CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

At St. Francis College we view ourselves as a community of learners. A warm and embracing community that continuously develops learns and improves, as we aim to provide a forum and place for all within the community to progress.

Our first age group at St. Francis starts at 2 years of age, in the Year Level called “Alpha”, where children have their first contact with the academic world and a school environment. The formal curriculum is guided by the Brazilian and British National Curriculum and follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, for students aged 3 to 19.

St. Francis and its IB Continuum programmes encourage students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners. We are concerned with people as a whole.

Along with cognitive development, IB programmes address students social, emotional and physical well-being. They value and offer opportunities for students to become active and caring members of local and global communities. Through the IB programmes we strive for our pupils to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective individuals. These attributes of internationally minded people represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.




St. Francis is currently the only school in São Paulo to offer the IB Continuum Programme. This consists of the three IB Programmes described below, that articulate and build on each other, enabling us to offer the most coordinated and consistent high-quality education throughout all of our Year Levels.


Preparing students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning the PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerfull emphasis on inquiry.

Preparing students to be successful in school and to be active, lifelong learners The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual chalenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.

Preparing students for success in higher education and life in a global society The DP is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond.



The IB Continuum Programmes at St. Francis enables policies and procedures to be applied school wide, including concern for access and inclusion, multilingualism, curriculum alignment and helping students make successful transitions between programmes and educational levels.

Another very important element in the St. Francis curriculum is the Portuguese language subjects, which include Brazilian literature, Portuguese language as well as the history and geography of Brazil. Pupils at St. Francis will conclude their secondary education having also obtained their Brazilian studies diploma.