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High School Application

To apply to High School, grades 9th-12th, you will need to submit the required documentation listed below. Upon receiving the required documents, an admission test will be scheduled as well as an interview with the Secondary Principal.  

Admission entrance exams and student's interview will be scheduled once all required documentation has been submitted by the parents and received in the Admissions Office.

How To Apply To High School

  1. Complete the Online Application Form
  2. Submit a complete application form along with a payment of $50 that you can pay online
  3. Complete school transcript covering at least two years (current school year and previous two). Parents should request an official transcript to be sent directly to Country Day School. Digital copies are accepted for the application process however, original official transcripts are required for the student's records.
  4. Submission of results of standardized or special testing
  5. Recommendation forms from the current counselor and/or Principal, Math, and English teachers. 
  6. A letter of recommendation from Country Day School parents. For families coming from outside of Costa Rica, a letter of recommendation from their employer, lawyer, respective embassy or organization, or another credible source.

The school also request submission of these documents once the student has been admitted and will be enrolled in High School: 

  • Copy of student's birth certificate and copy of student's passport bio page 
  • Copy of parent's ID or passport - identification page only
  • Copy of vaccination record (required by Costa Rican law)
  • Letter of financial solvency from current or previous school
  • 1 Passport size photo (digital)

Dates and Deadlines

We accept applications throughout the year depending on space availability in the School. However, to guarantee a place for your child at the start of a new school year the following application deadlines apply:

  • 2022-2023 Fall Semester Application Deadline: August 1st, 2022

Note: For students arriving from outside Costa Rica, it is required by Costa Rican law that grades from the previous two years and from grade 7 for high school be recognized by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Transcripts from other countries must be authenticated by the Costa Rican Consul nearest to the applicant's school, processed by the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Costa Rica, and then presented to the Ministry of Education. Further information on this process will be provided upon acceptance to Country Day School.

Country Day School is committed to diversity. It is a non-sectarian institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission, educational, and employment policies.