CENTRO EDUCATIVO COSTA BALLENA

One language sets you in a corridor for LIFE,

Two languages open EVERY DOOR along the way

Frank Smith

WHO WE ARE

Centro Educativo Costa Ballena is a bilingual English/Spanish school located on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica

Our school
The school was established in 2007 and earned accreditation from the Ministry of Education of Costa Rica in 2012.

Students and Staff
The present school houses approximately 110 students and staff from many different countries. We are the most diverse, multi-cultural spot in Southern Costa Rica offering pre-school to 9th grade at this time.

Mission Statement
Centro Educativo Costa Ballena’s mission is to nurture the academic, social and personal development of every student in our multi-cultural community, to provide a bilingual education, and to inspire each student to respect and be good stewards of the natural environment.

A school at the heart of a community
For those of us who call the Southern Zone home, we are lucky to experience the support of a close-knit community that understands the importance of taking care of our environment, working together to achieve common goals, and offering a helping hand to those in need. We embrace the Greek proverb that states, “society grows great when men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

WHAT WE DO

Students can begin their Escuela education in pre-kinder, and proceed all the way through 9th grade at this time. We will continue to expand our secondary school to offer pre-kinder through 12th grade by 2020.

A school recognized for excellence in teaching and learning
As an independent, co-educational, bilingual school we currently accept students from 18 months to the ninth grade. Our bilingual academic curriculum follows the California State Standards and the Ministry of Education of Costa Rica Standards. With a reputation for bilingual and scientific academic excellence led by our professional and dedicated staff, students are provided with a high standard of education in a multi-faceted and challenging learning environment. Students are also afforded opportunities to explore the creative arts, physical exercise, and to grow as independent thinkers and learners.

A school that places the student at the center of all endeavors
The Centro Educativo Costa Ballena experience is so much more than lessons in a classroom. Our focus is on the development of the whole child. Students are offered numerous opportunities for self-enrichment and personal growth. By fostering a strong sense of self-worth, we value each member of the Centro Educativo Costa Ballena community, promoting high standards of achievement and behavior within a structured and supportive environment.

Ethos and Values
We are a secular school whose aim is to inspire children to discover and reach their fullest potential on the road to lifelong learning. We strive to raise caring students who possess integrity and a healthy respect for others. We believe that experience is the best teacher of all, whether through the experiential learning style in our classrooms, gardening, Friday Circle Time, Science Fairs or Friday Lunch fund raisers. We expect all of our students to make a positive contribution to the world around them, and by doing so, to understand more about themselves. We welcome students from all religious denominations and backgrounds, and we foster an atmosphere of tolerance and support irrespective of race, gender, nationality or belief.

Partnership With Parents / Communication With Home
The quality of our relationships with students and their families is very important to us and we value the partnership of our students’ lives and learning at home and at school. By creating close working relationships with our students and their parents, we do our best to support the needs of every student in our care.

Our open door policy means that parents are always welcome to make an appointment to visit and see the school in action. Similarly, we hope that parents will not hesitate to contact us to discuss any concerns they may have regarding their child’s schooling.

“Our kids had such a wonderful experience at Centro Educativo Costa Ballena. Sofia and Elliot started school in September 2014 when they were 5 and 8 years old. For the nine months they attended the school, we always knew how much they loved it as they always left home with a smile in the morning and came back with stories to tell in the afternoon”

Patrice Racine

“Centro Educativo Costa Ballena is quite different from the usual brick and concrete school in North America, where one is considered green if one has a few trees scattered on its premises. This school is literally surrounded by the jungle. Trees are everywhere and wild monkeys and other animals are occasional visitors.”

Indira Pintin

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Escuela Costa Ballena’s mission is to nurture the academic, social and personal development of every student in our multi-cultural community, to provide a bilingual education, and to inspire each student to respect and be good stewards of the natural environment.

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Priority pre-registration 2018

October 11 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 3:00 pm

Circle Time – First grade (Español)

October 20 @ 8:15 am - 8:30 am

Lunch duty – Second grade (Roger)

October 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Open pre-registration 2018 begins

October 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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