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SP FAQs

WHAT CALENDAR WILL YOU FOLLOW?

Avenues São Paulo will follow 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 tentative 2018-19 calendar here.

WHAT WILL SCHOOL HOURS BE?

Nursery – Pre-K
8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Kindergarten – Grade 5
8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6 – 12
8:00 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

All grades will have early release on Wednesdays for faculty professional learning.

 

HOW CAN WE ARRANGE A VISIT?

Please contact us at spadmissions@avenues.org to arrange an appointment at your convenience. If you 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.

 

HAS AVENUES SET THE COST OF TUITION FOR THE 2018–19 SCHOOL YEAR?

Like other private schools in São Paulo, Avenues will publish a complete schedule of tuition and fees for the 2018-19 school year in March of 2018. For planning purposes, the projected tuition and technology fees for 2017-18 are available here.

IS THERE AN ENTRANCE FEE?

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

WHAT WILL BE THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION?

English will be 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 will take Portuguese as an additional language. English language support will be available as necessary. Additional language classes may also be offered through our after-school program.

 

WHERE WILL 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, and many have more than 10 years of teaching experience. Nearly half of our faculty will join us from leading schools in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, Italy, China, Singapore, and many other countries. We have also attracted top local teachers from Graded, St. Paul’s, Chapel, St. Francis and other fine schools in town.

 

WHAT DIPLOMAS WILL BE OFFERED?

Students will 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. As a world school–a new kind of 15-grade independent 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. Avenues graduates have been accepted to Harvard, Stanford, Yale, University of Sydney, Kings College London, University of St. Andrews and Keio University in Tokyo – to name a few. You may see the full list of colleges to which Avenues students have gained admission here.

Will Avenues offer International Baccalaureate courses?

Avenues will 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 areasan approach that guarantees excellent results in traditional college entrance exams around the world.

Will Avenues’ academic program be 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.

 

Will Avenues offer after-school sports and activities?

Making use of its ample facilities, Avenues São Paulo will offer a comprehensive after-school program. Our New York campus currently hosts more than 25 optional clubs covering topics from technology to literature to chess. In the Primary Division at Avenues São Paulo, students will be able to explore a variety of specialized programs, including private music lessons. In the Secondary Division the after-school experience will provide venues, resources and support for students to explore their passions in depth.

Avenues will participate in local leagues and convene teams in soccer, futsal, volleyball and basketball.

 

 

How will 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 transfering from hundreds of schools and countries around the world. Our teachers, deans and leaders are developing 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 will parents be involved in the school?

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

 

Will Avenues provide transportation service?

Bus services will be 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 2018–2019?

Applications will only be processed for the 2018–19 academic year for nursery to 10th grade. Families interested in applying for future years are encouraged to fill out our online inquiry form here.

WILL 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?

Each student will be given an equal opportunity for acceptance in the opening year. In subsequent years, Avenues will give special consideration to siblings of currently enrolled students to help foster a strong sense of community within the school.

DOES AVENUES OFFER A SIBLING DISCOUNT?

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

Will financial assistance be available?

Consistent with our mission and vision, Avenues São Paulo will allocate 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

Patricia Fernandes
Testing Proctor
pfernandes@avenues.org

Paula Mello
Testing Proctor
pmello@avenues.org

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