When should I apply?

Our school year runs from the beginning of August to the middle of June. While we accept a small number of children in January for second semester, it is always preferable for students to join us in August.

The application deadline for August 2021 is February 10, 2021.

The application deadline for the second semester of the 2021-22 school year, beginning January 2022, is November 15, 2021.

How may I apply?

The first step of the admissions process is the completion of an online Inquiry Form. Once you submit the INQUIRY FORM you will be sent an email asking you to register a username and password in order to access the ONLINE APPLICATION. You will be asked to complete a series of questions and upload required documents.

If you are unable to apply online, please call the Admissions Office +55 11 3747-4800 ext. 500 for further instructions.

The Application Fee may be paid online via PayPal in Brazilian reais or US dollars.

What is the minimum age for admission?

K3 applicants for August 2021 must turn three years old by September 30, 2021.

How can we arrange to see the school?

1. The school offers a number of Open House days during the year. You can sign up here.

2. If you are visiting São Paulo from abroad, please click here to request an appointment.

Please note that appointments during school holidays are limited.


What are the admission criteria?

Each year, we receive many more applications than there are spaces for new students. Graded has an admissions committee for each division.

The Middle School and High School Admissions Committee members will look at the applicant’s grades, but they also consider other elements of academic success and academic potential. Application requirements including teacher recommendations, the student's own essay, and any standardized test scores (we use the MAP test at Graded) are all also considered in the final admission decisions. These components combined help the admission committee determine what the academic strengths of a student are, and where the student may need some extra assistance.  

For students who are applying to Pre-primary through 5th grade, the committee will look closely at teacher recommendations and transcripts for information about learning habits as well as behavior and their ability to get along with other students.


What curriculum does the school offer?

The primary language of instruction at Graded is English. Graded offers an American standards-based curriculum (AERO).  All students who graduate from Graded will receive an American High School Diploma. Students also have the option to graduate with a Brazilian diploma (recognized by MEC) and an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP). 

Pre-primary (K3 -K5) Montessori Methodology
The Pre-primary School embraces the Montessori educational philosophy. It rests on the fundamental idea that children have a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. The educator's task in the Pre-primary is to motivate these internal desires, supply the materials for the child's manipulation and discoveries, and assist the students in learning at their own pace. Self-discipline is acquired through absorption in meaningful activities. 

Additional information on Montessori education is available through the American Montessori Society where Graded holds an associate affiliation.  

Lower School (grades 1 - 5)
Language Arts (Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

Math (Eureka Math)

Science (Project Lead the Way)

Social Studies (Social Studies Alive!)

Portuguese Language (native and additional language)

SPECIALS: Physical Education, Art, Music, Stem, Library

Middle School (grades 6 - 8)
Please note they may vary from semester to semester. Please consult the handbook for details

Academic Support
Academic Support 6-8 
English for Academic Purposes 6-8         

Beginning Band 
Junior Band      
Introduction to Graphic Design 
Introduction to Digital Video 
Desktop Publishing           
Digital Art           
Digital Video           
Acting and Improvisation           
Theater I           
Theater Production         
Beginning Orchestra     
Junior Orchestra Year
Art and Drawing                                                             
Art and Color
Art and Clay
Vocal Music

Brazilian Social Studies
Brazilian Social Studies 6, 7, 8

Geography 7
World Geography
Humanities 6, 7, 8
English 8  &  Social Studies 8

High School (grades 9 - 12)
You can also find Graded's High School Profile here.

Please note they may vary from semester to semester. Please consult the handbook for details.

Fine Arts
Senior Band 
Jazz Band    
Beginning Orchestra
High School Choir   
High School Honor Choir 
Digital Music Making      
Acting I/II                      
IB Theater Arts I SL/HL   
Art I                           
Ceramics & Sculpture I/II
Computer Graphic Design             
Photo I/II/III
Yearbook Design & Publication                           
IB Visual Arts SL/HL, I/II
Multimedia and The Art of Film                        
IB Film HL, I/II   

Language Arts and Literature 
English 9: Individuals and Society
English 10: Power - Race, Class and Gender
IB English: Language & Literature SL/HL, I/II
IB English: Literature SL/HL, I/II        
Writing for Expression         
Português 9                                                      
Português 10                                                         
IB Português: Língua e Literatura SL/HL, I/II 
Dissertação para vestibulares
IB Spanish: Lengua y Literatura SL/HL, I/II        

Integrated Math I Standard/Extended
Integrated Math II Pre-Studies           
Integrated Math II Standard/Extended             
IB Math Studies I        
IB Math Studies II          
IB Mathematics SL/HL, I/II

Physical and Health Education
High School Health 9/10
Physical Education 9/10/11/12 

Biology and Life Science 9           
Integrated Science 10         
Human Anatomy and Physiology         
Introduction to Engineering Design
IB Biology SL/HL, I/II
IB Chemistry SL/HL, I/II    
IB Physics SL/HL, I/II                  

