Costa Rica Private Bilingual Education - New School Year Tuition and Costs Overview

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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.

Amadita Primary School - Coronado, Costa Rica
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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 - after school, extra-curricular fútbol practice
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!

¡Pura Educación!

 

Related post:  Costa Rica Bilingual Education for Grade School Students

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I will like to get more imput regarding the bilingual school and the transition between english to spanish. I'm a costa rican native, but I been living in the United States for the past 22 years. My youngest son is almost 10 years old, he does not speak spanish at all, he's primary language is English. My husband is an american and even though I have another 3 sons from a previous marriage, none of them speak at home spanish. I will like to move back home in order to give my son an opportunity to learn spanish. But I'm really concern abouthow well the school will work with his lack of spanish. If you can give me some guidance I will be more than grateful. Hoping to hear from you soon. Take care.

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We are hoping to go to Costa Rica for 9-10 months next year and would like our son to be in school. Do you know of other bilingual schools in small towns or rural areas?

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I am considering moving to Costa Rica for the upcoming school year, and would really enjoy any insights you have to offer about living in San Jose. I read your comments about the school, Amadita, and wonder what grade your son is in, and wonder if you could provide more details about the school and life in general there. Thank you so much. kate holmes

Life in Costa Rica

Kate,

I have a blog about my Costa Rica adventures at www.CostaRicaBlogger.com where allot of information is already posted.  When reviewing, be sure to read post-entry comments and responses for more information.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me directly

-Bill Clanton

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I currently live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with my two children who are ages nine and ten.  We have lived here for nearly six years.  I am considering moving to Costa Rica for the upcoming school year, and would really enjoy any insights you have to offer about living in San Jose.  I read your comments about the school, Amadita, and wonder what grade your son is in, and wonder if you could provide more details about the school and life in general there.  Thank you so much.  kate holmes

Arroz con leche

Also, one of the Amadita school janitors makes my son "arroz con leche" periodically because he loves it and apparently she figured that having a Gringo for a father meant my son isn't getting such a treat at home :)

2009 is my son's second school year at Amadita Primary School

The school's teachers and administration are wonderful in getting non-Spanish speaking students up to speed as quickly as possible with after school group Spanish instruction and outside of school one-on-one tutoring at 5.000 colones ($9.00 USD) per 1.5 hour session with a certified, full-time teacher.

Great Article on Amadita Costa Rican Bilingual School

Nice article, Bill. 

Is he just starting now, or has he already been there a while? 

Sounds like a great value at that price.  Good shopping!

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