K-12 Quaker education for local and international studentsin Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Nestled in the cloud forest community of Monteverde, Costa Rica, the Monteverde Friends School was founded over 60 years ago by Quakers who left the United States in search of a country and community that supported their peaceful principles. Today, our school continues to promote the universal values of peace, love, and respect in the context of a challenging bilingual education and a sense of community.
All of our classes are combined grades, with about 16 kids per class, or 8 students per grade.
Our Kindergarten class combines Pre-K, Kinder, and Preparatory grades in one classroom. The Kindergarten class is bilingual and follows a Montessori curriculum.
In grades 1 through 12, classes combine two grades, and the curriculum is run on a two-year cycle. For example, one year all 9th and 10th graders study Earth Science and the next year all study Biology.
Teachers employ a variety of teaching methodologies to address diverse learning styles and allow individual students to strive toward their potential. Teachers promote sharing, creative and cooperative learning, and the pursuit of independent learning goals. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to identify problems and create strategies to find solutions.