The College Anchieta is a private school located in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil . The institution is one of the twenty-two works of the Society of Jesus in Southern Brazil. It has more than three thousand students and approximately three hundred members on its staff.
Recently, the Anchieta won recognition from the Journal of Commerce, and "Top of Mind" from the magazine Tomorrow.
The "College of the Fathers", as it was initially known, was founded on 13 January 1890. Fr. Francisco Trappe received from Rome permission to buy the house of the Fialho family, located at Church Street (now Duque de Caxias). The building needed to be renovated to serve as a school. Trappe, its first director, had the help of Fr. Brikman and Brother William Boehlers.
The Anchieta was slow to develop after the Proclamation of the Republic. In Rio Grande do Sul, Christian teaching had to confront positivism, the doctrine of the Frenchman Auguste Comte who found fertile ground in the area.
In the beginning, the College of the Fathers was intended only for boys, divided into two sections, German and Brazilian. In its first year of operation, the number of students began at 42 and rose to 80. The boys were ages 9 through 12, and were only admitted if they could read. The top concern was not with literacy but with moral and religious guidance.
In 1897 the College of the Fathers changed its name to St. Joseph, and then to Anchieta Gymasium. It progressed gradually. The current name of Rio Grande do Sul, Anchieta College, was adopted in 1901, at the suggestion of the then director Fr. Conrado Menz, and in tribute to José de Anchieta, "Apostle of Brazil", an individual of fragile health who ventured into Brazil to spread the Christian faith.
Anchieta College grew to require more space than it had on Duque de Caxias Street, and it could not accommodate school activities: it had begun as a mere house with a few dozen students. In 1954 Porto Alegre experienced rapid growth in buildings and population, which was evident by changes in the city center where the school was located. That year a plot on Nile Peçanha Avenue was chosen and Fr. Henry Pauquet came on the scene, an important person in the community's history. During his long tenure with the College, he worked at building Resurrection Church, which opened on 11 November 1967, on the new premises of Anchieta College. With the construction of the College on Nile Peçanha, that region of the city developed rapidly, with new construction and rapid urbanization. It is today a major commercial and residential area.
The school has separate buildings for preschool, elementary school, and high school. There is a central library and also one for children, comprising a collection of 31,000 works and over 60,000 volumes.
There are laboratories for biology, physics, chemistry, language, computer, robotics, and mathematics, as well as rooms for cooking, arts, theatre, music, and multimedia.
Anchieta College has two sports gymnasiums, of 4,795 m² and 450 m², one full-sized football field and two smaller ones with lighting and one without lighting, plus eight courts of various sorts.
For teaching English language, there is a partnership between the Anchieta and Unilínguas, the Language Centre Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos). There is also the Anchieta Museum of Natural Sciences.
The College has the Church of the Resurrection and its hall for religious activities.
Sabia Hill, in the south of Porto Alegre, in Ipanema, is a recreation and leisure space that the college offers on the coast of Guaiba Lake. In the chapel is a picture of Our Lady painted by Aldo Locatelli.
Since 1946, the Youth House Village Oliva in Caxias do Sul has hosted thousands of students, alumni, and their families.
The Anchieta College had in all twenty-three directors, one of which took office twice. They are: