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Pan-American School

Pan-American School

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

+506 2298 5700



Pan-American School
School type Co-educational Day
Founded 1971
Head of School Alan Wrafter
Date Appointed July 2019
Co-ed Age Range 18 months-18 years
Number of pupils 527
Day: CRC 8,888 - 17,551 per annum
Language of Instruction English, Spanish
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:5
Associations NEASC, MEP, AASCA, ACEP, IB

Pan-American School was founded in 1971 and offers an inclusive education to students from 1.5 to 18 years. Our 35,000m2 purpose-built campus is designed for learning in harmony with nature and is strategically located in the western suburbs of San José close to multiple residential areas, multinational business parks and free zones.

We offer the PYP, MYP and DP, grounded in the unique context and values of Costa Rica, and students can graduate with the IB Diploma, US High School Diploma, and the Costa Rican Bachillerato.

We pride ourselves on developing English-Spanish bilingual learners, equipped for success in an ever-changing world. Our broad and rigorous curriculum includes: skills for life; social and emotional development; arts, design, and physical education programs; and a unique focus on service and global sustainability.

Sports and wellbeing form an essential part of life at Pan-American School; we offer: afternoon sports programmes for all students from PreKinder to Grade 5; competitive sports training for Secondary School students; and a Morning Fitness programme for all Secondary School students which facilitates a developmentally-appropriate start to the day’s learning. Our students compete nationally and internationally, and in 2022 our female Basketball and Volleyball teams were crowned AASCA champions of Central America, and PAS students won placements in AASCA swimming, tennis and mathematics competitions.

We prepare students to respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, who are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.

Our diversity is our greatest strength, and we welcome students from all backgrounds, ensuring that we provide for their individual needs via our caring and dedicated team of educators, learning and emotional support, and language acquisition specialists.