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Our School

AIS is the place where high-quality education meets multicultural soft skills.  We are an international community dedicated to the common objective of providing our students with the skills they need to succeed. We offer both U.S. and Costa Rican diplomas in a small school environment that supports each student’s academic and emotional development.

Message from our Director

It is my pleasure to welcome you to The American International School of Costa Rica, the place where high-quality education meets multicultural soft skills.

Founded in 1970, AIS is a non-profit school that has been a leader in providing education to the children of diplomatic and executive families in Costa Rica for the last 50+ years.

Offering both U.S. and Costa Rican high school diplomas, our students and faculty include nationals from more than 20 countries. This diverse international community ensures that the multicultural experience at AIS is not only learned in class but lived at school every day.

Our small-school approach allows us to provide an unparalleled student-centered education. Our respected and well-trained educators, international curriculum, innovative technology and teaching techniques, safe learning environment, conscious respect for nature, community service, and strong ethical values are a combination which supports our students’ success.

Our graduates are empowered young individuals, citizens with strong ecological awareness and a clear global perspective, men and women prepared to succeed at leading the world into the new era.

For students with special learning needs and non-native English speakers, our Learning Support Program provides the tools and resources needed for a fast integration into mainstream classes.

Offering the school program both in-class and on-line, our students can start their life in AIS as early as their preschool years. However, admissions are also open in elementary, middle school, and high school.

I invite you to explore this webpage in more detail and to book a visit to our campus at your earliest convenience.

Best regards,

Kattya Alvarado, MBA
Executive Director

Mission

AIS provides small-school instruction in a caring environment.  Through student-centered instruction, we strive to meet the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of our students.  We encourage character building, respect, and leadership.  We value cultural diversity and the students’ varied learning styles.  AIS prepares students to succeed in higher education and the world at large.

Vision

To prepare responsible, confident leaders who embrace challenges and succeed in a global society.

Philosophy

AIS embraces the philosophy that each student is a unique human being whose individuality must be respected and nurtured, and whose educational and formative needs should be met with diverse teaching approaches, emphasizing individualized and small group instruction.   By offering a wide range of learning opportunities, both within the classroom and in the broader community, the school promotes character building in all areas: intellectual, physical, emotional, civic, ethical, aesthetic, and social.

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What makes us different?

  • With more native English-speaking teachers than any other U.S. diploma school, AIS sets the bar for excellence in English language instruction.
  • Our phenomenal student/teacher ratio ensures that students receive individualized attention to reach their goals.
  • An integrated approach to teaching technology and 21st century literacies supports what students are learning in their regular classroom.

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What our Parent's Say

Our family is very grateful for all the attention from AIS, but above all we appreciate the high-level education for our child, the content, but also the manner. Always honest communication and transforming and adapting to the “new reality” that definitely teaches children a great lesson too.

Ramos Family

I would like to congratulate and thank you for the great commitment and effort that the school has made so that children can continue classes. It has been a great experience and also to see the degree of support from all the teachers.

Peralta Family

I deeply want to thank all of your staff for all the invaluable support they have given my son since third grade…I confirm that AIS is a jewel of education, since it includes in it those human values, that family environment, and that personalized concern, which is not found in other institutions.

Soto Family

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