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Ages 2 to 18

St. Francis College

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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
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school does not make their fees public.

This school has more than one campus in São Paulo:
Pinheiros Campus: Ages 2 to 18

Address: R. Joaquim Antunes, 678 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, 05415-001, Brazil

Jardins Campus: Ages 2 to 18

Address: R. Bélgica, 399 - Jardim Europa, São Paulo - SP, 01448-030, Brazil

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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Language support for students not fluent in English

The school will give the needed support in English to those international children who might need it.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Portuguese, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.
Secondary: 60 to 90 minutes a day

Uniform required


Entry evaluation for students

Evaluations and interviews

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Evaluations and interviews are held before acceptance. Previous school reports and IGCSE results, if applicable, are taken into account.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins


External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma, IGCSE

School start time


School finish time

Early Years and Primary: between 15:20 a 15:30
Secondary: 15:35

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Multisport, skateboarding, yoga, fencing, judo, capoeira, gymnastics swimming, futsal, volleyball, basketball, drama, technology, cooking, arts and crafts, business, penmanship and music.

School provided lunches

Mealtimes are a social occasion when children and adults eat together. St. Francis College offers wholesome, nourishing balanced meals with a wide choice of dishes, including hot meals, a vegetarian option, a salad bar, rice and beans, a variety of fresh fruit every day. The recipes have controlled amounts of fat, salt and sugar in them to ensure that our children have the correct balance in their diets.

The head of kitchen alongside with its staff and school´s nutritionist; together prepare all school meals for both campuses making sure all is cooked to perfection. Dietary requirements that your child may have can also be requested from the school.

Sports activities included

Lessons in physical education and sports programmes aim to promote physical, social and emotional development along with critical thinking. It takes into consideration individual pace, progress and background, as well as the group's characteristics, needs and interests. Differentiated activities and cooperative learning opportunities are offered and cultural exchange is stimulated. A safe and inclusive environment is provided, that allows the pupils to experience positive, challenging and enjoyable physical activities while learning about the benefits and importance of exercise.

Sports facilities at the school

All-purpose covered court, play area, swimming pool

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

St. Francis College is an international school which strives for excellence, providing a warm and friendly community committed to the International Baccalaureate (IB) philosophy. It offers a challenging educational programme with assessment through inquiry-based instruction highly focused on the academic and personal development of every pupil. St. Francis College is currently the only school in São Paulo to offer the IB Continuum through its Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

The taught curriculum encourages students to be successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors to their communities, and responsible citizens. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, we empower our pupils to be passionate lifelong learners, to achieve academic excellence and to be committed to impact the world positively.

Teaching approach of the school

The curriculum in Primary and Secondary is based on the British National Curriculum. It is also designed to meet the local requirements for the Ministério de Educação (MEC). Pupils at St. Francis College sit the SAT tests, the IGCSE exams in MYP5 (the equivalent of Year 11 in the British System) and the IB Diploma exams in DP 2.

Another very important element in the St. Francis curriculum is the Portuguese language subjects, which include Brazilian literature, Portuguese language as well as the history and geography of Brazil. Pupils at St. Francis will conclude their secondary education having also obtained their Brazilian studies diploma.

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