Social Studies
Social Studies  9/10 
Introduction to Philosophy  
Positive Psychology and Character Strengths in the Classroom 
Brazilian History and Culture  
Brazilian Social Studies  9/10 
IB Brazilian Social Studies SL I/II 
IB History SL/HL, I/II 
IB Economics SL/HL I/II
IB Psychology SL/HL I/II 
Brasil: Questões Contemporâneas               

World Languages
Portuguese as an Additional Language (PAL) I/II/III/IV 
PAL Advanced 9/10
IB Portuguese B SL/HL, I/II
Português: Língua B SL/HL, I/II
French as an Additional Language (FAL) I/II/III
IB French ab initio SL I/II
IB French B SL/HL, I/II
Spanish as an Additional Language (SAL) I/II/II 
IB Spanish ab initio SL I/I
IB Spanish B SL/HL, I/II

IB Theory of Knowledge I/II 
Peer Group Connection           

Student Support
English for Academic Purposes I/II
Academic Support 9/10/11/12     
Independent Study Hall  

Does Graded offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses?

No, we do not. However, Graded offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 11th and 12th grades.  The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a two-year educational program. The program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by many universities worldwide. While it is highly regarded by US universities, it is not required for admissions.

Where do Graded teachers come from?

Our teachers come from a wide range of schools in the U.S. and around the world. Approximately 65% are foreign hires (approximately 45% hold U.S. passports), and the average tenure is nine years. 35% of our teachers are Brazilian nationals.

Does Graded have after-school sports and activities?

The Graded Activities Program offers its students the opportunity to participate in a wealth of activities that complement, but are not part of, the regular curriculum. Through the Activities Program, students can pursue an area of personal interest in a collaborative setting, while building intercultural competence and the opportunity to become engaged, ethical citizens. We believe that:

  • Activities are an integral part of Graded’s overall curricular program.
  • Every student should have the opportunity to become involved to some extent.
  • Sponsors and students should, at all levels, develop and exhibit accepted attitudes of cooperation, citizenship, good sportsmanship, and dedication.

Lower School Activities Handbook 2020-21

Middle School Activities Handbook 2020-21

High School Activities Handbook 2020-21

What are the school hours? What is your vacation schedule?

Lower School 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Students in K3 finish every day at 12:00 PM

Middle School and High School 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Wednesdays all students dismissed at 3:00 PM

Graded follows the American school calendar August - June 

Our two extended holiday periods run mid December - end January and mid June - end July

Who attends Graded?

Students from more than 37 countries attend Graded. While approximately 50% of our students are international (non-Brazilian), more than one third of our students hold citizenship from more than one country.

How many students attend Graded?

We have 1300+ students in Lower (580), Middle (300), and High (420) Schools.

What is the average length of stay?

The average time an international student attends Graded is between three and five years. Some students attend for just one year, and others are at Graded for 15 years (affectionately referred to as lifers).

Approximately 15 - 20% of our students leave at the end of each school year, and at the start of school each August, we welcome approximately 200 new students.

How does the school help with the transition of new students?

Because we welcome hundreds of new students every year, the administration, faculty, parents, and students at Graded put a great deal of time, planning, and thinking of ways we can help students and their families to become a part of our community.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) holds sessions that allow new families to meet each other and to connect with current Graded families. These sessions also introduce families to São Paulo life and explain how parents may become involved at school. Our guidance counselors and teachers prepare transition activities and events for new students and create opportunities for new and returning students to talk about their initial experiences at the school -- from their anxieties and expectations to the things that surprised them.

At the beginning of the academic year, each division holds grade-based orientations that help new students become acquainted with their teachers and the school buildings. But arguably our greatest "transition team" is our student body, who naturally reach out to new students and make them feel welcome. Our goal is that within the first semester new arrivals begin to feel like seasoned veterans.

Where do Graded families live?

Our families live all over Sao Paulo. We offer transportation to the neighborhoods with the greatest number of Graded students including:

Alta de Boa Vista / Chácara Flora
Moema / Vila Nova Conceição

Does Graded provide transportation service?


We provide bus transportation for families living in many neighborhoods in São Paulo. The bus system is door-to-door during regular school hours (8:10 am and 3:15 pm). There are buses to accommodate Lower and Middle School after-school activities and most of our High School after-school activities (4:15 pm and 6:10 pm).

* Be advised that our bus service does not cover all areas in São Paulo.

For more information, please go to the Transportation page or contact Transportation Manager Silvio Pedroso at silvio.pedroso@graded.br.

Admissions Office Hours

8:00 am - 4:00 pm  
+55 11 3747-4800 ext 500

Av. José Galante, 425
São Paulo, SP - Brazil - 05642-000
+55 11 3747 4800
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