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 services.



Teachers are organized into teacher teams with common planning time and regular meetings to discuss academic programs and student needs. The curriculum and teaching methodology at each grade level has been developed with the needs of middle school students in mind.

To enrich the Middle School experience, students are offered a variety of extracurricular programs such as STUCO, MATH Counts, Peer Counseling, the arts, and athletics.



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 within and beyond the classroom. 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 High School program provides 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 variety of sports, art, music, drama, student leadership, Model UN, community service, field trips in Brazil and abroad, and others. ​

Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro is an unique school that offers 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.



Upper School (6-12)


The objective of assessment at EARJ is to monitor student learning, provide students with feedback on their progress, and prepare them for summative assessments that measure student learning throughout the year. Assessments are shaped by the philosophy that students should be given preliminary feedback on new skills and content prior to their evaluation on assessments that will form the quarter, semester, and year Grades in each course. This emphasis on frequent feedback from the teacher in the learning process also shapes teaching practices at EARJ. Assessments at EARJ are created to meet learning goals set by skill and content standards agreed upon by each department.

Upper School Counseling

The counseling program supports and facilitates personal growth, self-esteem, and positive and healthy interpersonal relationships. In addition, the program helps students to grow in their understanding of themselves and their world and to become responsible adults. The program also includes the planning and monitoring of students’ academic programs and progress, assists students who experience personal difficulties, and stresses decision-making, self-advocacy, and personal responsibility. Counseling services include group and individual counseling, individual support with organization, support with course and class selections, and guidance lessons.

US Advisory Program

The EARJ Advisory Program has been created to meet the evolving needs of upper school students through a comprehensive curriculum while fostering a sense of community. Through our advisory program students are provided with a caring, adult advocate who supports a small group students in working together to solve common personal & school-related issues.  Our advisory program creates an atmosphere where students can express themselves, develop meaningful  peer relationships,  and feel a sense of community and belonging.

College Counseling

The High School College and Guidance Counseling Program begins in Grade 9 and has been designed to support all students with the college and university process, through a holistic approach. We provide students with the necessary tools to be reflective, inquisitive, and open minded. Counselors assist students in choosing career paths and finding their own academic and personal strengths, while trying to match them to an university in which they will find success. The program also helps in writing a good college application for institutions worldwide, getting scholarships, and more.