Costa Rica has many excellent private schools and choosing the right school for your child is a important decision. With the next academic year approaching, here are some guidelines to help you choose the best private school for child in Costa Rica.
The Golden Rule
All of the private schools in Costa Rica have something special to offer to their students. The main question to ask is “Is this the right school for my child?” Because each school has something unique to offer it’s best to look at student life at each school and decide if the school would offer something nurturing and beneficial to their child. Rather than comparing faculty, sports programs, languages or academics, first find out of the school is a good fit for your child so that he or she will be able to thrive there.
Mistakes to Avoid
Don’t make a rash decision of jump to conclusions. When choosing a private school in Costa Rica for your child, you want to think about the long term. Your child may attend this private school for several years so you want the fit to be good and you want to create an environment where your child can create friendships and connections with other students and staff to be successful. Making a quick decision can result in placing your child in the wrong school and needing to relocate after a short amount of time. This can be disruptive to your child’s education and emotional well-being.
Make an informed decision. Take time, do research, visit schools and speak with students and faculty. Allow your child to visit campuses and see what they like and where they feel comfortable. Taking a recommendation for just one family won’t give you a big picture idea. Many expats move to Costa Rica and feel as though they have all the answers after only a few shorts months in the country. Make sure when talking to new neighbors and friends that you don’t put too much stake in other’s opinions. Rather, do the footwork to form your own opinion based on experience and knowledge.
Some great schools to check out are CRIA, Costa Rica International Academy located between Playa Flamingo and Playa Tamarindo in the heart of the “Gold Coast”, La Paz Community School in Playa Flamingo, Educarte in Tamarindo, and TIDE Academy, also in Tamarindo. Each of these schools offers something unique and special, focusing on varying aspects of education, language, cultural immersion and community development. Choosing the right school for your child will likely mean visiting these schools and interacting with the communities involved in creating these schools.
When visiting these schools and deciding which is the best private school in Costa Rica for your child, don’t get too focused on only one aspect of education, such as English language, but look at the whole educational process that you’re child will have the chance to experience while attending school in Costa Rica. Your child will have a chance to view the world from a whole new perspective, so take your time, do your research, and choose wisely to ensure that your child ends up at the best private school in Costa Rica for him or her.