Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

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1. Why should I enroll my child at the Pan American School?

The Pan American School offers your child a high quality bilingual education, accredited by both the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the U.S. accrediting agency, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Upon completion of the 12th grade, your child receives two diplomas, enabling him to attend a university in the United States or take the vestibular exam in Brazil. It is as if he / she had gone to school in Brazil and in the United States.

2. What are the benefits of investing in a bilingual education at an early age?

Researches indicate that early exposure to another language stimulates intellectual growth, improves listening abilities, enhances comprehension of one’s native language and expands one’s creativity and problem-solving skills. From a neurological perspective, small children learn a second language more easily than an adult. At the Pan American School of Bahia, children begin their bilingual journey at the age of two, when the structure of their first language has already been well established.

3. Are Pan American graduates ready to pass the admission exams for universities?

Yes, we are college preparatory. Our students are ready not only to pass the most competitive universities in Brazil, but also to take admissions exams for other universities throughout the world. The academic requirements of the Pan American School are high and students are stimulated to perform to the best of their abilities. The student is not exclusively prepared to take on one challenge, but to face all of them.

4. Do Pan American School graduates get accepted into good universities?

More than 95% of Pan American School graduates enter universities with reputations of excellence in their communities. Be it in the United States, in Brazil or in other countries. Among these one can mention:

  • Brazil
    • University of São Paulo (USP)
    • Pontific Catholic University (PUC)
    • Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV)
    • Federal University of Bahia (UFBA)
    • Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets (IBMEC)
    • National University of Brasília (UNB)
    • Catholic University of Salvador.
  • USA:
    • Princeton University
    • Amherst College
    • Macalister College
    • University of Chicago
    • Boston University
    • Georgetown University
    • University of Virginia
    • University of Miami
    • Stanford University
    • Brown University
  • Other countries:
    • University of London (ENGLAND)
    • University of Sidney (AUSTRALIA)
    • University of Valencia (SPAIN)
    • Mc Gill University, (CANADA)

5. What special care will my child receive at the Pan American School?

The Pan American School offers small class settings averaging 14 students and not exceeding 25. In this way, the teacher can closely accompany each student’s progress, being attentive to difficulties and special needs for more stimuli. In addition, there are also bilingual teacher assistants in every elementary classroom from early childhood through 5th grade.

6. Does the Brazilian child who studies at the Pan American become “out of touch with the Brazilian reality”?

No. The Pan American is more than just an American School. It is an international institution which will enable your child to be in contact with children and teachers from the most diverse backgrounds. This multi cultural environment will provide him / her with a broader and more democratic view of different people and cultures.

7. Is the Pan American school calendar different from that of other schools?

The Pan American School’s academic calendar is based on the North-American calendar. The school year begins in August and ends in June, with vacations from mid-December to February and mid-June to August. The school day begins at 7:45 am and ends at 2:30 pm from the elementary to the 12th grade, Monday through Friday. Pre-school classes end at noon. After school activities take place from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

8. Is it true that all classes are taught in English?

All classes are taught in English, with the exception of Brazilian History, Brazilian Geography, Portuguese and Spanish.

9. Can “older” students, who are not proficient in English or Portuguese, enter the Pan American School?

Yes. For students who are above the 1st grade level and are not proficient in Portuguese, the Pan American School offers a Portuguese as Foreign Language course (PFL). Depending on the student’s Portuguese level, it may consist of an intensive or semi-intensive course, and can last from one to three semesters before the student is placed full time in his / her grade level. The same program also exists for students who are not proficient in English (ESL).

10. What does the school campus have to offer?

The Pan American School’s campus has 20.000 m2 of green space, including a great variety of plants, flower bushes, grass fields and pleasant walkways, and is located in the neighborhood of Piatã. The early childhood and elementary buildings consist in 18 classrooms, one music room and a computer technology laboratory. The middle / high school building has 15 classrooms, 2 science labs, a library with a multimedia center and a central computer technology lab. All classrooms and educational support areas are air-conditioned. The area destined for sports activities includes a semi-olympic pool, a covered gymnasium, 2 soccer fields and several leisure areas. The school canteen offers a nutritious hot meal daily as well as the option of purchasing healthy snack foods.

11. What are the school’s extra-curricular activities?

The Pan American School offers its students a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, such as: drama, yearbook,Knowledge Bowl, Model United Nations, student government, sports teams, swimming, capoeira, karate, chess, gymnastics, ballet, yoga, etc. Students also participate in several events including Halloween, International Dinner, Read-a-Thon, Annual Field Day and Brazilian Festivities. Besides that, the Pan American School organizes educational field trips that further enrich the students’ learning process.

12. What is the staff’s composition in terms of nationality?

The staff is composed of teachers that have been recruited in Brazil and in the United States. Approximately 50% of the teachers are Brazilian and 50% are American or from other nationalities. All possess Bachelor’s degrees and a large percentage have Master’s degrees. It is the school’s philosophy to offer its teachers many professional development opportunities, including a Masters Degree program on campus given by visiting professors from the university of Alabama.

13. What is the investment necessary for my child to study at the Pan American School?

The Pan American School is a nonprofit, educational institution. Tuition varies according to the child’s age. This tuition includes teaching materials and curricular sports activities. Another factor that must be taken into consideration is that the child who studies at the Pan American School does not have to take any English lessons, which results in an economy of time and money.

Choosing where your child is going to study is one of the decisions that will have the strongest impact on his / her life. Think carefully and weigh the advantages offered by the various teaching establishments. A great education is the most important inheritance you can leave your son / daughter. We hope to see your child among our students next year.

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