The American School of Belo Horizonte is a private, coeducational day school, which offers an educational program from PK through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The 2020-2021 school year covers two semesters extending from August 03 to December 18 and from January 26 to June 18.
Organization: The school is governed by a seven-member board of directors elected for two-year terms by and from the International Educational Association of Belo Horizonte, the sponsor of the school. Membership in the association is automatically conferred on 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 a U.S. public 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 at the junior and senior years. The school offers the following three diplomas: the Brazilian, the American, and the AP Capstone Diploma from College Board.
Faculty: At the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, there were – 52 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, enrollment was 416 (PK-grade 5: 271 and grades 6-12: 145).
Facilities: The school is located on a seven-acre site in a suburban setting and has a main building containing classrooms, a library, a science lab, and a computer lab. There is a separate building that houses the PK and kindergarten classrooms, two classrooms for grade 1 and another for grade 5, one room for literacy; and a totally new building featuring one room for art, one for drama, one for 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 2020-2021 academic year, about 90% of the school’s income derives from tuition and fees. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $9,376; K-grade 4: $12,287; and grades 5-12: $13,645. A onetime registration fee of $3,126 is charged at the time of enrollment. These fees are payable in Brazilian reais. (All fees quoted in U.S. dollars = exchange rate R$5.63).
Information and statistics are current as of September 2020 and are provided by the school.