High School

Why we work
with Full-Time
High School?

The Brazilian High School educational scenario is alarming. According to the 2020 Basic Education Yearbook of All for Education, school dropout at this stage of Basic Education, in 2019, reached about 35%, i.e., only 65% complete high school. According to Saeb 2017 data, 90.9% of students who manage to stay do not know what is expected in Mathematics and 70.9% do not reach the learning expectations in Portuguese Language (Inep/MEC). 

Lack of schooling impacts on students’ income gains, decreases professional advancement opportunities, and increases the inequalities of the country. We believe that the high dropout rates are mainly due to the lack of an attractive school that meets the real needs of today’s youth. It is necessary for the school environment to take in the needs and weaknesses of its students and, more than this, to help in the full development process, shaping young protagonists of their lives, who can dream and make their dreams come true. 

How we work?

The Full-Time High School Policy (EMTI) is based on the pedagogical proposal and the expansion of the student’s school time.

The pedagogical proposal starts from the extension of the school day and the full training of the student, having the curriculum as a pillar and covering the emotional and cognitive as well as citizenship dimensions of the students. A Full-Time High School graduate will be better qualified to continue academic life, training for life and professional training or for the work environment.

The extension of the school day to 7 hours or 9 hours a day is fundamental for the school to be able to integrate the learning expectations for the student within the Common National Curriculum Base. The Natura Institute considers that EMTI schools are those that have a 7-hour or 9-hour daily load.

The main model of the Full-Time High School initiative is the School of Choice, of the Instituto de Corresponsabilidade pela Educação (ICE) [Education Co-Responsibility Institute], whose central objective is the Protagonist of Youth and their Life Project. This is the main goal of this school model, so that High School students, who are finishing Basic Education, can reflect on their dreams, on who they are and what they desire for their lives. The model believes in a creative, participative and active youth.

The curriculum of the Diversified Part, subjects in addition to those already provided by the Common National Curriculum Base (BNCC), consists of Reception of families and students; Life Project; Experimental Practices; Guided Study and Electives.

Our technical and strategic support is aimed at promoting the expansion of Full-Time High School, encouraging state public networks to expand this school model, especially in areas of higher social vulnerability. In addition to supporting states in the implementation process, with specific management consulting and pedagogical support, we conduct surveys and studies to better understand the challenges and potentialities of this public policy and use the results to influence the necessary adjustments that EMTI needs to meet the diversity of each supported state. 

We base our operations on evidence that proves the effectiveness of Full Education combined with the improvement of pedagogical practices and school management, as the pioneer Program of Full Education of Pernambuco. A successful public policy, responsible for this state to make a leap in the national ranking of the Basic Education Development Index (IDEB), from 22nd place in 2007 to first place in 2015. To learn more about this case and the role of Full Development Education in reducing social inequalities, access the production of evidence from the Sonho Grande Institute by clicking here.

Who participates?

The partnerships occur directly with the state government and the education department. Federal units interested in getting support to expand their Full-Time High Schools can contact us or partner organizations. Furthermore, we are always performing alignment actions with state governments in order to strengthen relationships on the agenda.

Strategic allies

Sonho Grande
Instituto de
pela Educação

Where are we?

Currently, our operation includes 20 Brazilian states (AC, AL, AM, AP, CE, ES, GO, MA, MG, MS, MT, PB, PE, PR, RN, RO, SE, SP, and SC and TO), both following the implementation process and the expansion.
This support and follow-up involves almost 2,400 schools and approximately 760 thousand students. ​


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