• School Profile

    School Profile

  • Pre-School

    Pre-School

  • Elementary School

    Elementary School

  • High School

    High School

  • I.B. Programme

    I.B. Programme

  • School Profile

     
     

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    Presently serving 520 students from some forty countries around the world, The European School is able to accommodate some 540 students. The school follows its own calendar from late July to late June, breaking every nine to ten weeks for short vacations, so as to provide students with rest periods from the pressure of study. Class sizes never exceed 20 students and pre-school through third grade classes have teaching assistants. The school day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    The European School is accredited by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Education  as well as by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), which prepares students to meet both Costa Rican and international college entrance requirements.  More information on the IB programme can be found in I.B. Programme    

     

     

    IMG 2944 BILINGUAL EDUCATION

    Bilingualism is part of The European School philosophy. In an ever-shrinking world, students must have an easy command not only of their native tongue, but at least one other language as well. All European School classes are taught in English from Kindergarten on. Because Costa Rican culture provides a strong base of conversational Spanish, one daily period of Spanish language and literature ensures that all students become proficient in the language and culture of Latin America. Indeed most students take the bilingual IB where the two languages are considered as mother tongues. Additionally, French is introduced as of grade VII allowing students to further their studies in French-speaking universities.
    For younger, native Spanish-speaking students, full immersion in English is a rewarding experience. From Kindergarten through Third grade, nursery rhymes, songs and poetry are woven into the teaching; students also participate in drama and story-telling activities. For children whose native language is not Spanish, additional tutoring supplements regular course work. By the Third grade, children reach the first level of bilingual fluency which allows them to express ideas clearly in both English and Spanish.

     SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND PERSONAL GROWTH

    Not to be dismissed from any discussion of The European School’s curriculum is the very important education that takes place outside the classroom.
    The school maintains an atmosphere of community and proudly encourages bonds of friendship and helpfulness in every grade level.  Empathy and respect for one another are now intrinsic parts of school life. The unity of the school extends beyond grade level and even erases divisions between students, teachers, and staff.  In this spirit of mutual respect and appreciation, older students help the younger on the playing field and in the classroom; teachers lend a sympathetic ear to anyone who might need one, and all recognize the important work done by those who maintain the school grounds.

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  • Pre-School

     

     

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    The Pre-School Years: Wonder and Imagination

    The pre-school emphasizes a calming atmosphere where emotional sensitivity, responsibility, and an appreciation of the wonders of beauty are developed through play, art and songs.  The imagination fostered in these early years lays the foundation for later abstract skills of reading and math.

    The instruction takes place from 8:15 to 12:15 Monday through Friday. Since there is no lunch provided for the little ones we serve them a substantial snack at 10:00am.

    In preparatory all students learn how to play the violin. It starts with individual lessons three times a week, by the end of the first quarter, they regroup according to their abilities. We like the attention span it requires, the musical awareness it brings and the development of those swift little fingers.  

    The better ones will continue with violin lessons throughout their school years. This initiative has led to the creation of a 200 violin, viola and cello orchestra. 

     

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  • Elementary School


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    Grades 1 to 3:  I can read!

    In this period, children begin to tackle academic subjects, primarily reading, writing and arithmetic.  Emphasis is also placed on poetry, music, art, and the natural sciences.  The students’ naturally inquisitive minds result in a genuine enthusiasm for discovery, and all things magical and mysterious hold great fascination for them.  To tap this natural inclination, fairy tales from all over the world are introduced and children begin to learn about the tremendous variety of human expression.  Each classroom has a wealth of books and information chosen to pique the children's natural curiosity which the teacher helps to shape in directing their interests.


    Grades 4 to 6 - On a fact finding mission

    During these years, children become more aware of their surroundings and are fascinated by facts about the real world; this is why we sometimes call it the “Guinness Book of World Records” stage. Through eight novels a year studied in depth around a central theme, students of grades IV and V study the early history  and development of the United States while grade VI cover Africa. Art, history, geography and the biographies of remarkable people help to better understand these different cultures. Teachers work to awaken interests  by placing great emphasis on their own creativity.
    Each classroom is equipped with an encyclopedia, dictionaries and thesaurus, which students use regularly.  Intensive reading and daily writing exercises develop language skills as well as the thinking process.

  • High School

    HSGrades 7-10: Tackling abstract concepts
     

    As students enter Secondary School, they move away from their earlier interest in collecting facts to developing their skills in abstract thinking. Students follow the advance of civilization from ancient to modern times, tracing the development of humanity from relatively simple civilizations to the increasingly complicated intricacies of the modern world; their own development as thinkers progresses in much the same way. 

