Rio de Janeiro
International, British curriculum
Ages 2 to 18

The British School, Rio de Janeiro

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CurriculumInternational, British
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): Not public
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 16 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school does not make their fees public.

This school has more than one campus in Rio de Janeiro:
Urca Campus: Ages 12 to 18
Botafogo Campus: Ages 2 to 12

Address: R. Real Grandeza, 99 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22281-033, Brazil

Barra Campus: Ages 2 to 18

Address: R. Mario Autuori, 100 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22793-276, Brazil

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

International enrolment of over 2100 students

Number of nationalities represented in the school

More than 60 different nationalities

Most common nationality

Brazilian and British Commonweath

Ratio of local students to international students

60% are Brazilian, 20% are Brazilian-dual nationals, and the other 20% are from a wide range of other countries.

Max. number of students per class

It varies according to age - from 12 students in Early Year to 20 students in Senior years.

Average number of students per class

It varies according to age - from 12 students in Early Year to 20 students in Senior years.

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, all teachers and assistant teachers have to be qualified teachers and fluent in English.

Native English speaking teachers

A great number of them are natives.

Language support for students not fluent in English

It varies according to the child's age.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Use of technology in the classroom

In all areas technology is part of students daily lives and it will vary according to students age and development appropriate. All classrooms have smartboards; and computers, laptops, tablets, 3D printing, virtual reality googles and other items are available to all students.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, at age appropriate level.

Uniform required


Waiting list

It varies according to age and entry priority.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes, depending on the students age level.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available

IGCSE, IB Diploma, Local Brazilian ENEM and Vestibular

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?


School bus service available

The school does not provide transportation services to and from school. These services are contracted directly by parents with third parties.

School start time


School finish time


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Football, Capoeira, volleyball, basketball, ballet, jazz, choir, music, cookery, judo, gymnastics, drama, cartoon drawing, art.

School provided lunches


Sports activities included

Physical education

Sports facilities at the school

Outdoor pitches, swimming pool, indoor gym.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The school provides a caring and friendly, although demanding, learning environment and makes every effort to ensure that each individual has the opportunity to develop their particular talents to the full. The emphasis on academic achievement is balanced by our concern to meet our students’ physical, emotional and social needs and to ensure that they are prepared for active and well balanced citizenship. Personal development and social responsibility are an integral part of our educational programme. The highest value is placed on good social behaviour and moral standards in which respect for the individual and the environment are paramount. We want our students to be happy in school and we hope that their school experience will be fondly and warmly remembered for life. We believe that this can be achieved through providing high expectations, clear guidelines and limits, offering constant encouragement, attending to individual needs and providing opportunities for our students to participate in a wide variety of enjoyable activities – social, sporting and cultural.

Teaching approach of the school

Through our programme and teaching methods we aim to cultivate well-balanced, self-disciplined, open-minded, caring and enquiring young people who possess a breadth of understanding that can be applied to new situations. Our aim is not only to develop diligent and effective learners in the academic sense but to support the overall healthy development and positive outlook of young people. The emphasis on academic achievement is, therefore, balanced by our concern to develop our students’ physical, emotional and social needs and to ensure that they are well prepared to become active and participating citizens.

The curriculum is designed to meet the different needs of our particular student body while maintaining an essentially British education and ethos. We aim to give pupils a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated educational experience with an increasing emphasis on cross-curricular links. International and Brazilian elements are incorporated where appropriate.

From Pre-Nursery to Class 4 the programme broadly follows the IPC – International Primary Curriculum. Classes 5, 6 and 7 follows the British National Curriculum. Secondary students are prepared for the University of Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations that are taken at the end of Class 9. The final two years are directed towards the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a demanding course leading to a highly respected and widely recognised university entrance qualification.

Academic standards are very good – results in both IGCSE and the IB have been maintained at a high standard over the years. English is the language of teaching and learning throughout the school and its use, fluency and accuracy are promoted to the fullest extent. Portuguese is taught as either a first language or Portuguese for beginners.