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

Challenge Program Provides Enrichment For All

When we made the strange request to have some of our students do more work, the even stranger complaint was, “Why can’t everyone do extra?!” This year we launched a new “Challenge Program”, designed to provide the opportunity for extra...

How a Science Fair Builds Community

Want to make an already-hectic last week of school even more crazy? Have a school-wide science fair! Like much of what we do at MFS, the fair was a community builder in many ways: Students worked together in small groups, drawing on each others’ strengths All...

Students Learn Quaker Values

At Monteverde Friends School, we are always on the look-out for creative ways to support our students’ spiritual growth and learning Quaker values.  In a 6-week minicourse about podcasting, students partnered with the fabulous Mari Wadsworth at Monteverde FM...