The American School of Brasilia (EAB) is a private, English-language, international baccalaureate (IB) school founded in 1961. We offer an educational program from K3 through grade 12 and have students from over 40 countries. We offer the opportunity for students to develop bilingualism with our strong Portuguese language program. The school year is comprised of two semesters extending from early August to December 10 and from January 11 to June 9.
Organization: A board of directors, composed of at least seven and at most 11 members serving two-year terms, governs the school. The board is self-perpetuating, with a standing committee responsible for nominating and training prospective candidates. Membership in the association is conferred on parents of children currently attending school or members of the EAB community. The school is administered by a head of school, lower, middle and high school principals, director of teaching and learning, Brazilian program director, technology director, admissions director, and business manager. The school is recognized and registered as a not-for-profit entity and is tax-exempt in Brazil. The school is fully accredited by the U.S. agency AdvancEd/Cognia, as well as the Brazilian Ministry of Education. The school is also an authorized IB World School (IBO) and a member of the following organizations: the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA), the Association of American Schools of Brazil (AASB), and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE).
Curriculum: The American School of Brasilia provides 3 diploma programs: U.S., Brazilian, and International Baccalaureate (IB) (Diploma Program for grades 11 and 12 only). The school’s K3-grade 12 academic programs are based on a comprehensive, college-preparatory curriculum taught in English to students of all nationalities. The school’s focus is on its mission, “Learners inspiring learners to be inquisitive in life, principled in character and bold in vision.” The learner profile states that learners are engaged, principled, collaborative, and contributing.
Faculty: For the 2021-2022 school year, there are 188 staff members, including 74 teachers. The faculty and staff represent 9 different nationalities, including American, British, New Zealander, Italian, Portuguese, Brazilian, Irish, and Canadian. All teaching faculty maintain a teaching credential.
Enrollment: Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is 660.
Facilities: The school occupies a five-acre campus with a panoramic view of Lake Paranoa. There are several interconnected buildings containing 63 classrooms, five science laboratories, two information commons, makerspace, and a Center for the Arts (fully equipped 400-seater auditorium with an orchestra pit). Three cafeterias and a canteen that provides lunches and snacks. The sports facilities include an official-size soccer field, a fully equipped gymnasium with a weight room, and an additional covered basketball court, two outdoor courts, and two elementary playgrounds.
Finances: Approximately 84% of the school’s annual income is derived from tuition. Annual tuition rates are established in Brazilian Reais and are as follows: K3-K4 (full-day): $13,104; K5-grade 5: $14,421; grades 6-12: $15,450. For K3-grade 12, there is a nonrefundable application fee of $98. The international fee for guaranteed placement is $15,000 per year per student. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars. Payment must be in Brazilian currency. The exchange rate used for the purpose of this document is U.S. $1=R$5.60.)
Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Brazil, Brasilia) for this school to learn more about their capability to support students with exceptionalities.
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further of A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the-minute information. Information and statistics are current as of September 2021 and provided by the school.