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

Accreditations & Parent Association


mid_states_logo Our private American school in Costa Rica 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. Costa Rica International Academy is the ONLY US & MEP accredited school in the Guanacaste region, and one of only 15 fully US-accredited schools in Costa Rica.



  • AP, PSAT & SAT TEST CENTER. Since 2004, CRIA has been an active partner with the College Board by offering Advanced Placement (AP) courses, PSAT and SAT testing with a college preparatory curriculum. 
  • SEE: www.collegeboard.org/


Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) program.
  • "NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed Pre-K–12 assessments and professional  earning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths. Our tools are trusted by educators in 145 countries and more than half the schools in the US."
  • SEE: www.nwea.org/ 


We love our Parent 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. Many fun events are sponsored by The Parent Association, including the Halloween Haunt, Holiday Gala, Spring Cocktail Party, Party at the Playa, Teacher Appreciation events, 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. For more information about our bilingual school in Costa Rica contact us!