Lower School

The Lower School at EABH is comprised of students from ages 4 to 12 in grade levels from PK to fifth grade. At EABH, we begin schooling for students aged 4 with the Pre Kindergarten Program.


Greetings from EABH! My name is Kristin Halligan and I am thrilled to be the Lower School Principal at EABH. I have been in International Education for over 20 years and have worked with various curricular models; most recently I was the principal at an IB World School in Bangkok, Thailand. I graduated with a doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University in 2019. I am a committed lifelong learner and always strive for self-improvement.

At EABH, our mission statement is “Empowering Compassionate Agents for a Better Future,” and we believe that this starts from a very young age. We approach education in a holistic way focusing on academics, the arts, physical education, well-being, and character development. We know that every child is unique, and here at EABH, we celebrate individual talents and address specific needs as well. At EABH, we incorporate a rigorous curriculum, a high quality child-centered program, and fun!

EABH is unique in all of Belo Horizonte. It is one of the only schools in Brazil with a Primary Years Program (PYP), inquiry approach to learning as found in the International Baccalaureate (IB), the most prestigious college preparatory international curriculum model in the world. In the Lower School, we have a unique structure that pairs a fully trained and equipped Portuguese teacher with an English Homeroom teacher in each classroom. This teaching pair collaborates with their grade-level partners to design coordinated lessons across each age group. We integrate American curricular elements such as Readers and Writers Workshop and Eureka Math to ensure that academic fundamentals are being met.

At EABH, we hire experienced and highly trained teachers. The Board of Directors is committed to increasing the efficacy of our teaching staff through professional learning as we strive to become the learning hub of the region. We believe that innovation in education is necessary to prepare our learners for the future!

We know that the strongest education relies on the connection between students, families, and the school community. We all must work together to provide the most effective and authentic education for our children and students. If you share our vision and philosophy, EABH is the place for you! We look forward to sharing even more about our school with you!


Dr. Kristin Halligan
Lower School Principal

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