The American School of Recife, founded in 1957, is a private, coeducational day school which offers an instructional program from Nursery through grade 12 for students of, currently, 25 nationalities. The School does not have any religious affiliation. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from early August to mid-December and from late January to late June. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, by the State of Pernambuco Ministry of Education (SEDUC), and is a member of the Association of American Schools in Brazil and the Association of American Schools in South America. Class hours are from 7:45 to 2:50 pm, and co-curricular activities start at 3 pm.
Organization: The School is governed by a 7-member Board of Trustees, elected by the General Assembly for staggered 2-year terms. The General Assembly is composed of parents of children enrolled in the school. In addition, a representative from the U.S. consulate serves as a voting member. The School operates under Brazilian law and is not incorporated in the United States. It is officially registered in the State of Pernambuco as a civil society with tax-exempt status under Brazilian law.
Curriculum: The curriculum is preparatory for U.S. college and Brazilian university entrance. Instruction is multi-lingual, emphasizing English. N-K use the High Reach Learning Program plus Kindermusik, Picasso for Pre-School and Handwriting Without Tears. All students above Pre-Kindergarten are required to study Portuguese. English, Portuguese, Spanish and French language assistance are available in our Elementary Language Development Resource Room, as well as academic content assistance in the students’ first language. Spanish is mandatory from 5th through 9th grade. Electives include French, Model United Nations, computer science, art, drama, music, photography, journalism, as well as 200 Virtual High School courses. In 2011-12, 61% of our high school students elected to take 20 Advanced Placement preparatory courses. 26 students have elected Model United Nations and 11 have elected Knowledge Bowl Competitions. The School is a pilot school for the Touchstones Discussion Project in grades 3-12. A post-graduate program was initiated during the 2007-2008 school year to provide college/university level courses with a language development focus. Physical Education is required for all students and co-curricular activities currently offered include: soccer, volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, capoeira (Brazilian martial arts), dance, drama, math club, chess club and student tutorials for Elementary students.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 39 faculty members. 6 have Doctorates, 8 have Master’s Degrees and 15 have Post-Graduate certificates.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 321. The student-teacher ratio is 9.9:1.
Facilities: The School occupies an 8.5 acres site in a residential area of Recife. The pre-school, elementary, middle and high schools are in separate buildings. General facilities include 34 classrooms, physics, biology and chemistry laboratories, a music room, a small theater, a technology lab, 2 libraries, a canteen, an ECC eating area, 2 faculty resource centers, a maintenance building, an infirmary, administrative offices, a dance/exercise studio, 3 playgrounds, a multi-sport covered court, 2 open multi-sport courts, a clay tennis court, official size soccer field, and 2 beach volleyball sand courts.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: Nursery and Early Childhood 3: R$14,721.60; PK: R$21,361.68; K5: R$24,936.24; grades 1-5: R$32,036.40; and grades 6-12: R$34,161.48. A one-time contribution of R$6,000.00 to the capital improvement fund may be paid upon entry or divided into a specified number of monthly payments; or alternatively, a monthly continuance fee of R$134.22 may be paid for the duration of the time the child is a student at the school. There is an initial registration fee of R$537.00. The current re-registration fee charged at the end of each school year for each student continuing in the school is R$298,30. (All fees are quoted in Brazilian Reais.)