Welcome to CRIA

Costa Rica International Academy

Teachers with Flair & Understanding

World Class Facilities

Like nothing else on the beaches of Costa Rica

Teachers with Flair & Understanding

Commitment to Our Students

Helping students learn about Costa Rica and the Spanish language

Teachers with Flair & Understanding

Our Unique Combination

Academic Challenge, Natural Wonders, and Cultural Richness

Teachers with Flair & Understanding

Small Class Sizes

Individualized attention allows us to reach students at their levels

Teachers with Flair & Understanding

Welcome to
Costa Rica International Academy

During your visit to our website and hopefully a visit in person soon, I invite you to learn more about what it is that makes our school special. We are fortunate to have world class facilities which include ample spaces to run, play and explore, a swimming pool and covered gymnasium, computer labs, a library and large, comfortable, air conditioned classrooms. Our teachers are all certified in the United States, Canada or Costa Rica and are passionate about helping students to learn and challenge themselves. Our dual accreditation – with both Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States, and the Costa Rican Ministry of Education – enable students to work towards the goal of attending colleges and universities anywhere in the world.

Our commitment to helping students learn more about Costa Rica and the Spanish language also sets us apart– Spanish, art, physical education, music, Costa Rican studies, organic gardening and many sports and after school activities, are all taught in Spanish. On the playground, you may hear English, Spanish, or one of the other 18 languages represented by students on campus. We truly are a melting pot of languages, cultures and traditions. Learning more about one another and accepting our differences as strengths is one of our most treasured attributes.

Our boarding program – the only one in Central America – is geared towards allowing children to explore all of the natural beauty that makes Costa Rica special – excursions are a part of the program with trips to places like Arenal volcano, Monteverde cloud forest, the Caribbean coast. Students learn to SCUBA dive, snorkel, kayak, surf and enjoy the splendor that our location offers us on a daily basis. read more

Home-stays are part of the program as well – enabling students to immerse themselves in the culture and language of Costa Rica.We have high expectations for our students – ethically, academically, artistically, and athletically – and our teachers, coaches and administration work hard to help our students meet those expectations. Small class sizes and caring teachers are a combination which allows us to reach students at their levels, differentiate in the classroom and help students to achieve their goals.You really can have it all – a simpler way of life in one of the most beautiful, bio-diverse places on earth and a high quality, accredited, college preparatory education for your children. It is all here just waiting for you at The Country Day School Guanacaste. What are you waiting for?



Lois Mare,