The Escola Internacional de Alphaville mission is to promote the development of children and young adults to becoming global citizens who contribute to a better world. This has been our main guiding factor since the school opened its doors in the year 2000.
Learning with significance is what we firmly believe in, and this type of learning thrives in a safe and welcoming environment where experiences become fond, lifelong memories. A caring and compassionate education, in contrary to content-driven, is laden with enriching, valuable experiences that transfer to any place and time.
Pinnacle to our mission is our constant pursuit of the most effective ways to articulate it to our whole school community. Since 2006, Escola Internacional de Alphaville has been engaged with Metanóia, an organisation that unites leaders of Brazilian firms who share a common belief: it’s possible to cultivate a culture to turn our society into something more ethical, humane and prosperous.
Escola Internacional de Alphaville is characterised by a number of differentials:
We aim to provide our students with an optimum environment where they can develop the necessary competencies for success and overcoming challenges in the rapidly transforming 21st century.
Students prepare for these transformations by having an understanding of the real world. It is not at all achieved by memorising facts and chunks of isolated information simply to pass an exam, it is achieved by genuinely understanding knowledge within and across subject areas, making connections, self reflecting and refining interpersonal relationship skills.
Our aim is to prepare students for the unexpected and uncertain future. We can do this by nurturing lifelong skill sets that enable them to transfer learning into their daily lives by making meaning of the information around them and thus making sound judgments.
Escola Internacional de Alphaville developed an institutional Social Ethics Education Programme (Convivência Ética) , that further articulates our mission and represents our culture in action. This programme ensures that our educational beliefs, values and principles are prominent and permeate through the school, and it reaches out to all our staff, teachers, students, parents and the wider school community, as the aim of the programme is equally valuable to all. These beliefs exemplify morality in action and are an explicit feature of the school curriculum.
To focus on ethical character development is a choice, and our choice is to contribute to the development of sociomoral and socioemotional skills and competencies. We transit between boundaries of the moral and ethical domains, an exercise much needed, but seemingly forgotten in our modern way of life. We consider this exercise to be as fundamental to the wellbeing of 21st century children and young adults as is development of the cognitive domain.
Through the Convivência Ética programme, we provide on-going, in-house training and development to all our teachers and staff. We use a number of strategies and activities in the prevention and resolution of bullying and daily conflicts, through mediation and other means, for example.
It is our firm belief that the development of a variety of ‘languages’ is possible. This is why we offer our students a toolbox of strategies to become not only linguistically fluent, but morally and emotionally fluent as well. With these initiatives, students establish skills that facilitate introspection and outrospection, non-violent communication, the capacity to express feelings and comprehend ideas different from their own. They become more tolerant, resilient and understanding, and respect the natural diversity of people and cultures.
True autonomy is achieved when an individual not only understands his or her ethical and moral responsibility, but demonstrates this with positive action.
There exists a number of multinational firms today, such as Microsoft, that expect their staff members to be prepared to overcome socioemotional and sociomoral barriers with flourishing interpersonal relationship skills.
Escola Internacional de Alphaville’s language programme can be described as an additive bilingual, dual language education programme. In other words, students maintain their mother tongue and learn a second language, making the acquisition of both languages a natural process for children.
In the early childhood learning segment, Kids 1 - Kids 4, our students are immersed in a world of English language, contextualised by ludic activities, storytelling and first contact with the alphabet.
In Kids 5, students are encouraged to make connections between the sounds of both languages of instruction in order to understand the peculiarities of each phonetic system.
Students in Juniors 1 begin to gain reading and writing independence in both languages, and are in the process of further understanding the features and characteristics of each.
Juniors 2 to Juniors 5, is a phase marked by the systematic teaching of orthographic conventions. Students progressively grow in not only skills development, but in their appreciation of Portuguese and English language norms, as their use of each language for a variety of purposes increases significantly.
We take added care in creating the ideal literacy environment where children have ample opportunity to construct meaning from their own texts and the texts of others. Above all, we want to create a safe environment that inspires students and unlocks their creativity so that they become fully engaged in whatever activity they undertake. In this sense, reading and writing become vehicles for learning about the world which breeds thoughts, ideas and feelings on how to transform it to a better place.
We encourage collaborative learning! Through the configuration of the Writing and Reading Workshops, students are encouraged to work more independently and with their peers. This is an advantage for our learners as some really benefit from scaffolding strategies and individualised instruction.
As an official Cambridge English Exam Preparation Centre, Escola Internacional de Alphaville prepares students for the whole suite of Cambridge English certificates, from the YLE Starters to the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Students can also opt for further preparation for foreign university entrance exams such as the SAT, and TOEFL, if required.
