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Sphere International School

Sphere International School

Av Anchieta, 908 - Jardim Nova Europa, Sao José dos Campos, São Paulo, SP 12242-280, Brazil

+55 12 3322 1255



Sphere International School
School type Co-educational Day
Founded 2004
Status Private
Head of School Daisy Gava
Language of Instruction English, Portuguese
Co-ed Age Range 2-16 years
Number of pupils 410
Average Class Size 16-25
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7
Authorised IB Programmes IBMYP, IBPYP
MYP Coordinator Sandra Araujo
PYP Coordinator Melissa Therriault Zaramella

São José dos Campos, Brazil, is a city known for its attractive surroundings and importance as a center of Science and Technology. Esfera Escola Internacional aims to contribute to the development of innovative citizens, who are able to interact in international contexts for the common good. Esfera offers an academically rigorous bilingual curriculum from Early Childhood Education to High School which is based on the Brazilian National Common Curricular Base and the IB standards. Esfera is also an UNESCO Associated School.

In Early Childhood Education, children are encouraged to develop their social skills and explore the world around them, through play-based learning, building new understandings and learning to communicate their ideas and feelings with respect. Relationships are at the heart of the Preschool program and multiple intelligences are valued, allowing for differentiated approaches to teaching and learning. Teachers recognize the full potential of each student, aiming to foster their talents through creativity and a joy for learning. In Elementary School, students engage in six transdisciplinary Units of Inquiry each year, exploring content and concepts, while developing essential skills and attitudes. Students become progressively more autonomous in their ability to think critically, work collaboratively, employ technology and propose solutions. Then, in the Year 5 Exhibition, they are able to demonstrate the breadth of their understanding, skills and values that they’ve acquired throughout the PYP.

In Middle School, students work with interdisciplinary units in an expansive curriculum that includes: Languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish), Mathematics, Science, Design, History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education. Students continue to develop their international mindedness and active pursuit of meaningful action through the international exchange programs and the Community Project in Year 8 and a personal research in Year 9. Throughout Middle School, the tutorship program allows students to become more aware of their learning process and how to develop strategies for thinking and relating to others as they change and grow.

In 2021, the school is opening its first High School group and is currently a candidate school for the IB Diploma Programme.