Guiding principles


The Vision for the International School of Oporto (CLIP) is to become an exemplary centre for teaching and learning, which nurtures and develops open-minded and creative individuals who are empowered to achieve their full potential through innovation, international mindedness, academic excellence and resilience. 




CLIP believes the future will be shaped by extraordinary individuals who will collaborate to meet the challenges of the 21st century through versatile intellectual competence, a passion for discovery, increased social awareness and uncompromising commitment to a better world.  

The Mission of the International School of Oporto is to nurture and inspire principled citizens through a challenging, inclusive international education through which all our students are: 




The CLIP21 framework defines 21st-century learning within CLIP’s context. It purposes to engage our whole community in explicit and purposeful behaviours in order to foster student competency development. Our ambition is to empower students with competencies in order to be ready for a changing world:


  • Emotional intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Independence
  • Technology
  • Social and cultural awareness
  • Citizenship
  • Environmental awareness

Pedagogical Principles

Academic integrity and excellence 

The attainment of the highest academic potential for each individual learner, through a broad and varied curriculum that stresses individual and collective progression.

Diversity and intercultural education 

The underlying concept of education at CLIP is a learning process that implies understanding beyond the self in order to nurture global citizens, who have a respect for diversity demonstrated through open dialogue and ethical codes of conduct.   

Learning to learn

The aptitude to organise and persevere in learning to achieve the drive and autonomy that empowers lifelong learning. 

Deep understanding

Concept focused and problem-based learning methodologies are at the heart of CLIP’s student-centred approaches to learning in order to foster big idea thinking, deeper learning, meaningful connections and transferable understandings. 

Cooperative learning

Student-centred learning at CLIP follows the premise that students should work together, sharing a task and successfully learn with and from each other. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, simultaneously contributing to the learning of others.  


Students, staff, and parents play an integral part of a distributed leadership process. CLIP’s governance is based on a democratic model for decision making that values negotiation skills to reach consensus when dealing with diverse opinions.  

Ethical and moral development

Our community conducts itself as democratic, active, respectful and responsible global and digital citizens, demonstrating reasoning and decision making on ethical and moral grounds, displaying awareness of their individual and collective impact on others.