Admissions – Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions - Frequently Asked Questions

What calendar is the British School on?

  • The British School’s academic calendar follows the calendar year. We start classes in late January and finish the year in late november.

What programmes do you offer?

Early Years 3-6 International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC)
Primary 6-11 International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Secondary 11-15 International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)
15-16 International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
16-19 National Baccalaureate (NB) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

What is the schedule of the school day?

  • Classes for all students begin at 8.00am. Early Years and Primary students finish at 2.00pm, while Secondary students finish at 3.00pm. EXCEPT that, on Wednesdays, Early Years and Year 1 students finish at 12.00 midday.
  • Early Years and Primary students have a morning break of 20 minutes, and a lunch break of 30 minutes. Secondary students have a morning break of 20 minutes and a lunch break of 40 minutes.

Do you offer a school bus service?

  • We contract a company to provide bus services before and after school. It is a door-to-door service. Prices vary depending on distance from the school. The company has an office within the School’s administration building.
  • Contact 2220-2049, 2220-0626, or

How many groups/classes are in each year level are there?

  • Early Years 1 consists of one group
  • Early Years 2 - Year 1 have 4 classes per level
  • Year 2 - Year 5 have 3 classes per level
  • Secondary has 3 classes per level

How many students are in each class?

  • Early Years 1 - Year 1 have a maximum of 20 students per class.
  • Year 2 - Year 5 have a maximum of 22 students per class.
  • Lower secondary classes have a maximum of 22 students per class.
  • Upper secondary classes vary depending on the options chosen by students.

Where are your staff from?

  • We recruit qualified, talented staff from around the world. We have many bilingual, local staff from here in Costa Rica as well as staff from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, the UK, and the US to name but a few.

What are the English language requirements?

  • Most programmes are delivered in English so it is a key component of the evaluation process. The only levels that we can accept students with no English is in Early Years 1 and Early Years 2.

What are the Spanish language requirements?

  • Most programmes and classes are delivered in English, but some are delivered in Spanish. For international students, we can, under certain circumstances, apply an exemption to Spanish-speaking programmes. We also offer additional support to students who don’t speak Spanish.

Can my child join the British School during the school year?

  • Yes. However, they will only be offered an evaluation if there is space available in the intended year group.

Do you always have space available?

  • Unfortunately not. Our key admissions are for Early Years 1 and Early Years 2. There are usually few spaces available in other year levels, but things always change. Contact our admissions team for more information.

Do you have activities after school?

  • The School coordinates a range of activities after school. A range of clubs is scheduled each semester and include a range of games and sports as well as cooking, reading, chess, yoga, robotics, jewellery making, Taekwondo, music and so on. Some of these are free, whilst others have a fee.
  • There are also a number of competitive, representative teams that train after school and compete either during school time or after school. These teams include football (boys and girls, at different levels), volleyball, basketball, badminton, athletics and maths. Our students also participate in the INNOVA Olympics and various Model United Nations (MUN) events in San Jose.

Are excursions part of the curriculum?

  • Yes! In Primary, students usually go on at least one educational excursion each quarter. This is related to the topic that they are investigating. It is usually held at the beginning of the topic to help inspire, engage and excite the students about the upcoming learning. These excursions are included in the tuition.
  • In Secondary, there are a range of excursions that are used to complement learning at school. These range from one to multi-day trips. Students are also offered the opportunity to be involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.