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Dr. Raymond Lauk, Headmaster
American School of Brasilia
Av L-2 Sul, SGAS Q-605-E
70200-650 Brasilia, DF, Brazil
The American School of Brasilia is a private, coeducational day school which offers an educational program from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 for students of all nationalities. The School was founded in 1964. The school year comprises 2 semesters extending approximately from August 10 to December 18 and from January 18 to June 9.
Organization: The School is governed by a Board of Directors composed of 9 members elected for 2-year terms, 8 of whom are elected by the American School Association of Brasilia. The U.S. Ambassador has one appointee on the Board. Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is tax-exempt in the United States.
Curriculum: The curriculum is that of U.S. public schools. Instruction is in English. Portuguese and French are taught as foreign languages. A full college-preparatory program is offered at the high school level. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School is recognized by the Secretary of Education of the Federal District of Brazil.
Faculty: There are 72 full-time teachers in the 2000-2001 school year, including 43 U.S. citizens, 27 Brazilians, and 2 of other nationalities.
Enrollment: Enrollment at the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year was 577 (PK-grade 6: 293; and grades 7-12: 284). Of the total, 71 were U.S. citizens, 375 were host-country nationals, and 131 were children of other nationalities. Of the U.S. enrollment, 51 were dependents of U.S. government direct-hire or contract employees, 4 of religious organization employees, and 16 of other private U.S. citizens.
Facilities: The School occupies a 5-acre campus with a panoramic view of the lakes of Brasilia. There are several interconnected building containing 40 classrooms, 3 science and 3 computer laboratories, a library, and a gymnasium/auditorium. There is a cafeteria and a separate snack bar for lunch and after-school activities. A regulation soccer field, basketball courts, a tennis court, and elementary playgrounds enhance the physical plant facilities.
Finances: In the 2000-2001 school year, about 95 percent of the School's income derives from regular day school tuition. Annual tuition rates are as follows: PK-grade 6: $10,980; and grades 7-12: $13,716. There is also a one-time registration fee of $4,000 for grades PK-12. (All the fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)
This Fact Sheet is intended to provide general information. The Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) may have more detailed information. Prospective users of the schools may wish to inquire further with A/OPR/OS or contact the school directly for more specific and up-to-the minute information regarding curriculum, special programs and the like.