The language of instruction is English.
The school faculty are from the United States, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
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!
The Secretary of Education for the state of Rio Grande do Sul, AdvancEd (SACS, CASI), and the International Baccalaureate (IB)
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.
Pan American accepts student starting at from 3 years of age. The student must turn 3 years old by August 30th of the school year he intends to enroll.
In preschool - 08:15 am-03:00 pm
Elementary, Middle school and High School - 08:00 am-03:15 pm.
We attend several job fairs during the year, but you can send us your application via the school’s website at anytime.
Porto Alegre is a major city in Brazil, and similar to any other large city it is important to remain attentive. We advise everyone to take proper precautions with your belongings in order to avoid unwanted encounters.
In addition to weekly collaborative planning for PYP and MYP, as well as support from curriculum coordinators and instructional coaches, there are also professional development funds available in the school budget.
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.
Our school runs monday through from from 8:15 to 3pm in preschool, and 8 am to 3:15pm in all other sections. Tuesdays and Thursdays teachers remain until 4:30 pm for section meetings, planning and collaboration. Additionally, teachers may work some saturdays in order to be compliant with Brazilian law.
For questions about teaching and learning, please contact our Director of Learning and Teaching, Mr. Daniel Simões
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 evaluation system for the Primary School of Pan American School of Porto Alegre is defined as a narrative report card, in which the teacher describes the student's achievements and developments.
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.
Model United Nations is based on UN conferences organized in countries such as United States, Germany, and Japan to address global student issues Worldwide. The goal is to provide students with diplomacy, negotiation, and critical thinking skills.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is an American organization that recognizes high school students who excel in the areas of leadership and character development. The program goal is to challenge students to actively engage with school activities through community service.
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) follows the same idea as the NHS, but focused on middle school students. The objective is to encourage student interaction in leadership, community service and as responsible citizens.
The Global Issues Network club is part of a global movement that emerged in 2003 focused on listening to student ideas on complex societal issues especially those related to the environment and socioeconomic problems. The goal is to stimulate and mobilize transgenerational communities of global citizens to build a more equal and sustainable world.
Várias 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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Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses for high school students. At the end of each course, students can take the AP exam offered by the College Board. If the student receives a passing grade of 3 or higher he or she may obtain university credits for certain undergraduate courses.
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.
All full-time students in good academic standing may participate in after school activities.
Most activities take place at both campuses, making use of our cafeteria, gym, outside courts, science labs, and kitchen. Through our partnership with Grêmio Náutico União e PUCRS, some activities, including our school sports, take place in the facilities provided by these two establishments.
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
The goal of counseling is to provide students with the social and emotional resources needed to become empathetic global learners.
At Pan American We use a program called Second Step to teach social and emotional skills This world-renowned program focuses on helping schools become learning environments rooted in empathy. The classes are administered by the classroom teacher or advisor and supervised by the counselor. In Middle and High school, students explore important age-appropriate topics in a class called "Life Skills."
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!