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