When should I apply?

Our school year runs from the beginning of August to the middle of June. While we accept a small number of children in January for second semester, it is always preferable for students to join us in August.

The application deadline for the second semester beginning in January 2021 is November 15, 2020.

The application deadline for August 2021 is February 10, 2021.

How may I apply?

The first step of the admissions process is the completion of an online Inquiry Form. This form is required in order to enter the Admissions Portal. Once you enter the Admissions Portal, you may complete your application and upload 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 via PayPal in Brazilian reais or US dollars.


What is the minimum age for admission?

K3 applicants for August must turn three years old by September 30 of the same year.

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. If you are visiting São Paulo from abroad, please click here to request an appointment.

Please note that appointments during school holidays are limited.


Does Graded have a wait list?

Each year, we receive many more applications than there are spaces for new students. Graded has an admissions committee for each division. The Middle School and High School Admissions Committee members will look at the applicant’s grades, but they also consider other elements of academic success and academic potential. Application requirements including teacher recommendations, the student's own essay, and any standardized test scores (we use the MAP test at Graded) are all also considered in the final admission decisions. These components combined help the admission committee determine what the academic strengths of a student are, and where the student may need some extra assistance.  

For students who are applying to Pre-primary through 5th grade, the committee will look closely at teacher recommendations and transcripts for information about learning habits as well as behavior and their ability to get along with other students.


What curriculum does the school offer?

Montessori Pre-primary

The Pre-primary School embraces the Montessori educational philosophy. It rests on the fundamental idea that children have a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. The educator's task in the Pre-primary is to motivate these internal desires, supply the materials for the child's manipulation and discoveries, and assist the students in learning at their own pace. Self-discipline is acquired through absorption in meaningful activities.

Additional information on Montessori education is available through the American Montessori Society where Graded holds an associate affiliation.  

Fine Arts
Language Arts

Physical Education and Health

World Languages
Other languages upon availability

Social Studies
Cultural Studies




Middle School


Please note they may vary from semester to semester. Please consult the handbook for details.

Academic Support
Academic Support 6-8        
English for Academic Purposes 6-8    

Beginning Band
Junior Band      
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Digital Video
Desktop Publishing          
Digital Art          
Digital Video          
Acting and Improvisation          
Theater I          
Theater Production        
Beginning Orchestra    
Junior Orchestra Year
Art and Drawing                                                            
Art and Color
Art and Clay
Vocal Music

Brazilian Social Studies
Brazilian Social Studies 6, 7, 8

Geography 7
World Geography
Humanities 6, 7, 8
English 8  and  Social Studies 8

Build Your Own App: Introduction to Computer Science
Community Building
Creative Writing
Design and Modeling
Model United Nations
Reader's Workshop
Service Learning
Solve it!
Step Up to the Stage


Mathematics 6, 7
Mathematics 8 Standard/Extended

Physical Education and Health
Physical and Health Education 6, 7, 8

Science 6, 7, 8

World Languages
Portuguese 6, 7, 8
Portuguese as an Additional Language (PAL) A, B, C, D
PAL Advanced 6, 7, 8


High School

You can also find Graded's High School Profile here.


Please note they may vary from semester to semester. Please consult the handbook for details

Fine Arts
Senior Band
Jazz Band    
Beginning Orchestra
High School Choir  
High School Honor Choir
Digital Music Making      
Acting I/II                      
IB Theater Arts I SL/HL  
Art I                          
Ceramics and Sculpture I/II
Computer Graphic Design            
Photo I/II/III
Yearbook Design and Publication                          
IB Visual Arts SL/HL, I/II
Multimedia and The Art of Film                        
IB Film HL I/II  

Language Arts and Literature
English 9: Individuals and Society
English 10: Power - Race, Class, and Gender
IB English: Language and Literature SL/HL, I/II
IB English: Literature SL/HL, I/II        
Writing for Expression        
Português 9                                                      
Português 10                                                        
IB Português: Língua e Literatura SL/HL, I/II
Dissertação para vestibulares
IB Spanish: Lengua y Literatura SL/HL, I/II  

Integrated Math I Standard/Extended
Integrated Math II Pre-Studies          
Integrated Math II Standard/Extended            
IB Math Studies I        
IB Math Studies II          
IB Mathematics SL/HL, I/II

Physical and Health Education
High School Health 9/10
Physical Education 9/10/11/12

Biology and Life Science 9          
Integrated Science 10        
Human Anatomy and Physiology        
Introduction to Engineering Design
IB Biology SL/HL, I/II
IB Chemistry SL/HL, I/II    
IB Physics SL/HL, I/II     

Social Studies
Social Studies  9/10
Introduction to Philosophy  
Positive Psychology and Character Strengths in the Classroom
Brazilian History and Culture  
Brazilian Social Studies  9/10
IB Brazilian Social Studies SL I/II
IB History SL/HL, I/II
IB Economics SL/HL I/II
IB Psychology SL/HL I/II
Brasil: Questões Contemporâneas  

World Languages
Portuguese as an Additional Language (PAL) I/II/III/IV
PAL Advanced 9/10
IB Portuguese B SL/HL, I/II
Português: Língua B SL/HL, I/II
French as an Additional Language (FAL) I/II/III
IB French ab initio SL I/II
IB French B SL/HL, I/II
Spanish as an Additional Language (SAL) I/II/II
IB Spanish ab initio SL I/I
IB Spanish B SL/HL, I/II

IB Theory of Knowledge I/II
Peer Group Connection      

Student Support
English for Academic Purposes I/II
Academic Support 9/10/11/12    
Independent Study Hall  

Does Graded offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses?

No, we do not. However, Graded offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 11th and 12th grades.  The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a two-year educational program. The program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by many universities worldwide. While it is highly regarded by US universities, it is not required for admissions.

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. Sixty-one percent are foreign hires (approximately 55% hold U.S. passports), 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 Grades 7 and above may try out for team sports.  Graded is part of several leagues and participates in tournaments with other international schools.

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

Lower School begins at 8:05 am and ends at 3:05 pm.

Middle School and High School begin at 8:10 am and end at 3:10 pm.

Students in K3 & K4 finish every day at 12:00 pm.

Professional Development happens every Wednesday, therefore students are dismissed at 2:40 pm.

Broadly speaking, we follow an American holiday schedule (mid-December - end January and mid-June - end July).

Who attends Graded?

Students from more than 37 countries attend Graded. While approximately 53% of our students are international (non-Brazilian), more than one third of our students hold citizenship from more than one country.

How many students attend Graded?

We have approximately 1,250 students in the Lower (545), Middle (288) and High (417) Schools.

What is the average length of stay?

The average time an international student attends Graded is between three and five years. Some students attend for just one year, 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 220 new students.

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

Because we welcome hundreds of new students every year, the administration, faculty, parents, and students at Graded put a great deal of time, planning, and thinking of ways we can help students and their 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 may 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 buildings. But arguably our greatest "transition team" is our student body, who naturally reach out to new students and make them feel welcome. Our goal is that within the first semester new arrivals begin to feel like seasoned veterans.

Where do Graded families live?

Our families live all over Sao Paulo. We offer transportation to the neighborhoods with the greatest number of Graded students including:

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

Does Graded provide transportation service?

We provide bus transportation for families living in many neighborhoods in São Paulo. The bus system is door-to-door during regular school hours (8:10 am and 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).

* Be advised that our bus service does not cover all areas in São Paulo.

For more information, please go to the Transportation page or contact Transportation Manager Silvio Pedroso at silvio.pedroso@graded.br.

Admissions Office Hours

8:00 am - 4:00 pm  
+55 11 3747-4800 ext 500

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