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CurriculumsBritish and Portuguese
Languages of instructionEnglish and Portuguese
Age RangeAges 1 to 18
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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 20 students / class
Maximum 28 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: €5,610
to: €8,470
Address: R. do Porto Feliz, 4350-162 Porto, Portugal

CJD International School accepts students from 0 to 19 years of age.
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality


Ratio of local students to international students


Native English and Portuguese speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and Portuguese


Additional language classes offered by the school

French and Spanish

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

We use interactive whiteboards, educational software and online learning platforms, Learning Management Systems (LMS), mobile devices, collaboration tools and digital assessment tools.

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)

We have adopted online video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams to provide remote instruction to students who cannot physically attend classes.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, however the school provides a space for students of diverse religious backgrounds to reflect and practice their beliefs. This helps to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that respects all students' beliefs and cultures. Having such a space is also beneficial for promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding, which lead to greater respect and appreciation for diversity.

External examinations or assessments available

At our school, students complete both Portuguese national assessments and Cambridge international assessments. For Portuguese students, they will take the national exams required by the Portuguese Ministry of Education in the relevant subjects at the end of 9th grade and at the secondary education (11th and 12th grade). For international students, they will take the Cambridge exams, which are internationally recognized qualifications in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities. These exams are usually taken at the end of each academic year and are a valuable preparation for higher education and future employment opportunities. We believe that providing students with a variety of assessments helps them to develop a diverse range of skills and prepares them for success in a variety of contexts.

Results in these examinations

Schools typically report on their student results in annual reports or other publications, like the public rankings. It's also important to keep in mind that exam results are not the only measure of a school's success, as student achievement is influenced by many factors beyond test scores. A well-rounded education also includes developing social and emotional skills, critical thinking abilities and creativity, among other competencies.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, it's common for teachers to assign homework to their students. Homework is a way for students to review and practice what they have learned in class, and it helps them to develop independent study skills. The amount and frequency of homework assigned may vary depending on the grade level, subject, and individual teacher's approach.

Approximate hours of homework given

The amount of time suggested for students to complete their homework vary depending on their grade level and the subject being studied. Generally, it's recommended that younger students in primary school should have 10-30 minutes of homework per day, while older students in secondary school may need 1-2 hours of homework per day.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

Based on our records, approximately 99% of our students attend a higher educational institution after graduating from our school. The remaining 1% consists of students who choose not to pursue higher education and instead pursue other paths, such as vocational training or entrepreneurship.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, our school has specialized staff and programs to support students with special learning needs. We have a dedicated team of learning support teachers and staff who work closely with students, parents, and teachers to provide individualized support for students with special needs. Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed academically and socially.

Learning support offered

Our support services include:

Learning Support: We offer learning support to students who need extra help in academic areas such as reading, writing, and math. Our learning support team works closely with classroom teachers to identify areas of need and develop personalized learning plans for each student.

Speech and Language Therapy: We have a speech and language therapist who works with students who have difficulties with speech, language and communication. Our therapist provides individual and group therapy sessions and works closely with classroom teachers to ensure that students are making progress.

Occupational Therapy: We have an occupational therapist who works with students who have difficulties with fine motor skills, handwriting and sensory integration. Our therapist provides individual and group therapy sessions and works closely with classroom teachers to ensure that students are making progress.

Counseling: We have a team of psychologists who provides emotional and social support to students who may be experiencing difficulties at home or at school. Our psychologists works with students individually and in groups and provides support to families as needed.

Assistive Technology: We use a range of assistive technology tools to support students with special learning needs. These tools include software programs, digital devices, and other tools that help students access information and complete tasks more easily.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We offer a range of programs and strategies to support these students, including:

Enrichment programs: We provide enrichment activities and programs to challenge and extend the learning of our gifted, able and talented students. These activities may include advanced coursework, special projects, research opportunities and mentorship programs.

Differentiated instruction: Our teachers use differentiated instruction to provide individualized learning experiences that meet the unique needs of each student. This approach allows gifted, able and talented students to work at their own pace and level of challenge.

Accelerated learning: For students who are ready for more advanced work, we offer accelerated learning opportunities.

