Academics

Our International Academic Program

We educate students from K4 through 12th grade with an American curriculum. The curriculum meets U.S. education standards and will go beyond these standards in the following key ways as an international independent school:  

  • Traditional curriculum with the integration of 21st Century learning goals throughout the curriculum – critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity
  • Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction program to ensure that all students master English; Portuguese is taught to those with English mastery 
  • Problem Based Learning in Mathematics and Science and STEAM Learning - Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics 
  • Christian values that promote good emotional, moral and spiritual growth, and a life of faith and joy

Our Curriculum

We offer core academic subjects as taught in American schools. We also provide art, music, physical education and Bible.

K4-12 Academics Overview

High School: Grades 9 - 12

Our high school program prepares students for admission to university and the academic ability and sense of self to succeed in higher education and beyond. Our program includes a few different curriculum options to meet the university preparation needs of our students. We will provide opportunities for our high school students to enrol in dual-enrollment college courses that can be used as credits towards their college degrees. Graduates will be eligible for entrance to US universities by writing their SAT exams and  to universities of other nations that accept graduates with an American high school diploma.  Each year, American high school graduates attend universities around the world.

Middle School: Grades 5 - 8

Our Middle School offers a supportive, engaging and rigorous academic environment.  We recognize the growth of the brain and changes during adolescence.  Middle years education at Sintra emphasizes students' acquisition of analytical skills across the curriculum during this key transitional period.  We provide middle school students with a firm academic foundation for success in high school and beyond.  We also encourage them spiritually and emotionally to develop a strong sense of self and the resilience to meet the challenges of school and life as they prepare for high school.

Elementary School: Grades K4 - 4

The foundation years at Sintra provide students with the building blocks of a life of learning and the encouragement to succeed.  Our elementary school begins with two grades of kindergarten, K4 or pre-kindergarten, and K5 or kindergarten.  The development of pre-reading skills begins in K4 with students beginning to read in K5 or 1st grade.  We are keenly aware of the developmental readiness of children and move them forward in reading, writing and mathematics as they are ready.  In grades 1-4 we build a strong reading foundation and teach for mastery in our math program: computational skills, number concepts and problem-solving.


"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."         Proverbs 22:6

The learning day

Inside the Classroom

We focus on small class sizes ranging from 10-12 students, allowing our students the individual attention they need to thrive. Teachers work closely with their students to get the most out of each academic day.  Students are encouraged to complete as much of their homework as possible at school where their teachers can support their learning and practice.  The school day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm each day.  Technology is used intentionally and with care to enhance learning. 

After School

There are opportunities for students to have additional support in the after school program, including study hall and tutoring. Our ESL students may have additional instruction during this time.

Lunch and Recess

Students eat lunch in our cafeteria and may either bring lunch or purchase lunch. Younger students also have a snack time.  Age-appropriate recess times and activities are provided in our indoor and outdoor recess spaces.  We encourage our students to be active during their unstructured play time at recess.  Students are carefully monitored as the safety and security of our students is of the highest importance.  Access to technology is restricted during recess and lunch to allow students the space to play and socialize with one another.