The School

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

Lumiar is an innovative, future-oriented school. The acquisition of a foreign language (English) is of utmost importance if we want to empower our learners to share experiences, learnings and projects with children from other countries and with innovative schools throughout the world by means of the Digital Mosaic. Along these lines, we conduct a number of projects providing the children with an immersion experience in the English language. In recent a survey jointly conducted by Unesco, Stanford University and Microsoft, Lumiar has been chosen as one of the 12 most Innovative Schools in the World (the only one in Brazil). The survey assessed hundreds of schools around the globe with the purpose of putting in place a supporting program in which such schools relying on state-of-the-art technology and with an eye to the future could work together despite their diverse cultures. Even in this shortlist of 12 innovative schools participating in the program, Lumiar ranked first. Working with English paves the way for Lumiar to enter this universe of educational innovation for our children.

BACKGROUND

Devised and created by the entrepreneur Ricardo Semler, Lumiar School was established in São Paulo in 2003. After this successful initiative, Lumiar International was set up in 2009 in the city of Santo Antônio do Pinhal. From the very beginning, Lumiar Institute was assigned the mission of thinking up the educational proposal of the school and ensuring that the educational practice never drifts away from the original proposal. Educators at Lumiar International are organized into two groups:

  1. Tutors, who provide guidance and assistance to a group of students during their activities and interact both with them and with their parents.
  2. Masters, who specialize in several fields of knowledge and are responsible for planning and coordinating learning projects, evaluating the development of the competences and skills of the students who take part in these projects.

Working as a team, masters and tutors rely on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enrich individual and collective learnings. The democratic participation, which is the participative management in all activities and situations, is brought into life by means of the CIRCLE, a general meeting held by the community on a weekly basis with the purpose of reinforcing the democratic guiding principles at all levels. The school offers a curriculum which encompasses Projects and Workshops as well as Learning Modules collectively devised by tutors, masters and educators. Fundação RALSTON-SEMLER (RALSTON-SEMLER Foundation) maintains Escola Lumiar Internacional (Lumiar Internacional School).