Schools and Education

Schools and Education in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica.

There are no private schools in the area. The public schools run from February to December, coinciding with the coffee-picking season. The schools are Spanish-only, though they offer one class per day of English. The Costa Rican curriculum is complete, though the material is usually about a year behind the schools in the States. Parents often take advantage of this level adjustment by having their children take full time Spanish lessons for a few months to a year before enrolling them in the public schools. Costa Rica invests 30% of its national budget in education and they enjoy a 95% literacy rate. The country has a slogan, “more teachers than policemen.”

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