Just over 400
The language of instruction is English.
The school faculty are from the United States, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The average length of stay for an expat family is 3 to 5 years. Some may remain for only one year, while others stay for the duration of the child's school years.
No english? No problem! All school communications are sent out in both English and Portuguese. The school communication app, Bloomz, also allows for you to receive communications in the language of your choosing!
Secretaria Estadual de Educação de Rio Grande do Sul, AdvancEd (SACS, CASI) and International Baccalaureate (IB).
Yes! Some students take the entrance Brazilian university entrance exam and continue their higher education in Brazil. PAS POA's college counselor assists all students in their application processes. On average, 30% of our graduates remain in Brazil.
One of the main differences between an international school and a bilingual school is the level of immersion in a foreign language. Brazilian bilingual schools follow the Brazilian curriculum, and whereas students may have contact with a foreign language through extracurricular activities, Portuguese remains as the principal language of instruction. At Pan American, the language of instruction is English. Students experience full immersion in the English language, with the exception of their Portuguese and Brazilian Social Studies courses.
English is not necessarily a prerequisite for enrolling at the Pan American School. As an international school we have a strong student support structure that is able to provide students with the help they need regardless of their English abilities. All students take an entrance test that helps us determine the students’ needs before joining Pan American School, and it helps to establish the appropriate moment to enroll.
We have two primary enrollment periods at the Pan American School, one in May and the other in November. However, we accept students throughout the course of the school year. Please check for grade-level availability at least six months prior to enrollment.
Secretaria Estadual de Educação de Rio Grande do Sul,
AdvancEd (SACS, CASI) e International Baccalaureate (IB).
In preschool - 08:15 am-03:00 pm
Elementary, Middle school and High School - 08:00 am-03:15 pm.
Lunch at Pan American is prepared by Refeicenter. Refeicenter, along with our cafeteria committee, offers healthy and balanced meals. The daily menu includes salad, white and brown rice, beans, two types of meat, pasta or potato, steamed vegetables, soup, fruits, and two juice options.
We participate in several job fairs throughout the year, but
you can also apply to open positions via our website.
In addition to weekly collaborative PYP and MYP planning,
Pan American teachers have the support of curriculum coordinators
and instructional coaches. Also, there are funds allocated to professional development
in the school budget.
The average class size is
16 students, with a maximum number of 22 students in primary classrooms, and 25 in secondary classrooms
We are a small school and teachers wear many different hats, however, there are several opportunities during the day for planning both individually and collaboratively. The last Friday of every month is a half day for students. This allows teachers the chance for vertical and horizontal curriculum articulation time.
Pan American school hours are from Monday through Friday,
8:15 to 3 pm in preschool and 8 am to 3:15 pm for all other grade levels.
On Tuesday and Thursdays, teachers remain until 4:30 pm
for planning and collaboration meetings. Additionally, teaching staff
may be required to work some Saturdays in accordance with Brazilian law.
For teaching and learning questions, please contact
our instructional coach Kristen Moreland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porto Alegre is one of Brazil’s major capitals with the largest number of wooded areas and parks. The most famous of these parks is the Farroupilha park. There you will find the Viana Araujo Auditorium where several political presentations and concerts have taken place. On Sundays, the parks hosts a street fair on the older side streets, that the locals refer to as Brique da Redenção.
In addition to the many other parks, the city also offers a variety of art, science and technology museums. The Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana, the home of local writer Mário Quintana offers visitors a great rooftop cafe to enjoy the sounds of the city. The Fundação Iberê Camargo art museum, sits on the shores of the Guaíba river where you can relax and watch the sun set.
P3 students work with a differentiated adaptation schedule in the first two weeks of school, with reduced hours. The process is closely monitored by our preschool counselor with a focus on helping students and parents transition smoothly into the new school environment.
A variety of digital platforms are used to facilitate school to parent and parent to school communication. The majority of school communication takes place on a platform called Bloomz. Bloomz enables parent to teacher and teacher to parent communication and is also utilized to share out school-wide announcements.
The school year begins in August and goes until June, with holidays in January and July. The school also follows all celebratory dates that are on the Brazilian calendar.
Our secondary program is BYOD - bring your own device. Starting in grade 6 students should bring their own laptop to school. Computers and the Internet are used for educational purposes following the ISTE Standards, a framework of skills and knowledge that guides students to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world.
plataformas são utilizadas para facilitar a comunicação bidirecional entre a
escola e os pais. A maior parte da comunicação escolar é realizada através do Bloomz . Além de viabilizar a comunicação
entre pais e professores, esta plataforma também é utilizada para divulgar
avisos para toda a escola.
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Yes. Pan American curriculum subjects prepare high school students to perform well on the Brazilian college entrance exam. In the final year of high school students have the option of taking classes focused specifically on ENEM preparation.
Brazilian history and geography are part of the curriculum in elementary and middle school. In high school students explore Brazilian history, geography, sociology, and philosophy.
At Pan American we offer a wide range of afterschool activities in sports, arts, science, computer programing, and languages. Our list of activities is typically the same, however, they are also demand based. If there are enough families interested in a certain activity, we will do our best to make that activity available.
After School activities
Global Issues Network
Model United Nations
National Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society
Counselors are an integral part of our objective to educate the whole child. They implement our social and emotional program from preschool to middle school, working with teachers, parents, and outside professionals to teach students about relationships, problem-solving, conflict resolution and a variety of other important social skills.
The counselors also participate as members of our Student Support Services team, working to increase differentiation, and continuously improve how we accommodate each student's needs at Pan American. Other activities include:
Additionally, our high school counselors assist students in making their higher education plans. This includes exposing students to a variety of universities and program options, as well as walking students through the college admissions process.
Parental involvement in school life, we believe, is paramount to success of our students. As a parent’s association, we believe that our families are in fact our school. As such parent involvement opportunities are many. From volunteering in the classroom or at a school event to serving on a committee, or running for an elected position on the board, our parents are welcomed into many areas of school life.
Student adaptation is a multilayered endeavor involving, counselors, classroom teachers and assistants, PAL/EAL teachers, PAC volunteers, and the student’s parents. Counselors work closely with classroom teachers and parents to accompany the student's transition, offering support as needed. PAC parent representatives work to help parents learn school routines and bring the family into the grade level community!