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American Schools in Costa Rica

If you are planning on moving to Costa Rica with your children, you may be worried about finding a school in Costa Rica that teaches to the same standards as schools in America. Don’t be! There are several American schools in Costa Rica that offer different grade levels and education options for your student. Many of these schools are located in San Jose or the surrounding area, but there are also satellite locations throughout the country. Finding the right school in Costa Rica for your child will be important, so you will want to make sure and do some research on the different schooling options available in the location you are planning on moving to. Send Me South can help you with your research and also help you with the enrollment process to ensure that you child receives a great education at one of the many American schools in Costa Rica.  Please visit the schooling page for more details.

Most of these schools offer rigorous course work to help your child prepare for college and university after completion. American schools are accredited by both the Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States and by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. This means that your child will finish his or her education with both a United States diploma and a Costa Rican Bachelaureate. Several of the American schools in Costa Rica also offer Advanced Placement courses, which allows your child to fulfill some college courses prior to graduating high school. Advanced Placement classes are a great way for your child to get ahead when applying for colleges or universities. Many of the American schools in Costa Rica have high acceptance rates for their graduates into the top U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities.

Because your child will be attending an American school in Costa Rica, he or she will have a chance to become bilingual. Speaking both English and Spanish fluently will open up not just higher education opportunities to your child, but also greater access to the international job market. By attending one of these schools, your child will be better prepared to compete in a more global world upon completion of his or her studies.

If your child is younger, he or she will still have a chance to be enrolled in one of the American schools in Costa Rica, as many of these schools offer programs for Kindergarten through High School-aged students. Enrolling your child at a young age will make learning Spanish that much easier. Some schools, such as the Pan American School in Heredia, offer Early Childhood Education programs, accepting children as young as 18 months. It is never too early to get started.

A variety of sports and other extracurricular activities are also available to your son or daughter.  You will find that there are many great schools where you child will receive a solid education that helps prepare him or her for the world of higher education and job seeking. If you have any concerns about which American school in Costa Rica would be the best fit for your child, contact us to help you with your research and enrollment. You want to enjoy your new home and be happy and proud of your decisions for you and your family. This means selecting the right education plan for your child.


Private Schools in Costa Rica

Costa Rica boasts an excellent public school system, which its citizens are very proud of. In addition to the public schools in Costa Rica, there are also a great number of private schools in Costa Rica to choose from. All over the country, you will find many English private schools, but there are also French, German, and even Japanese private schools in Costa Rica. Whatever grade your child is in, and whatever language he or she speaks, there is a private school in Costa Rica that is right for you.

Send Me South can help you find a private school in Costa Rica prior to your move, as some private schools require a six month notice on enrollment, which means finding a private school before you set foot in your new home. Send Me South can you help set up interviews with principals of schools. We can also advise you on the necessary paperwork, like transcripts, evaluations, and letters of recommendation, which you will need to enroll your child into private school. Enrolling your son or daughter into private school in Costa Rica is a great decision and our goal is to make it easy and hassle-free.Q

Many of the private schools in Costa Rica offer weekend excursion trips to different parts of the country so that your child has a chance to learn more about his or her new home. Costa Rica is home to thousands of species of plants, animals, and insects, living in its twelve distinct microclimates. Your child will have the chance explore Costa Rica’s amazing bio-diversity, to learn Spanish, and be immersed in the culture of Costa Rica by participating on these weekend excursions offered by his or her private school in Costa Rica. These experiences will help your child create memories that will last a life time.

In addition to these amazing opportunities your child will have exploring Costa Rica, he or she will also receive an education that helps prepare them for college or university upon graduation from their private school in Costa Rica. By graduating from a private school, your son or daughter will receive both the Costa Rican Bache laureate, a United States Diploma, and depending on which private school he or she attends an, International Bache laureate. Education in both public and private schools in Costa Rica is monitored by the Ministry of Education, and private schools are also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States. As such, your child will receive a combination of the best education curriculum of both the United States and Costa Rica combined.

