São Paulo
Bilingual - English, Brazilian curriculum
Bilingual
Ages 2 to 11

Be.Living School

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CurriculumBilingual - English, Brazilian
Languages of instructionEnglish and Portuguese
Age RangeAges 2 to 11
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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 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school is not available for a twelve year old child.

This school has more than one campus in São Paulo:
Elementary School Campus: Ages 6 to 11
Preschool Campus: Ages 2 to 6

Address: R. Salto, 98 - Paraíso São Paulo - SP 04001-130 Brazil

All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

250

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Around 8

Most common nationality

Brazilian

Ratio of local students to international students

Nowadays it is around 10% international students

Max. number of students per class

be.Living chooses to work with small groups:
Yellow Orange Group age 1-3 13 students
Green Group age 3-4 16 students
Red Group age 4-5 16 students
Blue Group age 5-6 22 students
Year 1 through 5 25 students

Average number of students per class

Yellow Orange- 12
Green- 14
Red- 14
Blue- 20
Year 1 through 5- 15 ( the school has recently started working with lower elementary and the number of students is increasing every year)

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

We have teacher assistants in most of the groups.
In the elementary school, there is a full time assistant for groups over 15 and part time assistant for smaller groups.

Native English and Portuguese speaking teachers

Not all of the teachers are native speakers. Most of them are from Brasil and we also have teachers from different nationalities.

Language support for students not fluent in English and Portuguese

Yes we promote ELL classes when students with no english knowledge enroll in elementary school.

Additional language classes offered by the school

We offer spanish lessons starting from Year 3

Use of technology in the classroom

We use technology to enrichen our project based programe

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes, students take homework home everyday.

Approximate hours of homework given

Around 30 minutes plus suggested reading.

Uniform required

We do have uniform and most of the students wear them; however the use is not mandatory.

Waiting list

It depends on the grade level

Entry evaluation for students

We usually assess students who are enrolling in elementary school.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

N/A

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Enrollments are usually done by october.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, we do allow

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

be.Living focus on working with younger students, considering not only their academic, but also social and emotional development. We consider that a smaller environment is very important for young kids. For this reason our curriculum goes up to Year 5, (10-11 year olds)

External examinations or assessments available

They go through some of the Cambridge exames.

Results in these examinations

They have been doing very well.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, be.Living is a non-religious school

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

N/A

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, being a small school helps us keep track of each and every student. We build special programes for different needs.

Learning support offered

Close partnership with parents and specialists. Usually we build a "tailor made" programe in order to meet the student's need.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

The work with differentiation is very alive inside the school environment. Our goal is to keep students interested and challenged throught their school experience.

Student access to education psychologist

No, the school doesn´t have an educational psychologist who is part of the team; however we have some close partners to suggest whenever we feel it is the case.

School start time

Pre-school- 8 am or 1 pm
Elementary- 8 am

School finish time

Pre-school- 12 pm or 5pm
Elementary:
Year 1- 3pm
Year 2- 3:30pm
Year 3-5- mon, wed. fri at 3:30pm and tue and thu at 4:30pm

Supervised care before/after school

Yes we do

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer ballet, tennis, judo, capoeira, music, yoga, soccer and guitar lessons

School provided lunches

Yes

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

Not on a regular basis, but we adapt food whenever there is a special need.

Sports activities included

Physical Education and Yoga

Sports facilities at the school

There is a court in each one of the schools

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

They compete only within the school environment and with other OEBi (Organização das Escolas Biliningues) schools.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Being a small school, be.Living promotes the opportunity for its students to interact with different age groups, learning to understand, respect and look after each other. We consider there is no effective work without a close partnership with the families. For this reason we are very open to having the whole comunity being part of our school project. We believe there is no education without love.

Teaching approach of the school

We work based on the Social- constructivism conception of teaching and learning. The school works with the intention of facilitating the students process of building knowledge, independence, critical thinking, curiosity and protagonism. Although we aim to build very strong academic achievement, we consider buiding moral and social skill as important as learning content. What student's learn, is equaly important to how they learn, for this reason, the process of learning acquisition is very well taken care of throughout the 11 years boys and girls spend with us.