Brazil, Belo Horizonte: The American School of Belo Horizonte

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Date: 12/29/2009 Location: Belo Horizonte Brazil Description: The American School of Belo Horizonte Campus © State Dept Image





The American School of Belo Horizonte is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The 2011-2012 school year covers 2 semesters extending from August 2 to December 15 and from January 23 to June 15.

Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Directors elected for a 2-year term by and from the International Educational Association of Belo Horizonte, the sponsor of the School. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on all parents of children enrolled in the School. The School is registered in Brazil under Associação Internacional de Educação de Belo Horizonte and is known as the Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte. It is not incorporated in the United States.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. public school. Instruction is in English, with Portuguese taught to all students. Advanced Placement courses are offered in a variety of subjects at the high school level. The School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and is authorized as an International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP World School.

Faculty: At the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, there were 28 full-time and 16 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 192 (PS-grade 5: 111 and grades 6-12: 81).

Facilities: The School is located on a 7-acre site in a suburban setting and has a main building containing classrooms, a library and a computer lab. There is a separate building for preschool to grade 3 classrooms; and separate facilities for art and music. There is also an administration building, a canteen, a soccer field, an outdoor volleyball court and a gymnasium.

Finances: In the 2011-2012 academic year, about 98% of the school's income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PS: $10,490.93; PKI-PKII: $14,757.22; kdg.-grade 4: $19,664.02; and grades 5-12: $23,282.13. A one-time registration fee of $875(PS), $2,337(PK-K) and $4,810 (grades 1-12) is charged at the time of enrollment. These fees are payable in Brazilian reais. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)

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