Welcome to Monteverde Friends School

K-12 Quaker education for local and international students in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

“Surrounded by Nature, Supported by Love”

Nestled in the cloud forest community of Monteverde, Costa Rica, the Monteverde Friends School was founded over 60 years ago by Quakers who left the United States in search of a country and community that supported their peaceful principles. Today, our school continues to promote the universal values of peace, love and respect in the context of a challenging bilingual education and a sense of community.

“The natural beauty and sense of community at MFS are unparalleled. It is a place that will never truly leave you, and from which you will never stop learning. Plus, where else is gym class a hike through the rain forest, history class interrupted by monkeys, or a family formed among strangers in two languages?”
– Heidi Griswold, former International Student

Kyle Wainwright Memorial

This weekend we celebrated the life and beautiful spirit of Kyle Wainwright, who died tragically at age 15.  Kyle was a former student, co-led a cycling mini-course in the spring, and was a dearly loved member of our community.  Below is just a sampling of the...

Andrea’s Farewell Poem

As a parting gift, outgoing English teacher Andrea Folds shared this poem at the final assembly, describing every single student she taught (Grades 5-12): They say to get your message through, best to put it in a song. Humans have short attention spans, and rhyming...

Bird Watching in Monteverde

It’s impossible not to do bird watching in Monteverde.  Whether you’re sitting in “silence” at a Quaker meeting, trying to concentrate on a science lesson, or enjoying a passion-fruit cheesecake at Stella’s Bakery, they’re all...