Sion Brazil

School of Our Lady of Sion in Brazil

In the 19th century, the French educational model was seen as example for the world. The Brazilian government, with the intent of developing the education system and establishing schools for girls, invested in bringing to the country French sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion. The first sisters of Sion arrived in Brazil, coming from Paris, on October 9th, 1888 and set up in Rio de Janeiro. Later, due to a yellow fever epidemic, they moved to Petrópolis.

School of Our Lady of Sion Facilities in Brazil

After Rio de Janeiro, it was São Paulo’s turn to receive another School of Our Lady of Sion establishment. In the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, many other institutions were established around Brazil. Some were later closed, other preserved and, to date, serve as reference in quality education.

Sion Student Exchange Program

Always bearing in mind the overall formation of its students as citizens and professionals of the future, the Schools of Our Lady of Sion in Brazil intend to implement the Sion Student Exchange Program. In 2013, Brazil will host for the first time the World Youth Journey, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, and this could become the first opportunity to receive Sion students from other countries.

The first propositions to put in place the exchange program were put forth during the First International Encounter of the Schools of Sion, held in July 2009, in Strasburg, France. In addition to all the fun and knowledge, going through an exchange program is an alternative in professional growth which is no longer a distant reality for the Schools of Our Lady of Sion of Brazil. The first steps are being taken.