About us

The American School of Vitoria is a modern constructivist institution with an innovative approach to education which aims to develop your child’s potential through a rich, personalized academic program.

Our goal is to integrate real world experiences to the classroom setting preparing capable  citizens that will be able to navigate an increasingly complex and  interconnected world and prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet.

Our students are protagonists in their own learning. They will experience both collaborative and independent learning environments through project based interdisciplinary work that stimulates creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, self-directed learning and efficient communication.

About the School

The American school of Vitoria, actively involves students in intellectual investigation and personal development.  Students are immersed in collaborative and autonomous learning experiences based on interdisciplinary projects while developing critical and creative thinking.

At EAV, your child’s social and emotional well-being will be nurtured while we continuously strive to stimulate and grow their cognitive capacity. Each student’s developmental rhythm is respected and forms the basis for creating an environment where a child’s individual characteristics and traits are made visible, discussed and serve to shape the learning process.

We believe that education and values are inextricably linked. Our academic program integrates classroom and real world learning. Our school culture is defined by exemplary teaching practices, extraordinary teachers and collaboration to build a community dedicated to excellence in education.

We seek to know our students and challenge them to extend their learning, pursue passions and productively participate in a community. By pursuing their individual interests, our students develop resilience, augment their inner drive, assume high levels of self-reliance, and are genuine and compassionate learners.

EAV was created for families who are committed to developing their child’s full potential through an enriching, personalized, academic program where students are inspired to challenge themselves, reflect on their learning and define the impact they want to have on the greater community.

We believe an EAV education will engage students in a personal journey to define their interests, prepare them to meet and overcome challenges and open them up to a world of adventures. We want to motivate all students to take risks and try new experiences, as an avenue to establish their independence and commit to their own personal fulfillment.

The best way to understand who we are is to visit with us so we can discuss how we engage, challenge, and support each young person in a holistic and productive life of learning.

Educational Objectives

An educational institution dedicated to excellence is committed to the following items:

EAV students will develop fundamental core academic skills in the area of critical reading comprehension in English and Portuguese, number fluency for complex mathematical understanding and application, communication principles to select the most effective means to transmit and share information, and creative pursuits to design a personal aesthetic to shape their exploration of life. EAV graduates will be prepared for entry into higher education opportunities in Brazil, the United States and the world.

EAV is dedicated to exposing students to a global learning context, preparing students in multiple languages and broad cultural understanding allowing students to confidently enter into a globalized marketplace where language proficiency and an understanding of different cultural frameworks permit students to successfully negotiate a world becoming increasingly interconnected.  We are well aware of the interest of institutions of higher education throughout the world to attract students who are exposed to and developed an interest in a diversity of areas as well as students who possess a strong ethical framework, EAV instills in young people a motivation to search for excellence in personal development, whether that is playing the piano, being a defensive minded sweeper on the soccer pitch, writing a one act play, creating a non-profit social organization or designing a new product. We also recognize the importance of forming positive and productive community members, future citizens who will promote new ideas, champion new ways to bring people together and new commitments to make the world a safer, more sustainable and happier place for future generations.

Being an EAV students leads to a life committed to learning.

Pedagogical Team

The first American School in Espirito Santo, Escola Americana de Vitoria rigorously follows the pedagogical model of other American Schools in the country. Our pedagogical team is composed of highly qualified experienced administrators and  collaborators, native Americans or those proficient in English who have worked in international institutions both in Brazil and abroad.

Andrew Sherman

Founder and CEO of Gamut Education

Interim Head of School at GEMS World Academy Chicago and former director of international schools in Mexico, Ecuador, and Brazil. Focus: Educational leadership, facilities development, organizational structure, learning innovation and strategic planning. Founder and CEO of Gamut Education. Andrew holds an advanced degree in International Education from Harvard University. Andrew is highly involved in school improvements throughout Latin America. He is an Accreditation Consultant, Leader of Quality Assurance Review Teams, and former Vice Chair of the Committee on International Schools of AdvancED. He has also served as board member of the Texas Alliance for Accredited Private Schools, education advisor to Tomas de Berlanga experimental school in the Galápagos Islands and has participated in a number of Mexico City based civic associations. He has recently been appointed to the Advisory Council of a school for gifted children in Chicago and became a member of Remake Learning, furthering teacher empowerment and student voice for more engaged classrooms.

Andrea Buffara

Director and co-founder

Founder and COO of Gamut Education that designs educational programs and learning spaces in Latin America following a project based, learner centric format. She has held administrative and teaching roles in a 20 year career at International Schools in Brazil. She is a former Middle and High School Principal at Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro and was a Learning Specialist at both EARJ and Graded School in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a BA from Barnard College/Columbia University, a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an ED.M from Teacher’s College/Columbia University in Education Leadership. Andrea has always worked as a change agent to improve teacher practices and student outcomes by helping teachers become more effective instructional coaches.