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

How do I teach thee? Let me count the ways!

From dressing up as famous cell biologists to baking organismacally-correct cakes, high school science teacher Evan Cantu-Hertzler shares the multi-faceted way (and why) he teaches: Teachers are by nature multitasking experts. They are required to be masterful at the...

Small Groups Work in a Small School

Sit in a stuffy classroom for hours?  Not at MFS!  Small class sizes, specialty teachers, special volunteers, and a dynamic approach to education add up to many opportunities for small group work and individual attention. At 10:30 this morning I walked around with my...

Willie Nelson performs in Costa Rica!

Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias graced the stage at Monteverde Friends School last Saturday.  But as lovely as their rendition of “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” might have been, the old crooners were clearly upstaged by the variety of talent...