An area’s educational institutions form a critical part of the local community fabric. Educating it’s youth lays the groundwork for the area’s future, placing supreme importance on youth education. Here in the greater Tamarindo area, the private school network provides local and expat kids and their families with a variety of unique opportunities for personal and educational development within a multilingual and multicultural environment.
Here you’ll find a thorough overview of the local private education options in the Tamarindo area.
When considering family life in Guanacaste, parents can choose from an array of options for their children’s schooling. Each school in the area offers a unique educational philosophy, specific student support services, and curriculum features that set it apart. Parents can decide, according to their priorities for their children’s scholastic and personal development, whether to focus more on creativity, language and culture, or stricter academics with an eye to returning home for future university study.
At The Howler, we thought that nearing the end of the academic year would serve as a perfect time to explore and feature the local private schools and what each offers its students. This would give the area’s new families opportunities to review and compare all available options for this very important decision while allowing families continuing in the area’s school systems to acknowledge other options if a change is being considered.
By drawing information from the local educational institutions, we dove deeply into the components of a child’s education that matters to parents. We talked to all of them about their educational philosophies, curricula, teachers and teacher training, extracurricular activities, special needs accommodations, and services.
We first asked all schools about their educational philosophies. Through their educational philosophy, a school demonstrates the beliefs that influence approaches to education and the way students learn and develop. A school’s educational philosophy translates into the curriculum, teacher selection and training, and services provided. It is the foundation upon which every scholastic decision rests and the gauge against which all academic and extracurricular choices are calibrated. A school’s educational philosophy articulates its very essence.
Having a variety of options available for children’s education is a critical part of a healthy and thriving community. Freedom of choice in education gives families the options for educating their children in line with their values and beliefs. Whether parents prefer that their children have primary influences in the arts, language and culture, or the college-preparatory track, or perhaps need to ensure transferrable credits for the child to return home without missing a beat, the greater Tamarindo area offers schools with each of these options.
EXPLORING THE AREA’S SCHOOLS
The following is a synopsis of 6 of the area’s private educational institutions, covering preschool to primary to secondary education, that focuses on educating expat students. By highlighting their educational philosophies, curricula, teachers and teacher training, and the services and student experiences offered by each, we hope to provide parents with critical information in this very important decision about their children’s education. We present parallel information among the schools while highlighting the nuances that make each unique.