PACA is a Christian, American and Brazilian curriculum school located in the city of São Paulo. We work with an average 345 students from different parts of the world with an American-style pre-school through high school education. Since 1960, we’ve served the local and international community of São Paulo.
All PACA students follow an American program of study, which has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (AdvancEd) since 1986. And we also offer an optional dual curriculum which is accredited by the Ministry of Education in Brazil. Our program allows students to receive two diplomas, American and Brazilian, upon graduation and opens doors for them to study in the best universities in the USA, Brazil or throughout the world. The curriculum is fully transferable, allowing students to move to another American school worldwide with minimum academic disruption.
PACA develops students with a healthy, well balanced life being taught how to make the right choices, take up life challenges, and contribute towards making an impact on society. Our Christian educators integrate Biblical truth in all areas of instruction to guide the hearts and minds of students. PACA’s unified, nurturing and comprehensive American-style educational approach enables students to develop their fullest potential, offering a supportive community environment to students and families.
In today’s economy, there is a need to prepare global citizens. Our students are taught to become life long learners in a diverse and global community. Among our 345 students, the school has a very international student body comprised of 30% Americans, 30% Brazilians, 25% Korean, and 15% other 11 nationalities (German, Indian, South African, Colombian, etc.). A PACA student understands, respects, and benefits from a multicultural experience, recognizing and respecting the qualities and rights of all people. And our American-style, college preparatory, bilingual curriculum (American and Brazilian) integrates Christian values to prepare our students to make a difference in the world.
And, we believe modeling these values to our students is as important as teaching them. PACA hires professionally qualified teachers who share a passion for academic and character formation. Our teachers and faculty serve as models for professionalism and moral conduct. They are the living curriculum of our school.
The school’s campus is a spacious, well-maintained oasis providing a secure learning environment. Located in the southern part of the city of São Paulo near Lake Guarapiranga, our school is just a five-minute drive from the famous Interlagos Formula One race track.
Finally, holding ourselves accountable financially, academically, and morally is why PACA holds accreditation with three organizations: the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC). And to continue the professional development of our faculty and staff, the school is a member of Association of American Schools in Brazil (AASB), Association of American Schools in South American (AASSA), and Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
Integrating our Christian faith prepares their character. Graduating with two diplomas prepares their critical thinking skills. The synergy of integrating values and academic preparation is to benefit society – global society. PACA prepares students to make a difference in the world!
We invite you to find out more about us by visiting our campus. We would be honored to have your presence.