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Bilingual
Ages 3 to 18

The British School of Costa Rica

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CurriculumInternational, British
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 3 to 18
International Baccalaureate Yes
Yearly fees (G7): ₡ 7,085,000
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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 18 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
Yearly fees: ₡ 7,085,000
Address: Apartado 8184-1000, San José 10102, Costa Rica
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Number of students

910

Number of nationalities represented in the school

25

Most common nationality

The majority (85%) of the students are Costa Rican.

Ratio of local students to international students

85% local : 15% international

Max. number of students per class

School Policy determines a maximum of 22 students per teaching class (20 in Early Years).

Average number of students per class

18

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes

Native English and Spanish speaking teachers

The teaching staff is composed mainly of experienced and qualified British and Costa Rican teachers; overall, 8 different nationalities are represented.

Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish

English as a Second Language
Spanish as a Second Language

Additional language classes offered by the school

French

Uniform required

Yes

Entry evaluation for students

Assessment.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

Early Years: undertake an evaluation of readiness for school.

Primary: spend a trial day at school in a class of the intended year level. Achieve satisfactory results in the British School’s maths and reading comprehension assessments (both conducted in English). Have a good level of spoken English (students new to English are not accepted in the Primary school). Have a minimum of a ‘B’ or 80% in conduct from the previous school.

Secondary: achieve satisfactory results in the British School’s maths and English assessments. Have a good level of spoken English (students new to English are not accepted in the Secondary school). Undertake an informal interview with a member of our Student Development Services.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma, IGCSE

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

A “Student Development Services" Department exists to help students overcome learning problems particularly in Primary School, but the school does not offer a complete remedial programme for students with serious learning difficulties.

School start time

8:00

School finish time

Early Years & Primary 1: 14:00 (12.00 Wednesdays)
Primary 2 to 5: 14:00
Senior: 15:00

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Badminton, basketball, football, conservation club, dance, drama/music, games, guitar, gymnastics, handicrafts, Latin, religion classes, Tae-Kwon-Do, volleyball.

School provided lunches

Yes

Sports activities included

Physical education.

Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, dance studio.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The British School of Costa Rica is dedicated to serving the Costa Rican Community and the International Community resident in Costa Rica by offering an excellent, English/Spanish bilingual education.

Teaching approach of the school

The School is completely bilingual in that, throughout the whole School, the majority of classes are taught in English and the remainder in Spanish (or French). It is one of the principal aims of the School that the students are sufficiently bilingual to work, with equal facility, in both English and Spanish before they enter Year (Grade) 3. In all levels there is a strong emphasis on learning through the experience of practical activities, many of which are realized outside of the classroom.

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