Pedagogical approach




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 and Everyday Life

We consider children as powerful beings who relate to each other in their daily lives. In this project, we seek to understand what children think and the metaphors present in their speech, we actively listen to their narratives and the relationships, hypotheses, and theories that are being built, also looking at the actions of these children in their daily lives.

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]


Study of the environment - Pão de Açúcar Supermarket

In this project we developed in the children the idea of problem solving using the monetary system, conscious consumption, sustainability, analysis of product labels, and good practices related to healthy eating.

Environmental Study - Água Branca Park

In this study we propose individual and collective actions to solve man-made environmental problems.

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]


Dance Education

Dance Education is a project that, for 22 years, has been working with rhythmic activities in a playful and creative way. Each year, a theme is proposed and the students are challenged to create choreographic movements of a dance, researching and getting to know different cultures, besides understanding dance as a means to develop values and attitudes.

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]


Judgment and dramatization of characters from literature

To work on skills related to argumentation and orality, the 9th grade has held a trial and dramatization of a literary character. The preference has been given to the character Capitu from the work “Dom Casmurro” by Machado de Assis.

Life Project/Professional Orientation

Students discuss the meaning of having a personal life project, based on their individual values and goals and through self-knowledge activities and the study of professions. This always happens mediated by specialized professionals, focused on helping students develop a portfolio with their personal trajectory, their expectations and their choices for the future.

Deepening in Natural Sciences

In the latest edition, students delve into the scientific knowledge of the phenomena of radioactivity, debate its applications and impacts.

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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