Individualized learning plans: We work with each student to develop an individualized learning plan that sets goals and objectives tailored to their needs and abilities.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, our school provides access to an educational psychologist for students who need additional support. The educational psychologist works with students, teachers and parents to identify and address learning and emotional challenges that may affect the student's academic progress. The psychologist can conduct assessments, provide individual counseling and develop personalized plans to help the student achieve their academic and personal goals. The services of the educational psychologist are usually provided on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to the needs of each individual student.

Entry evaluation for students

As an inclusive and non-elitist school, we believe in actively promoting diversity and welcoming students from a range of backgrounds and with varying academic abilities. Therefore, we do not perform entry exams or assessments before enrolling new students. We value each student's individual strengths and work to support them in achieving their full potential.

Waiting list

We do not have a waiting list policy. Our admissions operate on a first come, first served basis and we do not hold spots for students who have not completed the admissions process. However, we do have limited availability in some grades, so we encourage families to apply as early as possible to secure a spot for their child.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Since our school has a first come, first serve policy, there is no deadline for registration in a new academic year. However, it's important to note that spaces may fill up quickly, so interested parents and students should apply as early as possible to increase their chances of securing a place.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

08h30 to 09h00, depending on the grades.

School finish time

13h00 to 18h00, depending on the grades and on the particular schedule of the student.

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, our school does provide supervised care to students before and after the school day. We have a before-school program that starts from 7:30, where students can come and spend time in a safe and supervised environment before classes begin. Similarly, we have an after-school program that runs until 19:30, where students can participate in a range of extracurricular activities or complete homework in a supervised environment. This service is available for all students and parents can choose to enroll their child in either or both programs as needed.

School bus service available

The school provide a school bus service, on demand.

School provided lunches

Yes, our school provides lunch for students. We have a cafeteria on campus that serves a variety of meals and snacks throughout the day. Our food service team takes great care in preparing nutritious and delicious meals, taking into consideration any dietary restrictions or preferences that students may have.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, our school offers alternative food items for students with special diets such as vegan, kosher, halal, and others. We understand the importance of accommodating students' dietary needs and preferences and strive to provide a range of options to ensure that all students have access to nutritious and delicious meals.

Uniform required

Students are required to wear a uniform until 4th grade.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Our school offers a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs to provide students with a well-rounded education. Some of the extracurricular activities and clubs we offer include:

Sports (e.g. rugby, football, basketball, volleyball, swimming)
Music programs (e.g. choir)
Drama and theatre
Science and technology clubs (e.g. robotics, coding, science experiments)
Community service clubs (e.g. volunteering, fundraising)
Art clubs (e.g. painting, drawing)
Chess club

Sports activities included

Physical activities and sports like football (soccer), basketball, volleyball and handball, individual sports like running, swimming and traditional activities like gymnastics, dance and martial arts.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

We a few sports teams and competitions for students to participate in, including rugby and volleyball. There are plans to start a football team and other sports teams next year.

Facilities at the school

Our school provides a variety of facilities for our students to use, including library, science labs, computer labs, art studio, music room, theater, cafeteria and outdoor facilities such as a playground, sports fields and an outdoor theater for events and performances.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasiums, athletic fields, swimming pools (from a partner company), fitness rooms.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Colégio Júlio Dinis (CJD International School) is a private educational school that values academic excellence, multiculturalism and personalized attention to students. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive community that fosters a love for learning and encourages critical thinking, creativity and leadership skills. Our curriculum is based on a rigorous academic program that emphasizes both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, while our extracurricular activities and sports programs promote a healthy lifestyle and teamwork. At Colégio Júlio Dinis (CJD International School), we are committed to providing a safe, supportive and nurturing environment that prepares our students to become responsible, confident and compassionate global citizens.

Teaching approach of the school

The teaching approach of our school is student-centered, emphasizing active and inquiry-based learning. We believe that students should be active participants in the learning process, developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as creativity and communication skills. Our teachers are facilitators who guide students in their learning, rather than simply lecturing them. We also promote interdisciplinary learning, where students can connect concepts and skills across different subjects. In addition, we prioritize the development of social-emotional skills, such as empathy, respect and responsibility, as we believe that these skills are essential for students to become well-rounded individuals who can succeed both academically and in their personal lives.

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