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The Pan American School of Porto Alegre is a private, not-for-profit, Preschool age 3-12th grade coeducational, secular, bilingual, multicultural school of just under 450 students founded in 1966. Pan American is fully accredited by Cognia in the United States along with the Ministry of Education in Brazil. We are an authorized International Baccalaureate (IBO) World School delivering the Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) curriculum frameworks through grade 10. We offer our high school students the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) coursework as well as the AP Capstone diploma. The class of 2021 had a pass rate of AP tests of 84% while the world average is 60%. Seventy percent of our seniors attend university out of Brazil, typically in the USA, Canada, and Europe.

Organization: The Pan American School is governed by a board of directors composed of seven members, four who are elected by the general assembly for a three-year term. Three additional members are invited to serve one-year terms by the elected members of the board. The board of directors hires, evaluates, and supports the Superintendent, its only employee. The academic leadership team consists of the primary school principal, primary school assistant principal, secondary school principal, secondary school assistant principal, director of Brazilian program, director of learning & teaching, and the superintendent. This team is in charge of the academic programs of the school and ensures that teachers have the support they need to educate the whole child. The admissions coordinator assists with admission of new students along with the four section counselors who also help ensure social emotional development of students. The director of business and finance ensures smooth operation of the school.

Curriculum: Throughout our programs P3-G12, The Pan American School of Porto Alegre embraces a student-centered, inquiry-based approach to learning. As an exemplary international school, we participate in a wide range of programs drawn from the arts, physical wellness, core academic subjects, and languages that allow students to freely and holistically express themselves, recognizing and enhancing their talents. An IBO World School, Pan American is authorized to implement the PYP in preschool and elementary school (P3 – G5) and the MYP in Middle and High School (6-10). As well, the school utilizes the AERO curriculum. The courses at the high school level provide depth and breadth across all disciplines and include a wide range of Advanced Placement options including the lauded AP Capstone. During pre-pandemic times, the Pan American School offered a wide range of co-curricular and extracurricular activities including a Classroom Without Walls program. We have been piloting our After School Program (ASP) and hope to continue to expand the offerings for students. Students can earn three diplomas: the United States High School Diploma, the Brazilian Diploma, and the AP Capstone Diploma. The school’s aim is to instill in students the qualities embodied in the IB Learner Profile to help them to become effective communicators, open-minded and principled inquirers, knowledgeable thinkers, caring citizens, risk-takers, and balanced, reflective, and internationally minded citizens of the world.

Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, Pan American School has 138 total staff including 85 teachers.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year enrollment was 449 students.

Facilities: The Pan American School main campus (K-12) is housed in the high-rise, residential neighborhood of Petropolis/Bela Vista. The main campus occupies a 6,368m² constructed area with 26 classrooms, eight student support rooms, four outside play areas along with a music studio, three science labs, two art rooms, along with student support rooms and a fully equipped gymnasium. The cafeteria seating area has been expanded to ensure two-meter spacing during the pandemic among those seated for snack and lunch. Pre-pandemic, the Pan American School had a library with more than 40,000 titles utilizing Follet Destiny software. High speed wireless Internet is available throughout the school. In August 2015, a preschool campus located a few minutes from our main campus in the Chácara das Pedras neighborhood was opened. This facility has 1,280 m² of constructed area with three classrooms, an art room, a music room, a gymnasium, and a small multipurpose room along with a cafeteria and a playground. The Business Office was moved across the street from our main campus in August 2021 to provide additional classroom space.                                

Finances: In the 2021-2022 school year, 90% of the school’s income derives from tuition. Annual fees are as follows: Tuition – Preschool through Grade 8: US$31,800; Tuition Grade 9 through 12: US$33,912; and Association Contribution (Entrance Fee): US$17,435. (All fees quoted in US dollars but must be paid in Brazilian currency. The current Brazilian Central Bank PTAX exchange rate applied at the invoicing date.)

Special Needs: Download the Special Needs Profile (Special Needs Brazil, Porto Alegre) 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.

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