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Secondary Program


The Secondary Program (Grades 6-12) is a standards-based curriculum culminating in a college preparatory Advanced Placement (AP) program. Academic subjects in the middle years provide a pre-AP foundation that prepares students to be successful in high school AP courses. The curriculum foundation is adapted from the Virginia State Standards of Learning (SoL).  The intent is to make transitions into our school and back to the U.S. or other international American schools as smooth as possible.

The school day consists of six 55 minute periods and two breaks, one in mid-morning and one at mid-day for lunch. The day begins at 8:00am with homeroom by grade levels and ends at 3:00pm, followed by after school sports and activities. 

Off-campus field trips are an integral part of the Secondary Program. Generally these are planned to extend the curriculum to take advantage of our natural setting in Costa Rica. Community service is a regular feature of the program at every grade level.

The entire campus is a WiFi zone for wireless Internet. The Secondary Program utilizes a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. The Secondary science program is supported by fully equipped labs for biology, chemistry, and physics. The school library includes general research materials and books and periodicals for leisure reading.

Electives are offered by each academic area and include Visual Arts and P.E. The Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered each year, dependent upon demand. These may include English Literature and Composition, Calculus, World History, Spanish Language and Culture, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Statistics and others.

Other activities include yearbook, newspaper, drama groups, student government, the U.S. National Honor Society, The Model United Nations and various social service and ecological groups. The school is a center of social and cultural events for our community, and visiting performers, artists, and speakers are featured each year. 

Grading Scale:

100-90 89-8079-7069-60Below 60

Minimum High School Graduation Requirements:

CourseGrades TakenUS High School Credits
Total Academic Credits 24
Social Studies9-123
Visual Arts9-101

Costa Rican Baccalaureate Program:

  • Costa Rican Social Studies*
  • Spanish Composition/Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Biology or Chemistry or Physics

*Beginning in 2018-19, CRIA’s High School program in grades 10 and 11 include Costa Rican Social Studies and Civics as part of the regular daily schedule. Other content for the MEP exams are taught during the after school activities program.