A high proficiency of English is not simply desired, but a requisite in today’s labour market. According to research conducted by Catho, a professional with fluency in English and another language can earn up to 52% more than monolinguals. Extensive academic research on bilingualism also shows that students who study in two languages generally outperform their monolingual peers.
Spanish lessons make an entrance from Junior 2 onwards. Students become progressively fluent in this third language and eventually work their towards the renowned Spanish as a foreign language exam - the DELE from the Instituto Cervantes
Since 2010, Escola Internacional de Alphaville has been working with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) from Columbia University, New York. The key objective of this project is to help children become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. The choice of reading material is strategically made, and the individual and collaborative construction of narratives in the classroom is carefully planned. The reading project begins in early childhood learning and, from Kindergarten (Kids 5) onwards, the writing project is inserted. Our students, who experience an array of titles in both English and Portuguese, and demonstrate phenomenal progression in their reading and writing abilities.
IB programmes emphasis student-centred learning where students connect knowledge between subject areas and learning experiences. The programmes promote conceptual learning, focusing on powerful organizing ideas that help to integrate learning. The philosophy underpinning the IB programmes is perfectly aligned with Escola Internacional de Alphaville ever since its inception.
In 2015, we began working towards authorisation as an IB world school. Our pedagogical leaders and teaching staff aligned the curriculum, all our early childhood learning and primary school teachers were trained by our school leaders and participated in IB workshops and, after meeting all the required IB standards and practices, we completed the application for authorisation.
In 2018, we were officially certified as an IB World school authorised to apply the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in Kids through to Junior 5. The PYP is having such a positive impact on the school community that we decided to also implement the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). Once authorised with these two additional programmes, we will be the first Brazilian school of bilingual education to offer the three IB programmes - the IB Continuum!
We are committed to pursuing innovation in education and we are constantly looking out for new ideas that will further engage the school community in the teaching and learning cycle. It is important to be up-to-date and discover new ways in which to heighten the learning experience while developing knowledge, skills and attitudes for the challenges of the 21st century.
An additional learning environment featuring the latest generation equipment such as a 3D printer, a laser cutter, and other conventional tools and construction materials that cultivates young designers, makers and entrepreneurs. Students of Juniors through to High School have fortnightly session in the MakerSpace lab. The older students use this space to elaborate their entrepreneurship projects in a grand display of collaboration, cooperation, respect, and creative ability, not to mention the joy of taking on innovative and challenging projects.
Occuring in middle school (Teens), STEAM is a subject area that connects science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics knowledge, concepts and skills. This is ideal for students to further understand the transdisciplinary nature of the world, and how school life is connected to real life. Students go through the design cycle, having the opportunity to inquire and analyse, develop ideas, create a solution, test their hypothese and evaluate. Essential transdisciplinary skills are emphasised such as, thinking, research collaboration, cooperation and respect for the working environment.
Entrepreneurship is more than just creating and managing a company, it is an attitude that is highly desired, valued, and fused with autonomy and fulfillment. To gain this appreciation, our Teens 9 to High School 2 curriculum features an Entrepreneurship and Life Project.
This programme addresses themes and experiences that lead to essential knowledge, skills and understandings for the development of a life project and business plans.
Students work to elaborate their plans from the idea stage, and even have the experience of putting these plans into practice. Escola Internacional de Alphaville’s infrastructure facilitates this process, as students can opt to utilise the many resources available. Depending on the project, students may even opt to create real prototypes in the MakerSpace lab.
The culmination of the Entrepreneurship and Life Project is a celebration of achievements, and is usually a moment where our young entrepreneurs present their projects to parents. The 21st century skills and attitudes cultivated along the way are many. They include increased self-awareness, self-worth, self-esteem, confidence and realisation.
Escola Internacional de Alphaville’s mission is to nurture citizens of the world and, in this sense, our Teens and High School students are intrigued by the Global Studies subject area. Taught in English, it refines and challenges students’ perspectives of the world they live in, generating knowledge, critical thinking and reflection of current affairs of great importance worldwide.
Students learn how to understand, compare and contrast characteristics of different cultures. They hold debates that work to refine language and communication skills while exercising diplomacy and respecting divergent ideas. Global Studies classes in Teens significantly prepare students for the national UN model simulations and Debate Forums that they will have the opportunity to participate in when they reach High School.
Since 2010, Escola Internacional de Alphaville has been organising annual study abroad trips to broaden the scope for international experiences. For example, through our partnership with Leysin American School, in Switzerland, our students have the opportunity to participate in a very rewarding summer camp. Participating students get to select from a wide range of academic,sporting, leisure and cultural activities.
