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MONTEVERDE FRIENDS SCHOOL - SINCE 1951

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"We believe we should try to create an atmosphere for our children in which real values, as we see them, are given first place. As part of this a school is maintained
in which we try to help our children grow strong spiritually and physically as well
as mentally. We know we have a long way to go to attain these goals and we
welcome those who wish to help us in this undertaking."
Excerpt from Monteverde's Statement of Aims and Ideals

Our teachers are highly committed and very experienced, open to new places as well as new ways of thinking. They love their students and they work well together.

Joy in Teaching

We emphasize cooperative learning.
We emphasize cooperative learning.

Small classes provide for a close connection between teachers and their students.

Students learning photography.
Students learning about photography.

A Sense of Community

A Thanksgiving dinner, organized by the teachers and staff, was hosted by the Monteverde Institute and attended by many in the community.
Thanksgiving dinners, organized by those with North American roots, are attended by many in the community.

Strong relationships with colleagues, as well as friendships with students and parents create a deep sense of community for our faculty.

Teachers, students and parents frequently gather for lunch at school.
Teachers, students and parents frequently gather for lunch at school.

Spiritual Awareness

Pre-meeting often includes a time for story telling and singing.
Pre-Meeting often includes a time for story telling and singing.

MFS operates on the principle that spiritual development is as
important as physical and intellectual development. Community members, along with all students and teachers, attend mid-week Meeting for Worship. Students and teachers prepare for this central activity of school life by participating in Pre-Meeting activities in each homeroom.

Mid-week meeting is often attended by members of the Monteverde community as well as students and teachers.
Mid-week Meeting is often attended by members of the Monteverde community as well as students and teachers.

Growth

Faculty and families look on at the presentation of traditional Costa Rican dances.
Faculty and families look on at a presentation of traditional Costa Rican dances.

Many teachers take the opportunity to learn and/or improve their Spanish as well as develop a greater understanding of the Costa Rican culture.

A neighbor stops by for a visit during Spanish review.
A neighbor stops by for a visit during Spanish review.

Exploration

A group of teachers and their families visit a local beach resort.
A group of teachers and their families visit a local beach resort.

On long weekends and over vacations, teachers may take the opportunity to explore much of the beauty that Costa Rica has to offer.

A long Thanksgiving weekend provides time for some of our teachers and their families to visit nearby Lake Arenal.
A long Thanksgiving weekend provides time for some of our teachers and their families to visit nearby Lake Arenal.

Last Modified: 9 March 2012
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