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CitySan Jose
CurriculumIB
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
Yearly fees: Not public
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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 23 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2022/2023.

Address: 800m SO del Lubricentro Heredia San Isidro, 40601, Costa Rica
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All the details about this school in their own words

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Number of students

640 approximately

Number of nationalities represented in the school

- Costa Ricans
- Venezuelans
- Colombians
- USA
- Europeans
- Chinese

Most common nationality

Costa Rica

Ratio of local students to international students

70% locals 30% internationals

Max. number of students per class

Max 20-25

Average number of students per class

20-25

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and Spanish speaking teachers

Yes

Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish

Yes, we offer coaching classes in the home school language.

Additional language classes offered by the school

Spanish, English and German

Use of technology in the classroom

Each student has access to different platforms according to the class they are taking.

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. We offer school lessons through online video conferencing and different platforms to communicate with the students online. We currently offer a hybrid model: on site and virtual.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

Yes

Approximate hours of homework given

It varies from primary to secondary school. Depending on the classes.

Uniform required

Yes

Waiting list

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Yes

Brief description of entry evaluation required

MAP testing (primary and secondary)

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

N/a

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

IB International Baccalaureate.

Results in these examinations

N/a

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We do not teach religion classes however we teach values.

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

We teach values and do not impose a specific religion.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes

Learning support offered

We have a department of Learning Support Services offering psychology, neuroeducation, psychopedagogy and special education.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

We have a specific program for students gifted and talented based on their skills.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

7:30am

School finish time

3:00pm

Supervised care before/after school

The teachers follow up the students based on their needs and activities carried out in class.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Montessori: Yoga, Cheerleader (MiniJaguars), Soccer, Little Engineers and more.
Primary: Yoga, Hip hop, Gymnastics, Robotics, Chess and more.
Secondary: Digital Drawing and Animation, Cheerleader, Chess and more.

School provided lunches

Yes, we have a cafeteria supervised by a nutritionist.

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

We can accommodate dietary restrictions.

Sports activities included

Physical educations: basketball, volleyball, cheerleader, athletics, yoga and more.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium and a soccer field.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleader, Athletics and Volleyball.

Other facilities at the school

Library, science lab, computer lab and innovation laboratory.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Golden Valley School is an international, trilingual educational institution whose mission is "educating for life, developing better men and women". We offer an excellent academic program that encourages our students to be true to their ideals and become agents of change in an evolving world. We believe that each child has a special talent to develop and an innate ability to learn and acquire skills throughout life.
At Golden Valley School, teaching and learning are based on a process of continuous improvement through a comprehensive and holistic education, centered on values such as; discipline, respect, peace, solidarity, conviction, excellence, integrity, and protection of the environment.

Teaching approach of the school

Model educational institution, internationally recognized and committed to the continuous intellectual, social and spiritual growth of its students. Golden Valley School inspires students to make meaningful contributions to their country, the environment, and the global community.

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