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Here we inspire unlimited futures

ACCREDITATIONS
AND AFFILIATIONS
The only international school in Bahia. IB WORLD SCHOOL SINCE 2012
  • Colégio DEL MUNDO
  • Primary Years Programme
  • Diploma Programme
  • We are an accredited school
  • New England
  • AMISA

Thank you for your interest in joining our learning community. We are a non-profit organization, a non-profit school, and a parent association that believes in the value of education for the holistic development of our children, which includes acquiring conceptual learning, developing skills and competencies, building strong values, and character.

As the only truly international school in Bahia, since 1960, we have received families and teachers from all over the world, to provide an extremely enriching multicultural experience.

At PASB, our children are empowered to become the authors of their own life stories with unlimited futures. They can qualify with three diplomas: American, Brazilian, and the International Baccalaureate (IB DP).

Feel free to arrange a meeting with us, so that we can better introduce you to PASB, clarify any doubts, and assist you in the admissions and transition process.

Kind Regards,
Valquiria Voltarelli – Director of Admissions

What it means to be part of our community

Understanding the Admissions Process

New students can be admitted at any time of the year.

Our international school follows a calendar based on the American calendar:

• School year: starts in July and ends in June.
• The first semester ends in mid-December.
• The second and last semester of the year starts in late January and ends in mid-June.

01.
Contact us

Our admissions team will be happy to answer your questions about our program, school curriculum, calendar, extracurricular activities, fees, etc.

Contact
Telephone number: +55 71 3368-8400 / E-mail: admissions@pasb.com.br

02.
Tour

Feel free to book a tour! The visit lasts about 90 minutes. You can fill out the form on our website by
clicking here.

03.
Assessment and Interview

All applicants from Year 1 to Year 12 go through an admissions process that includes evaluations and interviews with the Principal. For Early Childhood students, the families will be interviewed by the Principal.

04.
Enrollment

Once the candidate is approved, the school will contact the family to proceed with the student’s enrollment.

SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT

Fill out the form below so that our admissions team can contact you to schedule the best day and time for your visit.

FAQ

1. Does PASB prepare students for Brazilian college admission exams (vestibular)?

PASB is an institution that believes in providing an overarching education to our students, which goes beyond college exams. At PASB, students fulfill two curricula integrally: international and Brazilian. At the end of the course, students receive two diplomas - one American and one Brazilian - and can receive a third one, the International Baccalaureate Diploma. With this format, all content planned by the National Common Curricular Base (BNCC) is approached consistently, allowing our students to be confident and prepared to face future challenges successfully, including ENEM and other college admission exams.

2. What is the difference between PASB and Bilingual Program Schools?

The level of immersion in the local and foreign languages is the main difference between a bilingual and an international school.

Bilingual schools have a single curriculum as their core - the Brazilian curriculum. In these schools, the main language of instruction is Portuguese, and students are exposed to the foreign language through curricular or extracurricular activities.

At PASB, we have two core curriculums - the international one (from the United States) and the Brazilian one. Most of the content is taught in English, by teachers of many different nationalities, who are specially hired by our school as members of our excellent team. The Portuguese language is also studied and practiced through our Brazilian Program subjects. Therefore, the diversity and quality of our team result in a differentiated education for our students, through the promotion of a rich, inclusive, and multicultural environment.

3. I do not speak English. How can I communicate with the school?

The communication at our school happens both in English and in Portuguese, through emails, Panther News, online platforms, parent-teacher conferences, and events. WhatsApp is also a support channel which has been increasingly helpful. However, what we value most is the direct communication between parents and staff - administrators and teachers. Our families are always welcome in our campi to share their doubts and leave their contributions.

4. Do the children eat at the school?

Yes. The family can choose whether to send snacks/lunch from home or to hire the service of the catering company which serves meals at our school. Trix Alimentação is a specialized company which develops healthy and balanced meals, offering all the nutrients that the students need for their daily activities. The daily menu contains salads, white and wholegrain rice, beans, two types of animal protein, noodles or potatoes, cooked and raw vegetables, fruits, and two options of juice, besides flavored water. All of these items are included in the meal price. This value is charged separately.

