In the heart of Costa Rica’s vibrant landscape, a beacon of transformative learning is shining brightly, molding leaders for tomorrow’s world. This hub of educational excellence is the Costa Rica International Academy (CRIA), a renowned U.S.-accredited institution designed to sculpt future leaders from an international student body.
CRIA prides itself on a forward-thinking academic curriculum that stresses college preparation, and it doesn’t stop there. The Academy is known for its high-end Advanced Placement and dual enrollment programs, truly setting it apart in the realm of international private education.
Walking onto the campus, one immediately takes note of the extensive, top-notch facilities. Air-conditioned classrooms, technologically advanced STEM and computer labs, and dedicated music and art suites stand side-by-side with physical activity and communal spaces like a gymnasium, sports field, and swimming pool.
What sets CRIA apart, however, isn’t only its curriculum and facilities. The Academy takes a conscious stand to respect all creeds, religions, and perspectives, providing a holistic environment for learning. They also thread a strong fabric of morality through their educational process, teaching timeless values such as fairness, justice, and compassion without religious labeling, setting a strong moral compass for their students.
The Academy’s mission and vision are ambitious and reflect their commitment to their students. The goal: to kindle a fiery passion for learning, equipping students with skills and values that empower them to step into the world as accountable leaders.
CRIA’s accreditation list is impressive. It has received nods from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) of the United States and the Ministerio de Educación Pública (MEP) of Costa Rica, making it the only institution in the Guanacaste region to hold this honor.
This Costa Rican powerhouse of learning has been an active partner with the College Board since 2004, offering Advanced Placement courses, PSAT and SAT testing alongside its college preparatory curriculum. Additionally, the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) partners with CRIA, using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) program to design learning paths that fit each student’s needs.
In conclusion, the Costa Rica International Academy goes above and beyond to ensure that its students are not only ready for university admission in North America, Costa Rica, and globally, but also for life’s challenges and opportunities. At CRIA, the focus is not just on academics but on creating responsible, compassionate, and globally aware leaders for tomorrow’s world.
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