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

Grade 5/6 Clean-up their Act

Limpieza - end-of day clean-up - is one of many beautiful traditions at MFS.  The whole school pitches in to take care of our campus, from sweeping the meeting floor to scrubbing toilets.  It's a powerful lesson in stewardship and teamwork, and also an opportunity to...

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Caminata – It’s for the Birds!

This year's Caminata - the annual parent-fundraiser Walkathon - was a marvelous success.  As always, parents, teachers, students, meeting members and the community came out in force to hike 11km up up up to Vista Verde Lodge at San Gerardo,...

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Tara’s Dream

As Tara Bertrand Hein completes grade 11 and plans for her future, she reflects on our school, our world and her future contributions to it with a bravery and vision that epitomizes the vision and mission of our school.  If you remember her blog post (here) after...

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