The international school of Porto Alegre
For over 50 years, we have been the place in Porto Alegre that prepares students for the world.
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.
Pan American Through Time
Start of school activities at UFRGS. First class formed by 14 American families.
In 1967 the school was officially registered, nearly one year after classes had begun.
The school acquired its first property. Here we see the school on moving day!
A group of Pan American students at the Paetzel property, which has now become the preschool campus!
An elementary group of students.
In 1985 Pan American welcomed the first group of Brazilian students!
Pan American joined the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
In 2000, Pan American had its first group of high school students.
A new school campus for a growing school community!
Officially PYP authorized
Successfully acquired full AdvancEd accreditation.
Our preschool campus was opened at Paetzel, especially renovated for our youngest students!
Aniversário de 50 anos. Autorização do MYP do International Baccalaureate. Primeira turma a completar o programa AP Capstone. Expansão da sede da João Obino com a inauguração do novo prédio.
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.
Director of Brazilian Studies
Secondary School Principal
Secondary School Assistant Principal
Primary School Principal
Primary School Assistant Principal
Board Vice President
Invited Board Member
Invited Board Member
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.
Av João Obino, 110 – Petrópolis
Porto Alegre/RS – Brazil [90470-150]
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!
Here you will find links to useful school communication platforms. Communication is an important part of a successful Pan American experience!