In addition to the summer camp in Switzerland, we offer students a study abroad programme at Oxford University, in England. Here, students engage in a study experience aimed to give them an insight to their selected profession of interest, such as Medicine, Engineering and Architecture, just to name a few of options available. Escola Internacional de Alphaville also offers the University Tour, essentially a programme that consists of visiting some of the major universities in the USA.
We operate with high standards akin to the best international teaching institutions to prepare our students for entry into renowned universities in Brazil and abroad. The accomplishments of our former students are proof that we are on the right track. Approximately 350 students have graduated from Escola Internacional de Alphaville and we take pride in maintaining contact with them to learn more about their personal, academic and/or professional success in the labour market.
All students from Kids to High School prosper from curricular Physical Education classes. The greatest objective is to have students understand the importance of a healthy balanced lifestyle with plenty of exercise. There is no shortage of studies that show active people have a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Students of Kids 3 to Juniors 3 have curricular aquatic activities in our indoor, heated, salt-treated pool. Students are always accompanied by teachers, swimming professionals and a lifeguard who ensure a safe and pleasant aquatic experience for all.
For those students interested in sports, Escola Internacional de Alphaville offers select training of the following: Futsal, Basketball, Volleyball and handball. Students of Teens and High School also participate in championships held internally, and in championships between other schools.
The new music curriculum at Escola Internacional de Alphaville was meticulously elaborated in 2018. Applicable to all children in Kids and Juniors, the music programme is committed to developing valuable skills, not only musically, but also linguistically, socially, culturally and interpersonally. Moreover, research shows that development in the cognitive and affective learning domains is more refined in children exposed to music than in children who are not.
From Kids 1 to Kids 4, musicalisation classes are carefully and affectionately planned to capture the interest and curiosity of our younger students. From Kids 5, music classes occur on two, yet complimentary fronts. Students begin learning about and practicing the flute and violin, and also have vocal expression classes. Both music teachers are highly experienced and recognised either nationally and/or internationally.
It has been some time now since we began the musicalisation programme for our younger students, a specialized programme that stimulates areas of the brain not yet developed by other languages. We believe this type of learning is powerful, and we are proud of our investment in enhancing the musical, artistic and creative skills of our students so that they can enchant the world with the wealth that this initiative promotes to the life of each and every one of them.
It is in this sense that we offer our students another language: the language of empathy, attentive listening, respect for others, team spirit, collaboration and cooperation, creativity, tolerance, joy and many memorable musical moments.
To foster the development of principled, autonomous and knowledgeable citizens who acknowledge their role in society, we give students incentive to volunteer in our social project ‘Windows to the Future’ (Janelas para o Futuro). This is a way in which a student can demonstrate responsibility through action, and contribute to a better world.
It is with great pride that Escola Internacional de Alphaville established this powerful, innovative project in 2004. Windows to the Future, which owes its inception to a group of High School 2 students at the time, began with the idea of offering English language learning opportunities to economically challenged children from local public schools and NGOs.
Our students volunteer to take up the role of teacher, and they plan and administer classes to the visiting children who visit our school once per week for classes. Nowadays, the number and variety of classes have grown. The project now offers Spanish, French, Dance, Music, and Computer Science classes, amongst others, in addition to promoting healthy integration between young people from different socioeconomic and cultural realities.
This initiative, widely supported by Escola Internacional de Alphaville, also offers our visiting students lunch on the days classes are held. In 2008, the Windows to the Future program received an honourable mention at the 8th national Volunteer School Awards ceremony.
At the time of writing, we have approximately 170 children visiting our school to participate in the highly anticipated classes Windows to the Future has to offer. These children come from neighbouring cities such as, Barueri, Jandira, Santana de Parnaíba, Carapicuíba.
Being part of the project is always a very rewarding experience for our students. They find themselves becoming more welcoming individuals who are concerned with doing the best they can for others, in addition to boosting their own self-worth and sense of contribution.
Moreover, time spent in voluntary service is widely validated and valued by international universities, and may be a determining criterion in a students' admission process.
Parents are also invited to participate in social responsibility activities via the project 'Parents in Action'.
All classrooms are equipped with a computer, smartboard and a projector, and other tech gadgets that facilitate learning. With the implementation of our life@school project in 2011, iPads became a mandatory learning tool for students of Teens 6 to High School 3. Students of Kids and Juniors benefit from weekly iPad sessions using the school’s tablets.
Our nutritionist is meticulous in offering our students balanced meals of the highest nutritional value. The items on our refectory menu are healthy, absolutely nothing is fried and everything is worth trying. We also cater for students with special needs and/or dietary restrictions. Teachers accompany students during all meal times.