Best Private Schools in the Guanacaste area !

Best Private schools in the Guanacaste Area :


Moving with your kids to a new area can present many challenges you need to overcome, one of them is to pick the right school for your children to have the best education available.


Let us help by presenting to you through their own words; the top private schools in the area of Playa Tamarindo / Playa Grande / Playa Flamingo and surroundings :


La Paz :


“Our mission is to educate the culturally diverse youth of Guanacaste through bilingual experiential learning and enrichment that integrates the local community and environment, while preparing students to become thoughtful, contributing citizens in the global community.”


For more information, please visit their website by clicking  here.

Location of the school : here


CRIA, known before as Country Day :

“CRIA is proud to provide a wonderful learning experience to students from around the world. We are a U.S. accredited college preparatory school serving a diverse international community. We strive every day to inspire a passion for learning and provide children with the skills, values, and courage to become responsible leaders in their communities and the world.

As we approach record enrollments once again for the fifth year in a row, we continue to pursue our longer-term vision within our values as a community in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

We aspire to be a world-class international school with a culture of high expectations, high performance, and accountability.

We respect all creeds, religions, and points of view. CRIA does not undertake religious instruction nor blend secular and sectarian education. At the same time, moral values and spiritual issues have a place in the educational process. Values such as fairness, justice, compassion, honesty, and the Golden Rule are taught without a religious label. Faculty and staff conduct reflect these values and serve as models for the students.

If you are interested in exploring whether CRIA is the right fit for your family, please come and visit us and we’d be delighted to have you see and meet our students and teachers in action firsthand!”


For more information, please visit their website by clicking  here.

Location of the school : here


Educarte :


“Welcome to the Centro de Aprendizaje, Educarte by St. Joseph website.

As educators we are constantly researching new and innovative teaching methods, always with an emphasis on fundamental values within the context of bilingual education, academic excellence, diversity, and global citizenship. We have built a teacher and administrative staff that brings new ideas and a wealth of enthusiasm.

We offer Educarte students the opportunity to learn and understand the importance of their future contribution to the world they live in, using a combination of traditional and innovative methodologies.

We encourage parents to take an active role in their student’s education, both at home and at Educarte events and activities.

Thank you for visiting our website. By looking at these pages we hope you will gain some insight into our school, our learning philosophy, and a feeling for our wonderful students with diverse interests, backgrounds, cultures, and languages. However, as informative as a website can be, it seldom tells the whole story. We invite you to visit our school and witness, first hand, the unique environment in which our students grow, learn, and appreciate each other.”

For more information, please visit their website by clicking  here.

Location of the school : here.


Tide Academy :


“Provide a one-on-one personalized education to each student. We want each student to succeed to the best of his or her ability. This means challenging them enough but keeping them academically engaged as well!


Provide a flexible education that is adapted to each student. Having students with different needs and schedules means we need to create a learning atmosphere that is individualized. Meaning some students take their work on the road, some via Skype, and or some choose additional class hours. We customize the academic experience. Promote learning outside the classroom. Learning should not only be for inside the classroom! Students intern at several local businesses for academic credit, we also work with several organizations creating community projects such as community murals, surf clinics, and local fundraisers.

For more information, please visit their website by clicking  here.

Location of the school : here.


Guanacaste Waldorf School :


The Guanacaste Waldorf School is also a bilingual school and the classes they provide are teached half the time in English and the other half in Spanish.


“ Guanacaste Waldorf School offers a bilingual Pre-Kindergarten thru 8th grade education in a natural setting in the NW coast of Costa Rica, near Tamarindo. For the 2018-19 school year, we will have approximately 100 students and about 30 staff members and volunteers, most of which have been a part of our team at GWS for several years. Our classes will be split into Pre-Kinder, Kinder, 1st/2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade. In addition to a full Waldorf curriculum that includes Main Lessons in English and Spanish, Movement, Drawing, Painting, Woodworking, Handwork, Flute, Eurythmy, Theater, Physical Education, etc…, the children will have French and German Classes, Swimming, Gardening, Animal Care and Construction. We adjust our festivals to reflect, participate in and appreciate our local area and many of the festivals will be the same as many Waldorf programs from around the world – Mica-el, Martinmas, Holiday Festival, Advent Spiral, Easter and May Fair. We offer bus service from all surrounding communities and have many extra-curricular activities like jewelry making, aerial silks, soccer, tennis, swimming, puppet making, drumming and circus arts. Our parents are welcome to be involved in the school. Many give a few hours per month and many are very involved and help considerably with a small, growing school.”


For more information, please visit their website by clicking here.

Location of the school : here.


We hope this blog was useful, feel free to reach out if you need advice regarding moving to our beautiful area !


Blog written by Bruno Grenier.