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IB and Reggio Emilia Approach
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CitySão Paulo
CurriculumsIB and Reggio Emilia Approach
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 11
Yearly fees: 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 15 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2022/2023.

Address: Alameda dos Jurupis, 485 - Moema, São Paulo - SP, 04088-000, Brazil
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Number of students

The school has capacity for 150 students.

Number of nationalities represented in the school

We've had students and teachers from diverse countries such as Belgium, Canada, Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Portugal, Taiwan, UK and the USA.

Most common nationality

Most of our students are Brazilians, but we have 40% of international students.

Ratio of local students to international students

Currently about 40% of our students are international.

Native English speaking teachers

We have both, native English speaker Teachers and local Teachers that are fully proficient in the language and totally capaple to carry on the whole class in English. All the classes are taught in English, except Portuguese which is part of the Brazilian curriculum and mandatory for all the schools in Brazil, including the Internationals.

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, for students from age 6.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Portuguese lessons for students of all ages.

Max. number of students per class

The size of the classroom varies according to the age group. The maximum is 20 for age 3 and up, for children under 3 the maximum is 16.

Average number of students per class

15

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

All our teacher have an assistant, which means that every group is assisted by two adults.

Use of technology in the classroom

Students age 6 and up have classes in our Maker Space where they start learning about circuit and how to build a small one. While in class, we have IPads and ChromeBooks for the students use selectively filled with applications, games, readings, research, and tools, directly connect to Unit of Inquiry topics as a portable, dynamic “media centers”

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)

During lockdown we provided online classes and activities for all ages

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We do not pracice any religion or celebrate any religious holiday.

Entry evaluation for students

We always need to know the child's history, so the Principal needs to meet with the family and the child prior enrollment.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Students are evaluated but it is not a screening process. It is just to understand where the student is in the learning curve so we can better plan for him or her settlement.

Waiting list

We may have depending on the the group and time of the year. Contact us for more information

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We accept students all year around.

Students can join after academic year begins

Always, we our most commom public is expat families that are moving in the middle of the academic year.

School start time

Drop-off: 7:30
Class starts: 8:15

School finish time

Half day: 12:00 pm
Full day: 3:30 pm

Supervised care before/after school

We do have Extracurricular Activities until 4:50 at an extra cost.

School bus service available

No, but we assist parents in finding a solution.

School provided lunches

Yes, for half day students we have breakfast at around 10 am, for full day students we have breakfast and lunch. All our meals are fully balanced, healthy and we introduce as many fruit and vegetables to the children as possible. We never use white sugar, or other unhealthy sweeteners.

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

Yes. This is previously discussed with the parents and adjustments are made based on student's needs and restrictions.

Uniform required

Yes, as a part of school safety, it is mandatory for all ages

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We have Ballet, Judo, Circus class, Futsal Class, Brazilian Street Fight class (capoeira)

Sports activities included

Physical Education classes are part of the curriculum and all groups have them twice a week.

Facilities at the school

We a herb garden, a playground, a rooftop court, a Library, a Maker Space, a Piazza where children love to play and express their creativity and an experimental Kitchen.

Sports facilities at the school

We have a sports court on roof top and a moovement room.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are an IB World School and we offer a modern, challenging and international educational programme according to the standards set by the International Baccalaureate (IB)*. Our language of instruction is English, and we have international teachers in our faculty. Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language are also valued through Portuguese classes and typically Brazilian activities and celebrations. Our academic year follows the northern hemisphere calendar (beginning in August and ending in July).

As we are a new international school, opened in 2019, we currently have up to Year 1 ( 6-year olds), but the school has plans to expand. We are opening new grades as our students grow, and in August 2023 we will offer up to Year 2 (7-8 year olds).

Our mission is to provide expatriate and local families with an international education that is broad, balanced and challenging.

Teaching approach of the school

Our teaching follows the guidelines for the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IB). Through the creative use of technology and authentic, inquiry-based learning experiences, we aim to empower youngsters to be responsible lifelong learners.

In early childhood education, we adopt the Reggio Emilia approach, a philosophy of education aimed at early childhood that, in addition to being very innovative and inspiring, sees the child as strong, capable, resilient and full of wonder. Our Early Years can take children starting at 18 months.

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