The British School of Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
The British School of Costa Rica is an independent day school offering academic levels from Early Years 1 (4.5 years) up to Year 13 (12th Grade). The School’s mission is to provide an excellent, “all-round”, bilingual (English/Spanish) education whereby British and International methods and programmes are employed and integrated into the Costa Rican Ministry of Education Programmes.
Founded in 1981, the school is now : i) accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); ii) recognized and authorized by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education (during sessions 126-84 and 24-92 of the Superior Council of Education); iii) a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization (Code No.0608); iv) Centre CR002 for the University of Cambridge IGCSE Examinations; v) licensed by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Scheme; vi) the Costa Rican Centre for “Philosophy for Children” and vii) a Charter Member of the International Primary Curriculum programme.
In preparation for the demands of the IGCSE and IB courses, there is a strong emphasis throughout the whole school on experimental science, investigation and language development towards reading skills and Literature; ultimately students in Senior school can study up to 4 different Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Environmental Systems) and 4 different languages (English, Spanish, French and Latin). The School is completely bilingual in that, throughout the whole School, the majority of classes are taught in English and the remainder in Spanish (or French). It is one of the principal aims of the School that the students are sufficiently bilingual to work, with equal facility, in both English and Spanish before they enter Primary 3. In all levels there is a strong emphasis on learning through the experience of practical activities, many of which are realized outside of the classroom. In the Primary School, the excellent “International Primary Curriculum” developed by Fieldwork U.K. for the schools of Shell Oil company has been incorporated in Early Years and Primary levels. In 9th and 10th grades, we offer the curricula of the “International General Certificate of Secondary Education” (IGCSE) examinations from the University of Cambridge, England: most of this programme is taught in English. As the best pre-University preparation available, the School offers, in 11th and 12th Grades, the excellent curriculum of the International Baccalaureate