Pedagogical approach


dobra pedagógico


We are in constant development, always attentive to the needs of each generation that enters our school. To this end, we constantly update our pedagogical proposal, keeping in mind the ideals of Blessed Luigi Biraghi, founder of the International Institute of the Sisters of Saint Marcellina: to care for the mind, body, and spirit of our students.

From Kindergarten through High School, we educate based on a social-interactionist approach – this means that we believe that learning occurs in relationship with others, through experience mediated by an adult. In our educational process, we want students to reflect on their education and act in society as agents of change, whether locally or globally. Above all, our main focus is the student – a person who thinks, feels, has desires, needs, expectations and challenges.

Early Childhood Education


In early childhood, children develop social contact, broadening, through the school environment, their relations with others, with the world, and their learning experiences. At Santa Marcelina, we are dedicated to offering a safe and welcoming environment, so that the child feels encouraged to explore the world around him/her, elaborate his/her provisional theories and deepen his/her discoveries.

With this objective, we assure the rights to live together, play, participate, explore and express themselves through their multiple languages, knowing themselves as a cultural being.

For this reason, educators interact with children, observing what they do, how they do it, how they think, and what they think – only then to design the experiences to be lived. Respect for each person’s individuality and potential is very important in our children’s education, and we will not give that up.

Age group: 2 to 5 years old
Schedule: 7:10-11:50 am [morning] | 1-5:40 pm [afternoon][manhã] [tarde]


Nature: paths and experiences

How many discoveries can happen in the external space of our school? In an attempt to answer this question, we explore our vegetable garden, orchard, garden, and other spaces offered with our students, developing care for what we know.

Here Comes the Postman

We invited the children to exchange letters among the group, expanding to their families, thus transmitting information about themselves, their reality, and the universe of make-believe.

Elementary School - Beginning Series


Here, we want to provide the best experience for the student in basic education and citizenship, promoting full mastery of reading, writing, and arithmetic, in addition to the strengthening of Christian attitudes and values.

We value family bonds, the bonds of human solidarity, and mutual tolerance, believing that these points sustain social life. For this reason, the child develops social and cognitive skills through theProject Learning Methodology, which enables the contextualization of the content from a transdisciplinary and collaborative perspective.

Age group: 6 to 10 years old
Schedule: 7:10-11:50 am [morning] | 1-5:40 pm [afternoon][manhã] [tarde]


A Passport to Reading

Surely, you remember the books you read as a child. The Reading Passport begins with borrowing books from our library, through reading moments in the school spaces, and, at the end of a period, a great sharing among students, teachers, and families.

Project-based learning

Students make choices regarding the course of the project, through questioning, research, and investigation, in addition to developing the social and emotional skills of self-awareness, self-management, openness to the new, interpersonal relationships, social awareness, and life project, in a practical way.

Elementary School - Final Series


We understand that at this stage, students go through a period of important transformations – and we are dedicated to supporting our boys and girls in each of them. In the final years of elementary school, our students consolidate skills tocontinue learning throughout their lives.

We want each student, in addition to acquiring knowledge, to take ownership of values and position themselves critically when faced with life situations. To this end, we develop skills in the cognitive and socioemotional dimensions, which will serve as real tools for interpretation, judgment, action, and personal development.

In a world that demands active and creative people, capable of solving problems and acting in a critical way in an environment increasingly mediated by technology, the best choice is Santa Marcelina. After all, here, we prioritize the active and investigative role of the student, because we believe in education as a powerful resource for personal transformationand the full development of autonomy.

Age group:11 to 14 years old
Schedule: 7:10-12:40 pm [morning] [manhã]


Learning Tracks

Moment, during class time, to work with project methodology, with a focus on protagonism and the application of knowledge in practice.

High school


In yet another stage of education, we want to enable our students to make choices and respond to the challenges of today’s society. For this, in addition to the appropriation of content for the classic exams, our students engage in “hands-on” projects, experience entrepreneurial attitudes, develop the creative process, scientific investigations and carry out socio-cultural interventions, in a relationship of construction and reconstruction of learning.

We work for our students to be successful in exams and competitions, such as ENEM and the main vestibulares of the country. But beyond this selective stage of life, our comprehensive education prepares children and young people to be happy, confident, critical and responsible citizens, who act in society mobilizing Christian principles and valuesinternalized during their educational trajectory in the Santa Marcelina Education Network.

Age group:15 to 17 years old
Schedule: 7:10-12:40 pm [morning] [manhã]


Cycle of lectures and skills curricula

Lectures distributed throughout the year, which present various scenarios and realities of the labor market, serving as assistance and inspiration for our students. In addition, students build a skills curriculum that serves as a complement to universities that already request extracurricular activities.

Approved in vestibular

After a lot of effort and commitment from our students and a lot of dedication and involvement from our teachers, the time has come to show our results.
It’s time to celebrate and be happy with our numbers, which reflect one of the quantitative fruits of our labor.
Congratulations to everyone! Let us continue with faith, enthusiasm, and commitment always!
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Elementary School - Final Series

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