Dimensions of Holistic Student Development

We nurture a transformational learning culture that supports our students in becoming conscious, compassionate, and capable world citizens. In keeping with this broad goal, our school fosters four dimensions of human development.



We help students develop capacities to:

• engage in higher order thinking: critical, reflective, creative

• master academic content and apply it to real problems and projects

• inquire, research, and solve problems

• appreciate the arts

Transformative Moral Action


We help students develop capacities for:

• personal transformation

• interpersonal transformation • social transformation

• moral and ethical values

• service toward others

• collaboration and community building

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Integral Well-Being


We help students develop capacities to be:

• socially-emotionally aware

• physically healthy and fit

• autonomous and self-regulating

• organized

• goal-oriented and responsible

Global Citizenship

We help students develop capacities to:

• communicate effectively

• understand and embrace diversity

• care for the earth

• be an agent of positive change

• use technology fluently, effectively, and ethically

Our Learning Definition and Principles


Learning is to construct new or modify existing understanding of oneself, others, or the world, and develop and apply skills and competencies as world citizens.


We believe:

• Learning takes place best in context.

• Learning is facilitated through reflection and metacognition in which feedback of the right type and time frame is essential.

• Learning is most effective when it is inquiry based to promote creative problem solving.


• Learning experiences should address all learners through differentiation.

• Learning is a social process that involves diverse cultural backgrounds, construction of meaning, and communication through

more than one language.

• Learning is dependent on multiple opportunities to practice and apply what is learned in a positive, supportive, and risk-free environment.

• Learning should take into account that human beings have both a spiritual and material nature with latent potentials (spiritual, cognitive, emotional, and physical).


• Learning more than one language at a level of academic mastery fosters the intellectual, cultural, and social development of children.


• The purpose of learning is to develop and transform individuals and society to impact our world positively.

Three Diplomas & Three Languages

At School of the Nations, students may earn up to three diplomas—the Brazilian Diploma, the American High School Diploma and the AP Capstone Diploma—regardless of the Program they choose. Our National and International programs address content required by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and meet the requirements of the U.S. accrediting agency, AdvancED, to confer the two diplomas.


It is an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for their future college success: research, collaboration, and communication.


As of grade 6, students are immersed in the third language - Spanish - and leave our School fluent in three languages.