Esfera Escola Internacional was founded in August 2004 by a group of professionals working in various areas within the field of education.
A multidisciplinary group of professionals helped in structuring the pedagogical proposal and in organizing the curriculum of Esfera based on the essential premises of the project.
Between July and September 2004 the pedagogical team was formed and the initial training began between October 2004 and January 2005, thus marking the beginning of a program of continuous professional development, one of the pillars of the pedagogical proposal of Esfera.
In January 2005, Esfera began its activities welcoming children from Toddlers thru 3rd grade. With growth occurring within planned annual expansion, the school consolidated the gradual implementation of grades up to the first Year 9 Graduation in 2011.
These years have seen the Esfera team differentiating themselves through the participation in special professional development related to key aspects of the Esfera pedagogical proposal. Some programs occur on site with the entire team. Some involve visits to various schools in Brazil and abroad and in other cases team representatives participate in national and international courses and seminars.
The name Esfera
By definition Esfera comes from the Latin sphaera, meaning circle.
Other definitions of Esfera include “any perfectly round body”, “globe”, “a representation of earth”, or “earth” itself.
Our Esfera, in essence, turns on its axis, moving to bring people together, to promote integration of people by means of an education with broad references. Esfera reflects a belief in each individual making a difference in the world through actions based on humanity, cooperation and principles.
In this spirit, the name Esfera was chosen. The school’s logo reinforces these principles and when we imagine the circular movements of our school, we think of the multiplication of positive actions in the world and the integration of all people who make up our Esfera. At Esfera we hope to grow in our essence and to nurture our inner beings.
Esfera aims to contribute to the development of innovative citizens, who are able to interact in an international context and use their knowledge for the common good. To this end, the school offers an academically rigorous bilingual program, aimed at individuals who are continuously developing their skills in the search for solutions in different everyday situations and for the benefit of all.
Learn to learn:
Life-long learning and high academic standards.
Ethics, respect and transparency in relationships.
Cooperation, solidarity and team-work.
- Brazilian National Curriculum References (PCNs)
- Esfera Pedagogical Project
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
By the end of Middle School, the students should be able to:
- Take responsibility for themselves and for their own learning process, being able to make choices, act and reflect on their choices.
- Establish relationships with others and their surroundings in a respectful and cooperative way.
- Develop logical thinking skills and solve mathematical problems using own and conventional strategies.
- Critically read and interpret different text genres.
- Produce clear and coherent texts that are appropriate to different contexts.
- Orally express themselves in a clear and confident way, making use of multiple kinesthetic and artistic languages.
- Develop attitudes and strategies for scientific inquiry into the different areas of knowledge.
International Baccalaureate - IB
International Certification recognized for high academic standards and the development of international mindedness.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation that offers four programs for students aged 4 to 19. Focused on the students, the programs aim at developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a globalizing world.
Esfera Escola Internacional is authorized by the IB to offer the PYP Program, for students aged 3 to 11, from Preschool to Elementary School up to Grade 5. Associação Educacional Esfera is a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme.
IB Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality and challenging international education, that we believe is important for our students.
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*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Programme). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
Themes with local and global relevance broaden the students’ references and perspectives, as an important part of the differentiated program offered by the school.
UNESCO ASSOCIATED SCHOOL
Certified as a UNESCO Associated School since 2008, ESFERA Escola Internacional is committed to foster the mission, the goals and the themes established by the United Nations. To be a UNESCO associated School means to enhance education for the culture of peace, freedom and equality, under the main themes of study: World Concerns and the United Nations system, Human Rights and Democracy, Intercultural Learning, and Environmental Issues. The work is developed through projects integrated to the curriculum and/or to the Units of Inquiry (IB) in all grade levels.
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