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Inspired Acquires Eleva Global Schools

Acquisition of the leading premium Bi-Lingual Schools in Brazil positions Inspired for Significant Expansion in the Region


LONDON and RIO DE JANEIRO – May 6th, 2022 – Inspired (, the leading global group of premium schools operating in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, is proud to welcome the premier Brazil schools group, Eleva Global Schools including the Escola Eleva, Gurilandia, Batutinhas, and Leonardo Da Vinci schools, to the Inspired Education Group. Post-closing of the transaction, Escola Eleva Global Schools, which was part of the Eleva Educação Group, will be fully owned by Inspired. The Eleva Educação Group will be rebranded. 

Escola Eleva Global Schools, which encompasses the schools operating under the Escola Eleva, Gurilandia, Batutinhas, and Leonardo da Vinci brands, consists of 7 premium schools and 2 early learning schools across Brazil. Eleva’s premium schools have set a new standard in premium bilingual education in Brazil.  

Escola Eleva opened its first premium school, Escola Eleva Botafogo, in 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, reaching over 1000 students within 2 years of operations, and today is ranked amongst the best schools in the city. Offering a full-day bilingual curriculum, leading into the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Escola Eleva’s focus on Brazilian values and international best practices aligns closely with Inspired Education Group’s commitment to academic excellence and a holistic education.  

Building on the success of their Rio de Janeiro Escola Eleva Botafogo, Escola Eleva opened new schools in Barra in 2019, Brasilia in 2021 and Recife in 2022. The acquisitions of Batutinhas’ 2 premium early learning schools in Rio in 2018, the Gurilandia premium Salvador school in 2020 (followed by the opening of a new campus on the other side of Salvador) and the acquisition of Leonardo da Vinci’s premium Vitoria school took the portfolio of Escola Eleva premium schools to their current market leading position.  

Nadim M Nsouli, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Inspired, commented: “We have spent a significant amount of time in the last few years evaluating opportunities for expansion in Brazil and are now proud to welcome the premier Brazil school group, Eleva Global Schools, into our group of over 80 of the leading schools around the world. Only the very best schools in the world join inspired, and I am excited by the hugely positive impact that the alignment of ethos and our shared global best practice will bring to the Escola Eleva, Gurilandia, Leonardo da Vinci, Batutinhas and Inspired school communities. We look forward to working with Escola Eleva’s senior leadership team, teachers and staff to continue to serve the communities of current, past and future students and parents. Inspired’s commitment to excellence and innovation closely reflects that of the Eleva Global schools, and I am delighted that the Eleva Global Schools families will now benefit from being part of our unique global group”.  

Duda Falcão, co-CEO of Eleva Educação, noted “We are excited that Escola Eleva has now joined an international group renowned for its premium schools. This move will ensure that the characteristics that make the Eleva Global Schools so special are further strengthened, while at the same time offering Eleva Global Schools families new and exciting global opportunities”.  

CEO of Eleva Global Schools, Marcio Cohen, added “We are thrilled to join the Inspired Education Group, with its track record of excellence and their depth of International Baccalaureate experience. It is an exciting opportunity to share best practice with great schools spanning 5 continents, across Inspired’s three curriculum pillars of Academics, Sport and Performing Arts”.  

About Inspired Education Group: Inspired Education Group is the leading global group of premium schools educating more than 55,000 students in over 75 schools on 5 continents. All Inspired schools are individually developed and designed in response to their environment and location, delivering an excellent education to their respective communities. Inspired offers a fresh and contemporary approach to education by re-evaluating traditional teaching methods and curriculums, and creating a more dynamic, relevant and powerful model reflecting current attitudes. Inspired schools nurture the unique individuality, talent and self-assurance of each student, equipping them to take on the world with the skills and confidence to ensure success. 

About Eleva Global Schools: Eleva Global Schools encompasses the schools operating under the Escola Eleva, Gurilandia and Batutinhas brands. The first school, Escola Eleva Botafogo, opened in Rio de Janeiro in 2017. Escola Eleva Schools now educate over 7,000 students in 9 schools including Eleva Botafogo, Eleva Brasilia, Eleva Barra, Eleva Recife, Gurilandia Federacao, Gurilandia Pituba and Leonardo da Vinci schools.