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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.


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