    They learn how to organize information and make links and connections that will provide them with a comprehensive view of a world where everything is but a fraction of the whole.  In grade VII, the theme is the ancient Mediterranean civilizations; in grade VIII it is the mediaeval history; Latin and North American literature is seen in grade IX; and Asia in grade X.  Once again, literature, history, geography and art are taught through the perspective of these themes. 

    Through reflection and discussion, students learn to express complex ideas with confidence, untangling the mysteries of their environment, maturing in independence and becoming capable of responsible decisions.

    In grade VII and VIII we ease the academic demands by offering longer periods of  physical activities as well as mindfulness weekly classes to help these restless adolescent minds find a more peaceful harbor. 

    Math and science skills are strengthened at this stage following the European approach, where each year the same topics are addressed, but in increasing complexity and depth.  At the school, science is very much a pragmatic, not theoretical experience that focuses on the life sciences, including human, plant and animal biology, and chemistry as they relate to the life sciences. Processes are studied, rather than the results of processes, to reveal the interconnectedness of components.  As of seventh grade, students work regularly in the biology lab.

    The European School places a high value on the fine arts, encouraging students to express their artistic talents.  It has a sculpture workshop, a painting room, a multimedia room for audio-visual presentations. Piano, voice, cello and violin lessons are also made available through the school.

    This integrated curriculum prepares students for the even greater challenge of the International Baccalaureate program, a two-year course of advanced study that readies them for entrance into university.

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  • I.B. Programme

    IBGrades 11-12: The International Baccalaureate Program
     

    The European School is one of nine schools in Costa Rica accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a nonprofit educational foundation, based in Switzerland that has developed a academically challenging and balanced program of education stressing cultural awareness, physical well-being and moral responsibility.  Its strong emphasis on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship encourage IB students to become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs.

    In addition to being individually guided and evaluated by their local instructors, IB students are also submitted to a series of written and oral examinations by a panel of special IB examiners selected from over 90 countries.  Students achieving IB diplomas are accepted at hundreds of universities throughout the world, including some of the world's most prestigious, often on a preferential basis and with advanced standing.

    Under this program, eleventh and twelfth-grade students at The European School complete studies in at least two languages, social studies (geography or history), experimental sciences (biology o chemistry), mathematics, and visual arts. To earn their diplomas, they must complete an extended essay, and two-year courses on the theory of knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component.

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  • School Profile

     
     

    Worldschool tri small IB

    Presently serving 520 students from some forty countries around the world, The European School is able to accommodate some 540 students. The school follows its own calendar from late July to late June, breaking every nine to ten weeks for short vacations, so as to provide students with rest periods from the pressure of study. Class sizes never exceed 20 students and pre-school through third grade classes have teaching assistants. The school day runs from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    The European School is accredited by Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Education  as well as by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), which prepares students to meet both Costa Rican and international college entrance requirements.  More information on the IB programme can be found in I.B. Programme    

     

     

    IMG 2944 BILINGUAL EDUCATION

    Bilingualism is part of The European School philosophy. In an ever-shrinking world, students must have an easy command not only of their native tongue, but at least one other language as well. All European School classes are taught in English from Kindergarten on. Because Costa Rican culture provides a strong base of conversational Spanish, one daily period of Spanish language and literature ensures that all students become proficient in the language and culture of Latin America. Indeed most students take the bilingual IB where the two languages are considered as mother tongues. Additionally, French is introduced as of grade VII allowing students to further their studies in French-speaking universities.
    For younger, native Spanish-speaking students, full immersion in English is a rewarding experience. From Kindergarten through Third grade, nursery rhymes, songs and poetry are woven into the teaching; students also participate in drama and story-telling activities. For children whose native language is not Spanish, additional tutoring supplements regular course work. By the Third grade, children reach the first level of bilingual fluency which allows them to express ideas clearly in both English and Spanish.

     SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND PERSONAL GROWTH

    Not to be dismissed from any discussion of The European School’s curriculum is the very important education that takes place outside the classroom.
    The school maintains an atmosphere of community and proudly encourages bonds of friendship and helpfulness in every grade level.  Empathy and respect for one another are now intrinsic parts of school life. The unity of the school extends beyond grade level and even erases divisions between students, teachers, and staff.  In this spirit of mutual respect and appreciation, older students help the younger on the playing field and in the classroom; teachers lend a sympathetic ear to anyone who might need one, and all recognize the important work done by those who maintain the school grounds.

    Save

    Save

  • Pre-School

     

     

    IMG 2966

    The Pre-School Years: Wonder and Imagination

    The pre-school emphasizes a calming atmosphere where emotional sensitivity, responsibility, and an appreciation of the wonders of beauty are developed through play, art and songs.  The imagination fostered in these early years lays the foundation for later abstract skills of reading and math.

