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Best schools in Brasilia

A snapshot overview of schools in Brasilia that are considered (although not necessarily chosen) by English-speaking expat parents.

If there is no ribbon, pending or otherwise, it means we are aware of the school but have elected not to review it at this time. This could be for a number of reasons, but we continually update information and add or remove reviews as deemed appropriate.

Schools selected for full GSGI review are noted with next to their names.

By full GSGI review, we mean the school write-ups that are completely selected, researched, visited and written by our own editors. Our final write-ups take the good with the bad, warts and all, but we look for a preponderance of good before we drill down for in-depth details descend on the school for an exhaustive visit.

Schools in Brasilia reviewed by The Good Schools Guide International

American School (EAB)  (pending)

Adapted American curriculum/ AP; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 400 students
Historically the school for ‘expat kids’ as the only school in Brasilia with US accreditation (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement - SACS CASI). Cohort now 60 per cent Brazilian (playground language, Portuguese), 15 per cent US, remainder from over 20 nationalities. All lessons in English, fees reportedly very high with an ‘association fee’ for expats.

British School of Brasilia  (pending)

Adapted National Curriculum for England; ages 3-11; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit
Opened in 2016 in a purpose-built modern building designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Part of the British Schools Foundation, a non-profit group that establishes and runs schools in Asia, South America and Europe. Stunning building with great playgrounds and we will review it once it has bedded in. 

These schools have been brought to our attention, but until we have more reports from parents, we are unable to consider reviewing them.

Brasilia International School

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma; ages 4-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 180 students

Founded in 1999 and recommended for younger (elementary level) students; much lower numbers at junior/senior level. Although the level of teaching is good, 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). Completely bilingual (half day, lessons in English, half day, lessons in Portuguese). Strong Christian emphasis, accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

L’École Francaise de Brasilia (Lycée Francais Francois Mitterand)

French curriculum/ Bac; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit
Only students who have fluent French are considered. Part of the network of French international schools, accredited by the French Ministry of Education and supported by the Agence pour l’enseignement Francais a l’étranger (AEFE).

School of the Nations

American curriculum/ American High School Diploma/ AP/ Brazilian Diploma; ages 3-18; co-ed; day; independent; private non-profit; 860 students

Founded in 1980 by members of the Bahá'i community (the youngest of the world's independent religions). Operating on two closely located campuses, providing a bilingual education in English and Portuguese, leading to both American and Brazilian qualifications, with emphasis on helping students to become part of a global society. Accredited by Cognia, the body representing three of the six US accreditation bodies.


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