In Middle School and High School, co-curricular activities(electives) are offered throughout the day to provide additional inspiration to explore, learn and enrich students lives. The elective program allows students, through choice and challenge, to pursue a passion and have a chance to lead initiatives. Electives may include:

  • Baccalaureate Spanish: The fundamental purpose of this course is to provide the students with the skills to analyze the grammatical structure of the language and at the same time, provide an analysis of Latin American literature. They must be able to express his/her ideas in a correct Spanish, adequate for the circumstances and with a rich vocabulary. 
  • Campus Service: The Campus Service elective is one in which selected high school students will be assigned to different divisions in the school. The principals in each division will define the duties for each campus service student. Responsibilities will be varied, including office tasks, and helping in whatever area is defined. 
  • Choir Classes will focus on relaxation and posture, breath control, resonance, placement, diction, the fundamentals of good tone production, and will gradually include choreography and dance. Students will engage on the process of creating the movements. The repertoire includes popular songs, jazz and Broadway musical.
  • College Workshop: Students will become familiar with the whole college application process as well as meet with college reps. who will be visiting the CDS campus during this time.
  • Debate Club: The objective of this elective is to develop in High School students the ability to communicate their ideas, opinions properly in public by providing them the opportunity to discuss topics of Costa Rican and international current affairs.
  • Drama: This is a course that stresses acting and directing techniques. It is a performance course, which means that there is no final examination. Students practice acting techniques through workshop activities that build confidence, creativity and collaboration. Students develop the skills necessary to assume a role and create dramatic skits and scenes. 
  • Knowledge Bowl: Do you know lots of random, useless trivia? Do you like Jeopardy? Do you love to learn things that go beyond (or occasionally, instead of) what is taught in school? Then you may have what it takes to compete in Knowledge Bowl.
  • Model United Nations (MUN): Students will join in this activity of representing other countries’ positions and views with respect to internationally assigned issues. Students will travel to at least one foreign location for a MUN conference.
  • Podcast Journalism & Literary Magazine: Students are responsible for all aspects of the creation and publication of the CDS Podsquad podcasts, which highlight activities and general occurrences at CDS. 
  • Public Speaking and Leadership: Develop the tools to become the self-assured, successful person you want to be. You will be able to organize your thoughts and present them clearly and confidently, listen critically, and lead others. 
  • Roots & Shoots: Community service group that creates projects and raise funds in order to help the local and global communities.
  • Sketching: Sketching and Drawing elective is designed to encourage talented students into the basic learning skills of drawing using the formal concepts of line, volume, shadow and perspective. The course follows the concept that drawing is by using your eyes and your brain. 
  • Wind Ensemble: Performing music from a wide variety of styles, genres, historical periods, and musical tastes, this ensemble represents the highest caliber of musical performance and education at the high school level. Students should have at a minimum 3-4 years of experience playing and reading music in a regular band class, or the equivalent experience through private lessons. This class is by interview or audition only. Students should expect to perform in concerts both at school and within the community several times per semester.
  • Yearbook: The yearbook elective is meant for students who would like to learn or hone their skills in digital photography, photo editing, page design and layout, copywriting and copy editing, as well as other desktop publishing procedures.