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Brazil’s largest city, and one of the world’s most populous, is the concrete jungle of Sao Paulo. It’s a financial hub, it has a great reputation as a foodie and architectural destination, it has a thriving art scene and a buzzing nightlife. It may not be the prettiest place on the planet, but it most definitely has a lot to offer.

That’s one reason why ‘Sampa’, as it’s known to locals, has a population of 22 million in its greater metropolitan area. It’s also why a huge proportion of those ‘Paulistanos’ are expats.

In fact, the expat community in Sao Paulo is so large and growing so fast, it has created a number of issues in the city. Finding appropriate housing is a challenge, and finding a good international school is even more difficult due to the extremely high demand.

Sao Paulo has the widest variety of international schools in Brazil. And just like its multicultural population, there’s an eclectic array of curricula to choose from. International, French, Brazilian, British, American, Canadian, Swiss... You name it, Sao Paulo has it.

The downside? Waiting lists. They’re a common feature for international schools all over the world, but in Sao Paulo, they can be alarmingly long. It’s never too early to start the application process. After all, the last thing you want is for your first choice of school to be out of reach just because your child’s name is too far down the list.

Another warts-and-all point to consider about international schools in Sao Paulo is travel time. Traffic is notoriously bad in Sao Paulo; the city is just too big to get around easily. Unfortunately, that means travelling to a different neighbourhood to attend school is not recommended.

Like it or not, location will be an important aspect of your school search. International schools are usually located in the affluent areas of Sao Paulo, but that means housing in those neighbourhoods won’t come cheap.

It’s not the end of the world if there’s a commute between school and home, because many international schools in Sao Paulo do offer bus services. Just bear in mind that due to the traffic, they may begin quite early in the morning.

If you’d rather avoid the chaos, consider going outside the city proper to areas like Santana de Parnaiba and its surroundings. Away from the hustle and bustle and up in the hills, there are a few select international schools that might just be what you’re looking for.

Wherever your school is located, it will most likely provide for full primary and secondary education, from ages 2 or 3 right up to 18. As with other major cities, Sao Paulo’s international schools have very high standards of education. Multiple languages including Portugese and English are offered across the board, native speaking teachers are common, and extra curricular activities are part and parcel of the deal.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in São Paulo. However, there are another 19 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in São Paulo based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in São Paulo

Out of a total of 29 International Schools in São Paulo.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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Avenues São Paulo

We are a World School in the heart of the city; a 16-grade school with a unique vision, providing a truly global education as part of the Avenues: The World School family.
Curriculum
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2022/2023
from: R$ 172,400
to: R$ 172,400

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The British College of Brazil

Open minded, diverse, Friendly International Comunity.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: R$ 75,219
to: R$ 98,921

Stance Dual School

Individual attention and develop global citizens that are ethical, creative and prepared to face the challenges of a constantly changing world.
Curriculum
British, Brazilian
Languages of instruction
English, Portuguese
Ages
3 to 14
This school does not make their fees public.

Maple Bear Canadian School

Canadian methodology
Curriculum
Canadian, Brazilian
Languages of instruction
English, Portuguese
Ages
3 to 11
This school does not make their fees public.

Colegio Humboldt - Deutsche Schule Sao Paulo

We allow your child to develop their skills and abilities while respecting their individuality. Here we offer a world of opportunities for him, preparing him for an increasingly uncertain future.
Curriculum
German, Brazilian
Languages of instruction
German, Portuguese
Ages
4 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Chapel School

Chapel School was founded in 1947 by priests of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Order with the aim of providing education for children from English-speaking Catholic families. Initially housed in a small building in the Jardins neighborhood, it is now located in Chácara Flora, a quiet residential area in São Paulo.
Chapel is an international school providing early-childhood, elementary and high school education. Three diplomas may be earned by students: American, Brazilian and/or International Baccalaureate.
Chapel’s mission is based in Christian values, ensuring complete development which enables students to make informed decisions, take responsibility for their actions, and for the needs of the community.
The institution is run by the priests and brothers of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate with a board committee consisting of priests and parents appointed by the order’s provincial and members of the congregation.
Chapel School is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association, the Association of American Schools in Brazil, the Association of American Schools in South America, and the National Honor Society. The institution is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), Brazil’s Ministry of Education (MEC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (AdvancED – SACS CASI). As a member of AdvancEd, Chapel School must ensure educational excellence by continuously evaluating its curriculum, mission and vision.
Curriculum
IB, American, Catholic
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

St. Francis College

Excellence , caring, friendly, an inclusive school.
Curriculum
IB, British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.

Tip Toe Discovery School

Family and nurturing environment, lots of green areas, multicultural background students.
Curriculum
American, British, Montessori
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: R$ 70,610
to: R$ 88,631

Builders Bilingual School

Builders’ differential is the nurturing, respectful and caring environment that focuses on the children’s emotional and social development. This has been our mission and essence since our foundation: the Education through Love, considered the most efficient way for humans to learn. Children who are treated with respect in a love-filled environment deal better with the needs of the modern world and become adults who are more socially and emotionally capable.
We believe in the transformation of humans through LOVE. Our focus is to educate the child as a whole, not just a formal education. In addition to our excellent bilingual education we strive to be an economically viable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible school, involving our staff, students, and community.
We want our students to love learning, to be in contact with nature, to reflect on their actions and to be in harmony with others. We promote a joy-filled and inviting environment because we believe humans learn better when they are happy.
Curriculum
International, Brazilian
Languages of instruction
English, Portuguese
Ages
1 to 11
This school does not make their fees public.

GIS – The International School of São Paulo

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 3 (8-9 year olds), but the school has plans to expand. We are opening new grades as our students grow, and in August 2022 we will offer up to Year 4 (9-10 year olds).
Our mission is to provide expatriate and local families with an international education that is broad, balanced and challenging.
Curriculum
IB, Reggio Emilia Approach
Language of instruction
English
Ages
2 to 11
This school does not make their fees public.

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