Discover How Our 4 Pillars Approach Helps Each Student Thrive

At PaRK IS, we have built our educational philosophy upon solid values alongside our pillars of academic excellence, sports, technology and the arts. These values represent a fundamental aspect of our school's culture and mission - innovation, responsibility, glocalisation and happiness. They are guiding principles that shape every aspect of school life and apply to our entire school community across our three campuses. Together, they form the foundation of our commitment to providing a holistic and enriching educational experience for every student.

Our students are at the core of the learning process throughout their school years, benefitting from this values-based education alongside a focus on academic achievement, life skills and innovation. They can cultivate their talents and explore new interests with an extensive extracurricular activities programme, preparing them to excel at school and beyond with important skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and an entrepreneurial, global mindset. Our educational philosophy and approach guide them to achieve exceptional academic results in international examinations, securing acceptance to top university destinations in Portugal and abroad.

Discover each of our unique values and our Learner Profile below to understand what makes PaRK IS a truly exceptional school for your child.

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Our Learner Profile

At PaRK IS, we are...

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We work collaboratively between ourselves and with the rest of the world. We understand that success often comes from opening up our work and actively listening to incorporate the ideas of others.


Through a holistic approach, we convey information effectively and accurately in speaking, on paper and through digital platforms. We learn to communicate in Portuguese, English and other languages, and understand the importance of multilingual learning in our increasingly globalised world. We are aware that communication is also dance, mathematics and the visual arts, and we must consider our audience when making a communication.


We have the skills to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. We are open-minded, thinking about the point of view of others, and aim to understand and be kind. We connect with our community and the world.


We are confident learners. We are optimistic and believe that setbacks can be transformed into advantages. We value our unique perspectives and stories and are also diligent; understanding that confidence comes from thoughtful and effective preparation.


We believe that curiosity is the defining trait of wisdom. We are motivated by a desire to discover the unfamiliar and enjoy the surprises of knowing more about the world around us.


We are prepared to encounter risk. We see failure as a common step of the learning process, which enables us to reflect, learn and “fail better” at each try. We stand up for our beliefs, push ourselves beyond our limits, and adopt a resilient mindset.


We use our questions to move us forward, asking “What can I change? What can I do to make this happen?” We understand that reflection is an imperative step towards success in our personal life targets and in our relationships with others.


We are problem-solvers and encourage innovation. We are creative in all disciplines, and we are creative at play. We think laterally in order to build our perspective of the world around us. We understand that consistent focus is required to think through challenges.


We respect ourselves and others. Our thoughts and actions are aligned. We understand the importance of norms and expected behaviours in any successful community and practice integrity and honesty.


We are autonomous. We put the Learner Profile into practice by connecting our skills and abilities with the questions and problems we encounter. We are motivated by the freedom to acquire knowledge and apply it in a way that is meaningful. We direct our own lives, remaining organised and completing tasks to a high standard, and on time.



We are intrinsically motivated by high performance and sharp thinking. We have the desire to continuously do better and set ambitious personal targets. We strive for progress and mastery in our academic activities and wider lives.


We embrace challenges and persevere in the face of adversity or setbacks. We use feedback positively to assess how to recover and regain momentum. We find the strength to be aware of the needs of others and support them, even when facing our own setbacks.


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