The American School of Rio de Janeiro is a private, independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1937. The school year consists of 2 semesters extending from early August to mid-December and from late January to mid-June.
Organization: A 13-member Board of Directors governs the School. The School is incorporated and tax-exempt in Brazil and tax-exempt in the United States.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. college-preparatory independent day school for students from preschool through grade 12. Instruction is in English with Portuguese required as a foreign language. Other available foreign languages include French and Spanish. Health, physical education and computer classes are also required. Music, art, band, drama, publications, athletics, and Model UN are among the extracurricular activities offered. Honors courses and a learning skills center are provided. There is no religious instruction. There is a chapter of the National Honor Society on campus. The School offers the American, Brazilian and International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas. Over 95% of the school’s graduates enroll in a college or university, with 40% of them going on to a higher learning institution in the U.S. The School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Secretary of Education for the State of Rio de Janeiro. The School is also affiliated with the IB Organization.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 100 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 850 (N-grade 5: 415 and grades 6-12: 435).
Facilities: Academic facilities are centered in 8 towers that house the School’s 3 divisions. The towers together contain 78 classroom, 8 science laboratories, 2 libraries with a collection totaling more than 35,000 volumes, 3 gymnasiums, a cafeteria, an infirmary, 2 snack bars, a student store, and a 315-seat auditorium. Over 415 microcomputers are in use at the school. Athletic facilities include a lower school playground, indoor and outdoor courts for basketball and volleyball, a running track, and playing fields for soccer and softball. The school also has added a lower school campus in Barra da Tijuca, where presently preschool through second grade classes are offered.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 98% of the School’s income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $21,000; kdg.-grade 5: $25,000; grades 6-8: $27,000; grades 9-12: $32,000. An entrance fee of $6,500 is required. All fees are payable in Brazilian reais. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)