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IB, American, and Costa Rican curriculums
Ages 2 to 18

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CurriculumsIB, American, and Costa Rican
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 2 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 17 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: ₡ 4,680,440
to: ₡ 8,779,360
Address: 300 metros sur de Restaurante el Rodeo, Heredia, San Antonio de Belén, 40701, 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

25% international

Max. number of students per class

18 students

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Native English and Spanish speaking teachers

We have native speakers and also non- native speakers

Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish

Yes we have different options: Tutoring and Counselling and Learning Support (Pull out)

Additional language classes offered by the school

English and Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

Virtual classrooms, 3D gadgets for certain classes like Sports Science, Smart Blackboards, the use of EBSCO for research, younger children use apps for reading-writing, we have developed our own app for students and parents that has multiple functions, etc.

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, the school had a virtual classroom platform ready before al the COVID-19 quarantines.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

The students have weekly homework with different deadlines, the objective is to teach the students to manage their time.

Uniform required


Waiting list


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

For PreKinder, Kinder and Preparatory: Development assessment is required.
First Grade until the Eleventh Grade: Admissions evaluations in English, Math, and Spanish are required for admission. Math is evaluated in English.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

We enroll students all year-round.

Students can join after academic year begins


Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation


External examinations or assessments available

International Baccalaureate

Results in these examinations

Excellent results

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Non-religious education

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

We respect all religions and beliefs, we promote values.

School bus service available

Yes, but with the COVID-19 requirements the service is a bit restricted.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

Shadows teachers, Counselling and Learning Support (Pull out), Tutoring.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

In Primary we have the following enrichment opportunities:
Acceleration--advanced grade placement (usually in Math or English).
Enrichment--weekly meetings with learning support to engage in additional advanced projects.
RAZ-Kids and Newsela--advanced reading opportunities.
Co-curricular--a variety of academic and non-academic learning opportunities (dance, sports, art, hobbies, academic clubs, robotics, etc.)

In Middle School we have:
Enrichment: Student-led projects according to their area of interest and ability.
Acceleration: Advance grade placement subject or grade level (very special cases).

High School we have the following options:
Acceleration in individual courses such as Math and English for grades 9 and 10
Enrichment via online programs for areas such as Math, science, Psychology, History for grades 9 and 10
Higher Level courses in the Diploma program both school-taught and online via Pamoja
Also in the diploma program, students might choose to take additional science or math classes to enrich their academic profile.
There are other possibilities which depend on the student’s background and interests that we can customize based on their academic profile.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, we have psychologists and pedagogues.

School start time

7:25 a.m.

School finish time

On Monday to Thursday 2:45 p.m. On Friday 1:25 p.m.

Supervised care before/after school


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We have several co-curricular activities from 1:40 a 2:40 p.m. and 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. At this moment these schedules have varied due to COVID-19 protocols.

School provided lunches

Yes, we have cafeteria, the students can buy the lunch there. Currently students order in advance through their app, due to COVID-19 protocols.

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


Sports activities included

Tenis de mesa
Cross country
Cross training (Crossfit)
Cardio tennis
Functional training

Sports facilities at the school

Soccer field, multipurpose court (baseball, tennis), big and modern gymnasium, spinning bikes, table tennis...

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, we have different teams.
We participate in international competitions like: AASCA Basketball Tournament, AASCA Soccer Tournament and also we also participate in national tournaments.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

* Fully bilingual (English-Spanish)
* First and only IB Continuum School in Costa Rica.
* Multicultural and international (30 nationalities represented).
* Mid-sized community, family environment.
* Careful attention to each child and their specific needs.
* Beautiful modern campus, with lots of gardens and recreational spaces.
* Students have an opportunity to earn 3 diplomas: IB, US High School, and Costa Rican Baccalaureate.
* Strong ESL and SSL language support programs; strong special needs program.

Teaching approach of the school

Pan-American School has a balanced approached to teaching and learning. Educators embrace the IB philosophy of inquiry-based, student-centered learning while fostering specific skills in self-management, communication, social and emotional development, research, critical thinking, and innovation. Service to our local and global community is an integral part of our curriculum and instruction.

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