The regular school year consists of a minimum of 180 days of effective work, excluding tests and exams. The new National Education Bases and Guidelines Law establishes 200 school days.
The literacy rate for the citizens of Rio aged 10 and older is nearly 95 percent. This is extremely high compared to the national average.
In Rio, there are about 1,033 primary schools with 25,594 teachers and 667,788 students.
Portuguese, the official national language, is the primary language taught in schools. However, English and Spanish are also part of the official curriculum.
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, which offer graduate courses, and the State University of Rio de Janeiro are located in the city The Rio de Janeiro State University (public), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (public) and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (private) are among the country's top institutions of higher education.
Brazil's education system is divided into three levels: fundamental, intermediate and higher education.
Preschool is also available to provide assistance to children under 7 years of age. Higher education is further split into undergraduate and graduate.
Worldwide Classroom contains information on over 10,000 schools in 95 countries, including Brazil.
The National Library in Rio de Janeiro is the largest in Latin America and ranks as the eighth largest library in the world. Originally created by the King of Portugal, in 1810, this is now a cultural monument. When the library was opened, it was off-limits to the general public and housed around 60,000 items from the royal family. It now has over 9 million objects, many with important cultural and historical origins.