Welcome to Country Day School, Costa Rica's original American School serving the international community and local families for more than 50 years!
Today CDS serves 800 students from Pre Kinder through High School from over 35 nations. Our mission, to inspire a passion for learning and provide children with the skills, values, and courage to become responsible leaders in our community and the world, is lived out every day in our 21st century learning community.
Our close community of supportive and caring educators encourages students to take appropriate risks and to identify and realize their own strengths as they are guided to take responsibility for their own learning. CDS students learn to stretch themselves intellectually, work together toward shared goals, and explore and develop the qualities of character that will guide them into adulthood with integrity, courage, and passion.
We see our parents and teachers as a team working together to bring out the best in our students in a safe and loving environment. We hire and retain the best teachers available locally and internationally who share the school's philosophy and commitment to our families. The knowledge, skill, and passion of our staff is contagious and sets the tone of excellence that permeates the campus.
After more than 30 years in Escazú, in August of 2016 we are occupying our amazing new campus west of San Jose in San Rafael de Alajuela, in Hacienda Espinal, on Route 27. More than four years in the planning, with the imagination of international architects and collaboration with our various constituencies, we have created the most outstanding center of learning in the country, if not the region, a facility that supports and inspires our mission and pursuit of excellence.
We invite you to visit us and experience Country Day School in person.
Robert W. Trent
THE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL COSTA RICA