Students can enroll starting from 3 years of age.


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Our Story

We are Pan American, an international, private, non-profit, multicultural Prek-12 school with just over 400 students. Since 1966, with the help of an always dedicated team of teachers, a strong network of international schools and a committed parent community, we have sought to provoke creativity, teach equality, shape ways to challenge assumptions and teach our students to take risks and find alternatives. Our mission is to inspire life-long learners to build their future, and our vision is to be an international learning community nurturing confidence to embrace change. We are fully accredited by AdvancED in the United States, an authorized IB world school with both the PYP and MYP programs, offering AP Capstone Diploma. We are members of several educational groups such as the Council of International Schools (CIS), the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA) and the Association of American Schools in Brazil (AASB). These provide our school with a network of like-minded international schools looking to provide students with a unique and meaningful international experience.

The incredible growth that Pan American has experienced in the last decade represents our greatest opportunity! Our number of students has more than doubled (from 200 in 2004 to just over 400 currently), with 80% being Brazilian and 20% hailing from more than15 different countries. Our teaching staff comes from three continents and ten countries. As a result, our school has become a truly multicultural gathering in southern Brazil. The challenges and opportunities associated with this growth are more than welcome at Pan American! We will continue to be an exemplary international learning community, nurturing confidence to embrace change.


Pan American is governed by a board of seven local and international professionals. Together with our administrative team, they work to keep Pan American on the path of academic excellence.

Jeffrey Jurkovac


Bárbara de Oliveira Ribeiro

Director of Brazilian Studies

Daniel Simões

Secondary School Principal

Bruno Britto

Secondary School Assistant Principal

Otto Neto

Primary School Principal

Elizabeth Hines

Primary School Assistant Principal

Lair Hanzen

Board President

Rodrigo Vontobel

Board Vice President

Odivan Cargnin

Board Treasurer

Marcio Giovani da Silveira

Board Secretary

Livia Viali

Invited Board Member

Carlos Souto

Invited Board Member

Fernanda Marcondes Landazuri

Invited Board Member


The main campus of our school occupies a constructed area of 6 thousand m², with 24 classrooms and three student support rooms. Additionally, we offer music and theater studios, science labs, library and learning external areas. At the Preschool campus, there are six classrooms, with sports court and cafeteria.

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Main campus

Av João Obino, 110 – Petrópolis

Porto Alegre/RS – Brazil [90470-150]

Preschool Campus

Av. João Paetzel, 440 – Chácara das Pedras

Porto Alegre/RS [91330-280]

Looking to the future

Our school has experienced steady growth over the years, and our hope is to be able to hold a student population of 600. In order to do this, we have begun working with top local engineers to best maximize the use of our school environment. Stay tuned as we continue to build our future!

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Here you will find links to useful school communication platforms. Communication is an important part of a successful Pan American experience!




Library Search Catalog

Lunch and Snack Menu

PYP Parent Guide

MYP Parent Guide

Cafeteria Survey

School Calendar

Annual Report