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

Carrying the Torch of Independence

They looked nervous, excited, and already a bit tired as they waited for the bus.  To be fair, it was 11:00 at night and they were about to bus down to the Pan-American highway then spend all night jogging 30 km back up the mountain (in shifts, alternating with bus...

Dia de los Niños – Children’s Day

What do children want most?  We let them tell us on this annual Dia de los Niños.  They want songs – especially the traditional ones they’ve been singing as a school community since they started here.  They want games – trampoline, twister, spider...

Volunteers Make a Difference

Many years ago, Judy McKee visited Monteverde Friends School and shared the curriculum she was developing on whales.  Then, as often happens, went away wondering if it would be implemented; if she had made a difference. Imagine her joy the day an envelope arrived from...