FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 the second semester of the 2018-19 school year, beginning January 22, 2019, is November 15, 2018.
The application deadline for August 2018 is February 28, 2019.
The first step of the admissions process is the completion of an online Pre-application Form. A Pre-Application is required in order to enter the Admissions Portal. Once you enter the Admissions Portal, you may complete your application 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.
K3 applicants for August 2018 must turn three years old by September 30, 2018.
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.
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.
Physical Education and Health
Please note they may vary from semester to semester. Please consult the handbook for details.
Brazilian Social Studies
Physical Education and Health
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
Language Arts and Literature
Physical and Health Education
Our teachers come from a wide range of schools in the U.S. and around the world. They represent 14 different nationalities. Sixty-one percent are foreign hires (approximately 55% hold U.S. passports), and the average tenure is nine years.
Lower School begins at 8:05 am and ends at 3:05 pm.
Middle School and High School begin at 8:10 am and end at 3:10 pm.
Students in K3 & K4 finish every day at 12:00 pm.
Professional Development happens every Wednesday, therefore students are dismissed at 2:40 pm.
Broadly speaking, we follow an American holiday schedule (mid-December - end January and mid-June - end July).
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 20% of our students leave at the end of each school year, and at the start of school each August, we welcome approximately 220 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.
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
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 two late buses to accommodates Lower and Middle School after-school activities (4:15 pm) and most of our High School after-school activities (6:00 pm).
* Be advised that our bus service does not cover all areas in São Paulo.