How to Apply

Placement of Pupils

Placement of pupils in a year group depends on the applicant’s academic record, level of English and age. (for more information on class equivalency please check our table of comparison).

How to Apply

To apply to our school, please fill in the online Application process at Once the application is received, the Admissions team will contact the family to schedule a visit to the school and to talk about the next steps in the admissions process.

All applicants are observed, screened or tested before a decision on entry is made. The procedure depends on the age of the child, as does the criteria applied. Children applying to Pre-Nursery and Nursery are not required to have knowledge of English, but, from Reception, the level of the child’s English becomes important. The parents’ level of English and their view of education are also taken into consideration.


Documents Required for initial Application and for scheduling a visit/tour to the school:

  1. Copy of child’s birth certificate (please send by email)
  2. Copy of parents’ Brazilian ID or copies of parents’ Passports for Non-Brazilians (please send by email)

Documents Required for Assessment / Evaluation:

  1. copies of their past report cards (2 years of reports including most current one) – (please send by email);
  2. copies of current/recent school work done by them (eg: samples of Maths, English, Sciences – it can be anything such as copies of tests, exercises, notebooks, etc..) – (please send by email); and
  3. recommendation letters (please send by email).

Documents Required for actual Enrolment (final phase for entry):

  1. For students coming from abroad (including Brazilians), please get the original on paper of the End of Year Report Cards for the last 2 (two) years of school + the most recent School Report Card (2 years of full reports + 1 semester when appropriate).  These original Reports must be notarized by PUBLIC NOTARY (for countries that are part of “The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents”,  known as the “Apostille Convention”).  If in doubt, we suggest you contact the local Brazilian Consulate or Embassy in the country of origin of the school, to verify this. However, please note that all of these Reports must be legalised before you move to Brazil.

Exceptions: school documents issued in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Venezuela do NOT need to be notarized.  It is still essential that you bring the original signed paper reports as stated above, but no notarization is required.

  1. All Reports issued in any other language than Portuguese or Spanish, must be officially translated to Portuguese (translation can be done in Brazil after you arrive) by a sworn translator (tradutor juramentado).
  2. For students transferring from other schools in Brazil: original on paper of the previous school transcripts in Portuguese (histórico escolar), with a statement of the pupil’s final grades from the beginning of his/her formal education at the age of 5 to the most recent grade (from Pré-2 onwards). 
  3. Digital Photographs of your child (passport style showing child’s face - it can be sent by email)
  4. A photocopy of your child’s vaccination card(it can be sent by email)
  5. For foreigners only: photocopies of the identification pages of the child’s and parents´ passports. (it can be sent by email)
  6. For birth certificates issued in other language than Portuguese or Spanish, an official translation to Portuguese is required by Brazilian law – to be done by a sworn translator. (translation can be done in Brazil)


The prospective student will be finally admitted upon completion of all entrance requirements. These include: meeting the entry criteria set out for each section of the school; completing all internal and external official documentation; and the payment of all financial obligations. When this process is complete, the Admissions team will arrange the formal induction of the child into the school.

The school follows the southern hemisphere calendar with classes running from February to December. We will also take that into consideration once recommending an year group to your child. All places at The British School are conditional on good effort and a level of academic progress which allows the student to proceed to the next stage with good prospects of profiting from it. Students who fail to achieve this may be asked to repeat a year. In cases where the student is clearly not profiting, he/she may be asked to find alternative educational provision.

Waiting Lists

There are times when there is a high demand for places and a year group is full. In such cases, should a child qualify for entry, he or she may be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list operates strictly according to the date of receipt of the application form, however, priority will be given to children who fulfil the criteria stated in the admissions policy.