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 3 years of age, in the Year Level called PYP 1 (Primary Years Programme). 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.

Click HERE to read more about the IB Learner Profile 


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.


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.

Click on the below year levels to view the Curriculum Overview

Early Years consist of 4 levels:

Primary Years consist of 4 levels:

Middle Years consist of 5 levels:​

Diploma consist of 2 levels:​