One of the main concerns of a parent when considering relocation is the education of their children.
This week we would like to talk a little about this significant topic and help you answer some questions. It is important to clarify that this article does not represent an exhaustive investigation or represent any institution, the objective is to give some guidance that could be the beginning of a more comprehensive study.
Education in Costa Rica
If you ask any Tico about the education system, the answer will be a proud explanation on how the country has invested in education instead of supporting military forces. Even though this is a remarkable statement, what exactly this could mean to you?
According to the 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Report, Costa Rica leads the Latin American region in primary education and innovation and it is ranked second in the Higher Education index after Chile. The United States is ranked eighth in Higher Education, its Primary system seats below Costa Rica in place number thirty-nine.
Costa Rica has more than 9,000 educational institutions in an extension of 19,730 sq. miles and more than 500 private schools, some of which have internationally certified programs.
Education in Guanacaste
Even though, Guanacaste is a rural area, the quality of education has evolved significantly in the past 15 years. The offer close to Conchal area includes:
Educarte: Founded on 2008, this school formed an alliance with the Saint Joseph school in San Jos to guarantee quality and benefit from the long-time experience of the institution. It offers Preschool, Primary, High School and special programs such as curricular adaptations, early stimulation and an ecological program. Educarte is a bilingual school where creativity and inclusion are core values of the institution. It also features an interesting extracurricular program with more than 20 classes.
La Paz: The school started its operations on 2007 with the mission of helping the community overpass the gaps between the agricultural and tourism industry. La Paz community School is bilingual and an International Baccalaureate authorized institution. The curriculum of the school comprises a Toddler Program, Preschool, Primary, High School, a Dual Immersion Program (long-term bi-literacy), experiential anchor projects like energy conservation or raising pigs, and an extensive Arts program.
Cria: The Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools of the United States of America, member of the American Association of International Schools and a partner with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, among other affiliations and accreditations. The institution offers an Early Years Program (2-5 years), Primary, Secondary, Visual and Performing arts, Sports and other Co-Curricular Activities such as Film-making, Model United Nation, Surf and Scuba Diving.
Tide Academy: This institution is an alternative school focused on those students who need flexibility in their lives. Tide offers personalized flexible schedules with a focus on Social Studies, Language Arts, Spanish, Math, Science and Cultural Diversity classes. The school has s a Long-Term Program for students of 1st to 12th grade and whose families live in the area for more than four months of the school year; and, the Short-Term Program for families that want to enjoy a long vacation without disregarding the educational curriculum of their children.
Waldorf School: Inspired by the Waldorf Education system developed by Rudolf Steiner in the late 1910s, this institution offers Pre-kinder, Kindergarten and Primary programs. This alternative education system highlights a unique main lesson book for each student instead of generalized workbooks, features evidence of the student activity everywhere and eliminates competitive examination, theoretical placement and behavioristic prizes. The curriculum is bilingual (Spanish-English) with weekly lessons of German and French.
Be sure to fully research all options to decide which school fits your kids and your family requirements and needs. As you can see the options are wide and interesting.
If you are reading this is because you truly have an interesting in relocating to Costa Rica and we can be a great help in this process. Please do not hesitate in asking us about any concern you may have. We would love to welcome you as part of our community and introduce you to the Pura Vida Life.