A world-class international school just launched in central Lisbon in September 2020

United Lisbon International School is a new world-class international school located in central Lisbon, next to the Park of Nations. The school opened in September 2020 for students in Early Childhood (from 3 years) to grade 9 (typically 14/15 years). As we progress, we will be building up the grades in high school with the first Grade 12 entrants coming in in September 2023.

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 (NEASC) and leading to internationally acknowledged university-preparatory programs including the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (United Lisbon is a candidate school).

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.

United Lisbon is the right choice for your family, if you are looking for a school that

  • is centrally located in Lisbon, next to the Park of Nations, truly international and fully accredited
  • continuously innovates within leading international curricula, offering highest-quality education towards globally acknowledged high school diplomas
  • builds partnerships with corporations and institutions to enrich student learning through real-life experiences and applied projects
  • commits to the purpose of a sustainable and equitable world and to instilling values and responsibility for the next generation
  • offers a diverse and holistic program to engage all learners and provides additional learning and after-school opportunities (e.g. music, additional languages) through the United Lisbon Edu Hub
United Lisbon International School Main Building

The admissions process for 20/21 and 21/22 is ongoing and we are looking forward to the opportunity to meet you in person at our school.

United Lisbon International School

United Lisbon International School – from the Founding Team

Who We Are

International Schools Services

The operator of the school, International Schools Services (ISS), works with more than 500 international schools and thousands of educators each year, creating the largest global footprint in international education support. Since its inception in 1955, ISS has launched and managed more than 110 international schools. Headquartered in Princeton, USA, ISS currently operates nearly 20 international schools around the world.

Founding Leadership Team

Dr. Johnson (Dr. J) has almost 50 years of experience in education, most of it internationally, and the vast majority being in various school leadership roles. He has worked in 11 countries and has consulted in many more working on school development, school board/administration training, and school accreditation for US and international agencies. He has a Doctorate in Educational Administration, a Masters in International Human Services Administration (for agencies like Peace Corps, Save the Children, etc.) and Bachelors Degree in teaching German and Political Science. His wife is also an international educator and administrator, and his two daughters are true "third culture kids".
Paul Johnson
Paul W. Johnson
Senior Leadership Executive ISS
Dr. José Azcue has more than 25 years’ experience in international education and is widely engaged with the IB (International Baccalaureate Organization). He holds a Masters from University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a PhD from The University of Waterloo in Canada. José has served as Headmaster of an international school and held leadership and teaching positions at several international schools in Portugal. In 2000 he was awarded the Diploma of the Principle Training Center for International School Leadership. Jose has been actively involved in teaching, developing teaching material, running workshops and online teacher training.
Dr. José Azcue
Dr. José Azcue
Lead Principal and Interim Head of School

Join our Team

People matter: Good education builds on positive relations to form a learning community and engage students in a variety of both academical and personal learning processes. The role of teachers to guide student learning has transformed significantly throughout the last decades towards a varied, collaborative and holistic approach focused on formative learning processes. Technology offers new ways to enrich and personalize learning, and seamlessly extend the classroom.