Moving to Costa Rica could be the most positive thing you do for your kids and their education.
Access to education is a very important deciding factor for families looking to move to Costa Rica. It ranks right up there with medical care, cost of living, and income generation. HRG Properties & Rentals not only lists wonderful properties in Costa Rica, but the majority of the real estate in their listings is located in an area where you can find good educational options for your kids too.
Many people move to Costa Rica for the unique advantages it offers. Simplicity, nature, and a multi-cultural advantage are all things that make life in Costa Rica shine.
However, many parents are concerned about educating their children, once happy settled in the rainforest. Not to worry: Costa Rica has a lot to offer on the education front.
There are many great private schools accredited by both the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and the United States here in Costa Rica.
In many of the private schools, classes are taught in both English and Spanish. Some schools, in the Central Valley, offer classes in other languages too. Placing your child in a bi-lingual private school can help ease the transition from a school in the United States or Canada to Costa Rica.
Public schools in Costa Rica, while excellent, are often crowded, with many students to one teacher. Many expatriates moving to Costa Rica send their kids to private schools for this reason. There are a few good schools located in the Central Pacific area.
Centro Educativo Inmaculada Escuela de Jaco
This k-10 school is located in Jaco, just down the street from Los Sueños Resort & Marina in Playa Herradura. Escuela Immaculada is a private bilingual Catholic school with around 100 students, about a fourth of which are North American or European.
Escuela Las Nubes
Las Nubes School is a bilingual educational institution founded in the year 2000, located in the area of Jaco, on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, that offers an alternative academic option and where student development is promoted, yielding a high-level academic formation, motivating the development of life skills and generating attitudes of environmental responsibility, with the goal of shaping people with adequate skills, values and attitudes to reach an optimum role in society.
Ficus Tree School
Ficus Tree is a Montessori-enriched school which combines the Montessori educational approach with other philosophies and practices. Their preschool program now offers a fully Montessori 1-3, and 3-6, program and their elementary program is continuously being enriched with the Montessori philosophy and its use of materials.
Another great option for expatriate kids is homeschooling. Unlike the old days where you had to wait for the school to send you a big box full of books and the year’s curriculum, most home schooling programs are web-based now. There are dozens to choose from, both with secular programs and religious programs; many with one on one teacher to student ratios.
Worried about your children’s social life and skills? There are plenty of local activities for kids to get involved in, ranging from football (soccer), to karate classes or surf lessons, beach cleanups, and animal rescue programs.
HRG Properties & Rentals has a huge portfolio of listings, ranging from spacious condos to sprawling villas, raw land, and development properties. Costa Rica properties are surrounded by amazing views of the rainforest, and/ or ocean, as well as an abundance of wildlife and nature.
A move to Costa Rica could be the most positive decision you ever make for your family. Surrounded by nature and immersed in an international culture, your kids will become well rounded individuals as a result of being raised in Costa Rica.