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Anchieta College (New Fribourg)

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Type  Jesuit, Catholic
Enrollment  900
Gender  Coeducational
Website  ColegioAnchieta
Anchieta College (New Fribourg)
Established  04/12/1886; 2016 years ago (04/12/1886)

Anchieta College is a private school located in New Fribourg, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is named for the 16th century Jesuit missionary José de Anchieta.

In 2006, the college took 17th place nationally, 6th in the state, and 1st in New Fribourg in the National High School Examination (ESMS).

History

Anchieta College was founded in April 1886 by Jesuit priests and brothers from the Roman Province. It is currently a part of the Central-Eastern Brazil Province of the Society of Jesus.

The College opened in a large farm house on Burn Hill, known among Swiss settlers as "The Chateau," a name still applied to it by many in the city. It began as a boarding school for students from all over Brazil.

With the increasing number of students, construction began on the large and majestic current building in 1901, taking 8 years to complete. The Anchieta soon became famous, and known throughout Brazil for the quality of its education.

The teachers were all Jesuit priests, but in 1922, with a decrease in priests coming from Italy, it was necessary to end the boarding and transform Anchieta into a seminary for the formation of Brazilian Jesuits. Before long, the College was filled with seminarians, ranging from the minor seminary called Apostolic School to the Faculty of Philosophy.

This second phase in the College's history was followed in 1966 with the removal of seminary classes to other cities. This third phase saw students coming not only from Freiburg but also from the surrounding towns.

In 1969, Anchieta became coeducational. Today, 123 years after its founding, the College has 900 students pursuing its traditional studies, which aim at humanistic and academic excellence along with a Christian social consciousness.

The grounds include an ecological park with ample green space surrounding it.

References

Anchieta College (New Fribourg) Wikipedia


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