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

Life is a Journey

“The existence, the physical universe is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at…” – Alan Watts. Tuesday morning assemblies...

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Appeal Letter 2017: Supporting our Local Students

Do you know Marisela? For 17 years she’s shared her heart, soul and contagious energy with Monteverde Friends School. Her laughter rings through the halls, staff meetings and parent gatherings. Her story is one that you should know. Marisela joined MFS as a mother 17...

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Hilda Chen: 1923-2017

Monteverde Friends School celebrates the life and influence of this ground-breaking Costa Rican educator, who taught two of our current staff.  Eugenio Vargas shares this writing “In celebration of a life dedicated to sowing seeds for universal values.” “I...

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