PACA provides a liberal arts education (a college preparatory education) that integrates challenging academic standards and a Christian Worldview. We want our students to reason critically and act biblically. This does not happen by merely memorizing simple answers to prearranged questions. Instead, the Christian mind examines every issue against the standard of Biblical truth. Rigorous academic expectations and a caring teaching staff enable students to fully develop their minds for Christ.
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.
Because of our size and philosophy, students are able to get to know their teachers very well and form solid relationships with them. The teaching team at PACA strives to motivate students to achieve high standards, while being supportive within a demanding academic environment.
Our faculty are more than teachers; they are mentors. As such, they come alongside students to develop meaningful relationships that inspire and encourage. Our mentors model scholarship with more than 70 percent of the faculty having earned graduate degrees. Through their character, knowledge and commitment, PACA’s faculty teach by example, providing a most eternal lesson to our students.
Our desire is that our students, PreK through 12th grade, grow in all areas of life: intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual. Each student is encouraged to "... become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." (Eph. 4: 13)
Academically -- To master the basic skills relative to reading, language, mathematics and research; and to understand and appreciate the social, natural, and physical sciences, literature, and arts, recognizing that these disciplines are not in conflict with the Biblical truth of the creation, redemption of man, and the ultimate triumph of God's purpose in human history.
Spiritually -- To know God, and share with others a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; and to develop a strong Christian character, based on a broad knowledge of the Word of God and confidence in its infallibility.
Socially -- To recognize and respect the qualities and rights of all people and to relate to them in a friendly and helpful manner in school, home, church, and in society.
Culturally -- To understand, respect, appreciate and benefit from the student's multicultural experience, and make adjustments where necessary.
Personally -- To grow in personal integrity, self-discipline, self-acceptance, and Scriptural based moral standards, and to achieve his/her highest potential performance.
Vocationally -- To make a career choice in the pursuit of God's will. While Biblical truth forms the essence of Pan American Christian Academy, it is the faculty who embody these principles for our students. Nurturing spiritual and intellectual growth is their passion and their Joy.
Since 1960, PACA has served the local and international community of São Paulo as a Christian, American and Brazilian curriculum school. Our education integrates Biblical truth in all areas of instruction to guide the hearts and minds of our students and our academic program allows students to receive two diplomas, American and Brazilian, upon graduation which opens doors for them to study in the best universities in the USA, Brazil or throughout the world.