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MONTEVERDE FRIENDS SCHOOL - SINCE 1951

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About MFS

Overview
  Vision, Mission and Philosophy

What is MFS?
Monteverde Friends School offers a Pre-K-12 bilingual education and has a progressive, integrated and flexible approach to curriculum.

While excellence in instruction is one of our primary goals, as a Friends school we seek to educate the whole child and as such we are as much a place of community development, personal growth and spiritual awareness as an educational institution.

We are an accredited institution offering the coursework necessary to prepare students for the national education exams should a student choose to continue a university education in Costa Rica. At the same time students are well prepared should they decide to pursue a college education in United States.

Early Childhood Development

Child working in "Practical Life."
 Child working in "Practical Life."

At our pre-school and kindergarten level, we utilize, primarily, the Montessori method of education in the classroom and emphasize bilingual skills, self-directed activities and children-to-children learning.

Montessori's "Pink Tower" helps build sensorial skills.
Montessori's "Pink Tower" helps build sensorial skills.

Peaceful Solutions

Children are using the Peace Table to discuss a conflict and come to resolution prior to resuming activities
 Children are using the Peace Table to discuss a conflict and come to resolution prior to resuming activities.

The school’s commitment to helping students find peaceful solutions to conflict begins with our youngest children.

Older students practice conflict resolution with the use of a mediator (center).
Older students practice conflict resolution with the use of a mediator (center).

Community Involvement


Community service allows students to become responsible participants not only at school but in their local community as well.

Minicourses

The Community Art Center hosts a ceramics minicourse.
The Community Art Center hosts a ceramics minicourse.

The school enjoys the emphasis on artistic expression and environmental awareness that is so prevalent in the Monteverde community and integrate these into our course offerings through minicourses. These courses are taught by members of the community and allow students to explore their personal interests in a variety of other subjects as well.

A minicourse on guiding is held in our nearby "Children's Rainforest" reserve.
A minicourse on guiding is held in our nearby "Children's Rainforest" reserve.

Physical Development

A community yoga instructor volunteers her time to teach our students.
A community yoga instructor volunteers her time to teach our students.

Physical development through fitness and sports, are also integrated into course offerings as well as being a part of daily free-time activities.

HIgh school students learn capoeira, a form of dance/defense.

HIgh school students learn capoeira, a form of dance/defense.

Cultural Diversity & International Exchange

We strive to create a place where each student’s cultural background is respected. As such, international student are welcomed into our school as they bring with them new perspectives and experiences. At the same time, they are enriched by their exposure to a new culture, language, and way of life.

I know that as my fellow graduates and I move on into a different part of our lives, we will continue to be seasoned with Quaker SPICES; Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Stewardship. As students that have been blessed with not only the stellar education but also a set of life values that compare only to the effulgence of Costa Rican rainbow, we have the ability to, in the words of George Fox, "be patterns, be examples that we wish to see in the world...then we will come to walk cheerfully over the world knowing that of God in everyone" This is truly the gift that we have been given by a Quaker education.


A Maile Mercer,
International Exchange Student

Excerpt from graduation speech
2003

Last Modified: 1 September 2011
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