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IB, American, and Christian
Ages 3 to 18

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CitySan Jose
CurriculumsIB, American, and Christian
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
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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 15 students / class
Maximum 23 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ₡ 4,284,309
to: ₡ 5,862,000
Address: San José Province, San Rafael, Costa Rica
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Costa Rican

Ratio of local students to international students

77% are local students and 23% are international students.

Native English speaking teachers

Most of them are.

Language support for students not fluent in English

We offer the English as a Second Language Program and the Spanish as a Second Language Program.

Additional language classes offered by the school

English and Spanish

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, for preschool and 1st grade.

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is integrated in every activity in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to use tablets, robots, virtual reality goggles and more.

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 have implemented a Distance Learning Program during the quarantine.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Nondenominational Christian Values.

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

We don't talk about religion, we focus on Christian Values. Students are required to participate in the different activities the school has.

External examinations or assessments available

MAP Testings, PSAT and SAT Testing, Costa Rican Baccalaureate testing and International Baccalaureate testing.

Results in these examinations

Above international norms.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

They will need around 30 min - 1 h, but it will depend on the grade level.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

We offer non-significant curricular accommodations through our Learning Support Program.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Yes. Gifted students are provided additional opportunities to explore topics further and grow according to their capabilities.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students

Yes, the admission process includes testing, trial day, interviews and document verification.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

They will need to complete MAP tests in Reading, Math, and Science. They also will need to complete a writing test.

Waiting list

Yes, we have a waiting list for 3rd Grade

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

There is open enrollment year round

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time

11:30am (Prekinder and Kinder , it's optional) / 2:35pm (Prekinder -12th grade)

Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available


School provided lunches

The school provides a cafeteria service at extra cost .

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


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, frisbee), cooking, robotics, art, and more.

Sports activities included

The physical education class, and options for participation in intramural and varsity sports.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, our students participate in soccer, basketball, and volleyball tournaments throughout the school year.

Facilities at the school

Library, Art Room, Science Lab

Sports facilities at the school

Soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are an international school with the vision of transforming lives through character education with a solid foundation of academic excellence.

Teaching approach of the school

We have an academic program that aims to develop the whole child, and is driven towards the International Baccalaureate.


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