Dinner with Strangers

December 2023 -  With over 1500 parents at Graded, it may be impossible to get to know everyone. However, the Dinner with Strangers event provided a unique opportunity to meet a few more. On December 6, 18 Graded families graciously opened their homes to fellow community members to cultivate new friendships around their tables. Each dinner carried an element of intrigue, as the identity of each host and their guests remained a mystery to participants until they arrived for the meal. The anticipation and surprise heightened the experience, making the night truly memorable.

MASP Event

June 2023 - Leadership Donors joined us at MASP in June for a privately-guided tour of the Gauguin exhibition.

Imagine Gala

May 2023More than 400 members of the Graded community came together for dinner and dancing in the ballroom of Villaggio JK to imagine the school’s next 100 years. The event, which featured a performance by Graded Scholar Guido Sant'Anna ‘23, winner of the prestigious 2022 Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, raised funds for the Graded Scholar Program.

Lower School Gym Inauguration

April 2023Graded's Lei de Incentivo ao Esporte project allowed individuals and companies to redirect their tax dollars to Graded support of a renovated Lower School Gymnasium while supporting a community project. In April 2023, lower school students cut the ribbon at a special Eagles Nest inauguration assembly.

Leadership Donor Cocktail Reception

March 2022Leadership donors, Board members, Senior Leadership, and AMISA speakers gathered at a private home for a special evening where guests were treated to presentations on the science of learning and the intersection of cognitive science, neuroscience, and psychology.

Innovation Hub Inauguration

January 2020 - Graded’s cutting-edge new innovation spaces were launched during the school year, offering Lower School students the opportunity to tinker, experiment, and grow. Equipped with Lego education kits, a hydroponic garden, 3D printers, VEX robotics kits, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) materials, these spaces allow students to engage in a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities.

A Taste of Design Thinking

October 2019 - Learning experience designer Ariel Raz from the K12 Lab at the Stanford d.School led a design thinking class in the Lower School Innovation Studio for Graded's Leadership Donors.

Donor Recognition Evening

May 2019 - Graded donors gathered at the beautiful home of Elisa Mofarrej and Amaury Fonseca to celebrate the record-breaking success of 2018-19 Graded Annual Fund!

Athletics Center Inauguration

February 2019 - Graded inaugurated the school’s new Athletics Center. This state-of-the-art sports facility, Phase III of the Graded Campus Project, includes a multi-court gymnasium, a six-lane swimming pool, and three rooftop tennis courts. 

The school community gathered for an American-style ribbon-cutting ceremony, a momentous occasion replete with a band and drum corps. Guest speakers Brazilian businessman, national tennis champion, and philanthropist Jorge Paulo Lemann and national Brazilian soccer star Milene Domingues inspired the crowd.

Donor Recognition Evening

August 2018 - Parents, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered at the home of Simone and Renato '82 Maluli to celebrate community and the success of the 2017-2018 Graded Annual Fund campaign!


Leadership Donor Appreciation Evening

May 2018 - Leadership Donors gathered for a special appreciation dinner to celebrate the community's achievements at the stunning Leica Gallery, São Paulo.

Spring Soirée

November 2017 - Leadership Donors and other members of the community gathered at the home of Centennial Campaign Executive Committee member Fernanda Vidigal for an evening of wine and cheese to learn more about Graded's Centennial Campaign – Graded Campus Project, Graded Scholar Program Endowment, and Excellence in Teaching Endowment.

Donor Recognition Evening

June 2017 - Parents, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered at the home of Board Member Carlos Hitoshi Castro and his wife Paula Soares, to commemorate the achievements of a great giving year. Board President Roberto Sallouti '90 and Superintendent Richard Boerner spoke about the accomplishments and next steps in the Centennial Campaign. Graded thanked outgoing Board President Roberto Sallouti '90 for his eight years of exceptional service to the school.

Alumni Wine and Cheese Reunion

June 2017 - Over one hundred alumni from several different classes reunited at Graded's Student Center for a fabulous evening of reminiscing accompanied by wine and cheese. You can see the photos of this event here.

What It Takes

May 2017 - Leadership Donors and other members of the Graded community celebrated how far we have come and learned about what it will take to make Graded's new Athletics Center a reality.

Spring Advancement Dinner

November 2016 - Leadership Donors and other members of the community gathered for dinner to learn more about Graded's Centennial Campaign – Campus Project, Graded Scholar Program Endowment, and Excellence in Teaching Endowment.

Thanking Our Donors

June 2014 - We had a wonderful evening celebrating a successful giving year with parents and alumni at the home of Board Member Carlos Hitoshi Castro and his wife, Paula Soares. Board President Roberto Sallouti '90 and Superintendent Lee Fertig spoke about the Centennial Plan and moving forward with key strategic initiatives: Campus Project - Phase II, Graded Scholar Program, and Excellence in Teaching.

A Picnic in Our New Lower School Playground

April 2014 - Graded held a community-wide celebration - a picnic! - to inaugurate the Lower School Playground and Gyms, and signal the completion of Graded Campus Project - Phase I. Thanks to all who came and contributed, and we look forward to many more celebrations!

Launching the Corporate Partner Program 

November 2013 - The Graded Corporate Partner Program was launched at a breakfast with over 20 corporate leaders, the Board of Directors, Superintendent, and Centennial Campaign Executive Committee member Helio Magalhães (President, Citigroup) at the U.S. Consul General's home. The Program was created to formalize already existing partnerships with multi-national company leaders so that Graded can take critical steps to move forward with strategic priorities and continue to serve its growing community.

Introducing the Centennial Plan 

August 2013 - Fernanda Ingletto Vidigal, Roberta Paes de Almeida '91, Lorena Pinheiro Lima Souza '91, and Veronica Sverner Arruda hosted a lunch to introduce parents and alumni to the Centennial Plan. Approximately 50 women attended and shared feedback with the Board Chair, Facility and Development Committee, U.S. Consul General, Superintendent, and Chief Development Officer. 

Recognizing our Donors

June 2013 - Thank you to the nearly 150 donors that attended the Donor Recognition Cocktail at Superintendent Lee Fertig and Amy Hunt's home. It was a special evening as we celebrated a successful year of giving and heard a development update from Roberto Sallouti '90, Chair of the Board & Renato Ochman, Chair of the Facility and Development Committee.

Sharing a Vision for Graded

April 2013 and October 2012 - This past fiscal year, parents and alumni hosted small dinners to introduce members of the community to a Shared Vision for the Future of Graded. These dinners generated excitement and new support for future plans, which include the Graded Campus Project, expansion of Scholarship and Professional Development Endowments, and enhancement of all programs.


Reconnecting at the Harvard Club

February 2012 - Thank you to alumni, parents of alumni, current parents, and foundation partners that attended this special evening at the Harvard Club of NYC with speaker Maílson de Nóbrega (former Finance Minister of Brazil: 1988-1990). Lots of positive energy filled the room as guests re-connected, engaged in lively discussions, and shared their Graded experiences.

Celebrating a Vision for 2020

October 2011 - What a special night at Graded School! Approximately 300 Graded alumni, parents, corporate and foundation partners, faculty, and friends gathered for an elegant champagne reception to hear about plans and be inspired to get involved in this important initiative.