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Ages 3 to 18

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CitySan Jose
CurriculumsAmerican and Costa Rican
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Yearly fees: Not public
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 20 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2024/2025.

Address: Bosque de Doña Rosa, Heredia Province, Heredia, Costa Rica
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Costa Rican / US citizens

Native English speaking teachers

Not all of them are native speakers,but a great majority are.

Language support for students not fluent in English

AIS offers ESL and SSL classes (English as a Second Language / Spanish as a Second Language)

Additional language classes offered by the school

As after school classes, children have to opportunity to receive French, this semester. Last semester we offered Portuguese.

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Early Childhood and elementary, if needed.

Use of technology in the classroom

Ipads and/or laptops are required for each student, some tests and training are completed on line, robotics and engineering for kids are taught at school

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No religion is taught at school. AIS is respectful of students´ faith. Catechism classes are offered as an after school activity.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?


External examinations or assessments available


Results in these examinations

Score results varies among our student population, but students generally obtain good scores that meet university entrance requirements.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

30 minutes to 1 hour per day , approximately in Elementary

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

The Learning Support Program offers support in content classes, remedial work, pull-out classes, small group work, one-on-one instruction. We have inclusion in general education classes, support classes to work with individual student needs, and specific reading and writing program with direct instruction. We offer non-significant accommodations for any student with a diagnosed disability.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

AIS incorporates general education classes, as well as honors classes for students performing at a higher academic level. We offer Advanced Placement classes. AIS offers an Enrichment Program to upper elementary students that require academic challenges.

Student access to education psychologist

Our guidance counselor will provide emotional support when a student is in crisis and will work with prevention programs through life skills classes and will assist parents and teachers in important meetings. The Learning Support Program at our school will deal with our students learning needs. The LSP teachers design and deliver lessons geared towards the individual needs and capabilities of the students under their supervision.

Entry evaluation for students

An entrance examination will be administered to all applicants.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Applicants will be administered a computerized exam in English and in Math and a writing sample. Preschool, Prekindergarten and some elementary students must spend a morning or two with the class.

Waiting list

At the moment we may have no space availability in some classrooms, but as an international school we try to accommodate international students into our school community.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

AIS works in a Rolling Admission basis.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time

School starts at 8:00 a.m.

School finish time

The regular school day ends at 3:00 p.m. Students that participate in after school activities will leave school at 4:05 p.m.

Supervised care before/after school

Students are allowed to stay after school only if they are participating in a club or participating in an adult supervised activity.

School bus service available

Yes, AIS works with an outsource transportation company.

School provided lunches

The school´s cafeteria will offer a wide variety of food to all students for breakfast, break, lunch and after school. All students are welcome to bring their own lunch and snacks to school every day if they choose not to use the school cafeteria. Preschool, Pre-kinder and Kinder students must bring a healthy snack from home every day.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

AIS offers a variety of after school activities such as soccer, karate, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, percussion, basketball, ballet, choir, Business kids, "catecismo" and cross country among other after school activities that may be offered on a semester basis.

Sports activities included

Elementary students will have two physical education classes per week, while middle school and high school students may have between three or five physical education classes per week.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Our students will participate in sports tournaments locally and internationally with AASCA .

Facilities at the school

Library, two science labs, cafeteria

Sports facilities at the school

AIS has a gym and two soccer fields. Both soccer fields have synthetic grass.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

International students and teachers, US diploma, family-oriented environment

Teaching approach of the school

Small classes allow a more personalized approach, focusing on student's particular abilities and needs. use of technology to enhance learning processes.

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