Escola Cidade Jardim | PlayPen

Praça Professor Américo de Moura, 101 CEP 05670-060, São Paulo

+55 11 3812 9122

1-17 yrs
Brazilian Curriculum, International Early Years Curriculum, International Middle Years Curriculum, International Primary Curriculum
Type of School
Day School
Main Language
Bilingual (English/Portuguese)


Escola Cidade Jardim | PlayPen is an independent school based in São Paulo for students aged 1-17 years and a pioneer in bilingual teaching. It was the first bilingual school in Brazil and has over 40 years’ experience in the field, providing education from Toddlers I to Fundamental II.

We offer a bilingual education with English immersion for pupils aged 16 months to 18 years. Our innovative educational programme combines the Brazilian national curriculum (BNCC) with a modern international curriculum that prepares our students for a global future. We build the foundations for a lifelong love of learning, from kindergarten to high school and beyond.

ECJ | PlayPen is currently an IB candidate school. We are beginning to implement the IB curriculum throughout the school, starting with the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP is an inquiry-based curriculum that aims to involve students as active participants in their own learning and development. It is a trans-disciplinary approach that ties in perfectly with our innovative bilingual teaching methodology. Part of the world-renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) teaching curriculum, it is the gold standard for international education, preparing students for a rapidly changing world.

Expatriates comprise eight percent of the school’s faculty, which contributes to a multicultural atmosphere. The school also provides a wide array of international and exchange programmes through cultural and academic trips to and from Chile, Canada, Germany, the UK and Spain. Our ethos encourages shared responsibility in the educational process and offers an enriched bilingual environment that is culturally and academically stimulating. We promote critical and reflective thinking and encourage attitudes of sensitivity and working together as key to being responsible citizens within the wider world.

Our high school opened in 2020. Here we prepare and counsel our students for national (entrance examinations, ENEM etc.) and international university placement (United States – SAT/ACT, or Europe – European selection processes). We will prepare your children for great achievements, wherever they may be.

Soraia Dale-Harris


Soraia is an educator with over 35 years of school experience. For the last 15 years, she has worked directly with the implementation of the IB program in international schools in Brazil. As a trilingual professional, Soraia brings a unique experience both in the classroom and in pedagogical leadership positions, culminating in the role of Middle and High School Coordinator, through which she joined the Cognita group in 2021. Since July 2022, she has been Director -general of Escola Cidade Jardim | PlayPen.

She is currently responsible for implementing the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB), underpinning the school's successful trajectory as educators of bright students, aware and socially active citizens.

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