Our students’s successful performance on Cambridge* and DELE** exams proves the academic excellence of our trilingual teaching.
* Certificate of degree of fluency in English
** Certificate of degree of fluency in Spanish
Bilingualism profoundly affects the child’s brain, yielding functional and structural changes in cortical regions dedicated to language processing and executive function.
Also, a study from the Université de Provence, in France, has shown that bilingual children tend to be more focused on their tasks and have better concentration ability because, to differentiate a language from another, they must be more attentive in class
When we think of trilingual education through the lens of literacy teaching, it is understood that, for the child, the same object will have two different sounds, two different writings, but the same meaning. Considering that the brain is still developing, it has an important purpose: it prepares the child for otherness from an early age – other cultures, other lifestyles.
Bilingual children show better logical and mathematical reasoning due to the intellectual stimulation required for bilingualism.
Our bilingual curriculum begins at preschool. English language is utilized permanently. Along with developing the four language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – we employ means for propitiating learning in a playful, participative and engaging way, with projects, stories, theater plays, debates, oratory and declaiming.
From middle school to high school our curriculum is trilingual, with the introduction of Spanish language teaching, so that our students’ range of possibilities and skills become wider, enabling students to better interact with the world around them. This way we prepare our students for university in any of the three languages taught at school.
In the Spanish language, our students are prepared to reach the C1 level of DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) certificate throughout the first years of High School. The C1 level is the second highest level of the certificate, and the required one by good universities in Spanish speaking countries that welcome international students.
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In the English language, our students are prepared to reach the FCE (First Certificate in English) level of Cambridge exams in the first year of High School. This qualification proves our students can live and work independently in an English-speaking country or study on courses taught in English. Not to mention that this certificate is recognized in some of the best educational institutions all over the world. http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/br/exams/first/
In High School, some of our schools offer AP (Advanced Placement) classes – a College Board** Program that offers college-level classes for high schools students. AP scores can earn the students valuable credit and placement in college.
Moreover, in some countries, our students can register for SAT inside the school itself, since we are one of the institutions accredited by College Board** as an exam venue. The SAT is a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the USA (it bears a resemblance to ENEM, in Brazil, although it is not the only admission criteria).
More than teaching languages, here we provide students with real life experiences. Be it in a castle in Ireland, an old hotel in the Swiss Alps, or in any other place, the Everest language schools and exchange programs offer unique and memorable experiences for life.
With its language schools and exchange programs among the most prestigious in the whole world, Everest provides students with unique and unforgettable experiences. Whether it is in Switzerland, Ireland, or in the US, students will have access to the best quality education.
Our language schools offer summer camps (in July), for students aged between 8 and 15. There are plenty of opportunities of having unforgettable experiences varying in length from one to four weeks.
In addition to summer camps, the language schools offer biannual or annual exchange programs for high school students in a safe environment, with highly qualified professionals and always following Everest’s pedagogical approach.
As the world becomes not only more and more globalized, but also more dangerous, Everest language schools are the perfect opportunity to provide students with wonderful experiences. Students have the opportunity of immersing in the English language, meeting and living with people from other countries, experiencing life in another country, knowing different cultures and taking part in various activities. In addition to our academic environment of excellence, it is possible for students to travel and take part in cultural activities to have unforgettable and enriching experiences.
Whether it is skiing in Switzerland, Austria or the US, attending a papal audience in Rome, visiting Paris, London, Barcelona and other European capitals, visiting Washington, New York and a number of American cities – all these experiences are possible for the students in our exchange programs, while you are certain that he under the care of one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world.
Aside from learning Portuguese, English and Spanish, our female students have the opportunity of learning French in one of the most prestigious language schools in the world - Le Châtelard - and have unforgettable experiences, including cooking courses in the renowned Le Cordon Bleu**. Find further information about our schools.
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“… becoming acquainted with other people and other cultures always is always good for us, it makes us grow. And why does that happen? It is because if we isolate ourselves we have only what we have, we cannot develop culturally; but, if we seek out other people, other cultures, other ways of thinking, other religions, we go out of ourselves and start that most beautiful adventure which is called “dialogue”
Here our students learn they are all children of the same God and world citizens. They learn about different cultures and value what is good in each of them, open to all opportunities the world could give them.
