The Cloud Forest School is proud to offer excellent instruction in both Spanish and English to all of our students. The method of instruction is based on the goal of graduating bilingual, bi-literate and culturally sensitive individuals. Our student body is comprised of over 90% local Costa Rican students who speak Spanish in the home. Within that 90%, the CEC seeks to maintain a strong diversity in socio-economic levels of families. Currently more than 70% of local families receive financial aid in the form of tuition discounts.
In the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, students have English and Spanish co-teachers and English co-teachers are bilingual.
In 1st through 4th grade, our students receive instruction in English and Spanish. In this model, English literacy as well as mathematics, science, and education for sustainability are all taught in English by the lead teacher. Students also receive daily instruction in Spanish literacy and Social Studies in Spanish. Spanish teachers also co-teach and assist lead teachers with specific activities. Given that English instruction is intensive from a very early age, students beyond 3rd grade are required to take an English assessment test before being admitted (currently, no specific assessment is in use).
From 5th through 7th grade, our students in the Middle School receive core classes in three blocks throughout the day. During one block, Mathematics and Science are taught in English. Students receive a full block of English Language Arts instruction in English. The final block of Spanish and Social Studies is taught in Spanish.
Upon entering high school in 8th grade, the core academic subjects are distributed as follows: English, Mathematics, and Science are taught in English, Spanish, Social Studies, and Civics are taught in Spanish by Costa Rican teachers. Of the four elective classes offered in both the middle and high school, Land Stewardship and Music are taught in Spanish, while Art and Physical Education are taught in English.
It is important to note that our international students receive intensive, small-group Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) classes. International students attend these very small SSL classes when the rest of their classmates are in their regular Spanish class.