Costa Rica Living Costa Rica Bilingual Schools

April 15, 2011 - Even though the majority of expats coming to live Costa Rica are retirees, the trend is becoming so that many young people between the ages of 25-37 are now starting to see Costa Rica as a place to live and raise a family.

Bilingual School Costa RicaAs a parent of a 5 year old boy, I myself have started and gone through the school finding process where my son can learn in an environment that is both English and Spanish so he can become fluent in both languages.

To help other parents living or thinking in Costa Rica, I thought that I would help out by writing about the bilingual schools I have looked into for my son. Just keep in mind that this is a short list of the schools I have personally checked out and felt were worth mentioning.

In the end, my wife and I opted to send our son to a Costa Rican public school, Mexico which is located in San Jose. The reason for doing was because he is only in pre-kindergarten and since we speak to him in English at home, we wanted him to be more immersed in the Spanish language.

The second reason is because the school is conveniently close to our Costa Rica real estate rental house which is in Moravia and since it is a public school, the cost of tuition was minimal meaning we only have to pay about $2 per month, the microbus monthly fee of $50 per month and provide him with the mandatory school supplies which cost us just a bit over $100.

In case you are searching for a school, here is a list of schools in Costa Rica that may help your search.

Ok, without further ado, here are three bilingual schools that we had considered sending our son to:

Country Day School Costa RicaCountry Day School in Costa Rica

Country Day is an American school in Costa Rica that was founded in 1963 that caters to students ranging from kindergarten to high school. It is one of the better known bilingual schools in Costa Rica that offers top notch education.

This school is more meant for students who speak English as a first language even though some students who are do not speak English as a primary language are accepted on a conditional basis. Country Day School is located in Escazu close to the Escazu Central Park.  One of the advantages of buying real estate Costa Rica in that area is that you get great resale value for your home!

Here are the 2010-2011 Tuition fees for that school

Country Day School also offers a boarding school which is located in Guanacaste.

More information about Country can be found on their website at: http://www.cds.ed.cr

Lincoln School Costa RicaLincoln School in Costa Rica

Lincoln School is another private school in Costa Rica that was started in 1945. Lincoln takes students from kindergarten to high school and its main campus is located in Barrio la California which is a neighborhood of San Jose.

Lincoln School is recognized by the U.S. Department of State as well as the Office of Overseas Schools which means that a diploma from the school is accepted by schools in the United States.

Other accreditation from Lincoln School includes, the International Baccalaureate Organization (Geneva, Switzerland), the Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS - Atlanta, Georgia, USA), and the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica (MEP).

More information on Lincoln School in Costa Rica can be found on their website: www.lincoln.ed.cr

Here are their tuition fees for the 2010-2011 School Year

American International School of Costa RicaAmerican International School of Costa Rica

This school was founded in 1970 and is located in Cariari, Costa Rica which is a suburb of San Jose. It is a day school for students from kindergarten to high school.

One of the most attracting feature of this school are the small classes and its family environment as it is one of the core values that they hold.

As an example, in 2007 their school had 220 students which was a choice made by the school to give more personalized classes.

For more information about Lincoln School in Costa Rica, visit: http://www.aiscr.com


About the Author – Frederick Saint-Jacques is an expat that has been living in Costa Rica for almost 9 years. He is married to Patricia who is from Costa Rica. They also have son who is now attending pre-kindergarten, one cat and one dog. Frederick works as an internet marketing consultant and writes in his free time. You can contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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