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Guide to Living and Teaching English in Brazil

June 25, 2013


Basic education in Brazil begins with the pre-school level, daycare centers and kindergartens for children up to three years and pre-schools for children aged four to six years. Public pre-schools are free of charge, but tend to be poorly funded and overcrowded. There are many alternatives in the private sector, including hiring a nanny, but these would be beyond the reach of a basic teaching salary.

Compulsory education begins at the age of six, and all children attend elementary school and middle school for a total of nine years. Afterwards, students can choose to go on to high school for another three years. Public schools are free of charge. But if you're moving to Brazil with children, they can only enroll in public schools if they have sufficient Portuguese skills and pass the aptitude test set by the school. There are also some private schools run by the Catholic church. International schools in the major cities mostly teach a US or UK curriculum or may offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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