What are the benefits of enrolling my child in Pan American School of Bahia?
The Pan American School of Bahia is the only school in Brazilian’s North/Northeast region to offer up to three diplomas to its graduates. PASB offers a rigorous English-language curriculum consistent with superior American and international schools. All students who complete the required credits on Year 12 are awarded a U.S. High School Diploma. This diploma is recognized by universities in the United States. Students may also opt to pursue an International Baccalaureate Diploma, an extremely challenging two-year course of high school study aknowleged by colleges and universities worldwide. The student with a high level of fluency in Portuguese also take courses that fulfill the requirements of the Brazilian curriculum. Students who successfully complete these courses are additionally awarded a Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio, recognized by universities in Brazil.
When should I apply?
Admissions take place at any time of the year which starts in the beginning of July and ends in June. The first semester begins in early August and ends mid-December. The second and final semester begins at the end of January and goes through mid-June.
Each family has a specific feeling about the best moment to apply. We advise you to contact the admissions team so we can better understand your particular context and clarify your questions.
When should I submit an application for admission?
Make initial contact with the Admissions Office as soon as you think that a move to Salvador or PASB may be in your future; no need to have security plans in place to make an initial inquiry. It is always best to begin the admissions process as early as possible.
Do you have a cut-off date? How flexible are you?
The cut-off date at PASB is August 31st. We are not able to make exceptions as each school in Brasil is bound by the legislation that states that a cut-off date must be determined and followed. Students must be two years of age for PreK2, three years of age for PreK3, four years of age for PreK4, five years of age for Kindergarten.
How does PASB treat students coming from schools that have a different academic calendar?
A student coming from a Brazilian school, for example, will complete a grade/year level in December. If that student applies for PASB´s second-semester admission in January, then he/she will enter the second semester at PASB of the academic year they just completed in the previous school. A student is not normally promoted to the second semester of a given grade level without completing the first semester of that grade level.
Does PASB have a waitlist?
Each year, we receive several applications and, for some grades, there is not enough spaces for new students. In those cases, we have a waitlist.
Does PASB have after-school sports and activities?
Yes. PASB has extensive after-school programs as students can participate in a variety of after-school clubs and sports. ECC and Elementary students have a wide variety of extracurricular and sports programs to join. These are inclusive programs that have as the main objective to promote an introduction to the sports and expand the interests of our students.
Students in Year 6 and above may try out for team sports. PASB is part of several leagues and participates in tournaments with other local and international schools.
What are the school hours?
Early Childhood and Elementary School regular classes begin at 7:45 am and end at 2:30 pm.
Middle School and High School regular classes begin at 7:45 am and end at 3:15 pm. After-school programs and sports activities start after that time.
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 PASB 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.
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.
Do all students need to be fluent in English to enroll at PASB?
All students applying for admission to Year 1 or higher must complete an academic evaluation in English. This allows the school to determine whether the child has a reasonable chance of being successful in an English-language instructional program.