The Board of Trustees and Superintendent of the Pan American School of Bahia govern the operation of the school. A team of administrators consisting of an Early Childhood Coordinator, Elementary and Secondary School Principals, Brazilian Studies Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Student Services Coordinator, Business Manager, HR Coordinator, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator and IT Coordinator perform the day-to-day administration of the school.



The faculty is comprised of U.S., Brazilian and other international educators, many of whom have worked in various schools throughout the world. The faculty is pedagogically and methodologically prepared to provide a fully integrated U.S. and Brazilian curriculum. The school also maintains four school counselors (one for the Early Childhood, one for Elementary School, one for the Middle School, and one for High School), two learning specialists in the elementary school and one in the secondary school, two learning support specialists in the elementary and one in the secondary school, a library-media specialist, physical education, art and technology specialists and two full-time nurses.


Student Body

Although the student population at the Pan American School of Bahia is predominantly Brazilian, another seventeen nationalities are represented within the school. The school student population is made up of approximately 740 students PreK-2 through 12th grade.


Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

The Parent-Teacher Association is an organization whose goal is to integrate all aspects of the PASB community. All parents are encouraged to become active members of this organization and to participate in the varied activities held during the school year.


Educational Program / Accreditation

The Pan American School of Bahia offers an American curriculum delivered through American methodological and pedagogical practices. As an American school, we are accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC). To serve our Brazilian student population, the curriculum incorporates the educational requirements of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, allowing students to earn both an American and Brazilian diploma. PASB is also recognized by the United States Department of Education, is a member of the Association of American Schools of Brazil (AASB), the Association of American Schools of South America (AASSA), the Council for International Schools (CIS), and also the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE).

PASB includes an early childhood program (PreK-2, PreK-4 and Kinder), an Elementary School (1st to 5th grades), a Middle School (grades 6th to 8th) and a four-year High School Program (grades 9th to 12th). At all levels, our curriculum encourages students to question, to discover, and to form and defend their own ideas. Children develop through active involvement with subject matter and according to their own pace and abilities. Our commitment is to help children discover the very best in them.


Official Language

The goal of PASB is to have students who are functionally bilingual in all academic areas. English is the official language of instruction in all subjects except Brazilian Social Studies (ES/MS/HS), Spanish (MS/HS) and Portuguese (ES/MS/HS). The use of English inside the classroom is mandatory. Students are also encouraged to use English outside the classroom, in order to reinforce and help build English skills for all students for whom English is not their native language.


School Day

The school calendar consists of 200 days including a number of academic, cultural and sporting events held on Saturdays fulfilling both Brazilian and U.S. requirements. Based on a North-American school calendar, the academic year is from early August until mid-December (1st semester) and from late January until mid-June (2nd semester). For all grades, classes begin promptly at 7:45 A.M. and end at 2:30 PM, Monday through Friday.


Early Childhood Program (PreK-2, PreK-3, PreK-4 and Kindergarten)

The Early Childhood Program serves children between 2 and 5 years of age, placing emphasis on language development through the use of a carefully designed and sequenced program that integrates all the communication skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. Children become accustomed to the school environment and gain experience in working and sharing together.


Elementary School Program (Grades 1-5)

Our Elementary School is based on the U.S. Common-Core curriculum. Every effort is made to ensure that students new to our school are appropriately placed after a review of their educational experience prior to arrival. Our academic program also includes Portuguese language instruction or Portuguese for Speakers of Other Languages (PSOL), Brazilian Social Studies (BSS) for grades 4 and 5, as well as physical education, art, music and library. Technology is integrated into the day to day learning of our students. English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) is provided based on testing on entry. Additionally, we provide learning support for students who have specific academic needs through our Student Support Services.


Middle School Program (Grades 6-8)

The PASB Middle School believes in providing its students with an education that is developmentally responsive to the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of adolescents. At this level, a team of teachers work together with our school counselor, Principal, and parents to assist students in acquiring good study habits, organizational skills, and greater responsibility for their learning and behavior. The goal of the middle school years is to develop confident, well-adjusted young learners prepared to take on the academic responsibilities of our college-preparatory high school program.