For the Early Childhood Center (ECC), students have from two to three meals: morning snack, lunch, and an optional afternoon snack. For the Elementary and Secondary divisions, students have a morning break and also have lunch at the school. We suggest the consumption of a snack in the morning and in the afternoon in case the student participates in any extracurricular activities.

5. What are the benefits of enrolling my child at the Pan American School of Bahia?

The Pan American School of Bahia is the only school in Bahia to offer three diplomas to our High School students. PASB offers a rigorous curriculum taught in English, consistent with international and American schools of the highest standards. All students who complete the necessary credits in Year 12 receive the American diploma. This diploma is acknowledged by universities in the United States. Students can also choose to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a highly challenging program that encompasses the last two years of High School and is acknowledged by the most prestigious universities worldwide. Students with a high level of Portuguese fluency also take subjects pertaining to the Brazilian Program, and, at the end of High School, obtain the Certificado de Conclusão do Ensino Médio, acknowledged by Brazilian universities.

6. When should I start the Application Process for my child?

Admissions happen at any time of the year. Our school year starts in July and ends in June. The first semester starts in early August and ends in late December.The second and final semester of the year starts in late January and ends in mid-June.

Each family has a specific idea of when the best moment to apply is. We recommend that you get in touch with our Admissions team to better understand your particular context and clear any existing doubts.

7. When should I fill out the Admissions form?

Contact the Admissions Department as soon as you know that there is a possibility that your family will move to Salvador and that your children will be attending PASB in the near future. There is no need to have made up your mind before making the first contact. It is always better to start the Admissions process as soon as possible.

8. Does PASB work with a cut-off date for the grades? How flexible is the school?

PASB’s cut-off date is August 31st. We cannot make exceptions, because each school in Brazil is linked to the legislation which determines that a cut-off date needs to be established and rigidly followed. Students should be two years old to apply for Pre K-2, three years old for Pre K-3, four years old for Pre K-4, and five years old for Kindergarten.

9. How does PASB work with students coming from schools with a different academic calendar?

A student coming from a Brazilian school, for example, finishes their grade/year in December. In case this student applies for PASB’s second semester, in January, they will join the second semester of the grade/year they just completed at their previous school. Usually, a student is not advanced to the second semester of a grade/year without having completed the first semester of that grade.

10. Does PASB have a waiting list?

Each year the school receives many Admissions requests, and, for some grades, there might not be spots for all the new students. In those cases, there is a waiting list.

11. Does PASB offer activities and sports outside regular school hours?

Yes. PASB has an extensive extracurricular and sports program that students can join after regular school hours. For Early Childhood and Elementary Students, the activities are inclusive and aim to provide the first contact of these students with sports or extracurricular activities.

For students from Year 6 onward, students can participate in trials for several sports teams. PASB participates in various tournaments and competitions, locally, nationally, and with other international schools.

12. What time do classes start and end?

Early Childhood classes start at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Elementary classes start at 7:45 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Middle School and High School classes start at 7:45 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. Extracurricular activities and sports start after that time.

13. How does the school help in the transition of new students?

Because we receive many new students every year, the administrative staff, teachers, parents, and students at PASB dedicate a lot of time to planning and thinking about ways in which we can help students and their families integrate into our community.

At the beginning of the school year, each division hosts orientation sessions, which help students meet their teachers and become familiar with the school buildings. However, our biggest “transition team” are our students, who naturally help newcomers to feel welcomed. Our goal is that, within their first semesters, newcomers will feel like seasoned students at PASB.

14. Do all students need to be fluent in English to enroll at PASB?

All students applying for grades higher than Year 1 should perform an assessment of their level of English. This allows the school to determine if the child has a reasonable chance to be successful in a program taught in English.