2002: During the second year of the MBA, Barbara developed a business plan that was submitted at the end for a contest where all the business plans made by students of Darden School of Business competed. O Parque project won third place, having been among the five projects chosen to have a place in the Darden Incubator.
2003: Marta Villarinho Pereira joins Barbara and, with financial support and consultancy by the Darden Incubator, opens the first sponsored school in Portugal: O Parque Taguspark, exclusively for the children of Millennium bcp’s employees, offering nursery, 1 and 2 Year Olds classes.
2004: Opening of a new sponsored school in Lisbon: O Parque Assembleia da República, offering: nursery, 1 and 2 Year Olds classes.
2006: Opening of the first non-sponsored school: O Parque Belém, open to the public and offering Daycare (1-2) and Kindergarten (3-5).
2008: This year marks an important milestone for the school: Primary School is inaugurated in a new unit, O Parque Restelo. Also this year we closed O Parque Assembleia da República.
2010: A new school in a new market: O Parque comes to Cascais, offering Daycare (1-2) and Kindergarten (3-5).
2011: Opening of Primary School at O Parque Cascais.
2012: The schools continue to grow and we open Preparatory School at O Parque Restelo, giving even more importance to the English Language.
2015: O Parque Cascais opens its Preparatory School. O Parque’s structure is strengthened by having a new partner, a Fund run by Menlo Capital. This allows the necessary financial resources to expand to Secondary School and create the first international school in Lisbon.
2016: O Parque Bilingual Schools becomes PaRK International School, opening the 7th Grade in Lisbon, offering international education from Secondary School.
2017: PaRK International School opens a new school in September – PaRK IS Praça de Espanha – offering Nursery, Daycare and Kindergarten. Primary School will be offered starting in September 2018
2018: O Parque Taguspark closes in August. In September, PaRK IS joins Inspired a leading group of premium schools in Europe, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, with 33 schools worldwide and a large extended international family of over 26,000 students.
2019: A new campus in Alfragide will welcome our Belém, Restelo and Alfragide students!