The Country Day School is an American School serving an international population. The school year calendar is from August to June, starting in mid August, 1 month vacation period between mid December and mid January, and ending in mid June.
CDS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States, and by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. The language of instruction is English. Focusing on the American High School Diploma and a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, the curriculum also prepares students for the Costa Rican Bachillerato examinations in High School.
The five hectare purposefully built new campus, designed to foster community within the campus with learning spaces adjacent and visible to each other, is located in San Rafael de Alajuela, on Route 27.
The campus moved to its current site in July 2016, and is the first K-12 LEED certified school in Costa Rica. Includes 81 well-equipped classrooms, 7 science labs, robotics and maker spaces, a Theater, Fine Arts center, Learning Resource Center and Library, Athletic facilities and swimming pool. It offers inner courtyards within the Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle and High School Houses, with natural playscapes, seating, and outdoor learning spaces.
CDS offers a full sports program and many after school activities for students in all levels. Basketball, soccer, and volleyball are the most popular competitive sports. Student council, National Honor Society, environmental and service learning programs, music and drama, a robust elective program in Middle and High School, and overnight class trips to Costa Rica's amazing national parks provide a well-rounded extracurricular program.
The mission of CDS is complemented by the CDS Educational Development Association, the non-profit arm of the school which funds scholarships for local students, encourages student community service opportunities, and supports continuing education for local teachers.