Costa Rica Private Bilingual Education - New School Year Tuition and Costs Overview
Costa Rica has many private schools, most concentrated near the San José capital city - in the greater Central Valley area.
The tuition, overall costs and programs offered by each school can vary greatly; some only teach Spanish, some only teach English, "bilingual" schools can lean toward one language more than the other (as opposed to a true 50/50 curriculum), one school teaches only German, some schools are on the Costa Rica school schedule, some on the U.S. school schedule and a few are on what is known as the International school schedule.
My 10 year old son is enrolled in Amadita Primary School, located in Coronado, Costa Rica - a nice and affordable area East of downtown San José.
Although my son is a Costa Rica native, he did not speak conversational Spanish when starting the 2008 school year due to many years of living in the U.S. Amadita School has been wonderful in working with my son and offers a complete Spanish/English bilingual education on the Costa Rica school calendar ... mid February thru the first week of December.
In addition to its curriculum, Amadita offers after school programs such as; coached soccer, basketball, cheerleading, gymnastics and band. Students can be involved in as many programs as their schedules permit.
Amadita Primary School fútbol practice with Coach Pastor Fernández
When considering private schools, most parents are concerned with all the above information ... and some, like myself are also concerned with cost. We all want the best education for our kids, but most family's also need to have some food on the table in addition to paying the school costs.
Costa Rica private school tuitions can range from $100 - $700 USD/month, or more. Complete school costs are really a combination of items. When comparing schools for affordability all the following must be considered: Annual Registration Fees, Tuition Fees, Extra Curriculum Fees, Extra-Curricular Fees, Book Costs, Supply Costs, Uniform Costs, etc., etc.
Junior and his 2009 school books, supplies and uniforms.
As an example, Amadita Primary School's 2009 costs:
Registration Fee: 98.500 colones ($177.00 USD)
Tuition: 122.717 colones ($220.00 USD / 9 monthly payments)
Extra Curriculum Fees: none - included in tuition
Extra-Curricular Fees: none - included in tuition
Book Costs: 54.809 colones ($99.00 USD)
Supply Costs: 48.641 colones ($87.00 USD)
Uniform Costs: 76.841 colones ($138.00 USD)
Total Annual Cost: 1.383.244 colones ($2,488.00 USD)
We hope you find this information useful when shopping for Costa Rica private schools!
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