Rio de Janeiro's Education

Rio de Janeiro's Education
The Portuguese language is the official and national language, and thus the primary language taught in schools. English and Spanish are also part of the official high school curriculum.
There are also international schools, such as the American School of Rio de Janeiro, Our Lady of Mercy School, the Corcovado German School, the Lycée Français and the British School of Rio de Janeiro.

Educational institutions

The city has several universities. The Ministry of Education has certified approximately 99 upper-learning institutions in Rio. Some notable higher education institutions are:

    * Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ);
    * Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ);
    * Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ);
    * Fluminense Federal University (UFF);
    * Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio);
    * Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV);
    * Military Institute of Engineering (IME);
    * Superior Institute of Technology in Computer Science of Rio de Janeiro (IST-Rio);
    * Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO);
    * Estácio de Sá University (UNESA);
    * National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA).

There are more than 137 upper-learning institutions in whole state Rio de Janeiro.

Educational system

Primary schools are largely under municipal administration, while the state plays a more significant role in the extensive network of secondary schools. There is also a small number of schools under federal administration, as is the case of Colégio Pedro II, Colégio de Aplicação da UFRJ and the Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica of Rio de Janeiro (CEFET-RJ). In addition, Rio has an ample offering of private schools that provide education at all levels. Rio is home to many colleges and universities.

The Rio de Janeiro State University (public), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (public), Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets (private) and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (private) are among the country's top institutions of higher education. The literacy rate for Cariocas aged 10 and older is nearly 95 percent, well above the national average.  In Rio, there were 1,033 primarys with 25,594 teachers and 667,788 students in 1995. There are 370 secondarys with 9,699 teachers and 227,892 students. There are 53 University-preparatory schools schools with 14,864 teachers and 154,447 students. The city has six major universities and 47 private schools of higher learning.