What Makes EARJ Unique?​


Established in 1937, Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro is one of Latin America’s most respected international teaching institutions.


All classes are taught in English with the exception of the Brazilian Diploma Program requirements and Spanish and French foreign language courses.


EARJ is the only school in Rio de Janeiro that offers three distinct diplomas:

  1. The American Diploma for graduates who will go on to higher education in the United States;  program accredited by AdvancED (http://www.advanc-ed.org/)
  2. The International Baccalaureate Diploma, an extremely challenging, two year course of study recognized by universities worldwide, and;
  3. The Brazilian Diploma, for Brazilians and for students who will pursue undergraduate studies in Brazil. Accreditation by State Board of Education.


Escola Americana prepares students for the demands and challenges of our rapidly changing global society.

  • Upper School has a Service Learning Program in which students learn about Ethics and Social Responsibility by participating in community outreach projects in neighboring Rocinha or in other communities;
  • The Experiential Education Program which includes a climbing tower and high and low ropes, creates opportunities for students to develop team building skills and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the safety of others;
  • Our Lower and Upper School produce news programs, documentaries and short films which support our broad objectives of teaching students to communicate in many languages and media;
  • The Extracurricular Athletic Programs of Escola Americana focus on the values of teamwork and sportsmanship by emphasizing effort, improvement and fair play. Upper School teams compete with local schools in league games and other American schools in tournaments. The interscholastic teams include soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball and cheerleading;
  • The Extracurricular Activities – clubs, organizations and sports – promote a sense of teamwork, school spirit, friendship among the EARJ community and a raises awareness to the needs of the community we live in. EARJ has NHS – National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, French Honor Society, Destination Imagination, Model United Nations, Mu Alpha Theta, Journalism, Advertising and Marketing, Book Club, Rocinha After School Activities, Musically United Students and Teachers, World Scholar’s Cup, Ecology Club/GIN, Art Club, Knowledge Bowl, Investment Club, Panther Channel, Robotics Club, Key Club, Yearbook Club, SAT Preparation, Service Oriented Students, Student Leadership Programs – Peer Counseling, Student Council (STUCO), Fine Arts Week, Talent Shows, Drama Productions, Kids for Saving Earth Club, Paws News, to name a few.


Gávea – an unique 12 acre campus nestled in the Tijuca Forest with stunning mountain and ocean views has eight “towers” that house Administration and the School’s three Divisions. The towers together contain 93 classrooms, nine science laboratories, one library, a Learning Commons – a flexible, optimal environment for collaboration, design, sharing of information, development of projects and creation of knowledge; a MuseOn – an innovative space dedicated to exploring arts and communication; a MakerSpace – a student-centered area where individual inventors and creative teams gather for for collaborative exploration for a common goal.  Students projects are related, but not limited to, robotics, media production and prototyping of ideas; a cafeteria, an infirmary, a snack bar, a student store and a 350-seat Auditorium, which is being renovated at the moment; a Band Room; instrumental rehearsal and electronic music studios; three Art Classrooms, a gallery for Middle and High School art and a Photography Lab. Athletic facilities include 3 lower school playgrounds, indoor and outdoor courts for basketball and volleyball, and a multi-purpose soccer, softball and track field.
Barra – EARJ added a new purpose built campus, completed in February 2014, in Barra da Tijuca, with capacity for 600 students and offers preschool through grade 9 are offered. The complex consists of 14,000m2  of constructed area, on a lot of 17,500m2 , near the Santa Monica Jardins condominium.


Escola Americana holds memberships in the Association of International Education, Association of American Schools in South America, European Council of International Schools, Association of American Schools of Brazil, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, National Association of Independent Schools, National Middle School Association, Association of School Curriculum Directors, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Math, The National Honor Society, The International Baccalaureate Organization, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the College Board.

Gávea Campus

Barra Campus