The American School of Belo Horizonte is an independent, nonprofit association serving students in grades PK-12 in a full day program. EABH offers the American and Brazilian curricula within an international framework accredited by Cognia and the Brazilian Ministry of Education and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization and the College Board. We are a culturally diverse community that fosters educational excellence and develops life-long learners. The 2021-2022 school year covers two semesters extending from August 02 to December 17 and from January 24 to June 17.
Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member board of directors elected for two-year terms by the members of the International Educational Association of Belo Horizonte. Membership in the association is automatically conferred to all parents of children enrolled in the school. The school is registered in Brazil under Associação Internacional de Educação de Belo Horizonte and is known as the Escola Americana de Belo Horizonte (EABH). It is not incorporated in the United States.
Curriculum: The curriculum is similar to that of an American school. Instruction is in English, with Portuguese taught to all students. The school is accredited by Cognia, is recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, and is authorized as an International Baccalaureate PYP and MYP World School. Advanced Placement and online courses are offered in a variety of subjects for students from G9-G12. The school offers the following three diplomas: the Brazilian, the American, and the AP Capstone Diploma from College Board.
Faculty: In the 2021-2022 school year, EABH has 115 total staff including 66 teachers. All teaching staff have teaching credentials from their countries of origin, many teachers also have a master’s degree in education or other respective areas. Non-native English speakers have a certificate in English Proficiency.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 467 (PK-KNDG: 82; G1-G5:205; G6-G12:180.)
Facilities: The school is located on a seven-acre site in a suburban setting and has two main buildings (one which the construction will be concluded at the end of 2021) containing classrooms, library, and labs. There are separate buildings that house the PK and kindergarten classrooms, and other lower school classrooms; and a totally new building featuring spaces for art, drama, music, and another for multipurpose learning. There are also two administration buildings, three playgrounds, a canteen, a soccer field, a covered outdoor court, and an indoor gymnasium.
Finances: In the 2021-2022 academic year, about 90% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $10,332; K-grade 4: $13,542; and grades 5-12: $ 14,957. A onetime registration fee of $3,802 is charged at the time of enrollment. These fees are payable in Brazilian reais. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars = exchange rate R$5.26).
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.