High School Program (Grades 9-12)

Our college-preparatory high school program requires 4 years of English and Portuguese including both literature and composition in languages, science, math, social studies, as well as the special subjects (technology, physical education, art and music) and electives, such as MUN, yearbook, and chess, among others. By their final year, students will have received guidance in their choice of higher education through the counselor’s office and/or the Brazilian Studies Coordinator. Those students who are preparing for U.S. universities receive preparation for college entry essay writing as well as for the SAT and/or ACT university admissions examination. Students who choose to attend a Brazilian university focus on preparation for the Brazilian university entrance tests (vestibular/ENEM).

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a comprehensive and rigorous college preparatory program servicing 11th and 12th grade student, which was created in the late 1960’s and has since become the preeminent university preparatory program in the world. IB diploma candidates concentrate on six areas: a student´s native language, a second language, social studies, experimental science, math and the arts. Additional components include the Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service).

The IB Program balances the opportunity of academic specialization with the ideals of an eclectic liberal arts education. Also, the program is flexible to reflect the interests and needs of individual students while the emphasis on concurrency of learning ensures interdisciplinary connections that enrich the educational experience. Moreover, the community service and extracurricular activities required by the CAS help students integrate intellectual and emotional development while increasing their global awareness.


Portuguese for Speakers of Other Languages (PSOL)

All student non-native speakers are required to study Portuguese language, either through the PSOL program or, if language skills are proficient, within a regular Portuguese classroom. Students in the PSOL program gradually acclimate to their new environment and begin to acquire basic vocabulary designed to help them sustain simple conversations. Once students develop adequate skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, they move into a transitional PSOL program with greater emphasis on grammatical structure and literature. Non-native speakers may eventually study the Portuguese language along with native speakers in a regular classroom.


English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Non-native English speaking students admitted in grades K-8 who do not have sufficient English language skills to succeed in the regular program are provided with an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program to meet their specific needs. The ESOL program may include sheltered immersion classes in the regular classroom (co-taught by the regular and ESOL teacher), English for Academic Purposes classes (pull-out and/or after school), and/or private ESOL tutoring classes. Students entering grade 9 and above must be proficient in the English language and not require ESOL classes.


Athletic, Co-Curricular and After-School Programs

The school’s educational program is extensive and includes, among others, the following activities in elementary and secondary divisions:

• Destination Imagination

• Knowledge Bowl Tournament

• Model United Nations (MUN)

• Elementary Student Council (ES STUCO)

• Middle School Student Council (MS STUCO)

• High School Student Council (HS STUCO)

• Community Service Program

• International Schools Sports League (ISSL)

• Friendship Athletic Tournament

• National Honor Society (NHS)

• National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

There is also available at PASB an after-school program for the ECC and the Elementary School, which is run by a third party company called Sport for Kids and inside school campus, that offers students basketball, volleyball, soccer, martial arts, rhythmic gymnastics, and swimming lessons, among others. For more information please visit

School Events

Events involving PASB community and friends are a big part of our school calendar. Throughout the year students, teachers, staff and parents come together to organize and participate in fun and enriching events like: Field Day, Halloween, International Festival, Silent Auction, Scholastic Book Fair, Talent Show, “São João” Presentation (local tradition), and school seasonal plays, among others.


Textbook Distribution and Responsibility

The school provides students with books and other materials that are property of the institution. At the beginning of each semester, teachers will distribute these textbooks and materials. The identification number, condition of the book, and materials will be recorded and signed by the student acknowledging the condition. Students have the responsibility of exhibiting responsible care of the textbook and/or materials and returning in the same condition as received.



The school provides meal services through a contracted outside agency. Snack schedules and lunchtime are reflected in the student schedules. Students may purchase canteen items only during designated times. Carbonated soft drinks may only be consumed by students in grades 6 through 11 after 2:30 PM. Students may also bring their snack and lunch from home. Refrigerators and microwave ovens are available for student use.

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