When should I apply?

We accept applications one year before the date of entry. To begin the application process, please complete the pre-application form to create an account in our system; the supporting documents should be submitted by February 28th or, for applications made after the deadline, three weeks after submission.

How can I apply?

Families begin the application process by completing a pre-application to create an account in our system. You will then log into our admissions portal where you can complete your application and upload the required documents. If you are unable to apply online, please call the admissions office +55 11 3747-4800 ext. 500 for further instructions.

The application fee may be paid online through PayPal in Brazilian Reais or US dollars.

What is the minimum age?

Applicants for K3 must turn three years old by September 30th.

How can we arrange to see the school?

1. The school offers a number of Open House days during the year. You can sign up here.

2. The admissions office accepts appointments for small group tours, organized by grades of interest. These happen on most Monday and Friday mornings. More information is available on the visit page of the website.

Please note that appointments during school holidays are limited.

3. If you are visiting São Paulo on a “look and see” please click here to make an appointment.

Admissions Terms

Applicant pool:



What curriculum does the school offer?

Lower School

Middle School

High School


Does Graded offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses?

No, we do not, Graded offers the IB program.

Where do Graded teachers come from?

Our teachers come from a wide range of schools in the U.S. and around the world. They represent 14 different nationalities. Approximately 55% hold U.S. citizenship, and the average tenure is nine years.

Does Graded have after-school sports and activities?

Both Lower and Middle schools have extensive after-school programs; High School students can participate in a variety of after-school clubs. Students in Grade 7 and above can try out for sports teams that compete against other schools.

What are the school hours? What is your vacation schedule?

School begins at 8:10 am and ends at 3:10 pm.
Students in K3 & K4 finish every day at 12:00 pm.

Professional Development happen every Wednesday, therefore students are dismissed at 2:30 pm.

Broadly speaking, we follow an American vacation schedule.

Who attends Graded?

Students from more than 37 countries attend Graded. While approximately 53% of our students are international, almost half of our students live in a family in which at least one member holds a non-US passport. Over one-third of our students hold citizenship from more than one country.

How many students attend Graded?

We have approximately 1,260 students in the Lower (K3-Grade 5), Middle (Grades 6-8) and High (Grades 9-12) schools.

What is the average length of stay?

The average time a student attends Graded is between three and five years. Some students attend only for a semester, and others are at Graded for 15 years (affectionately referred to as lifers).

Approximately 20% of our students leave at the end of each school year, and at the start of school each August, we welcome approximately 250 new students.

How does the school help with the transition of new students?

Because we welcome hundreds of new families every year, the administration, faculty, parents and students at Graded put a great deal of time, planning and thought into the ways we can help families to become a part of our community.

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) holds sessions that allow new families to meet each other and to connect with current Graded families; these sessions also introduce families to São Paulo life and explain how parents can become involved at school. Our guidance counselors and teachers prepare transition activities and events for new students and create opportunities for new and returning students to talk about their initial experiences at the School, from their anxieties and expectations to the things that surprised them.

At the beginning of the academic year, each division holds grade-based orientations that help new students become acquainted with their teachers and the school building. But arguably our greatest "transition team" is our student body, who naturally reach out to make new students feel welcome. Within only a week or two, new arrivals begin to feel like seasoned veterans.

Where do Graded families live?

Alta de Boa Vista / Chácara Flora
Moema / Vila Nova Conceição

We provide busing to all these areas. We have families living in other areas of São Paulo as well; if you are interested in residing in a particular area and would like to know if we bus there, please contact the admissions office.

Does Graded provide busing?

We provide busing for families living in many neighborhoods in São Paulo. The busing is door-to-door for regular school hours (8:10 am & 3:15 pm). There are two late buses to accommodates Lower and Middle school after-school activities (4:15 pm) and most of our High School after-school activities (6:00 pm). 
+55 11 3747-4800 ext. 500 

Tracy Harrison
Director of Admissions

Diego Martins
Admissions Analyst

Juliana Andrade
Admissions Secretary

Silvia Sapiense

Admissions Analyst 

Fabiola Oliveira
Graded Scholar Program Coordinator

Av. José Galante, 425
São Paulo, SP - Brazil - 05642-000
T: 55-11-3747-4800
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