Academic freedom, bilingualism, and experimentation.
Branta Institute offers a high level education that prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in an ever changing society. We recognize each student as a unique person and provide a bilingual learning environment that develops each student’s intellectual, social, physical, and emotional aspects. Learn about our mission, vision and values:
Student-centered educational philosophy
Branta Institute believes in a student-centered educational philosophy that emphasizes hands on learning and students actively participating in learning. Students will be able to discover through hands on, engaging activities that will incorporate different approaches to accommodate each child’s learning style and as a result, raise academic achievement.
Our school is committed to acknowledging and listening to individuals within an environment that reflects compassion, honesty and integrity. We believe that in order to achieve our vision we need to teach, foster and daily live out the following values at Branta Institute: respect, resilience, inclusion and reconciliation.
The Branta Institute prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, and thus make the world a better and more just place. We will ensure that our students develop the skills and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy.
At Branta Institute, we have a bilingual program that starts with the Baby 1 groups and through High School. For our Kids program the English language is used 90% of the time.
We use Portuguese during the adaptation period for the younger students once English is not usually their first language. We understand that it is important our students receive a lot of stimulus in the second language when they are at an early age. Then, we gradually add contents that are taught in Portuguese. For the Junior, Middle, and High programs we teach some subjects as Math, Science, and Language in English.
It is important to say that we use the English language as a medium of instruction, that is, we do not only teach English, we teach in English.
Bilingual Education is different from traditional language education programs that teach a second language or a foreign language. For the most part, these traditional second or foreign-language programs teach the language as a subject, whereas bilingual education programs use the language as a medium of instruction; that is, bilingual education programs teach content through and additional language other than the children’s home language.
Ofelia Garcia, Bilingual Education in the 21th Century – A Global Perspective