students can opt for the school meals or bring lunch from home.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes - PaRK IS meals are prepared by Go Natural, offering healthy and tasty food. Children with special diets and allergies have, of course, alternative menus.

Uniform required

Yes: there is a daily uniform, an official uniform and a sports uniform. IB Diploma students do not wear the daily uniform, but follow a smart, casual dress code.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Code Club
Creative Dance/Ballet Introduction
Early Bird
Electric Guitar
Hip Hop
Jiu Jitsu | Self Defense
Music Initiation
Music and Sound Production
Musical Theatre
Study hall
The Inventors (technology)
Why Lab

Sports activities included

Sports are an important part of our curriculum. Our Physical Education classes aim to optimise practice time, with the use of heterogeneous and homogeneous groups, increasing potential learning time. When working in circuit and group stations, students will develop their individual abilities, while in collective games they will learn to cooperate and develop the concept of working as a team. From Grade 4 we also have the PaRK Team, offering after school practices of Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Athletics.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes - PaRK IS is part of the CHESS (Council of Heads of English Speaking Schools) which promotes 3 main sports events a year (Fall Tournament, Sports Festival and Cross-Country) where students from the best international schools in Portugal compete in Football, Basketball and Athletics.

Sports facilities at the school

All our campuses have a gym and most of them have at least one outdoor sports field. At our biggest campus in Alfragide we also have a Sports Pavilion.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are highly committed to guiding and inspiring students to be successful and happy in their adult lives.
PaRK IS is an international school with strong Portuguese roots. We have an innovative and rigorous programme. Each student is unique and we work every day to spark curiosity, creativity and love for learning needed for them to be happy and successful lifelong learners. Our curriculum prepares our students think glocally in this ever-changing world. Technology, sports and performing arts are an important part of the curriculum. We are a member of the Inspired Education Group which give us support and open new possibilities for our students, who are part of a big and global family with more than 65,000 students from 80 schools around the world.

Teaching approach of the school

We want to educate happy and successful adults. Our students are confident and prepared with both knowledge and a set of skills, they know how to think for themselves, be critic and use the resources available to make their own decisions, while thinking globally and locally. To achieve this, PaRK IS offers a diverse curriculum: bilingual (PT/EN) until Grade 4; Cambridge Key Stages from Grade 5 to 8; IGCSE for Grades 9-10 and the IB Diploma for Grades 11-12.

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