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  • Welcome to Country Day School

    An American School serving an international population of Global Citizens

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  • Encouraging Development in a Safe Environment

    We celebrate success and encourage growth, all within a safe and supportive environment where well-being comes first

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  • Inspiring Every Child

    We attract talented, experienced and world class faculty and staff

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  • Encouraging Success

    Students are part of a global learning community that includes peers and teachers from around the world.

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    We promote team effort, dedication and pride to achieve focused goals

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  • Inspiring Creativity

    We inspire and celebrate the arts as a channel for growth and education

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General Director's Welcome

Welcome to Country Day School, Costa Rica's original American School serving the international community and local families for more than 58 years!

Country Day School International School Costa Rica

Our school serves 750 students from Pre-Kinder to High School, with students from over 35 nations. Our mission, to inspire a passion for learning and provide children with the skills, values, and courage to become responsible leaders in our community and the world, is lived out every day in our 21st century learning community.

Our supportive and caring teachers encourage students to take appropriate risks, to identify and realize their own strengths, and to take responsibility for their own learning. CDS students learn to stretch themselves intellectually, work together toward shared goals, and explore and develop the qualities of character that will guide them into adulthood with integrity, courage, and passion.

Our school sees our parents and teachers as partners working together to bring out the best in our students. Our Parents Association is extremely supportive and involved, creating a strong community through events like the Community Picnic, International Fair, and Fun Run, among others.

We hire and retain the best teachers available both locally and internationally who share the school's philosophy and commitment to our mission. The knowledge, skills, and dedication of our faculty is contagious and sets the tone of excellence that permeates the campus.

We have a new purpose-built campus west of San Jose, in San Rafael de Alajuela, at the entrance of Condominio Hacienda Espinal, off Route 27. Our school is comprised of four House Divisions—Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School—with separate flexible learning spaces for each. Our campus has beautiful grounds and environmentally-friendly buildings, with one of the largest solar panel systems at any school, helping us attain LEED certification. We have a proven American-curriculum-based academic program, a wide array of after-school activities, clubs and sports, and an advanced technology program, with iPads, Chromebooks, and laptops.

We invite you to visit us and experience Country Day School in person.

Dr. Scott Adams
Director of Country Day School