The Pan American School of Bahia offers an international curriculum taught in a distinctly North American style. Our exceptional faculty features north-American trained teachers, a majority with international teaching experience and advanced university degrees.
As an international school, we are accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC) and by the Council for International Schools (CIS). To serve our Brazilian student population, the curriculum incorporates the educational requirements of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, allowing students to earn both an American and Brazilian diploma. PASB is also recognized by the United States Department of Education, is a member of the Association of American Schools of Brazil (AASB), the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA), and also the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE).
In addition, PASB is an IB World School, authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) – Years 11-12 and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) – PreK-3 – Year 5. This authorization is awarded to schools who offer a rigorous, challenging, and unique IB program of education.
For this reason, PASB is the only school in Bahia to offer up to three different diplomas to our graduates. When our seniors graduate from PASB, they have the chance to choose universities both in Brazil and abroad.
PASB has a highly qualified faculty, formed by teachers that are specialists, Masters, and Ph.D. in their areas. Our teachers come from several nationalities around the world, which reinforces the international-mindedness on our campus. Most of our Elementary and Secondary School teachers are native English speakers, while the teachers of the Brazilian Program are all local.
PASB includes an Early Childhood (ECC) program (PreK-2, PreK-3, PreK-4, and Kinder), an Elementary School (ES – Years 1-5), a Secondary School that includes Middle School (MS – Years 6-8) and a four-year High School Program (HS – Years 9-12). At all levels, our curriculum encourages students to question, to discover, and to form and defend their own ideas. Children develop through active involvement with the subject matter and according to their own pace and abilities. Our commitment is to help children discover the very best in them.
The goal of PASB is to have students who are functionally bilingual in all academic areas. English is the official language of instruction in all subjects except Brazilian Social Studies (MS/HS), Spanish (MS/HS) and Portuguese (ECC/MS/HS). The use of English in the classroom is mandatory. Students are also encouraged to use English outside the classroom, in order to reinforce and help build English skills for all students for whom English is not their native language.
The school calendar consists of 200 days including a number of academic, cultural and sporting events held on Saturdays fulfilling both Brazilian and U.S. requirements. Based on a North-American school calendar, the academic year is from early August until mid-December (1st semester) and from late January until mid-June (2nd semester). For Early Childhood and Elementary students, classes begin promptly at 7:45 am and end at 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with after school activities and sports running from 2:40 until 3:30 pm from Monday to Thursday. For Middle and High School students, classes begin promptly at 7:45 am and end at 3:15 pm, Monday through Friday, and after school sports are offered until 6:00 pm.