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International Schools in Costa Rica

If you are considering moving to Costa Rica with school-aged children, you will want to look into the options for schools before you decide on a housing location. Costa Rica has many public and private schools through the country, with the highest concentration of schools in the Central Valley region, where San Jose and the surrounding metropolitan area is.

There are also international schools throughout Costa Rica, which offer English, Spanish, and even Mandarin. International schools offer different programs, which allow your children to complete schooling in Costa Rica with the necessary diplomas to enter United States, and international, colleges and universities. You will want to be sure that the international school that you pick is structured in a way that allows your student to have access to higher education choices. It is advisable to speak with the principals of the international schools in Costa Rica that you are considering sending your child to, so that you are aware of which programs each school offers. Send Me South is a company that can help you place your child in the proper international school in Costa Rica, based on your wants and hopes for your child’s education.

In Costa Rica, the schools are split into two levels, primary and secondary. The curriculum for primary school lasts about 6 years, while secondary school lasts for 5 to 6 years, depending on the school and region of the country where the school is located. You will want to work with your child’s current school at home, and the school you will be selecting in Costa Rica to best understand at what level to place you child in the international school that you decide upon. It is advisable whenever you move a child to a new school, whether domestically or internationally, that you wait until the end of the current school year before pulling your child out of school. This may affect when you decide to move to Costa Rica. Since the school year in Costa Rica is different from that of the United States and many other countries, be sure and look into different options of international schools in Costa Rica to find one that closely lines up with your child’s current school year.  Please contact us if you would like more specifics.

Attending an international school in Costa Rica can be a great way for your child to get ahead in the world of academics. If the school that your child attends is an accredited institution, your child will have the chance to finish school with a United States High School Diploma, a Costa Rican National Baccalaureate Diploma, and/or an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Your child will also have a chance to be fluent in Spanish, English, and even Mandarin, depending on if you select a bi- or tri-lingual international school in Costa Rica. This can be very advantageous to your son or daughter as he or she begins applying for colleges.

In order to ensure that the enrollment process for placing your child into an international school in Costa Rica goes smoothly and everything is handled correctly, be sure to use the services offered by Send Me South. We can help arrange all the necessary paperwork to enroll your child regarding residency, evaluations, and transcripts from previous schools. This way, your child can begin studying at his or her new school as soon as you have completed your move. You want to be sure that moving to Costa Rica will be an enjoyable experience for your whole family, which means selecting the proper international school for your child in Costa Rica.


Spanish Language Schools in Costa Rica

Living in Costa Rica can be a new and exciting change. Whether you are moving on your own, or with your family, you may want to consider enrolling in a Spanish language school in Costa Rica to help you learn the language of your new home. You may speak a little Spanish, or none at all, either way, there are plenty of options of Spanish language schools throughout Costa Rica to help you improve your skills for both speaking and comprehending Spanish. Learning Spanish can be advantageous to you if you are planning on starting a business in Costa Rica, moving with your children, who will be learning Spanish at whatever school they are enrolled in, or even if you have decided to retire to Costa Rica. By studying at a Spanish language school in Costa Rica, you will be able to more easily transition into your new home in Costa Rica.

There are a variety of Spanish language schools in Costa Rica offering different types of programs to fit your needs as a student. You may decide on an immersion program. Immersion programs tend me to be more time intensive, usually 5-8 hours of classes, 5 days per week, and are taught by native Spanish speaking Costa Ricans. These programs can help you quickly progress in your Spanish skills and basic scenarios, like going to the grocery store, paying your bills, and asking for directions can become much easier.  Some Spanish language schools in Costa Rica are geared towards specific aspects of business. For example if you are planning on working as a yoga instructor, or owning a yoga studio, you can take a language program that focuses on the vocabulary you will need to succeed in your new business or work. Likewise, if you are a business man or woman, you may wish to enroll in a Spanish language school that focuses on business and finance, banking and administration in Costa Rica.

Many retired men and women who have moved to Costa Rica decide to take classes at Spanish language schools more for leisure and enjoyment. If you find something that goes at a slower pace is right for you, you may decide against an immersion program and find a Spanish language school that meets only once or twice a week for a longer period of time. This option will allow you learn Spanish at a more relaxed pace, which can be quite enjoyable and a great way to make new friends. Finding a program that best suits your needs and wants will be important to you succeeding at your Spanish language school in Costa Rica. Send me South can help you select the right program for you, and can take care of your enrollment process, so that you can simply enjoy your first day of classes.

If you are moving to Costa Rica with school-aged children, they will most likely learn Spanish in whichever school you select for them. Most international, private, and all public schools will offer Spanish language programs. If you and your child are both learning Spanish at the same time, it can be a fun bonding experience to practice your new language together.

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to study at a Spanish language school in Costa Rica, there is a program out there that is right for you. Please contact us if would like help in finding and enrolling in a program, so that you can begin the fun and exciting process of learning a new language as soon as you move to Costa Rica. You will enjoy your time in this beautiful, friendly country much more and be more comfortable in your new surroundings.


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.

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