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Accreditations & Partners


mid_states_logoCosta Rica International Academy(formerly Country Day School Guanacaste) is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) of the United States and the Ministerio de Educación Pública (MEP) of Costa Rica.

Our school is the ONLY US accredited school in the Guanacaste region, and one of only ten fully accredited schools in Costa Rica.

What Accreditation is and what it means to your K-12 educatio

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collegeboard_logo1Since 2004, CRIA(formerly CDSG) has been an active partner with the College Board by offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses, PSAT and SAT testing with a college preparatory curriculum. In 2014-14, we will expand our partnership through membership with the College Board and more comprehensive use of the College Counseling program called Big Future: Get Ready for College.

If you are a grade 9-12 CRIA student, please sign up at: Sign up for Big Future at the College Board!


  • Members of the Association of American Schools of Central America (AASCA)
  • Members of the American Association of International Schools
  • Members of the Tri-Association of International Schools in Central America and the Caribbean
  • Partner School with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
  • Partner School with the Northwest Evaluation Association


The Parent Association is an active part of the school community, promoting a sense of pride and belonging for all families. The Parent Association believes that there is a direct relationship between parent participation and student performance at school.

The Parent Association works to establish effective communication between parents and the school administration. They also work with the school administration to support the academic and co-curricular efforts made on behalf of the students.

Activities sponsored by the Parent Association include The Beach Challenge, the Staff Appreciation Party, and various special awards for students in the areas of academics, sports, leadership, service, and spirit. The Parent Association invites interested parents to attend meetings and to join the organization as a class representative or special committee member.