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The American School of Rio de Janeiro is a private, independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from preschool through grade 12 for students from 32 nationalities. The school was founded in 1937. The school year consists of two 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.

Curriculum: The curriculum is a U.S. college-preparatory program. Instruction is in English with Portuguese as a foreign language. Music, art, band, drama, sports and community service are among the curricular activities offered. 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 93% of the graduates enroll in a college or university, with 58% of them attending a higher learning institution in the U.S. The school is fully accredited by AdvancED/Cognia, is recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Secretary for the State of Rio de Janeiro and is also affiliated with the IB Organization.

Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 151 faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1,093 (PS-grade 5: 599 and grades 6-12: 494).

Facilities: The school currently has two campuses, in Gávea (N-12) and Barra (N-11) neighborhoods. Both campuses have, apart from the classrooms, playgrounds, science labs, maker space classrooms, sport facilities, cafeteria, etc. The 12-acre site in Gavea has nearly 700 students and is located at the edge of Tijuca National Forest. The tropical climate provides lush vegetation and abundant flowering shrubs and trees throughout the school grounds, as well as wildlife native to the tropical forest. Located in a different setting than Gávea, but nonetheless charming, the Barra Campus is a modern building located in the heart of Barra da Tijuca neighborhood in a pleasant residential area.

Finances: In the 2020-2021 school year, about 90% of the school’s income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: $25,800 for all grade levels. An entrance fee of $8,400 is required. All fees are payable in Brazilian reais. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars.)

Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.

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