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Colégio de São Bento is a Benedictine school for boys in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a history that dates back more than 150 years. It was founded in 1858 on the hills overlooking Rio de Janeiro's harbor and the Guanabara Bay, by the adjacent Benedictine monastery (Brazilian Portuguese: Mosteiro de São Bento). Although the school is still run by the monastery, students who attend it may come from any denomination or religion.

Colégio de São Bento
Colégio de São Bento do Rio de Janeiro
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O Melhor Colégio do Brasil
Colégio de São Bento is located in Brazil
Colégio de São Bento
Colégio de São Bento
Location in Brazil
Rua Dom Gerardo, 68
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Coordinates 22°53′52″S 43°10′47″W / 22.89774°S 43.179711°W / -22.89774; -43.179711Coordinates: 22°53′52″S 43°10′47″W / 22.89774°S 43.179711°W / -22.89774; -43.179711
Type Private All-male
Motto Ora et Labora
(Pray and Labor)
Established February 9, 1858 (1858-02-09)
Founder Abade Frei Luís da Conceição Saraiva OSB
School district Centro (city centre)
Rector Dom Miguel Da Silva Vieira OSB (2010 - now)
Grades 1-12
Colour(s) Red, Blue and Yellow
Mascot Lion
National ranking 1st
ENEM average 761.7 (2011) - Highest Score in the Country
Religion Roman Catholic

All students follow a broad course of study, which includes Theology, Music, Physics, Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Classic Culture, Brazilian and Portuguese Literature and Portuguese Language, History, French, Spanish and English Languages, Philosophy, Sociology, Geography and Art History, among other subjects.

The school has been consistently rated the best Brazilian high school by ENEM (National High School Assessment Test), showing the highest ranking of college admissions in the country.[citation needed] Its graduates, who refer to themselves as Benedictines include Brazilian leaders from government and business, renowned doctors, educators, poets, musicians and writers.[who?]

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