FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

SP FAQs

WHAT CALENDAR DO YOU FOLLOW?

Avenues São Paulo follows a Northern Hemisphere calendar, beginning in August. Our calendar observes Brazilian holidays, and has recesses scheduled during the Northern and Southern Hemisphere summers. View our 2018-19 calendar here.

WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL HOURS?

N and PK
8:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

K and 1st
8:15 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

2nd to 5th
8:15 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Early release on Wednesdays at 2:40 p.m.

6th to 12th
8:00 a.m.–3:40 p.m.
Early release on Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m.

HOW CAN WE ARRANGE A VISIT?

Please contact us at admissions-sp@avenues.org to arrange an appointment at your convenience. If you are unable to meet us in São Paulo, we are happy to connect via video conference. You are also invited to tour our New York campus.

 

WHAT IS THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION?

English is the primary instructional language at Avenues São Paulo. As Avenues aims to graduate students with proficiency in at least one other language, all international students take Portuguese as an additional language. English language support is available as deemed necessary. Additional language classes are also offered through our after-school program.

 

WHERE DO AVENUES TEACHERS COME FROM?

Our mission, vision and leadership have attracted outstanding faculty from all over the world. Several of our teachers have PhDs and over half have Master’s degrees or the equivalent. Many have more than 10 years of teaching experience. Nearly half of our faculty join us from leading schools in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, Italy, China, Singapore, and many other countries. We are also joined by top local teachers from Graded, St. Paul’s, Chapel, St. Francis and other fine schools in town.

 

What diplomas are offered?

Students have the option to pursue American and/or Brazilian diplomas.

 

Where do Avenues students attend college or university?

Avenues exists to develop future world-wise leaders uniquely equipped to understand and solve global-scale problems. Avenues New York graduates have been accepted to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, University of Sydney, King’s College London, University of St. Andrews and Keio University in Tokyo – to name a few. You may see a more extensive list of colleges to which Avenues students have gained admission here .

Does Avenues offer International Baccalaureate courses?

Avenues does not offer IB courses. Avenues has opted for greater flexibility in order to achieve greater depth in its curricular requirements. This has enabled the implementation of research-driven innovations in education, such as project-based and interdisciplinary learning, High Intensity Practice (HIP) and the Mastery Program. Like the IB, the Avenues curriculum promotes independent learning, research skills and critical thinking through a deep understanding of content areas—an approach that guarantees excellent results in traditional college entrance exams around the world.

Is Avenues’ academic program transferable to other schools?

All Avenues students will have full academic records which may be transferred to their next school. We have designed our dual-diploma program with global readiness and transferability in mind, meaning that our students will be equipped to thrive wherever the world takes them.

 

Does Avenues offer after-school sports and activities?

Making use of its ample facilities, Avenues São Paulo offers a comprehensive after-school program. Students may choose from over 29 optional activities covering topics from sport to technology to chess. In the Primary Division, students can explore a variety of specialty classes, which are described in further detail here. In the Secondary Division the after-school experience provides venues, resources and support for students to explore their passions in depth.

Avenues has soccer, futsal, volleyball and basketball teams from students in grades 6–11 and participates in local leagues.

 

 

How does the school community help my child transition to Avenues?

Avenues is mindful of the complexity of the new school experience and the upheaval of relocation. Our leadership team and faculty are exceptionally well prepared and excited to welcome hundreds of students and families transferring from hundreds of schools and countries around the world. Our teachers, deans and leaders have developed thoughtful transition and welcome programs to foster a culture of inclusion, safety and respect. We are deeply committed to ensuring that all new families and students feel at home at Avenues.

To what extent are parents involved in the school?

We value community and are committed to fostering a strong partnership between school and home. Parents may participate in the Avenues Parent Association (APA), and contribute to a full calendar of campus events and classroom activities. The campus also features a spacious and sunlit cafe that is a hub for the parent community.

 

Does Avenues provide transportation service?

Bus services are available for predetermined routes, based on need.

WHAT IS AVENUES LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICANT?

There is no single profile of an Avenues student. We hope to cultivate a student community diverse in background, interest and talent, and the application process is designed to assess each of these aspects equally. Above all, Avenues seeks students who can thrive in a rigorous and creative learning environment.

May I apply for future school years beyond 2019–2020?

Avenues will only process applications for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years. Families interested in applying beyond the 2019-20 academic year are encouraged to fill out our online inquiry form.

Does Avenues accept students who require additional English support?

In nursery through 1st grade, students are not expected to be fluent in English and will gain proficiency in English through our English immersion program. In 2nd grade and above, a minimum grade-level English fluency requirement must be met to enroll. This will be measured by a language proficiency screening and reviewed by the admissions committee. In some cases, students will be accepted contingent upon them gaining the necessary proficiency prior to enrollment. Once enrolled, English Language Support (ELS) will be available at all grade levels to provide extra support to students whose first language is not English.

ARE PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRED?

Personal recommendations are not required, nor are they encouraged. Each applicant will be assessed according to the requirements listed on the website.

ARE ANY APPLICANTS GIVEN SPECIAL CONSIDERATION?

In keeping with our mission to graduate global citizens, Avenues seeks to assemble a diverse student body. Avenues does not discriminate in either its admission process or education program on the basis of gender, sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap.

What is the cost of tuition for the 2018-19 school year?

The tuition for 2018-19 is available here.

IS THERE AN ENTRANCE FEE?

Unlike most international schools in São Paulo, Avenues does not require an entrance fee or capital contribution.

DOES AVENUES OFFER A SIBLING DISCOUNT?

Avenues does not offer a discount on tuition and fees for families with multiple children enrolled.

Is financial assistance available?

Consistent with our mission and vision, Avenues São Paulo allocates a portion of its resources to providing financial assistance to qualifying families on the basis of financial need. You may learn more here.

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São Paulo Admissions Team

 

Lisa Lund Peixoto
Director of Admissions
spadmissions@avenues.org

Kristen Ahye
Associate Director of Admissions
kahye@avenues.org

Constanza Dayller
Admissions Associate
cdayller@avenues.org

Caline Fonteneau Ivanoff
Admissions Associate
civanoff@avenues.org

Eliane Arimori
Admissions Coordinator
spadmissions@avenues.org

Guilherme Mello
Admissions Operations Coordinator
guilherme.mello@avenues.org

 

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