History

LWIS-CiS was founded in 2003 as a private mixed gender day international school where English is the main language of instruction. It is a member of the umbrella group of the Learner’s World International Schools (LWIS) which has affiliate schools in Lebanon, UAE, KSA and Djibouti. Located in the heart of Downtown Beirut, a green oasis surrounded by high rise concrete buildings, LWIS-CiS is a school, which is multinational in its philosophy, curriculum, personnel, learners and range of offering.

The LWIS-CiS campus comprises three buildings, one of which boasts Franco Venetian architecture and history as it was built in the 1890’s and was the living quarters of the French Admiral before Lebanon acquired its independence. The other two buildings, one built in the 1960’s and the other in the 1970’s on an area of 4500 m2 were occupied by the Armenian School which was compelled to relocate during the Lebanese civil war, thus leaving the campus vacant during the war years.

In its first year in 2003, the learners’ enrollment was 270, increasing steadily each year to reach maximum capacity of 825 students by 2014/2015, and is now stable in the growth of student population.

In year one, the school offered Nursery - Grade 12 in the American high school program and Nursery - Year 11 in the Lebanese Baccalaureate program. Year 12 in the Lebanese program was added the following year; thus, enabling the school to have a complete program in both the Lebanese and American systems as we stand today.

LWIS-CiS was accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) in 2011 only nine years after it was founded.



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