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

Nobel Peace Prize Project

Did Obama deserve a Nobel Peace prize? "Maybe yes, but it was premature," answers Chris. Chris and his grade 5/6 classmates in Spanish class each chose a prize winner to research and present. Each was passionate and informed in their written...

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The mountain shivered

A series of poetry/storywriting seminars led by Joe Heithaus (who recently wrote the New York Times article about Monteverde) let writers from ages 13 to 83 stretch and bare our souls.  We produced some pretty good stuff, but none better than this perspective on the...

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17 Minutes of Solidarity

I cried today, for the first time since the Florida shooting, thanks to the brave and compassionate students of Monteverde Friends School. They organized a sit-in, during their recess break, for 17 minutes - one for each student and teacher who...

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