YEARS OF TRADITION AND EXCELLENCE
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:
A UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
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 , Middle 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. Middle and 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 and friendship among EARJ community members. EARJ has Destination Imagination®, Ecology Club, French Club, Spanish Club, Knowledge Bowl, Model UN, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Knowledge Bowl, JAM Club, Panther Channel, SAT preparation, Service-Oriented Students Club, Student Leadership Programs – Peer Counseling, Student Government (STUCO). Fine Arts Week, Talent Shows, Drama Productions, Kids for Saving Earth Club, Paws News.
Gavea - an unique 12-acre campus nestled in the Tijuca Forest with stunning mountain and ocean views has seven “towers” with 80 classrooms; eight science labs; six computer labs; two - one Library; a Learning Commons - a flexible, optimal environment for collaboration, design, sharing of information, development of projects and creation of knowledge; three gymnasiums; the MuseOn -- an innovative space dedicated to exploring arts and communication; a MakerSpace - a student-centered area where individual inventors and creative teams other for collaborative exploration for a common goal. Students projects are related to but not limited to, robotics, media production and prototyping of ideas; a multi-purpose soccer, softball and track field; a 350-seat auditorium; a band room; instrumental rehearsal and electronic music studios; three art classrooms; a gallery for Middle and Upper School art and a photography lab.
Barra - Escola Americana recently opened its second campus in Barra da Tijuca.The complex consists of 14 thousand m2 of constructed area, on a lot of 17,5 thousand m2, near the Santa Mônica Jardins condominium. The new campus was built using international, state-of-the-art concepts in school architecture, and students enjoy beautiful scenic, mountain views from their classroom windows.The gymnasium, located in the center of the structure and visible from all parts of the school, is one of the highlights of the architectural design. The facility includes 30 classrooms; a MakerSpace; Learning Commons; two acoustically-engineered music rooms and studios; a computer lab; a science lab; a spacious library; two art rooms; two sports fields; and one soccer field.
The campus has capacity for 600 students and offers preschool through 8th grade during the 2016/7 academic year.
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.