International schools operator Cognita has acquired Escola Villare in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, which caters to 1,200 children aged from 4 months old in its nursery, to 17 years old in its high school. 

Teaching the Brazilian national curriculum, the school has claims to be one of the top three schools in the state of São Paulo and one of the top 13 in Brazil based on its ENEM rankings (Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio, a non-mandatory, standardised Brazilian national exam).

Ivone Vilardi, founder of Escola Villare, said: “Becoming part of the Cognita group is, for us, a cause for much celebration. We will have enriching exchanges between our school and all schools in the group in different countries and regions of Brazil. Our students will greatly benefit from this expanding universe.” 

Cognita´s chief executive for Latin America Josep Caubet added: “We are excited to welcome Escola Villare to Cognita. Villare is an outstanding school with an approach that is a wonderful match with Cognita’s vision for education around the world.” 

The acquisition is Cognita’s twenty-first in Latin America. Last month the company acquired The Greenland School in Santiago, Chile, and last November announced it had struck a deal with Royal Grammar School Guildford to launch an offshoot of the British independent school in Dubai in September.

Date published: 12 February 2021

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