Quick summary of key school information
|Language of instruction||English and Portuguese|
|Native English and Portuguese teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English and Portuguese)|
|Class sizes||Average||23 students / class|
|Maximum||25 students / class|
This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2023/2024.
Address: Estrada de Alfragide, 92 2610-015 Amadora, Portugal
Address: Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 52 1070-064 Lisbon, Portugal
Address: Av. das Descobertas, 21 1400-091, Lisbon, Portugal
Fees are starting from 6,204 EUR
All the details about this school in their own words
|Number of students||
PaRK IS has 2,503 students in 3 campuses (Alfragide: 1293; Praça de Espanha: 271; Restelo: 447)
|Number of nationalities represented in the school||
|Most common nationality||
|Ratio of local students to international students||
70% Portuguese to 30% International
|Native English and Portuguese speaking teachers||
PaRK IS community welcomes teachers from all over the world, of which all are fully qualified to teach in their area of expertise.
|Language support for students not fluent in English and Portuguese||
The school provides support in English and Portuguese for second language students.
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
English and Portuguese are embedded in the curriculum from the age of 1. For Senior School students we also offer Spanish and French. Other languages are available as an extracurricular activity.
|Max. number of students per class||
Early Learning School (2 adults per class) - 1 Year Olds: max of 12; 2 Year Olds: max of 16; 3-5 Year Olds: max of 25
|Average number of students per class||
|Does the school employ teaching assistants?||
1-2 Year Olds - 1 Teaching assitant per class
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Technology is integrated in the curriculum - PaRK IS students are familiar with different technologies, apps and learning tools which are used across subjects and projects beyond the Computational Thinking weekly classes. From Grade 4 onward we have the iPad one-to-one programme (every students has is own iPad). Until then, there are iPads and laptops at the teachers and students disposal. From Grade 7, students use laptops.
|Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)||
PaRK IS was the first school to implement a successful virtual school when needed, making a smooth transition to online learning and not missing a day of learning. Our school offers the best virtual programme in the area as integration of technology is already one of PaRK IS’ pillars - students and teachers are comfortable using it in teaching and learning.
|Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?||
As an international school we do not practice religion at the school but, as Portugal is a catholic country, there is Catechism offered as an extracurricular activity.
|External examinations or assessments available||
Our students take the IGCSE's (Grade 10) and the IB Diploma exams (Grade 12)
|Results in these examinations||
We are thrilled with the IGCSE's 2022 results: with 47% of the grades within the A*- A grade range and 90% in the A*- C grade range.
|Do teachers assign homework to their students?||
In Junior School, Homework is seen as a complement to the classroom work, helping students to gain working methods and be
|Approximate hours of homework given||
Junior School: students have a weekly sheet of Portuguese, Maths and English which they can complete in the course of a week - by doing this each student can organise their work taking into consideration families' dynamics and extracurricular activities.
|Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation||
As we are still growing - our first students will be graduating Grade 12 in June 2022 - we do not have any stats yet, but all of our current IB students intend to apply to a higher degree and are starting to choose their universities with the help of our University Counsellors.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Our unique Well-Being department guarantees that each student has their needs individually met - PaRK IS students receive personalised and all-rounded education from age 1 up until 18 years of age.
|Learning support offered||
PaRK IS has a Well-Being Department responsible for looking after the well-being of the students as well as for the Social Skills programme, included in the curriculum from the Early Learning School up until Senior School. This department includes teachers specialised in special needs, so that each student can reach their potential and have an adapted programme for each one's needs.
|The school supports gifted, able and talented students||
The IGCSE and IB programme allow the individual tailoring of subject chooses for students to excel in areas of interest and strength.
|Student access to education psychologist||
Yes! Our Well-Being department include a team of psychologists specialised in the different stages of the educational journey.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Students entering Grades 1 to 4 are invited for an interview as part of the admission process, scheduled after the first visit of the Parent/Guardian to the school. Students entering Grades 5 to 12 must do an online assessment test and an interview. From Grade 7 onwards, if the school deems important, an interview with the Head of Senior School is scheduled. For Grade 9, a final conversation with the Deputy Head of Academics is necessary to choose the subject choices. For Grades 11 and 12, a conversation with the IB Coordinator is necessary to choose the subject choices.
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
From Grade 5, prospective students take an online cognitive assessment test.
Yes, in most grades.
|Deadline for registration (new academic year)||
Applications are accepted from October of the preceding year of entrance and are only valid for the following school year. Although students typically join PaRK International School at the beginning of the school year, admissions are accepted and welcome throughout the year, subject to availability of places and integration feasibility.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
Yes, subject to availability of places and integration feasibility.
|School start time||
Early Learning School (1 & 2 Year Olds) - 9:30 am
|School finish time||
Early Learning School: 4:30 pm
|Supervised care before/after school||
Yes, the school is open from 8 am to 6 pm at no extra cost and offers an extended period from 6 pm to 7 pm for those families who need and extra hour.
|School bus service available||
A bus service is offered between the Restelo and Alfragide Campus, prioritising siblings attending both campuses.
|School provided lunches||
Yes - meals are included in the tuition up until Grade 6. From Grade 7 onward students can opt for the school meals or bring lunch from home.
|Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)||
Yes - PaRK IS meals are prepared by Go Natural, offering healthy and tasty food. Children with special diets and allergies have, of course, alternative menus.
Yes: there is a daily uniform, an official uniform and a sports uniform. IB Diploma students do not wear the daily uniform, but follow a smart, casual dress code.
|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
|Sports activities included||
Sports are an important part of our curriculum. Our Physical Education classes aim to optimise practice time, with the use of heterogeneous and homogeneous groups, increasing potential learning time. When working in circuit and group stations, students will develop their individual abilities, while in collective games they will learn to cooperate and develop the concept of working as a team. From Grade 4 we also have the PaRK Team, offering after school practices of Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Athletics.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
Yes - PaRK IS is part of the CHESS (Council of Heads of English Speaking Schools) which promotes 3 main sports events a year (Fall Tournament, Sports Festival and Cross-Country) where students from the best international schools in Portugal compete in Football, Basketball and Athletics.
|Sports facilities at the school||
All our campuses have a gym and most of them have at least one outdoor sports field. At our biggest campus in Alfragide we also have a Sports Pavilion.
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
We are highly committed to guiding and inspiring students to be successful and happy in their adult lives.
|Teaching approach of the school||
We want to educate happy and successful adults. Our students are confident and prepared with both knowledge and a set of skills, they know how to think for themselves, be critic and use the resources available to make their own decisions, while thinking globally and locally. To achieve this, PaRK IS offers a diverse curriculum: bilingual (PT/EN) until Grade 4; Cambridge Key Stages from Grade 5 to 8; IGCSE for Grades 9-10 and the IB Diploma for Grades 11-12.