Upper School

Middle School (6-8)

Our Middle School supports the beliefs of the National Middle School Association and has designed a program that reflects these beliefs.

Successful schools for young adolescents are characterized by a culture that includes:

  • Educators who value working with this age group and are prepared to do so
  • Courageous, collaborative leadership
  • A shared vision that guides decisions
  • An inviting, supportive and safe environment
  • High expectations for every member of the learning community
  • Students and teachers engaged in active learning
  • An adult advocate for every student
  • School-initiated family and community partnership

Successful schools for young adolescents provide:

  • Curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory
  • Multiple learning and teaching approaches that respond to their diversity
  • Assessment and evaluation programs that promote quality learning
  • Organizational structures that support meaningful relationships and learning
  • School-wide efforts and policies that foster health, wellness, and safety
  • Multifaceted guidance and support service



The EARJ Middle School has the following characteristics:

Teachers are organized into grade level teams with common planning time and regular meetings to discuss programs and student needs. The team is able to change the structure of the day or class location to include special presentations or activities.

The curriculum and teaching methodology at each grade level has been developed with the needs of the preadolescent in mind. Assessment includes projects and activities as well as traditional tests. Exploration activities in the fine arts are encouraged. The school offers a variety of extracurricular programs such as STUCO, MATH Counts, Peer Counseling, and Sports.

The counseling and advisory programs provide support for all students. The advisor is an adult advocate for each student. The advisory program provides an opportunity for students to discuss issues that concern them and to learn about various aspects of preadolescence.

A close partnership with the family is valued by the school. Two regularly scheduled parent conference days are held each year. Parents are welcome to meet with teachers about a specific concern at any time during the school year. Parents are also welcome to confer with their child’s advisor. The school sponsors a parent support group that meets monthly to discuss issues related to young adolescents. Parents are encouraged to come to school and talk to staff members about their concerns.



High School (9-12)

Academics, Social Service, and Values are the three essential areas we emphasize in our overall program. We are committed to providing our students with a multitude of opportunities to analyze, experiment, explore, and discover their full potential relative to our comprehensive curriculum. We challenge and motivate students to take risks while at the same time synthesizing concepts they learn to better understand the changes they are exposed to in this age of technology and information. The mixture of the Brazilian culture with those of over 30 nationalities creates a unique and vibrant learning environment.

The High School program provides all students the choice of completing up to three diplomas. Our curricular offerings satisfy the requirements of the American, Brazilian, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas. We are proud that these options provide our students the access necessary to gain entrance into the finest universities throughout the world.

We highly value the formative development of our students and provide a wide range of extracurricular activities which include a wide variety of sports, art, music, drama, student government, Model UN, community service, field trips in Brazil and abroad, Panther Video Club, and others. These opportunities enable them to develop to their full potential.

The American School of Rio de Janeiro is a unique school that is a combination of the best elements of American, Brazilian, and International education. We look forward to answering any questions you may have concerning our program.