Graded – The American School of São Paulo was founded in 1920 and is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational, school serving an international community of learners. As the oldest and largest American school in Brazil, Graded educates +/-1,300 students from Pre-primary through grade 12. Graded’s diverse student body represents 47 nationalities. The school’s rigorous curriculum effectively prepares students to enter the world’s most competitive colleges and universities.
Organization: The school is divided into four divisions: Pre-primary (ages 3-5), Elementary (grades 1-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12). Graded is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Governors.
Curriculum: Graded follows an American curriculum. Instruction is in English. Lower School consists of a Montessori pre-primary program and an elementary school. All Graded high school graduates receive an American High School diploma. As an IB World School, Graded offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. While the majority of Graded high school students opt to pursue a full IB diploma, all students must complete a minimum of three IB courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to earn a Brazilian High School diploma. Graded is accredited by AdvancED/Cognia and the Brazilian Ministry of Education. The school is also a member of the Association of American Schools of South America (AASSA), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the American Montessori Society. Graded is a registered examination center for the IB, all College Board exams (SAT, SSAT, PSAT), and ACT. In addition, the school’s Optimal Learning Service (OLS) caters to students with special needs, while the English Language Learners (ELL) Program serves non-native English speakers.
Faculty: In the 2020-2021 school year, there are 146 full-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 1,287 (131 in preprimary; 409 in grades 1-5; 305 in grades 6-8; and 442 in grades 9-12).
Facilities: Located in Morumbi, a high-density residential area of São Paulo, Graded’s campus includes more than 80 air-conditioned classrooms, recently renovated science laboratories, auditorium, student center, several gyms, swimming pool, tennis courts, running track, beach volleyball court, soccer fields, multiple covered play areas, and impressive arts center. There is also a cafeteria in which dedicated kitchen staff members prepare fresh lunches daily. The Department of Information and Communication Technology’s (ICT) device-agnostic network operates seamlessly with devices of every kind, ensuring all students, faculty, and staff can fully access and use Graded’s digital resources. All classrooms are furnished with audio and visual presentation systems, as well as wireless network access. Other resources available include graphical and digital design software, 3D printers, video and audio recording systems, and publishing technologies. The Graded campus also includes an infirmary, in which two full-time nurses are employed.
Finances: In 2020-2021, approximately 97% of the school’s operational income is derived from tuition. Annual tuition rates are: Pre-primary-grade 5: $19,772; grades 6-12: $24,277. A registration fee of $300 and an entrance fee of $16,959 (equivalent to 90,000 BRL) for the first child and $12,719 for each sibling are also charged. Annual tuition rates and fees are set and payable in local currency. (All fees quoted in US dollars at an exchange rate of 1 USD = 5.30 BRL.)
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and provided by the school.