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Parent's Review of Brasilia International School (BIS) in Brasilia, Brazil

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Brasilia International School (BIS)

In what town or city is this school located?

Brasilia

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

International/American

What grade levels are represented at this school?

Pre K(3) - Grade 12

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

Private bus, driver, parents

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

The school is located in a large house located in the sector of mansions. The main buidling holds the Preschool-Grade 2 classrooms, cafeteria, library/media center, and offices. The new building holds all the classrooms for Grades 3-12, science lab, and computer lab. The property also has a volleyball court, soccer field, playground, and swimming pool.

The school has an after school club program. Various clubs are offered on a rotating six week cycle.

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

Because of the international mix, no one nationality dominates the climate of BIS. Students are always coming and going. Class sizes are small and students are given individual attention. All teachers receive training in helping "third culture kids" deal with transitions. Parent seminars are held from time to time to assist parents in helping their children transition from one post to the next.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

There is a parent organization known as PAO - Parents Assisting Others. All parents are highly encouraged to get involved at school.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

It's the best school! Students are part of a loving, caring school community.

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