School of the Nations strives to be exemplary among Brazilian and international schools for its commitment to world citizenship and for helping young people develop outstanding academic, ethical and spiritual qualities and a clear understanding of their roles in building a better world.

Core Values

  • Oneness of God

  • Oneness of Mankind

  • Oneness of Religion

  • Unity in Diversity

  • Elimination of all forms of Prejudice

  • Equality of Men and Women

  • Essential Nobility of Man

  • Independent Investigation of the Truth

  • Service to Mankind as the Primary Purpose of Life


School of the Nations educates students to be world citizens based on standards of academic, bilingual and ethical excellence to develop their capacities to know, love and serve humankind.

School Profile

School of the Nations is an international, private, not-for-profit, coeducational, dual-language day school. We are accredited internationally by Cognia and nationally by the Secretary of Education of the Federal District. We provide a rigorous bilingual academic curriculum complemented by our moral education program, the arts, and sports. Moral education fosters students’ understanding of the dynamic role they play in constructing a peaceful, just, and sustainable society. Students may take preparatory and university-level classes and earn the Brazilian, American, and AP Capstone® diplomas. Please see our 2021-22 School Profile.

Bahá'í Garden, Haifa, Israel

Our History

School of the Nations was established as a place where children from different countries of diverse backgrounds could build a learning community where they could learn to live peacefully together as “world citizens” in a safe, healthy, happy environment while excelling academically through a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum enriched by values and ethics. Our Founders’ vision became reality on September 1, 1980.


The school opened with only 17 students and three rented classrooms in the recently built Independent British Institute (IBI). By 1981, the School had grown to 37 students, and classrooms occupied an entire wing of the Presbyterian Institute in Lago Sul, Brasilia. Over the next three years, School of the Nations would grow to serve nearly 100 students. In August 1987, the School, with its 140 students, moved to its current location, on a beautiful campus in a peaceful neighborhood in Brasilia. In 2002, we inaugurated our second campus, just across from the first, to host our Early Childhood Education program for students from 2 to 6. Our community and school continue to grow. Today, School of the Nations educates over 860 students. Click here for our philosophy.

The Bahá'í Faith

The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahá'ís as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.


The central theme of Bahá'u'lláh's message is that humanity is a single race and the day has come for its unification into one global society. God, Bahá'u'lláh said, has set in motion historic forces that are breaking down traditional barriers of race, class, creed, and nation and that will, in time, give birth to a universal civilization. The principal challenge facing the peoples of the earth is to accept the fact of their oneness and to help the processes of unification.


Click here for more information about the Bahá'í Faith.

Click here to access the page on the Bicentennial of the Birth of Bahá'ú'lláh.

Holy Days
  • March 20 - Naw-Rúz (Bahá’í New Year)

  • April 20 - First day of Ridván (Declaration of Bahá’u’lláh)

  • April 28 - Ninth day of Ridván

  • May 1 - Twelfth day of Ridván

  • May 23 - Declaration of the Báb

  • May 28 - Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh

  • July 9 - Martyrdom of the Báb

  • October 21 - Birth of the Báb

  • October 22 - Birth of Bahá’u’lláh


*Dates vary every year.

Lisa Perskie

Executive Director

Letter from Executive Director

Since its founding in 1980, School of the Nations has pursued its vision of educating world citizens who view the world as home for all humankind and who live up to their responsibility of contributing to a better world. Education is as much about fostering integral human development as it is about gaining knowledge. All are born with a great range of latent talents, abilities and qualities, most of which can be actualized through education alone.


"Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”


True education is not a method for filling a blank slate with information, but rather a process ofbringing forth people’s potentials in service to society. It requires both student and teacher to engage in ongoing, active, reflective learning. Its tools are inquiry, collaboration and consultation.

Learning occurs best in a safe, caring and supportive environment. Learning is retained through meaningful, relevant experiences through which connections are made in one’s mind and heart with concepts and content from the curriculum. When an experience has an emotional, personal appeal, we remember it more easily and can use the knowledge we gain in different contexts.


Our School logo symbolizes the four dimensions of the human being—the cognitive, spiritual, social-emotional and physical. To act, we need to integrate these four dimensions, whether it be consciously or unconsciously. Each dimension reinforces the others and affects overall success of the individual in reaching his or her goals. In a sound educational process, we recognize and integrate all four dimensions to develop students’ multiple talents and abilities and to empower them to be self-motivated learners, ethical citizens and transformative actors in society. Please explore our website to see how our School educates students to live happy, growth- oriented, and purposeful lives while preparing for the challenges of higher level education and the workplace.

Our Leadership Team

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Ana Maria Mayr

Early Childhood Principal

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Elementary Principal

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Middle School Principal

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De Groote

High School Principal