Rogério Abaurre is one of South America’s notable education leaders. He coordinates a successful dual-curriculum high school program in Brazil in partnership with Texas Tech University Independent School District (TTUISD). Students in the dual-curriculum high school program are taught in their local schools, all the subjects from the Brazilian curriculum by certified Brazilian teachers plus the American High School subjects taught by native English speakers in Brazil (physically present in the classroom) and certified TTUISD teachers (at a distance, via internet). The sum of credits from both Brazilian and American curricula meets the twenty-six-credit State of Texas graduation requirements and qualifies the students to receive both the official American High School Diploma from TTUISD and the official Brazilian High School Diploma from their Brazilian schools.
This successful model provides Texas Tech University with an excellent cadre of students, who are academically ready to attend college anywhere in the USA.
Originally graduated in Information Technology and Business Administration (UFES-Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo and FAESA-Faculdade de Administração do Espírito Santo), Rogério designed and developed the first TTUISD partnership with a Brazilian school in 1999, with forty-three students studying the American High School subjects in English, with local American teachers and TTUISD teachers based in Lubbock, TX. In fifteen years, Rogério has expanded that model to its current reach of more than 2,300 students matriculated in fifty-four schools throughout Brazil.