EnglishLanguage select dropdown
  • Português
  • 简体中文
Menu bar
Language select: globe
  • Português
  • 简体中文

Lower Primary

From 3-years-old to 1st grade, a full English immersion program to unlock the joy and growth of early childhood

Early childhood at Avenues São Paulo is full of joy, discovery, and explorationand unfolds entirely in English. The lower primary program includes grades nursery, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and 1st grade, and is housed on the lower floors of our state-of-the-art campus. We emphasize:

Language immersion in English, supported by two teachers per classroom

Constant social-emotional learning and what it means to be part of a community

The acquisition of developmental skills through play, exploration and specialty classes


Building essential vocabulary and establishing a foundation for bilingualism

At Avenues, learning a second language is more than an academic pursuit; it is a daily practice that transforms the way students see and think about the world. In nursery, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten, students benefit from a 100% English immersion program in which they build essential vocabulary by learning all content in English. The Portuguese language is introduced in 1st grade.


The key to child development

Tactile play develops fine and gross motor skills, physical play stimulates growth, and make-believe play accelerates social-emotional learning. Most importantly for us, all kinds of play foster a love of learning that young children will carry with them as they move upwards through school.


The path to global citizenship, from nursery to 12th grade

Designed in collaboration with Harvard University, the World Course is a rich, interdisciplinary program of global studies that spirals throughout the Avenues curriculum from nursery to 12th grade. The World Course begins in lower primary with a focus on self and community, fostering self-awareness, a sense of belonging, and the burgeoning worldviews of our littlest learners.


Empowering students to be creators, not just consumers, of technology

Creative computation at Avenues combines the academic discipline of computer science, the technical skill of coding and the problem-solving process of computational thinking, anchored in the principles of digital citizenship. From kindergarten through 5th grade, students learn to use technology to solve problems while exploring algorithms, modeling and abstraction. In addition to weekly classes, creative computation is integrated into projects across the curriculum.

An Integrated Brazilian Program

Avenues is building a global network of interconnected campuses with shared educational objectives and common pedagogical approaches. But while our vision is ambitiously global, our focus is decidedly local. That means that at Avenues São Paulo, we take Brazilian educational standards as seriously as we do international ones.

By taking an integrated curricular approach to instruction in Portuguese and English, our students attain a balanced mastery of both languages and reap the extensive cognitive benefits of bilingualism. All of the Brazilian national curricular components of Portuguese are included in our language curriculum at each grade level. We do not see English and Portuguese as belonging to separate silos, but as two important facets of an Avenues education.

The Fundamentals

An emphasis on social-emotional development and problem-solving skills underpin the lower primary curriculum. Children learn on their own, with individualized instruction, as well as in small groups, developing all-important collaboration skills. The curriculum consists of the following:

  • 100% language immersion in English
  • Development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Early math readiness, estimation and problem solving
  • Creative computation
  • Hands-on science classes, including simple experiments
  • Visual arts and music
  • The World Course: a focus on self and community
  • Wellness and Movement

A Global Curriculum for a World School

What do Avenues students learn? The Avenues World Elements table is our answer to that question. Designed by our research and development team, the Avenues World Elements is a global curricular system that defines the learning outcomes of Avenues students at all grade levels, at all our campuses.

Explore the Avenues World Elementsarrow


Find out more


Find your future at Avenues: join the growing team that’s redefining K-12 education around the world.


Explore timely insights into global education from our campuses on three continents.

Get in Touch

View our directory of contacts, including Avenues’ headquarters and our global campuses.


back to top

Avenues Logo