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

The Still Strong Voice

“The Medium is the Message” – speech by graduating student Cristina Herrera at our 65th Anniversary celebration (español sigue): Quakers often talk about the importance of paying attention to the “still small voice” that sometimes makes itself heard...

Do Quakers Believe in Fairies?

In our quest for Simplicity, we sent the children out this morning into the woods to build fairy houses. We never asked if they actually believe, but children from 6 to 16 were actively engaged, caring about their creations. This exercise was part of...

65th Anniversary – Magical Moments

65 Years!  With 30 out-of-town guests and hundreds of local alumni, parents and teachers (see familiar faces in the photos below), we celebrated non-stop for 4 days.  Just some of the highlights included: Saturday celebration. In the middle of our annual Sports Day,...