Brasilia is one of those cities where we simply haven’t found enough parents who can give us a view, positive or otherwise, on several of the schools expats might consider.
There is so little information that although a particular school may be somewhat suitable for a particular child for a short term/ 2-3 year posting, parents report that – for the most part - they can’t definitively include local schools in the mix when considering whether to accept a posting there. It’s to be hoped that this changes, considering the importance of the expat population to Brasilia, especially as it continues to expand.
There are currently four international schools in Brasilia, listed below with contact details and brief descriptive comments.
This list gives you a snapshot overview of schools in Brasilia that are considered by English-speaking expats... and that are sometimes chosen by parents and sometimes not.
If we haven't reviewed a school, it may just mean we haven't found enough parents yet to give us the reports that start our evaluation process.
Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.
Av. L-2 Sul, SGAS 605, Bloco E, Lotes 34/37, 70200-650 Brasilia – DF, Brazil
Tel: +55 61 442 9708
Fax: +55 61 244-4303
Coed; non-denominational; independent; American diploma curriculum, some AP courses. Approx 400 pupils from pre-K to Grade 12 (3-18years); 60% Brazilian (the language of the playground is Portuguese); 15% US; 25% a variety of 22 different nationalities; local Brazilian families are reported to have strongest infuence. Historically regarded as ‘the’ school for expat kids, as until recently, it was the only school in Brasilia with US accreditation. All lessons are taught in English, by a majority of US trained and experienced teachers. Good facilities. Very businesslike, very high fees ((tuition is the same for locals and expats, but expats have to pay an additional and costly “association fee”).
Brasilia International School
SMDB Conj 6, Casa 6, 71680-060 Lago Sul, Brasilia DF, Brazil
Co-ed; Christian; private, non-profit.
American diploma curriculum.This school was started in 2000, but is expanding year by year (currently just over 100 students), and has started to take some of the ‘custom’ away from other schools. Parents seem very pleased with the results; given a bit more time, this school has the potential to become a strong competitor to other schools in town, especially now that they have achieved accreditation from one of the six authorized US agencies (SACS). Particularly recommended for younger (elementary level) students; much lower numbers at junior/senior level; although the level of teaching is high, the school obviously lacks some of the facilities provided at other local schools and cannot offer as many options (eg. foreign languages, AP programmes etc).
The School of Nations (Escola das Nacoes)
SHIS 1 21- Area Especial - Conjuncto 01, Lago Sul, Brasilia - DF, Brazil, Cx. Postal 7093, CEP 71619-970
Tel: (61) 3366-1800 / (61) 3366-3033
Fax: (61) 3366-3377
Co-ed; Baha' 'i faith; Brazilian high school diploma; early childhood through high school; seems to have a growing reputation with parents as a good school. Completely bi-lingual (half day lessons in English, half day lessons in Portuguese); offers complete immersion programmes for children who don’t yet speak one of these languages. Might be pretty hard- going for a child with no prior knowledge of Portuguese, especially an older child but perfect for some dual nationals. A very popular choice with Brazilian government families, with the biggest mix of different nationalities (44 nationalities represented) but few British children in attendance.
L'Ecole Française de Brasilia
Only students who have fluent French are considered.