Chapel School (Escola Maria Imaculada)

Chapel is a private, Catholic school that was founded in 1947 by the Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate and is dedicated to excellence in education as is evidenced by the impressive list of college acceptances each year.  The school is accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), the International Baccalaureate Organization, and the Brazilian Ministry of Education and is a member of the Association of American Schools in South America, the Association of American Schools in Brazil, the National Catholic Education Association, and the College Board.


Chapel School offers pre-school, elementary, and high school curricula with American and Brazilian programs, as well as the International Baccalaureate in high school.  As an international school, Chapel educates students from every continent and over 30 different countries.  Religious backgrounds are just as diverse, and families of all faiths and creeds are enrolled.


Our students are motivated and talented, and they are many times the primary reason cited by teachers in their decision to renew their contracts.  All of our students are college bound, with about 50% attending post-secondary schools in the United States or Europe, and the other 50% attending universities in Brazil or South America. The stellar universities to which they are accepted recognize their academic excellence.  The more recent acceptances include Boston College, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, New York University, Babson College, and others across the globe.  Involvement in extra-curricular activities is of utmost importance, and students enrich their academic experience through participation in sports, drama, publications, art, Knowledge Bowl, and MUN.


The student-teacher ratio is 10:1, with aides assisting in the lower grades.  The average class size in the elementary is 25, and in the high school class size ranges from 10 to 25.  Chapel teachers are committed to the intellectual, social, and moral growth of our students. Chapel follows the North American school calendar with the school year beginning in August and ending in June.  A six-week break occurs in December/January, and again in June/July.


In a quiet, residential setting with attractively landscaped grounds, Chapel’s facilities are idyllic.  The school has two separate libraries and three computer labs, a gymnasium, multi-purpose sports court, sports field, two age-appropriate playgrounds, a multi-purpose auditorium, and a cafeteria. As an American international school, Chapel prepares its students for achievement on a global level.  The community works together to ensure the success of each of its members and takes pride in the fact that we are an extended family.



Chapel School (Escola Maria Imaculada)

Location Category:

South America




Rua Vigario Joao de Pontes, 537
Sao Paulo 04748-000


688 Students PreK-12


International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma), National, United States


77 faculty members, including 63 host-country nationals, 13 U.S. citizens, and 1 U.K. citizen


US Medical Insurance plus Brazilian Medical Insurance provided by school. Sick Leave and Personal Days. Airfare home every year after initial 2 years. Lunch provided on school days. Free Portuguese classes.

School Year:

August – June

Year Founded:


Average Class Size:

Elementary: 25, Secondary: 23


Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Indoor Soccer


National Honor Society, Community Service, Retreats, Chess, Computer, Student Council, Knowledge Bowl, Math Counts

Campus Information:

City (or closest city): Sao Paulo, Location Type: Suburban, Campus Size (hectares): 3, No of Buildings: 6, No of Campuses: 1, No of Classrooms: 55, No of volumes in Library: 25, 000, No of computer labs: 3, No of instructional computers: 400

Physical Facilities:

Art Room(s): 2, Auditorium(s): 1, Cafeteria(s): 1, Covered play area(s): 2, Gymnasium(s): 2, Infirmary(ies): 1, Playing field(s): 1, Science lab(s): 3, Tennis court(s): 1, Air Conditioning: Yes