The International School of Lusaka, founded in 1963, is one of the oldest international schools on the continent of Africa and is currently the third largest such school in the Association of International Schools in Africa. There are over 650 students from over 50 different countries and the teaching staff consists of over 60 professional educators from 14 countries. The School is overseen by a Board of Governors, 9 of whom are elected by the ISL Association. The Association is composed of the parents of the students attending ISL and the professional teaching staff. The administration of the school is directed by the Head of School, who is supported by the Primary Principal, the Secondary School Principal and the Finance Manager.

Our Mission Statement

Through an internationally recognized programme that embraces a wide range of cultures, the International School of Lusaka is committed to the development of students who are open-minded, balanced, environmentally conscious and principled citizens of the world who will strive for excellence and cherish life-long learning.


Our Philosophy

While celebrating the diversity of our school community, the International School of Lusaka seeks to forge a unified and caring community which exhibits mutual respect and understanding, wherein the individual feels welcome and valued. ISL believes that the participation and interaction of all stakeholders of the school community (parents, students, teaching and non-teaching staff) serve to enrich the entire school programme. ISL does not align itself to any political or religious creed.

ISL regards the student as an integrated whole with individual needs. Therefore the School is committed to an educational programme that is designed to meet his/her intellectual, social, ethical, emotional and physical development. The curriculum, pedagogy and organisational structure of the school shall be driven by standards of international education and accreditation.

At ISL we believe that the process of learning is purposeful, active and dynamic for everyone involved. Our students have a wide variety of learning styles, academic abilities, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. The learning environment is characterised by inquiry, creativity, personal growth, reflection and academic, as well as sporting achievement. Through these learning experiences, ISL strives to develop in students a genuine desire to learn and a conviction that education is continuing and open-ended.

ISL encourages respect and compassion. ISL promotes community service opportunities that throughout the school emphasizing environmental conservation and the common belief in the importance of individual, community and global awareness, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

ISL promotes close positive relations between the school and Zambian institutes and organisations. In addition, the school maintains tht the study of Zambian culture is an important aspect of its programme.

Our Aims

The aims of the ISL Philosophy are:

1.To deliver an internationally accredited programme leading to a recognized international school leaving qualification.
2.To develop the habits of mind necessary for independent, creative and critical thinking, and effective communication.
3.To ensure purposeful and engaging classroom learning experiences, which foster a genuine desire to learn.
4.To deliver an educational programme that meets the intellectual, social, ethical, emotional and physical development of students.
5.To provide learning opportunities beyond the classroom to facilitate an awareness that education is open-ended and ongoing.
6.To develop an appreciation for self and others in the diverse ISL community and beyond.
7.To provide a comprehensive sporting and co-curricular programme for the student body.
8.To provide comprehensive community service opportunities designed to foster individual, community and global awareness and social responsibilities.
9.To develop the skills and confidence to use technology effectively as well as to analyse its social and ethical implications.
10.To provide opportunities for all stakeholders to be actively involved in school life.