Graded School, founded in 1920, is an independent school offering an educational program from PK-12th grade for students of all nationalities. It is the oldest and largest American school in Brazil, known in the community for its high quality English-based, college preparatory educational program. Graded is committed to a rigorous international curriculum that effectively prepares students to enter some of the best universities in the U.S., Brazil, and other countries throughout the world. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August to mid-December and from January to mid-June.
Organization: The school is divided into four divisions: Preschool (ages 3-5), Lower School (grades 1-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12). Graded is officially recognized as an association in Brazil and is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Governors.
Curriculum: The school´s educational program includes the best of both the U.S. and Brazilian educational systems, and has offered a very strong International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program as since 1985. The school’s overall academic program is similar to that found in a U.S. college-preparatory school, with a focus on developing strong academic skills, problem-solving ability, critical thinking, and creativity. It also offers a robust program in host-country studies as well as in the Portuguese language. As in the United States, students take many standardized tests including the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), the PSAT, and the SAT. The school is fully accredited by AdvancEd, the Brazilian Ministry of Education, and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Small group and individualized language instruction are offered in both Portuguese and ELL for non-native speakers. The school’s Optimal Learning Center (OLC) has specialists for students with special needs as well as two nurses and a doctor. Graded has a full selection of after-school activities and cultural exchange programs.
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 128 full time and 18 part time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 1,224 (PS: 145; grades 1-5: 420; grades 6-8: 284 and grades 9-12: 375).
Facilities: Located in Morumbi, a high-density residential area of Sao Paulo, Graded’s campus includes over 80 classrooms, science laboratories, 2 library media centers with 50,000 volumes, an auditorium, an infirmary, multiple covered play areas, several gyms, tennis courts, a running track, and a soccer field. An impressive new Arts Center contains many purpose-built classrooms, display and exhibition spaces, and a black box theater. There is also a spacious lunchroom with a full kitchen where students and staff members eat fresh and delicious hot lunches. The school’s information and communications infrastructure includes numerous fixed and mobile computer labs, projectors and interactive white boards in most classrooms, wireless connectivity throughout the campus, and fiber optic connections tying it all together.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 98% of the School’s income derives from tuition. Annual tuition rates are set in local currency, currently equal to: PS: $19,273; Kdg.-grade 5: $25,960; grades 6-8: $32,520; and grades 9-12: $34,667. A registration fee of $175 and an entrance fee of $15,750 for the first child, and $11,812 for each sibling are also charged. Fees are payable in local currency. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)