There are many private schools in Costa Rica that offer pre-school programs and early childhood development programs, up through high school, so whatever age your child is, it’s not too early to start looking at your options. Please contact us for assistance finding the right school for your child based on his or her age, learning needs, and location in the country.

With so many great private schools in Costa Rica to choose from, the only challenge will be selecting the right school. You want to feel confident with your decision to move to Costa Rica. Send Me South will help you transition to Costa Rica by making sure your child is placed in the proper learning environment to get the best education possible.

Schools in San Jose Costa Rica

With more teachers than police officers, Costa Rica offers a wide variety of schools throughout the entire country. From language schools, to yoga schools, public schools to private schools, and even boarding schools, there are literally thousands of schools to choose from in Costa Rica, with the highest concentration of these schools found in the San Jose metropolitan area and the surrounding Central Valley.

San Jose, the capitol of Costa Rica, has the highest population density of the entire country, with 288,000 residents, based on the 2012 census. Combined with the surrounding cities of Alajuela, and Heredia, the metropolitan area comprises about one third of the total population of the country, and as such there are more schools in San Jose and the surrounding area than any other part of the country.

If you are looking for a Spanish language schools in San Jose, Costa Rica, you will find a variety of courses available. Some are more intense immersion programs, with instruction for seven or eight hours per day, five days a week, for a period of a few weeks. Other Spanish language schools in San Jose run for a longer period of time and meet less often throughout the week. Whatever your preference is for the type of Spanish language school you are looking for, you will find that San Jose offers a school that fits your needs.

Many families move to Costa Rica every year with school-aged children. While there are public and private schools throughout the entire country, again, the most school options are in San Jose, Costa Rica. There are many highly accredited schools in San Jose and the graduates of these schools often go on to attend college or university at some of the top institutions in the United States and other countries around the world. By sending your son or daughter to a public or private school in San Jose, Costa Rica, you will be helping him or her prepare for success in their college careers.

There are many other types of schools in San Jose, Costa Rica, such as yoga certification schools, massage therapy schools, and art schools. If you are planning on moving to Costa Rica and want to attend school to further your trade, learn a new skill, or meet like-minded people, you may decide that attending school San Jose is the right choice for you. San Jose is also home to Costa Rica’s top colleges and universities, so if you are planning on studying abroad, or pursing your college degree in Costa Rica, you will most likely be attending a school in San Jose. Since there are so many options in San Jose, you may wish to have Send me South help you with the process of finding the right school for you and/or your family.

Whatever type of school you are looking to attend, whether it’s for you or your children, you will find that the schools in San Jose, Costa Rica are among the best in the country, providing the most options for all types of education plans. By attending school in San Jose, you can help ensure that your move to Costa Rica is not just enjoyable, but also advantageous to furthering your career options. Costa Ricans pride themselves on being very well educated and having great schools. Once you experience one of the many great schools in San Jose, you will see why Costa Rica is one of the best countries in the world to live in.

High Schools in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a very impressive school system, setting it apart from most of its Central American neighbors and many other countries throughout the world. If you are moving to Costa Rica and have a child who is high school-aged, you will be pleased to know that there are many wonderful high schools to choose from in Costa Rica. Whether you are looking for a public or private school, or just looking for a shorter term program for your child to participate in, Costa Rica will provide many great opportunities for a high school student.

In Costa Rica, the public school system is broken into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary school, or elementary school, lasts for six years. Secondary school, essentially middle and high school combined, lasts for five or six years. If your student is currently in high school, you will want to check and see which corresponding grade level you will need to enroll your child in once in Costa Rica.

If your child attends public high school in Costa Rica, he or she will need to speak and understand Spanish, the national language of Costa Rica. Your child will also be required to wear a uniform if attending one of the public high schools in Costa Rica. Upon completion of secondary school, or high school, in Costa Rica, your child will have a Costa Rican Bachelaureate. This will serve as a diploma and will allow entrance into universities and colleges within Costa Rica. If you want to ensure that your high school-aged child has the proper diploma to apply to and enroll in universities and colleges in the United States and other countries, you may want to look into sending your child to a private high school in Costa Rica.

