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The British School, Rio de Janeiro

The British School, Rio de Janeiro

Rua Real Grandeza 99, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22281-030, Brazil

+55 21 2539 2717



The British School, Rio de Janeiro
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1924
Status Private
Directors John Nixon MBE, Carlos Lima & Sonia Salgado
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 2-18
Number of pupils 2,181
Number of boys 1,079
Number of girls 1,102
Day fees per annum R72,000
Average Class Size 12-24
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:9.3
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Guy Smith & Leah Wilks
Associations IB,CIS

Founded in 1924, we are a non-profit, independent and coeducational day school offering a complete and coherent curriculum for pupils of all nationalities from ages 2-18.

The school is an IB World School accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS). The director is a member of the Latin American Heads Conference (LAHC). The school has approximately 2200 pupils located on three sites. The Zona Sul Unit is split into two sites. The Botafogo Site houses a primary school and the first year of secondary school. The secondary school is based at the Urca Site, close to the Sugar Loaf. The Barra Unit is a full unit located in the Barra suburb. It houses a full school with students from age 2 (Pre-Nursery) to age 18 (Class 11 / Year 13).

We aim to cultivate well-informed, open-minded, confident, caring and enquiring young people who strive to do their best. The emphasis on academic achievement is balanced by our concern to meet our pupils' physical, emotional and social needs and to ensure that they are prepared for active and well balanced citizenship.

English is the language of teaching and learning. From Pre-Nursery to Class 9 the programme broadly follows the IPC - International Primary Curriculum - and the British National Curriculum. Secondary students are prepared for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. The school has a history of creditable results in both IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme and evident success in university entrance worldwide.

Classes are generally small and the school environment is pleasant, well-resourced and stimulating, with a strong focus on health, safety and security. Performing arts, sports, Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and work experience provide a wide range of co-curricular opportunities. Experiences beyond the school include numerous local day visits and national or international residential trips for most year groups from primary Class 3 / Year 5 upwards.

Our teachers are well-qualified (some 30% being recruited from overseas) and supported by a robust and effective programme of continuing professional development. The School continually invests in well-qualified staff and their training, curriculum development, resources, technology and infrastructure, including new buildings.

Extracurricular Activities

The extracurricular activities offered include football, capoeira, volleyball, basketball, ballet, artistic gymnastics, judo, choir, music (instruments and singing), cooking, drama, arts, robotics, yoga. Depending on the age and interest of the students, hiking and climbing, rowing and sailing lessons are offered.


Air-conditioned classrooms, interactive Whiteboard in all classrooms and computers connected to the internet, science laboratories and computer & technology laboratories, makerspaces with IT equipment, 3D Printers, virtual reality items, libraries, gymnasiums and open spaces for sports and games, playgrounds with a variety of toys, auditoriums for drama classes, drama presentations and art exhibitions, sickbays (first-aid - nurses), and dining halls.