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IB, American, and Costa Rican curriculums
Bilingual
Ages 3 to 18

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CurriculumsIB, American, and Costa Rican
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English and Spanish
Native English and Spanish teachers
Extra languages (other than English and Spanish)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: ₡ 5,855,200
to: ₡ 8,122,400
Address: From Multiplaza, 1.2 Km. northwest, right hand side of the road, Guachipelín, Escazú, San José, Costa Rica.
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Number of students

900

Number of nationalities represented in the school

+40

Most common nationality

Costa Rican

Max. number of students per class

25

Average number of students per class

22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and Spanish speaking teachers

Only 30% (English Native Speakers)

Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish

English as a Second Language
Spanish as a Second Language

Use of technology in the classroom

Every classroom is equipped with a computer and a video beam to activate interactive boards, maximizing learning with attractive teaching possibilities. Starting in Preparatory all students must used an electronic device in classroom (Ipad or Computer). The library has numerous computers for research. Laptop caddies are available for class groups to use upon demand. Fiber optics and broadband expedites the Wi-Fi system for Internet across the campus.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

Depends on the subject and grade level.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Depends on the grade level.

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

We have a 300 point assessment: Math, English and Spanish Test - Transcripts of the last two years of schooling and finally students and parents interview. Results are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decided if our school can meet the student needs.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Our Admission Process is always open.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma
Costa Rica Bachillerato
High School Diploma

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Depends on the learning needs

Learning support offered

Blue Valley’s mainstreaming policy for its special needs students is aimed at having all students ready to carry out the academic program. While the guidance staff works with students and teachers to ensure that the specific needs of each student are being met, no significant adjustments are made to a student’s course-load. But, for example, the guidance staff or the teacher might read the test to a student, give a student more time during exams, or recommend outside tutoring for academic support. However, no significant changes are made to the curriculum content.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

7:15 am

School finish time

14:45 (except Wednesdays: 12:45)

Supervised care before/after school

Yes (Right now they are suspended due to Covid-19)

School provided lunches

Not included on the School's Fee

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes

Sports activities included

Sports: Basket Ball - Volley Ball - Soccer | Performing Arts: Drama - Public Speaking - Dance - Art

Sports facilities at the school

Indoor Gym, Basket Ball and Volley Ball courts, Synthetic Soccer court, Official Soccer Court.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Blue Valley is a private, bilingual, international school that offers a rigorous American curriculum, yet is rooted in local culture and includes a strong Spanish program.

Teaching approach of the school

Blue Valley students will learn in such a way that they become life-long learners. To accomplish this, they will not only be exposed to a body of knowledge that will allow them to make the best use of their intellectual capacities, but to the skills necessary to become independent learners. They will understand that learning can help to justify one’s existence because it leads to improvement as a human being. As a result, Blue Valley students will find joy and satisfaction in learning that will not end upon graduation.

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