We are a community.
We are a family.

Welcome to Journey School

Where education is more than just academics.It is a journey of delight, kindness, and discovery within a vibrant international community. With an unwavering spirit of joy and adventure, we invite you to embark on this journey with us, exploring what makes us a unique and nurturing environment for students aged 2 to 18.


Journey School is a community. We are a family.
At Journey School of Costa Rica, our doors are wide open, nurturing a culture of inclusivity and unity that bridges families and the school. Here, we cultivate a profound sense of community peace, where each member sees themselves as an essential component of a broader community of learners.

Core values

At the heart of our philosophy lie our core values: joy, kindness, compassion, empathy, gratitude, curiosity, and, above all, love. These values guide us in fostering a supportive atmosphere where every individual feels valued and respected.

Program Offering

1 Pre-K: 2.5-4 years old

2 Elementary School: 5-10 years old

3 Middle School: 11-13 years old

4 High School: 14-18 years old



Journey School of Costa Rica in Tamarindo is proudly accredited by MEP in Costa Rica, Cognia in the USA, and IB internationally. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we ensure high standards of education while fostering global citizenship.The campuses in San Mateo and Costa Ballena are on the path towards accreditation by one or more of these esteemed organizations. Our foremost priority remains the growth and fulfillment of each student. At Journey School of Costa Rica, we deeply value the innate curiosity and boundless potential within every individual, guiding them on a transformative educational journey filled with love, exploration, and connection.

Project Based Learning

Our project-based learning (PBL) model goes beyond rote memorization, encouraging students to actively engage with their studies and apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. Through PBL, students cultivate essential skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and self-regulation, preparing them for success in an ever-changing world.

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Reggio Emilia

Drawing inspiration from the renowned Reggio Emilia approach, we recognize the importance of nurturing strong relationships and valuing each child's unique perspective. Through the "100 Languages of Children," including art, play, and exploration, we empower students to express themselves creatively and develop a deep understanding of the world around them.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusivity

Journey School is a community of staff, students, and families who respect and honor the contributions of people from diverse backgrounds. We seek to create spaces where diverse viewpoints can be safely expressed and valued in the work of seeking truth.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

In times of conflict, we embrace restorative justice principles, viewing challenges as opportunities for creative problem-solving and growth. Our commitment to respect, forgiveness, and effective communication enables us to navigate conflicts with empathy and understanding, preserving the fabric of our community.

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Social Emotional Learning

We believe in the power of social-emotional learning (SEL) to cultivate resilience and bridge learning gaps. Our approach to SEL is woven into every aspect of our curriculum, ensuring that emotional well-being is prioritized alongside academic success.

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Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach that lies at the heart of our educational philosophy. It empowers educators to seamlessly integrate social-emotional learning, discipline, and self-regulation into their practices. By prioritizing the teaching of vital life skills over policing behavior, Conscious Discipline ensures that students receive the support they need to thrive emotionally, academically, and socially.

Student Support Services

We understand that every student has their own learning journey, and our student support services are tailored to meet diverse needs. Whether a student requires academic accommodations, has passion areas or skill sets that take them beyond our standard offerings, or they require social-emotional support, our dedicated team is committed to fostering a nurturing environment where all students can thrive.

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