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CDS At A Glance

With eight original students, Country Day School was founded by a family in 1963. These pioneers introduced relevant schooling in English for children of expats in Costa Rica. From early days the school's international identity was clear: to provide small classes to students who were interested in an American education and an international pursuit of goals.

Today, with high expectations for engaged learning and a culture where students seek personal excellence in every pursuit, CDS helps each community member become responsible citizens for their communites and the world.

As CDS continues its over 50-year journey, we value each decade and each learner whose personal story betters our own. With 875 students, over 200 faculty and staff, countless parents contributing daily to the school's legacy and the world around us, we can only be encouraged, humbled and motivated to keep learning together for the sake of our students' borderless future.

CDS Facts
  • Offering students the advantages of five decades of tradition of excellence in schooling and English language instruction.
  • Enrolling 875 students from 35 countries
  • Committed to over 200 of our youngest children in our Early Childhood program through discovery, play and language development.
  • Counting over 300 students in our Elementary Program that is well integrated and offers students a chance to learn and build confidence
  • Registering 180 Middle Schoolers who are given the chance to test their wings at a time in their lives when challenge and support make a vital difference
  • Enrolling 200 High School students in a college preparatory program of exceptional depth and reach—and whose graduates go on to attend the nation's finest colleges and universities
  • Numbering over 200 faculty and staff, from local communities as well as many other countries
  • Occupying a campus—settled in the beautiful town of Escazú.
  • Operating with the accreditation of the Middle States Association of School and Colleges Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools and membership in the Association of American Schools in Central America, Association of South American Schools, and the TRI-Association of Mexico, Central America and Carribean Schools.