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Homeschooling in Brazil

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: If you're moving with kids to Brazil and homeschooling is something you're considering, it's important to do your research and learn about homeschooling in Brazil.

Education in Brazil - Homeschooling in Brazil

As the world becomes increasingly globalized, the concept of homeschooling has gained traction in many countries, including Brazil. Homeschooling, or home education, is an alternative form of learning where parents or tutors educate children at home rather than in traditional public or private schools. In Brazil, this educational model has sparked debates and discussions, particularly among expatriate families who are considering this option for their children. This article will delve into the legality, prevalence, requirements, resources, university admissions considerations, and the pros and cons of homeschooling in Brazil.

Is it Legal to Homeschool in Brazil?

Until recently, homeschooling was not legal in Brazil. However, in 2018, the Supreme Federal Court ruled in favor of homeschooling, paving the way for its legalization. The decision, however, is not yet fully implemented, and the specifics are still being debated in Congress. For foreign residents or expats, the situation is somewhat unclear. While there are no specific laws prohibiting them from homeschooling their children, they may face challenges due to the lack of a clear legal framework.

Is Homeschooling Common in Brazil?

Despite the legal uncertainties, homeschooling is gradually becoming more common in Brazil. According to the National Association of Home Education, there were approximately 7,500 homeschooled children in Brazil in 2018, a significant increase from previous years. This trend is particularly noticeable among expatriate families, who often choose homeschooling to maintain continuity in their children's education despite frequent relocations.

What Specific Requirements are There for Homeschoolers in Brazil?

As the legal status of homeschooling in Brazil is still under discussion, there are currently no specific requirements or guidelines for homeschoolers. However, it is generally recommended that parents follow a structured curriculum and ensure their children are meeting educational milestones. Additionally, parents may need to prepare their children for standardized tests, which are often required for university admissions.

Are There Groups or Resources for Families Who Homeschool in Brazil?

Yes, there are several resources and support groups for homeschooling families in Brazil. The National Association of Home Education offers advice and resources, and there are numerous online communities where parents can share experiences and advice. Additionally, many international schools offer support to homeschooling families, including access to extracurricular activities and resources.

What Should Homeschooling Parents Take into Consideration for University Admissions in Brazil and Internationally?

For university admissions, homeschooling parents should ensure their children are prepared for the necessary entrance exams. In Brazil, this typically means the ENEM (National High School Exam). Internationally, requirements may vary, but often include standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. Additionally, some universities may require proof of education, which can be challenging for homeschoolers. Therefore, maintaining detailed records of your child's education is crucial.

What are the Pros and Cons of Homeschooling in Brazil for Expat Families?

The main advantage of homeschooling for expat families in Brazil is the flexibility it offers. It allows families to tailor education to their children's needs and maintain continuity despite frequent moves. However, the lack of a clear legal framework can be a significant drawback. Additionally, homeschooling can be time-consuming and requires a significant commitment from parents. Finally, homeschooled children may miss out on the social interaction and extracurricular activities offered by traditional schools.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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