São Paulo, Brazil’s financial heart, is both vast and international. It has more than 12m inhabitants, including large expatriate populations from around the globe.
The city is in decent economic health. In 2016, it accounted for 17 per cent of Brazil’s gross domestic product, its households enjoying disposable incomes 56 per cent higher than the national average, according to Euromonitor International.
The city’s international schools are, therefore, in demand and the most popular have waiting lists. The top schools tend to be in well-heeled neighbourhoods, presenting parents with the double whammy of high school fees and expensive housing. São Paulo’s notoriously congested roads mean that choosing to travel from a cheaper neighbourhood is not recommended.
Brazilian private schools are a cheaper option, but with most lessons in Portuguese, this will only suit a small proportion of expatriate children.
Learn There are 1,100 girls and boys at the Lycée Pasteur, split roughly equally between French, Franco-Brazilian and Brazilians. Aged between two and 18, the pupils study Portuguese and Brazilian history, and celebrate local cultural events. The school emphasises multilingualism, and pupils’ studies can be tailored towards applying for non-French universities. Last year, 100 per cent of leavers passed the French baccalaureate, going on to further education around the globe, including in Europe and North America.
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Learn St Paul’s School, which has 1,000 boys and girls aged three to 18, describes itself as “Anglo-Brazilian”. In 2015, the Council of British International Schools’ assessment was that the school provided “a high quality of education”. The youngest pupils study a blend of the English national and International Primary curriculums, senior school pupils study for IGCSEs and final-year students sit the International Baccalaureate. Elements of Brazil’s core curriculum are also taught. In 2017, the school achieved a 100 per cent IB pass rate, with an average score of 36, compared with about 30 points globally. Leavers won places at US Ivy League and UK Russell Group universities, as well as at Brazilian colleges.
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Learn Founded in 1920, Graded — The American School of São Paulo is a non-profit, coeducational school for three to 18-year-olds. Located close to the family-friendly suburb of Morumbi, it has 1,260 students from 37 countries, almost half from Brazil. Teaching is in English. All graduates leave with an American high school diploma, though many elect to take the International Baccalaureate or Brazilian high school diploma in addition. A campus upgrade includes plans to open a “state of the art” athletics facility in 2019.
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Something different Children’s relationships with others and their interactions with the environment are at the centre of the educational philosophy of be.Living. This humanist school, on separate preschool and elementary school sites in the south of the city, accepts two to 10-year-olds.
*Fees typically increase as the child moves up the school. The figure given is the cost of annual tuition for final-year students and does not include additional payments such as registration fees.
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