A private high school in Costa Rica may be the right choice for you and your child if your child does not speak Spanish and is interested in applying to colleges and universities outside of Costa Rica. If your child attends one of the private high schools in Costa Rica, he or she will graduate with both a Costa Rican Bachelaureate and a U.S. diploma. There are many private high schools throughout Costa Rica and they offer a variety of education programs. While there are English language high schools, you may find that a bilingual high school in Costa Rica can be a great way for your child to better understand and speak Spanish. Private high schools in Costa Rica vary in tuition costs, so depending on your finances, you will be able to find a school that works for you and your child. Finding the right learning environment for your child will be important in helping him or her succeed. Send me South specializes in finding the best school for families, based on their specific needs.  Please contact us for more information.

If you are only planning on living in Costa Rica for only a few months, or something short of one full academic year, you may look into different learning programs for high school students. There are lots of volunteer programs, language programs, and cultural immersion programs designed for high school students while in Costa Rica. Sometimes, these programs count towards your child’s current academic course for their high school back home, or towards college credits once enrolled in college or university. There are many programs to choose from and your high school student will have an amazing, life-changing experience by participating in one of these programs while in Costa Rica.

Again, whether you wish to enroll your child in a public high school, a private high school, or a program for high school students in Costa Rica, you will be pleased with the school system in Costa Rica. Costa Ricans pride themselves on their quality education system and their high literacy rate. In a country with more teachers than police, you can feel confident that your student will receive a great education by attending one of the many fine high schools in Costa Rica.

English Schools in Costa Rica

Relocating to Costa Rica should be a fun and exciting move for the whole family. In order to ensure that your children get the most fulfilling experience of living in Costa Rica, you will want to find a school that is right for their needs. While the official language of Costa Rica is Spanish, you will find there are a variety of English schools in Costa Rica, if that is what you decide is best for your child.

One of the main things to consider when selecting an English school in Costa Rica is the location of the school. If you know where in Costa Rica you will be living, you will be able to begin searching for English schools in your new area. Some of these schools even operate on the same calendar system as schools in the United States, making it easy to allow your child to finish his or her current school year before relocating to Costa Rica and enrolling in a new English school. Other English schools in Costa Rica are on the Costa Rican public school system which runs from February to December. Be sure to check which calendar system the schools you are looking at operate on so that you can better plan ahead to make the move as easy as possible for your student. Feel free to contact us, if you want more info on schools and schedules.

Another factor you will want to consider when selecting the right English school in Costa Rica is the tuition cost. Private schools around the world vary greatly in tuition costs, and Costa Rica is no different. Some English schools are as low as $300 per month for tuition, while others can be close to $1,000 per month. Take some time to think about your budget and what you would be able to comfortably afford when sending your child to school. Be sure and ask what exactly the tuition cost covers, so you are not stuck with additional charges each month.

English schools in Costa Rica are private schools, and as such, some of them may have a religious affiliation. If you and your family practice a religion, you may wish to find an English school in Costa Rica that falls in line with your religious beliefs. If your son or daughter has never been exposed to religion, this may be a great way to introduce him or her to a new belief. Take time to consider how a religious affiliation may affect your child’s education. Bear in mind as well that English language schools in Costa Rica may be unisex, allowing only male or female students. Again, you will want to decide as a family if a unisex environment is right for your child.

While the core curriculum in an English school in Costa Rica will be taught in English, the schools may also provide Spanish courses for your child as well. Depending on the school and the courses provided, your child may also have the chance to learn French, German, or even Mandarin. While taking main courses in English will be more familiar to your child, learning a new language can be a fun and exciting challenge for a young child, not to mention a useful skill in the current job market.

With so many options to consider, you will want to do research into all the different English schools in Costa Rica before selecting the one that your child will attend. Have fun reading about and choosing the right school for your child and be sure to be in touch with the experts at Send Me South for any questions or concerns you may have.

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