Journey School of Costa Rica

Journey School of Costa Rica

Who We Are

Welcome to Journey School of Costa Rica, where our mission goes beyond conventional education. We are a distinguished community of dedicated educators and enthusiastic learners committed to a comprehensive approach to learning.

At Journey, we understand that education is not solely about academic accomplishments; it’s about fostering a collective spirit and contributing meaningfully to society. We believe in nurturing well-rounded individuals, instilling not only knowledge but also a sense of responsibility.

Our school is a vibrant hub where academic excellence merges seamlessly with cultural immersion and experiential learning. We prioritize intellectual growth while emphasizing the development of critical thinking, empathy, and collaborative skills.

 

We Believe...

In utilizing a project-based, student voice and choice in the implementation of our curriculum, relying heavily on project-based teaching methods and seeing each student as the unique and beautiful human they are. We offer ample opportunities for student leadership as well as AP and MEP pathways. Journey School of Costa Rica is accredited by Cognia  and MEP.

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 Tamarindo campus, we have grown to include students in 7 countries, and also increased its on campus  enrollment to 200 students led by 30 teachers and coaches.

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.

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

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Student Focused

Curriculum designed around the needs of each student, meeting students where they are, developmentally and academically. 

2.

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.

3.

Electives to Inspire

Beginning in 1st grade, Journey school of Costa Rica  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.

JSOCR's First Graduate

Talen Niven graduated from Journey School of Costa Rica in 2018. He was accepted to Penn State, Emory, Hofstra, Vanderbilt, Baylor, University of Texas, Texas A&M, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Colorado.

Talen received several scholarships, ultimately choosing to accept an offer to Penn State.

Talen immediately fell in love with biology, and when COVID sent him home he regrouped and applied to several schools with stronger biology programs, receiving acceptance to Georgetown, Cornell, and the University of Denver.

Talen opted to attend the University of Denver, where he received a full scholarship, and began working in the Erich Kushner Laboratory as a student research assistant.

Talen will graduate this weekend with honors with a GPA of 3.8. His largest contribution during his undergraduate education: Talen invented a system for micropatterning endothemial cells.

Talen has been invited to continue on with Dr. Kushner next year. He will receive his PhD in microbiology with a focus on cardiovascular cellular regeneration. Talen has co-authored a paper entitled, Lipidure-Based Micropatterning for Stereotyping Endothemial Cell Geometry, that is out for scholarly review and publication soon.

In the future, Talen intends to earn an MD in addition to his PhD, and looks forward to a career in research in the field of microbiology.

When he isn’t on campus, Talen can be found snowboarding, hiking, or rock climbing in the Colorado mountains with his dog, 7.

Needless to say, we are very proud of Talen’s accomplishments.

Journey School of Costa Rica,
San Mateo

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We Believe...

In utilizing a project-based, student voice and choice in the implementation of our curriculum, relying heavily on project-based teaching methods and seeing each student as the unique and beautiful human they are. We offer ample opportunities for student leadership as well as AP and MEP pathways. Journey School of Costa Rica is accredited by Cognia  and MEP.

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