Journey School of Costa Rica

The joy is in the journey!

Welcome to Journey School of Costa Rica. We are a project-based school in Guanacaste offering personalized curriculum in a dual language setting from birth to 18 years old. At Journey School of Costa Rica, community building is our guiding principle.

We Believe

We Believe...

In utilizing a project-based, student-led curriculum that offers individualized lesson plans as well as group project opportunities. We offer ample opportunities for student leadership as well as honors, AP and college level classes. Journey School of Costa Rica is Cognia accredited.

Project Based Learning, La Josefina Campus

(0-5 years)

The Foundation Program is our Reggio-inspired preschool in Costa Rica. Multilingual, play-based and absolutely joyful! Serving babies and kids from birth to 5 years of age.

Elements Program at Journey School

(6-10 years)

For a lifelong love of learning, the Elements Program nurtures positive emotional patterns during the critical elementary years of rapid learning.  

Bridge Program at Journey School

(11-13 years)

Middle School is statistically when students’ academic interest begins to decline making it vital for educators to provide the Bridge Program, which is a flexible curriculum to encourage exploration and personal passions.

Pathways Program at Journey School

(14-18 years)

Students are building portfolios for college applications and/or internships. With Journey School of Costa Rica’s Pathways Program, students can earn college credit and have a flexible schedule to allocate time towards their career path of choice.

Our Approach to Education

Journey School of Costa Rica began in August of 2018 as a pilot program uniting a community of just 20 learners living in the gold coast of Costa Rica with the plan to grow purposefully and in a spirit of excellence.

Over its first year, Journey School of Costa Rica grew to over 100 students and 14 teachers committed to always maintaining a low student to teacher ratio.

Since that time, Journey School of Costa Rica has purchased its La Josefina campus, grown its online presence to include students in 7 countries, and also increased its on campus and online enrollment to 160 students led by 36 teachers and coaches. We also achieved our US accreditation through Cognia and currently pursue our MEP accreditation in Costa Rica.

To say that the growth has been a joy-filled process is to dramatically understate the process.  With the addition of each student, Journey School of Costa Rica grows in depth and richness as a community overall.

Our school utilizes a project-based, student-led curriculum, and offers individualized lesson plans as well as group project opportunities. We offer ample opportunities for student leadership as well as honors, AP and college level classes.

Socially and Emotionally focused,  Journey School of Costa Rica’s central tenants continue to be kindness, empathy and compassion, in addition to an uncompromising spirit of academic excellence. We work closely with Cognia, PBL Works, REGGIO Children and Conscious Discipline.

Journey School of Costa Rica


Student Focused

Curriculum designed around the needs of each student, meeting students where they are, developmentally and academically, allowing for customized class schedules. 


Small Class Sizes

Our low student to teacher ratios allows educators to tailor daily lesson plans to the pace and passions of students, in addition to fostering deeper interpersonal relationships.


Electives to Inspire

Beginning in second grade, Journey students are offered exciting place-based electives, such as veterinary science, studio or culinary arts, entrepreneurship and skateboarding

Hours of Operation

Office: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Classes: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This evening, I asked Mia what it felt like to be nominated for the Journeyer Award (what an honor!!!). Her answer portrayed that she had likely reflected on this all afternoon. So cool! Mia shared that it’s incredible to be understood so well by teachers, classmates and everyone at school even when she’s so far away. She mentioned how talented everyone is at caring for one another. And that there were a lot of characteristics for all of the awards and during the ceremonies she kept thinking how all of these are really important. Honestly, ALL of this literally brings me to joyful tears! 

First and foremost, thank you for the love you have & show Mia on a daily basis. Also, for the love & thoughtfulness you’ve given our entire family. You all have been our saving grace throughout the pandemic…I truly mean this. And the adventure has been a marvelous & sharp contrast to some very challenging times. We will forever be grateful. ❤️ -Trina Ulrich

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