The Elementary School International Program is designed for children 7 to 10 years-old (grades 1-5). The curriculum and planning interconnect the international standards with the local Brazilian standards to provided the basis for new knowledge and skills. This development progresses throughout the years enriched by the interaction between students. Each year, students are encouraged to become more independent in their thoughts and their work.
In this program, the pedagogical proposal aims to develop student interest in the acquisition of knowledge and experience the joy of sharing their learning and achievements with peers and teachers. Lessons are inspired by the Social Interaction Theory and allow students multiple opportunities to work with peers and teachers to master a skill.
The academic space, in addition to the educational learning time, is organized to focus on an ongoing dialogue, the search for understanding of facts and information, as well as inquiry and research. This enriched classroom environment is present in all classes. Collaboration with others is an integral part of the academic proposal and brings a diverse group of children together to focus on a common goal.
Sant’Anna International program offers Bilingual education with English as the primary language of the school. Students in grades 1-5 receive 60% of their daily education in English and 40% in Portuguese. English speaking classes include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Music, Art, and Body Expressions. Portuguese speaking classes include Língua Portuguesa, Matemática, Ciências Naturais, Ciências Humanas (História e Geografia). The school calendar mirrors the international calendar beginning in August and ending in June, however the Brazilian classes follow the Brazilian calendar (February to December). This progression happens naturally in the middle of the year with no interference.
To assist students in their progress and monitor academic process students participate in the MAP test twice a year and the WrAP test in 3rd and 5th grade. The Measure of Academic Performance (MAP) measures progress in Reading, Language Usage, Science and Math. The WrAP test focuses on written language. Students are also given many opportunities to hold leadership roles within the school to help build character that prepares them from life-long success.