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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Human Rights Rally

Las week's sit-in in solidarity with US students following the Florida shootings was deeply moving and meaningful, but our students also wanted to focus on their own country and social conditions.  In a sad time of heightened intolerance here in Costa...

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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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