American School of Rio

Infobox School
name = Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro

imagesize = 100px|caption =
motto = Knowledge, Wisdom, Virtue
established = 1937
type = Private
grades = PK-12
free_label = Headmaster
free_text = Dr. Robert Werner
faculty = 97 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members
enrollment = 744
athletics = Soccer, basketball
conference = Big Four, Little Eight
color = Blue and red
mascot = Black Panther
campus type = Urban
campus size = convert|12|acre|m2
free_label2 = Neighborhood
free_text2 = Gávea
free_label3 =
free_text3 =
location = Rio de Janeiro
country = BRA
coordinates = Coord|22|59|2.56|S|43|14|40.82|W|display=inline,title
website =

The Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro (American School of Rio de Janeiro) is an English-medium international school located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the hills surrounding the city. It is private, independent, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from nursery through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1937.In 2005-6, enrollment was of 776 students and there were 103 full-time and 3 part-time faculty members.


The curriculum is that of a U.S. college-preparatory independent day school for students from pre-school through grade 12. Instruction is in English with Portuguese required as a foreign language. Other available foreign languages include French and Spanish. Health, physical education, and computer classes are also required. Music, art, band, drama, publications, athletics, and Model UN are among the extracurricular activities offered. A high capacity/high potential program exists for gifted students in grades 1-12. Honors courses and a learning skills center are also provided. There is no religious instruction. There is a chapter of the National Honor Society on campus. The School offers the American, Brazilian and International Baccalaureate Diplomas. Over 95 % of the school’s graduates enroll in a college or university, with 40 % of them going on to a higher learning institution in the U.S. The School is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and the Secretary of Education for the State of Rio de Janeiro. The School is also affiliated with the International Baccalaureate Organization. Every school semester a Big 8 competition takes place where the students compete in sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis and indoor soccer.


Academic facilities are centered in 8 towers that house the School’s 3 divisions. The towers together contain 78 classroom, 8 science laboratories, 2 libraries with a collection totaling more than 35,000 volumes, 3 gymnasiums, a cafeteria, an infirmary, 2 snack bars, a student store, and a 350-seat auditorium. Over 350 microcomputers are in use at the school. Athletic facilities include a lower school playground, indoor and outdoor courts for basketball and volleyball, a running track, and playing fields for soccer and softball.

External links

* [ School website]
* [ Carioca Yearbooks from 1944 through 1980]
* [ EARJ Alumni Web Site]


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