    The instruction takes place from 8:15 to 12:15 Monday through Friday. Since there is no lunch provided for the little ones we serve them a substantial snack at 10:00am.

    In preparatory all students learn how to play the violin. It starts with individual lessons three times a week, by the end of the first quarter, they regroup according to their abilities. We like the attention span it requires, the musical awareness it brings and the development of those swift little fingers.  

    The better ones will continue with violin lessons throughout their school years. This initiative has led to the creation of a 200 violin, viola and cello orchestra. 

     

    Save

  • Elementary School


    IMG 0881

    Grades 1 to 3:  I can read!

    In this period, children begin to tackle academic subjects, primarily reading, writing and arithmetic.  Emphasis is also placed on poetry, music, art, and the natural sciences.  The students’ naturally inquisitive minds result in a genuine enthusiasm for discovery, and all things magical and mysterious hold great fascination for them.  To tap this natural inclination, fairy tales from all over the world are introduced and children begin to learn about the tremendous variety of human expression.  Each classroom has a wealth of books and information chosen to pique the children's natural curiosity which the teacher helps to shape in directing their interests.


    Grades 4 to 6 - On a fact finding mission

    During these years, children become more aware of their surroundings and are fascinated by facts about the real world; this is why we sometimes call it the “Guinness Book of World Records” stage. Through eight novels a year studied in depth around a central theme, students of grades IV and V study the early history  and development of the United States while grade VI cover Africa. Art, history, geography and the biographies of remarkable people help to better understand these different cultures. Teachers work to awaken interests  by placing great emphasis on their own creativity.
    Each classroom is equipped with an encyclopedia, dictionaries and thesaurus, which students use regularly.  Intensive reading and daily writing exercises develop language skills as well as the thinking process.

  • High School

    HSGrades 7-10: Tackling abstract concepts
     

    As students enter Secondary School, they move away from their earlier interest in collecting facts to developing their skills in abstract thinking. Students follow the advance of civilization from ancient to modern times, tracing the development of humanity from relatively simple civilizations to the increasingly complicated intricacies of the modern world; their own development as thinkers progresses in much the same way. 

    They learn how to organize information and make links and connections that will provide them with a comprehensive view of a world where everything is but a fraction of the whole.  In grade VII, the theme is the ancient Mediterranean civilizations; in grade VIII it is the mediaeval history; Latin and North American literature is seen in grade IX; and Asia in grade X.  Once again, literature, history, geography and art are taught through the perspective of these themes. 

    Through reflection and discussion, students learn to express complex ideas with confidence, untangling the mysteries of their environment, maturing in independence and becoming capable of responsible decisions.

    In grade VII and VIII we ease the academic demands by offering longer periods of  physical activities as well as mindfulness weekly classes to help these restless adolescent minds find a more peaceful harbor. 

    Math and science skills are strengthened at this stage following the European approach, where each year the same topics are addressed, but in increasing complexity and depth.  At the school, science is very much a pragmatic, not theoretical experience that focuses on the life sciences, including human, plant and animal biology, and chemistry as they relate to the life sciences. Processes are studied, rather than the results of processes, to reveal the interconnectedness of components.  As of seventh grade, students work regularly in the biology lab.

    The European School places a high value on the fine arts, encouraging students to express their artistic talents.  It has a sculpture workshop, a painting room, a multimedia room for audio-visual presentations. Piano, voice, cello and violin lessons are also made available through the school.

    This integrated curriculum prepares students for the even greater challenge of the International Baccalaureate program, a two-year course of advanced study that readies them for entrance into university.

    Save

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  • I.B. Programme

    IBGrades 11-12: The International Baccalaureate Program
     

    The European School is one of nine schools in Costa Rica accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a nonprofit educational foundation, based in Switzerland that has developed a academically challenging and balanced program of education stressing cultural awareness, physical well-being and moral responsibility.  Its strong emphasis on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship encourage IB students to become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs.

    In addition to being individually guided and evaluated by their local instructors, IB students are also submitted to a series of written and oral examinations by a panel of special IB examiners selected from over 90 countries.  Students achieving IB diplomas are accepted at hundreds of universities throughout the world, including some of the world's most prestigious, often on a preferential basis and with advanced standing.

    Under this program, eleventh and twelfth-grade students at The European School complete studies in at least two languages, social studies (geography or history), experimental sciences (biology o chemistry), mathematics, and visual arts. To earn their diplomas, they must complete an extended essay, and two-year courses on the theory of knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) component.

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Heredia, San Pablo
P.O. Box: 177 Heredia, Costa Rica
Tel: (506) 2261-0717
info@europeanschool.com