By Betsy Burlingame
Last updated on Sep 17, 2022
Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Brasilia, Brazil. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What are the schools in Brasilia like?
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"It is a wonderful school. My kids wanted to stay there. We moved on to another country, and the first school we enrolled our kids in couldn't begin to compare with EAB. We had to move them, but EAB is the standard for us. In the past EAB had conflicts, apparently between some xenophobic Americans and Brazilians, judging by the other comments posted here. Wow, if you hate foreigners that much don't go overseas! The Brazilians were nothing but welcoming and accomodating to our kids from start to finish. Two points worth mentioning - EAB is really doing amazing things with community service/service learning. It is a real priority of the school, and the SL cooridnator is simply amazing. Also, my kids benefited a lot from the culture of performing - everyone at EAB performs sometime - in school plays, music recitals, art shows, forensics, choir, 5th grade graduation... it is a great way to build self confidence,"
commented one expat when asked about Escola Americana de Brasilia in Brasilia.
"Visit their website, www.bischool.com.br, for information, enrollment applications, and email addresses to have questions answered.
If you are moving to Brasilia and considering enrolling your child in BIS, I would strongly recommend that you get in contact with one of the PAO members. Any one of them would be happy to answer questions, take you to local grocery stores, and introduce you to other parents. You can contact them through the director, Scott Bose, at [email protected],"
remarked another expat living in Brasilia with children attending Brasilia International School.
"Think again if you have children over 8. Its the best school in Brasilia if you are an international family but this doesnt give it a good school status,"
said another expat in Brasilia with children at American School of Brasilia.
"The school provides a nice and safe environment and solid education that respects cultural and religious diversity. Our kids learned a great deal about themselves and how to be not only succesful in school but also in life. I highly recommend the school, specially for primary school. Since the student teacher ratio is low, classes tend to fill out quickly,"
remarked another parent with kids at BIS Brasilia International in Brasilia.
"I considered the school the best one in Brasilia, the children learn a lot and they are ahead in some school materials like math and science. When we came back to the US my kids (They are in Kinder, second, fifth and 10th grade) have no problem with the new school -- their academic level was just right. We have no problem also with them getting new friends because all the moral and behavior that they learned in BIS. I will recommend the school highly. No complains about it, they help my kids in all aspects no just academically, the respect for others and the love the teachers always have for the students help my kids a lot to adapt no just to Brazil also when we came back to the US,"
explained one expat living in Brasilia, Brazil.
"First, know that the school is a Christian School. That does not mean Christians dominate the student body, or that religion dominates the curriculum. Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, Mormons, Agnostics, etc., thrive together at BIS. The presence of such diverse religious backgrounds of the students can best be explained by their parents, who typically say that the religious views taught by the school are providing opportunities at home to discuss and strengthen their own religious beliefs at home, or that the religious views of the school are not that different from their own views: God is God, whether his name is Yahweh, or Allah.
A by-product of the religious nature of the school is a more disciplined, tolerant, and compassionate student body.
The tuition is comparatively low due to the mission of the certified teachers from the U.S., who receive financial support from their respective churches.
The school, after its initial visit from the SAACS representative over a year ago, was awareded candidacy status immediately, skipping the provisional status entirely. The school is progressing through the wickets of accreditation at a noteworthy pace, and full accreditation is anticipated to be awarded by November 2006. The school recently was added to the "approved" schools lists of the Canadian and British Embassies.
My personal opinion about the school is that, within five years, it can be compared to a premium private parochial school in the U.S., leaving the American School (EAB) to continue to remain comparable to a typical, unimpressive public education, to which the Dept of State compares it now anyway, in its evaluations, rather than comparing it to private U.S. schools that charge equivalent high-end tuitions, as it should be. Afterall, both EAB and BIS are private schools.
This was written in Sept, 2005,"
said another parent with children at Brasilia International School (BIS) in Brasilia.
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