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High School Profile


Director: Lois Maré

College Counselor:
Chris West

Contact Information:
Phone: 011 - (506) 2654-5042
Fax: 011 - (506) 2654-5044

CEEB Code: 834-138

Accredited By:
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools & Costa Rican Ministry of Education

Mailing Address:
Costa Rica International Academy
400 Mts sur de Westin Conchal
Playa Brasilito,
Guanacaste, Costa Rica


Costa Rica International Academy (formerly known as Country Day School Guanacaste) is the premier international school serving the international community in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The 36 acre campus, steps from pristine beaches along the Pacific coast, opened its doors in 2000. The CRIA campus features Central America’s only boarding program and offers a private, college-preparatory school enrolling approximately 180 students in Preschool through Grade 12. There are approximately 80 students in the high school. 50% of students at CRIA are U.S. citizens, 25% Costa Rican citizens, and the remainder are citizens from 18 other nations. Costa Rica International Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Both the U.S. high school and the Costa Rican Bachillerato programs are offered, and diplomas are awarded for each. Students in the high school pursue a U.S.-based curriculum. The language of instruction is English, and the average class size is 12.



A = 90-100 = 4.0     B = 80-89 = 3.0     C = 70-79 = 2.0     D = 60-69 = 1.0    F = 59 or below = 0.0


GPA is calculated over a four-year period of grades 9-12. Only courses taken at CRIA are calculated into the GPA, unless they are Advanced Placement (AP) courses which will then also be included in the GPA. Due to the small number of students in the class and the multicultural and varied scholastic backgrounds of our population, we do not rank our students.

SAT SCORES & Graduate Statistics
From 2010-2015, CRIA students SAT mean scores: Critical Reading – 610; Mathematics – 593; Writing – 565
Class of 2015: 88% attending 4-year colleges: 57% to U.S.; 14% to Canada; 14% to Costa Rica; 14% to Argentina
Class of 2014: 91% attending 4-year colleges: 64% to U.S.; 18% to Canada; 18% to Costa Rica


CRIA offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses which may include: Biology, Calculus, World History, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language and Culture, US History, Environmental Science, and Human Geography.  In addition, CRIA offers the following honors courses: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Marine Biology, and Economics.

CRIA offers extracurricular activities such as Model United Nations, student government, National Honor Society, yearbook, chess club, choir, community service, and SAT preparation. Sports include varsity soccer, varsity volleyball (girls); competitive track, swimming, surfing, and basketball.


Students demonstrating exemplary scholarship, leadership, and service are invited to become members of CRIA’s chapter of the National Honor Society.


The Costa Rican Bachillerato program (grade 11) is the Costa Rican Ministry of Education’s secondary school credential. This program and diploma enables students to study at universities in Costa Rica. Students may opt for the United States Credential, the Costa Rican Bachillerato Credential, or both. In the last two years, 100% of CRIA students who sat for the Bachillerato, earned the credential.


English4 creditsEnglish credits may include English 9, English 10, US Literature, British Literature
Social Studies3 creditsSocial Studies credits may include Early World History 9, U.S. History 10, Modern World History 11, AP US History, Contemporary World Issues
Mathematics3 creditsMath credits may include Algebra I, Alg. II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, AP or Honors Calculus AB
Science3 creditsScience credits may include Biology, Physics, Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Honors Marine Biology (must include a laboratory class)
Languages4 creditsLanguage credits may include Spanish (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), AP Spanish Language and Culture, or other Foreign Language course
Fine Arts1 creditFine Arts credits may include Art, Music, Theatre/Drama (1 credit)
PE1 creditStudents must complete 1 PE credit in Grades 9-12
Core Electives5 creditsElective credits may be chosen from previously listed courses and online providers such as K12 and Virtual High School*
TOTAL24 credits*Transfer credits from other institutions and online providers will be at the Director’s discretion


Babson CollegeJohn Cabot University (Rome)Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica)
Boston CollegeLoyola University-New OrleansUniversidad Siglo XX1 (Argentina)
Boston University**Marymount UniversityU. California – Davis
Brown UniversityMcGill University (Canada)U. California – Santa Cruz
California Polytechnic -San Luis Obispo Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyU. California – San Diego
Carnegie Mellon UniversityMichigan State UniversityU. of Arizona
Chapman CollegeMichigan Institute of TechnologyU. of British Columbia (Canada)
Chicago School of the Audio ArtsMount Holyoke CollegeU. of Colorado at Boulder
College of CharlestonNew York UniversityU. of Florence (Italy)
Colorado School of MinesNortheastern UniversityU. of Massachusetts
Colorado State UniversityNorthwestern UniversityU. of Miami
Columbia UniversityPace UniversityU. Pennsylvania
Concordia University (Canada)Parsons School of DesignU of San Diego
Duke UniversityPurdue UniversityU. of Tampa
Ecole Hotélière de Glion (Switzerland.)Queen’s University, Canada U. of Toronto (Canada)
Elon CollegeSan Diego State UniversityU. of Washington
Emerson CollegeSarah Lawrence College U. of Oklahoma
Emory UniversitySavannah College of Art and DesignU. of Oregon
Erasmus Univ. Rotterdam (Netherlands)Seton Hall UniversityVassar College
Florida Atlantic UniversityStanford UniversityVillanova University
Florida International University Swarthmore CollegeVirginia Tech
Florida Institute of TechnologySyracuse UniversityWheaton College
Fordham UniversityTexas A&M UniversityWellesley College
Georgetown UniversityTexas StateWesleyan University
George Washington UniversityTexas TechWestmont College
Georgia TechTrinity UniversityWorcester Polytechnic Institute
Harvard CollegeTufts UniversityYale University
Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)Tulane University
Instituto Technologico de Costa Rica (Costa Rica)Universidad de Costa Rica
Universidad Interamericana (Costa Rica)Bold indicates CRIA graduates’ enrollment
in last five years