In 1958, a group of mission agencies, seeing the need to provide educational services for the children of their missionaries who were living and working in the precarious conditions of the interior, opened a school at the Belém headquarters of what would become known as MICEB.
Five years later, in 1963, the school moved to its current location in Ananindeua and was officially named Amazon Valley Academy (AVA as the locals call it). In 1974, German and Swiss missionaries opened a German Language division of the school. The two divisions operated simultaneously for nearly 20 years.
Until the late 1990s, AVA operated exclusively as a school for expatriate students, most of whom were children of missionaries; however, as the century drew to a close and as many missionary families relocated to unreached regions, it became obvious that the expatriate demographics of the region were changing, and that if the school were to continue, adjustments would need to be made.
In 1996, AVA approached the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS) and asked the organization to consider operating the school. After a two-year preparatory study, NICS agreed that the relationship would be a good fit for the two organizations. Under the auspices of NICS, AVA expanded its stakeholder base and invited Brazilian nationals who were interested in an international bilingual education to become part of the school family.
In early 2014 NICS began discussions with Believer’s Bridge to transition AVA under their leadership. This transition was successfully completed July 1, 2014.
On August 20, 2014 AVA began their 2014-2015 school year in a brand new, two story building. Successfully completing a campus wide move started many years ago with the sale of the land the high school, library and other buildings were on.
Over the past 55 years, and despite many changes, AVA’s mission has remained constant – to provide an excellent, Christ-centered education for its students, preparing them to become productive members of society no matter where they might end up living.