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American School of Brasilia
The American School of Brasilia is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from K-3 through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1964. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending from August 10 to December 18 and from January 18 to June 9.

Organization: A Board of Directors, composed of at least 7 and at most 11 members with 2-year terms, governs the school. At least 8 of its members will be elected by the General Assembly of the Association. The U.S. Ambassador appoints the ninth member. Membership in the Association is conferred to parents who elect to pay the annual association fee. The School is administered by a headmaster and is arranged into 2 divisions, each one administered by a principal. The School is recognized and registered as tax-exempt in Brazil and in the United States.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. college-preparatory school including Advanced Placement courses. Instruction is in English and all students are enrolled in the American Diploma program. Courses in the fine arts, performing arts and in computer, along with extracurricular activities, complete the well-rounded curriculum. The School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faculty: In the 2004-2005 school year, there are 50 full-time teachers, including 29 U.S. citizens, 19 host-country nationals, and 2 third-country nationals.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year, enrollment was 416 (PK-grade 5: 199; and grades 6-12: 217). Of the total, 58 were U.S. citizens, 262 were host-country nationals, and 96 were third-country nationals. Of the U.S. enrollment, 36 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 2 of religious organization employees, and 20 of other private U.S. citizens.

Facilities: The School occupies a 5-acre campus with a panoramic view of Lake Paranoa. There are several interconnected building containing 40 classrooms, 5 science laboratories, 3 computer laboratories, a library, and a gymnasium/auditorium. A cafeteria and a separate snack bar provide lunch and snacks after school. A regulation soccer field, basketball courts and elementary playgrounds enhance the physical plant facilities. A new center for the arts with a 400-seat auditorium was completed in August 2004.

Finances: In the 2004-2005 school year, about 95 % of the School's income derives from regular tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: K4 – grade 6: $14,000 and grades 7-12: $15,500. There is a one-time enrollment (capital) fee of $4,000 and a one-time application fee of $1,000 for grades K5-12. (All the fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)


Mr. John E. Gates, Headmaster
American School of Brasilia
SGAS 605, Conjunto "E" Lotes 34/37
CEP: 70.200-650 Brasilia, D.F., Brazil
Tel: 55-61-442-9700
Fax: 55-61-244-4303

Adapted from material published by the U.S. Department of State.
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