What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?
Most expats choose to send their children to international schools. Public schools are not recommended for expats.
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What are some examples of these schools?
Rio's bilingual schools include:

Colégio Cruzeiro
R. Carlos de Carvalho 76 - Centro - Tel: (21) 2509-9259 / 2424-1777
Jacarepaguá Address: Rua Retiro dos Artistas, 589. Jacarepaguá Ph. #: 2424-1717
Founded by Germans in 1862 to serve the German community, this school was originally a German school. It became a Brazilian school after WWII. Classes are in Portuguese and German is taught as a foreign language.

Escola Corcovado
Rua São Clemente 388 - Botafogo - Tel: (21) 2537-8811. Fax: (21) 2537-9411
Classes are in Portuguese or German. (The student must be fluent in the chosen language.) 

Escola Suíça  
Rua Almirante Alexandrino 2495 - Santa Teresa
Tel: (21) 2556-5746. Fax: (21) 2285-6255
This is a Swiss school where students can have classes in French or German. Portuguese and English are taught as foreign languages. Uses the Brazilian school calendar.

Lycee Moliere
Rua Pereira da Silva, 728
Tel: (21) 2556-6296, Fax: (21) 2205-9014
Full French-Portuguese bilingual school.

The American School
Estrada da Gávea 132
Tel: (21) 2493-4230 / 2512-9830 / 2259-1177
This is an English-speaking school founded in 1937 to serve US citizens and international families. Portuguese is taught as a foreign language (9th to 12th grade). The school adheres to the North American school calendar and curriculum.

The British School of Rio de Janeiro
Admissions Office: R. Real Grandeza, 99, Botafogo
Tel.: 55(21)2539-2717/2539-2845; Fax: 55(21)2266-4060
English-speaking school based on the National Curriculum for England, IGCSE and International Baccalaureate. Academic year is from February to December. The school is housed on three sites: Botafogo - nursery to class 5 (three to 12 years); Urca - class 6 to class 11 (12 to 18 years); Recreio dos Bandeirantes - pre-nursery and nursery (ages two and three).
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Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?
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Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?
There are many pre-schools and day care centers available in Rio, including:

Avenida General Guedes da Fontoura 91
22620-030 - Barra da Tijuca - Rio de Janeiro - RJ
Telephone: (021) 24933688
e-mail: bloom@novanet.com.br
Classes in Portuguese with intensive English. Additionally, it features courses in music, crafts, computer and physical education. Morning classes run from 8 a.m. to noon, afternoon classes from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Full-time classes (Section I) run from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Section II from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rua das Laranjeiras, 537 to 543, Laranjeiras
Rio de Janeiro Telephone & fax: (21) 2556-7047
e-mail: laranjeiras@miraflores.com.br

Avenida Comandante Júlio de Moura, 150 Barra da Tijuca
Rio de Janeiro - Telephone & fax: (21) 2495-6015/2493-1003
e-mail: barradatijuca@miraflores.com.br
Day care and preschool. Classes in Portuguese, with intensive English offered (four hours in Portuguese and two-and-a-half hours in English every day). All school activities are conducted in a bilingual environment.

For more information on schools in Rio, please contact Crown Rio.
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How are most kids transported to and from school?
By school bus.
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When does the typical school year start and end?
The school calendar varies by school.
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Is there anything else I should know about local schools?
Please contact Crown Rio with any specific questions that arise. A search for the right school can also be arranged.
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