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IB and Costa Rican
Ages 16 to 18

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CitySan Jose
CurriculumsIB and Costa Rican
Languages of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Age RangeAges 16 to 18
Boarding available
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 15 students / class
Maximum 18 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:

This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2022/2023.

Address: De la esquina sureste de la Iglesia Católica, 400 mts al norte, San José, Santa Ana, 10901, Costa Rica
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Costa Rica, Germany, USA, China.

Ratio of local students to international students


Native English and Spanish speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English and Spanish


Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish, English, Self Taught Language

Max. number of students per class


Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Experiential Learning

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)


Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

We are a secular institution due to our diverse population. All students are allowed to practice their own beliefs and we provide spaces for it.

External examinations or assessments available

International Baccalaureate Program.
ACT and SAT exams.

Results in these examinations

85% pass rate of apprx.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

It really depends. Based on International Baccalaureate System.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

98%. The rest attend summer programs or GAP year programs.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

At UWCCR students with special educationals needs with guidance and support during their time at school, from follow-ups on how to organize their time, study timetables to IEP's to teachers to make them aware of their students' needs. Also, the SEN Coordinator communicates with parents when further evaluations need to be made during the break or to organize them to be done in Costa Rica, with external professionals (at the parents' expenses). The SEN Coordinator also assists students that come from disadvantage academic backgrounds, especially with organizations that the school works with, to have support during their transition to the new system.

Student access to education psychologist


Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

There are two main routes to apply to UWC Costa Rica: Direct admit contact us at info@uwccostarica.org or vía your National Committee in your country.
Click here for more information https://www.uwc.org/howtoapply

Waiting list


Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Each Committee has a unique selection process that fits calendars, cultures, educational systems, and circumstances of each country so it is important to contact the National Committee to know what their application process and dates.

Students can join after academic year begins


School start time


School finish time


Supervised care before/after school


School bus service available

N/A Boarding School.

School provided lunches


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


Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer a rich co-curricular program that reflects a commitment to balancing Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS). Our service expectations go well beyond IB CAS requirements. Key co-curricular programs include “Getting to Know Costa Rica” trips, Community Action Week, Global Affairs sessions, Model United Nations, Spectrum (queer community safe space), Cultural Weeks, Recycling and Composting, Dance, Crossfit, Yoga, Creative Cooking. These activities foster the relationship with communities and organizations in Costa Rica.
Through the Agents of Change program, students develop skills to put ideas into action. UWC Costa Rica encourages students to deliver social positive impact regardless of the path they choose to walk.

Sports activities included

Part of the CAS Program we offer: Yoga, Pilates, Crossfit, Football, Basketball, Voleyball, and more...

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Facilities at the school

Library, amphitheater, science labs, social center, outdoor dinning terraces.

Sports facilities at the school

Basketball Court, Football Court, Volleyball, Gym.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

We are a non-profit organization that offers a two-year pre-university residence, focused on experimental learning for students 16 to 18 years of age.
Our educational program consists of three main areas: Academic (International Baccalaureate Diploma), co-curricular, and residential life. All learning activities and opportunities incorporate at least one of the competencies of UWC Costa Rica: social responsibility, diversity, conflict transformation, sustainability, leadership and healthy lifestyle.
Our mission is to instruct a diverse group of young people to become happy, healthy and committed individuals, capable through their leadership and commitment to create positive change in their communities and contribute to building a more peaceful and sustainable world.
Being the only UWC in Latin America, we offer a bilingual program, opportunities to learn more about the region's social, cultural and political history, and options to explore Costa Rica. Costa Rica's long history of peace, democracy and environmental protection, as well as the absence of a national militia, make the country the perfect setting to develop the UWC Costa Rica curriculum.

Teaching approach of the school

Experiential Learning Education.

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