Academics

Preschool and Kindergarten

Preschool students have half-day classes every day with both English and Spanish teachers who rotate the role of lead teacher.  Both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking teachers are present during structured play, or “centers” time, and co-facilitate instruction. The lessons are play-based, exploratory, and centered on 6-week themes and core areas of development, including cognitive development, social and emotional development, first and second language development, and development of motor and artistic skills.

Elementary School (Grades 1-6)

In the Elementary School, English-speaking homeroom teachers give daily instruction in English literacy, Math, and Science with integration across subjects. Spanish and Social Studies are taught in Spanish by Spanish-speaking teachers.

English literacy instruction includes Reading and Writing Workshops, Word Study/Phonics, and Read Aloud. There is a strong emphasis on children reading, writing, and growing at their own levels and designing lessons from class needs (reference texts include The Art of Teaching Reading and The Art of Teaching Writing).

High School (Grades 7-11)

Our high school students receive six core academic subjects on a modified block schedule, as well as a wide variety of volunteer- and teacher-taught electives. The basic breakdown of instruction is as follows:

  • English Language Arts: Students improve their communication abilities and critical thinking skills through the language arts of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.  (Instruction in English.)
  • Science: Students progress through earth science, physics, biology, advanced biology and chemistry during their five years of high school. Field work may include weather monitoring, water quality testing, reforestation studies, and simple lab work. (Taught in English.)
  • Math: Students progress each year through a study of pre-algebra, algebra I, geometry, algebra II and pre-calculus. ( Taught in Spanish.)
  • Spanish: Students study linguistics, grammar, writing and literature.  (Taught in Spanish.)
  • Social Studies and Civics: Social studies class focuses on the cultural and natural history of Costa Rica, Central America and the world.  Civics covers the rights and responsibilities of citizens of Costa Rica. (Taught in
  • Spanish.)
  • Electives: electives courses are Music, Art, Physical Education and Environmental Studies.

Benchmarks and course descriptions available on request (email: opportunities@cloudforestschool.org). Please visit Our Philosophy for details on instructional methodology.

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