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American School of Rio de Janeiro
The American School of Rio de Janeiro is a private, independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1937. The school year consists of 2 semesters extending from early August to mid-December and from late January to mid-June.

Organization: A 13-member Board of Directors governs the School. The School is incorporated and tax-exempt in Brazil and tax-exempt in the United States.

Curriculum: The curriculum is that of a U.S. college-preparatory independent day school for students from pre-school through grade 12. Instruction is in English with Portuguese required as a foreign language. Other available foreign languages include French and Spanish. Health, physical education, and computer classes are also required. Music, art, band, drama, publications, athletics, and Model UN are among the extracurricular activities offered. A high capacity/high potential program exists for gifted students in grades 1-12. Honors courses and a learning skills center are also provided. There is no religious instruction. There is a chapter of the National Honor Society on campus. The School offers the American, Brazilian and International Baccalaureate Diplomas. Over 95 % of the school’s graduates enroll in a college or university, with 40 % of them going on to a higher learning institution in the U.S. The School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Secretary of Education for the State of Rio de Janeiro. The School is also affiliated with the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Faculty: In the 2005-2006 school year, there are 103 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members.

Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year, enrollment was 776 (N-5: 344 and grades 6-12: 432).

Facilities: Academic facilities are centered in 8 towers that house the School’s 4 divisions. The towers together contain 78 classroom, 8 science laboratories, 3 libraries with a collection totaling more than 35,000 volumes, 3 gymnasiums, a cafeteria, an infirmary, 2 snack bars, a student store, and a 320-seat auditorium. Over 350 microcomputers are in use at the school. Athletic facilities include a lower school playground, indoor and outdoor courts for basketball and volleyball, a running track, and playing fields for soccer and softball.

Finances: In the 2005-2006 school year, about 98% of the School’s income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK: $13,274; Kdg.-grade 5: $14,048; grades 6-8: $15,260; grades 9-12: $17,371. An entrance fee of $6,500 is required. All fees are payable in Brazilian Reais. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)


Mr. Peter Cooper, Headmaster
American School of Rio de Janeiro
Estrada da Gavea, 132
22451-260 Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Tel: 55-21-2512-9830
Fax: 55-21-2259-1606

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