More than learning other languages, multicultural education is based on the belief that, being the children of the same God, different cultures and customs are just small demonstrations of the human being’s infinite capacity and characteristics. Openness to other cultures results in openness to other aspects/ areas. It means answering Christ’s call of loving one another.
The human being is, by nature, influenced by their cultural upbringing. Our principles, behavior, way of thinking, fears and urges are greatly influenced by our surrounding culture. Culture helps us build a personal identity, how we see ourselves and who we relate to. It is so important that even God is shaped by it throughout history. God is presented in different ways throughout the Old Testament until the culmination if His final presentation in the person of Jesus. It is possible to notice that in the different manifestations of veneration of Our Lady, which has a number of different representations. Black, Indian, white, Asian, pregnant, mother, etc. – Our Lady is present in each culture in the best way to be understood and accepted by the people at that time.
In this regard, the Catholic Church is the cradle of the multicultural society. The Disciples of Christ. The Disciples of Christ did not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or religion. In Pentecost, the peoples and languages of the world were all united in the Church. The Church has always been its best when it stood faithful to the call to diversity and multiculturalism. For centuries, multiculturalism has distinguished the Church from all other institutions and cultures.
Eventually, it would take on the name of catholic, an adjective turned into a noun, precisely because of this "Universal" inclusion, and welcomed all peoples, all nations and all languages.
“…Catholic academic institutions cannot isolate themselves from the world, they must know how to enter bravely into the aeropagus of current culture and open dialogue, conscious of the gift that they can offer to everyone.”
Nowadays, multiculturalism is more than a call, option or personal will. As the world gets more and more connected, the phenomenon of a multicultural society, which becomes more multi-racial, multiethnic and multi-religious every day, brings with it not only enrichment, but also new challenges.
Our children have the great challenge of seeing what is good in each person and base on that understanding. The essence of multiculturalism is the ability of celebrating with the differentness in a way that transcends all barriers.
That will be an essential trait in the future, and we work so that our students to develop their skills to know how to celebrate differences and share similarities and become real agents of transformation in the world.
“… And what is the deepest approach we should have in order to dialogue and not quarrel? Meekness, the ability to encounter people, to encounter cultures peacefully; the ability to ask intelligent questions: “But why do you think like this? Why does this culture do this?”. Listening to others and then speaking. First listening, then speaking. All this is meekness. And if you do not think in the same way as I do — but you know... I think in a different way than you, and you do not convince me — and yet we are friends, I have understood how you think and you have understood how I think.”
That is the reason why, here in Everest, we always adapt our educational model to the local culture. We do not address or promote the culture of a specific country, we base on the local culture, valuing what is best in each country, always seeking to have an international level of excellence and quality. Unfortunately, Brazilian education has had bad scores in all international exams. Brazil lags behind when it comes to cutting-edge education. Therefore, although adapted to the Brazilian reality, our curricular plan follows the criteria of the countries with the best level of schooling and education.
We always follow the school calendar of the country where we are. We celebrate the Brazilian holidays and encourage the immersion of students in the culture of our country, so that they know and value the positive aspects of it. We incorporate, in our daily lives, positive elements from other cultures so that students enrich their knowledge and experience different things. Through language schools and exchange programs, we encourage them to have the most varied cultural experiences in a safe and healthy environment.
Either in Brazil or abroad, an Everest student will be prepared to apply for the best universities.
We always work with the reality of each country. In Brazil, we know that the entrance exam is a fundamental stage in students’ lives. Therefore, our curriculum plan has been adapted to make sure students are able to successfully apply for universities and courses of their choice.
We know that many of the students will choose to study abroad, so our bilingual education, our international curriculum and our teaching methodology enable the access to any university in the world.
In addition, Everest students who opt for a university abroad will receive, from our partners, all the support and assistance necessary to carry out the process.
But the students will be ready not only from an academic perspective. They will be ready to live and experience a new culture, with fully developed formation. We want our students to be ready for the world that awaits them and needs them when they leave our institution.