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Vision and Mission

The Vision

The Vision for the International School of Oporto (CLIP) is to become an exemplary centre of teaching and learning, which nurtures and promotes brilliant minds for the future through innovation, international-mindedness, academic excellence and intellectual resilience.

The Mission

CLIP believes the future will be shaped by extraordinary individuals who will meet the challenges of the 21st century through versatile intellectual competence, a passion for discovery, increased social fairness and uncompromising commitment. The Mission of the International School of Oporto is to nurture and inspire such individuals through the provision of a challenging, inclusive international education through which:



All are Challenged

All are Lifelong learners

All are Internationally-minded

All are Principled citizens



This education is provided by teams of outstanding, well-resourced teachers, working in world-class innovative learning environments in a safe, secure campus.The school experience is shaped by a spirit of community, characterized by students, parents, faculty and staff working together to achieve our goal of developing independent learners who possess the knowledge, values and skills to make a difference in the world.

CLIP offers a challenging, coherent programme of academics, arts, sports and service, from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, through which:


> All learners' needs are supported, their perspectives sought and respected and their qualities valued and nurtured;


> All learners make annual learning progress through the achievement of specific, appropriate learning targets;


> All learners have multiple opportunities to succeed and to secure their best future.

Critical Thinkers

All learners are equipped for success in a challenging world. They are confident leaders, skilled communicators, constructive team players and efficient problem solvers. They have a critical self-awareness and adapt successfully to changing situations.

Global Citizens

All learners develop a personal code of ethics, respect for diversity of opinion and culture, an empathy for others, an age-appropriate understanding of global issues and a disposition towards positive community participation.

Our Pedagogical Principles

  • Academic Excellence

    The attainment of the highest academic standards through a stringent and fully integrated curriculum that stresses personal excellence and team achievement.

  • Learning to Learn

    The content of the various subjects is developing at such a rate that an encyclopaedic approach to education is now quite inappropriate. By focusing on how to learn, our aim is to prepare students for a lifetime of learning and personal development.

  • Cooperative Learning

    Our instructional programme is based on the premise that students can and should learn from each other, and that they themselves must shoulder the greatest responsibility for their education.

  • Diversity and Cross-Cultural Education

    The underlying concept of education is a learning process that positions the study of the diverse expressions of human life at the core of its programme of studies.

  • Personal Needs and Concerns

    The programme focuses on the unique needs and concerns of each student. Its central focus in this regard is the Form Teacher or Tutor, who monitors the academic and personal development of each student.

  • Democracy

    CLIP recognizes the role of pupils, teachers and parents in the educational process. Therefore, the governance of CLIP is based on a democratic model for decision-making.

  • Ethical and Moral Development

    The overall development of students demands a solid and dynamic ethical and moral education. The following of standardised codes of behaviour does not suffice; each student must learn to reason and to decide on ethical and moral grounds.

  • The Arts

    The Arts are essential to a complete understanding of our nature as human beings and as members of cultural groups. In this regard the Arts must be taught both as independent subjects and as integral parts of the programme of studies as a whole.


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