Teachers with Flair & Understanding
Teachers with Flair & Understanding
Teachers with Flair & Understanding



Welcome to Costa Rica International Academy.  This is an exciting time for the future of our school, having made the transition from Country Day School Guanacaste to an independent, non-profit community school.  While the name and governance of CRIA has changed, our commitment to excellence has remained steadfast.

There are countless reasons to be proud to be a member of the CRIA community.  We are fortunate to have world class facilities which include ample spaces to run, play and explore. Our spaces include a swimming pool and covered gymnasium, computer labs, a library and large, comfortable, air conditioned classrooms. Our dedicated and enthusiastic 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,  Costa Rican studies,  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.

CRIA teachers are committed to utilizing our incredible surroundings to enhance learning.  Teachers seek ways to provide hands-on, real world experiences to deepen understanding of learning objectives.  Students engage in geology lessons by visiting the caves at Palo Verde National Park; experience the physics of waves, water pressure and oceanography by conducting beach studies; learn about sustainable development by visiting the turtle nesting sites at Ostional, just to name a few.

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.

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 Photo Loiscaring 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 Costa Rica International Academy. What are you waiting for? VAMOS!


Lois Maré

CRIA Director