Colegio del Valle S.A.(Blue Valley School)

Founded in 1989, BVS is a private, co-educational, bilingual Pre-K to 12th grade school which offers a challenging integrated curriculum of Costa Rican and International curricula.

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International schools in Costa Rica

Are you looking for an international school in Costa Rica? You can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK or US-style curriculum or the International Primary Curriculum.

One of the first countries in the world to make education free and compulsory, Costa Rica today spends seven per cent of its GDP on education – well above the OECD average of 4.1 per cent - and has a very high score on the Human Development Index.

The small Central American republic is home to a thriving international school sector that spans the curriculums of the US, Germany, France, the UK and the International Bacca-laureate Office, as well as religious foundations from Catholic to Methodist and Quaker. 

Coeducational day schools predominate and many international schools take students from kindergarten through to high school. Schools are clustered around the capital San José with a scattering of campuses along the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. 

There are 48 IB World Schools, which all offer the IB Diploma, with one – Pan-American School – authorised to teach all three stages of the IB programme. Of these, 11 schools teach in English and 20 in Spanish, while 16 schools offer instruction in Spanish and English, and one in German and English. 

The Lincoln School teaches in Spanish and English and offers the IB Diploma alongside a US high school diploma, and the Costa Rican Bachillerato; The European School teaches in English and offers the IB Diploma and the Bachillerato; and Franz Liszt Schule teaches in German and Spanish and offers the German Abitur. 

United World College Costa Rica, which is a coeducational, boarding high school, forms part of a global educational movement to promote peace and understanding that was started by German educationalist Kurt Hahn. Accrediting bodies active in Costa Rica include the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools. 

Seven years of primary school are followed by three years of junior secondary education, plus two years of academic high school or three years of technical education. The school year starts in February and ends in December, but some international schools follow a North American calendar. 

In 2019, net participation was 94.2 per cent in pre-schools, 99.3 per cent at primary level, and 85.3 per cent at secondary level, while gross tertiary participation was 57.7 per cent – reaching 63.6 per cent for women. Gross participation in secondary schools was 141.36 per cent, indicating that many children attend school outside their age cohort. 





American International School of Costa Rica

Ciudad Cariari, La Asuncion,
Belen,
Heredia,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Anglo American School

La Unión, 1 Km al norte de Sub Estación Electríca del ICE,
Provincia de Cartago, Tres Rios,
San Jose,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory.

Centro Educativo Futuro Verde

1 km este del Banco Nacional,
Cóbano, Puntarenas,
60111,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Centro Educativo Nueva Generacion

Sn Rafael de Heredia Del parqu 1 km al norte,
Heredia,
24-3015,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio del Valle S.A.(Blue Valley School)

From Multiplaza, 1.2 Km. northwest,
right hand side of the road, Guachipelín, Escazú,
San José,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Colegio Humboldt

Contiguo a la Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Loreto,
Pavas,
San José,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Colegio Internacional SEK Costa Rica

Cipreses de Curridabat,
San José,
963 2050,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Los Ángeles

Calle Luisa,
San José,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Colegio Miravalle

800m al sur de la esquina sureste de los Tribunales de Justicia,
Cartago,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Costa Rica International Academy

500 mts sur del Hotel Westin Conchal,
Brasilito,
Guanacaste,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Boarding, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Country Day School

Apartado 1139-1250,
Escazú,
San José,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Del Mar Academy

P.O. Box: 130,
Nosara, Nicoya, Guanacaste,
5233,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

European School

Heredia, San Pablo,
P.O. Box: 177,
Heredia,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Falcon International School

Herradura Beach,
Puntarenas,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Franz Liszt Schule

800 metros al sur de la gasolinera,
Hermanos Montes a mano izq,
Santa Ana, San José,
10901,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Golden Valley School

Del Lubricentro San Francisco 800 mts. Suroeste,
Portones azules grandes a mano derecha,
San Isidro, Heredia,
40604,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Instituto Dr. Jaim Weizman

100 norte, 100 oeste Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz,
Carretera Anonos,
Mata Redonda, San José,
4114-100,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

International Christian School

San Miguel de Santo Domingo,
Heredia,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, , Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior.

Iribó School

Del restaurante la casa de Doña,
Lela 800 metros al sur,
Curridabat, San José,
662-2050 S,
Costa Rica

Girls, Day, Sixth Form.

La Paz Community School

500 metros sur de la ferreteria,
Buenaventura,
Flamingo, Guanacaste,
50309,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Lighthouse International School

1 km north of the Guachipelin Tunnel,
Escazú,
San José,
29028,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Lincoln School

Barrio Socorro,
Santo Domingo de Heredia,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Marian Baker School

PO Box 4269-1000,
San José,
1000,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Preparatory, Senior.

Methodist School of Costa Rica

Sabanilla,
Montes de Oca,
San José,
11502,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Pan-American School

632-4005 San Antonio de Belen,
Heredia,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

Saint Gregory School

San Juan de La Unión,
Cartago,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Saint Mary School

Apartado 1471,
Escazu 1250,
San José,
Escazú 1250,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

Saint Paul College

San Rafael, Alajuela,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

St. Jude School

1.5 Kilometros al Oeste de Davivienda,
Santa Ana, San José,
488-6150,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day.

The British School of Costa Rica

PO Box 8184,
San José,
1000,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Day, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form.

UWC Costa Rica

De la esquina sureste de la Iglesia Católica,
400m al norte,
Santa Ana, San José,
10901,
Costa Rica

Co-educational, Boarding, Sixth Form.

Yorkín School

800 metros sur y 200 metros este de la casa de Doña Lela,
Lomas de Ayarco Sur, Curridabat,
San José,
11801,
Costa Rica

Boys, Day.