School Applications

Monteverde Friends School has been serving children of members of the Monteverde Friends Meeting and other local families who value Quaker education for 65 years. We also appreciate the richness of perspectives international students bring.  Students are admitted regardless of race, creed, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.

To make the school accessible for local families, approximately 1/2 our students receive significant aid.  Once a student has been accepted, applications for financial assistance are reviewed.

The Admissions Process for New Students

1. Download and complete the appropriate application packet:

•  Local families (English)
•  Familias locales (español)
•  Out-of-zone families and international students (English)
•  Familias fuera de la zona y estudiantes internacionales (español)

2. Gather and attach all supporting documents as outlined below for kinder, grades 1-6, or grades 7-12.

3. Submit all parts of the application.  Only complete applications will be considered.

4. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and when spaces are available.  In general, applications should be submitted by mid-February (for first semester and whole-year applicants) or by mid-October (for second semester applicants).

5. Financial aid applications are due on June 30th 2020. (Generally, it should be submitted at the same time, or no later than early April. Financial aid is available only for local applicants.)

6. Selected applicants come in for a school visit (if possible).

7. Once an offer of admissions has been made, please pay within two weeks the registration fee of ¢55,000 per student for local families and $200.00 per student for international families or families resident less than 12 months in the zone. Due to COVID-19, the registration fee has been lowered to ¢10,000 per student, regardless if local or not. 

To apply for kinder (Pre-K, Kinder, and Prepa) and primary school (grades 1-6), please submit:

By the first day of school in August, children must be 3 years to apply for Pre-K, 4 years to apply for Kindergarten, 5 years to apply for Prepa, and 6 years for 1st grade.

  1. The completed application packet
  2. A photocopy of your child’s birth certificate, passport or cédula
  3. Reports from any prior school experience
  4. Any relevant evaluations regarding your child’s learning needs or other needs
  5. A recommendation letter from a former teacher.  The teacher may also contact us directly.

To apply for colegio (grades 7-12), please submit:

  1. The completed application packet (including the international student addendum, if applicable)
  2. A photocopy of your child’s passport or cédula
  3. Transcripts and reports reflecting your child’s last two years of study
  4. Any relevant evaluations regarding your child’s learning needs or other needs
  5. Two letters of recommendation from former teachers.  The teachers may also contact us directly.
  6. If your child is applying from a bilingual school, the following essays written by him or her: 
  • One two-page essay written in English and another in Spanish, on one of the following topics.  
  • If your child is not yet proficient in Spanish, then an essay in English on one of the following topics.
    • The book that has most profoundly affected you
    • The person you would most like to meet
    • The greatest problem facing youth today, and how you would like to resolve it
    • A topic that is compelling to you and that would tell us something about your experience and perspective
    • An essay that you turned in this school year

2020-21 year NOTE


The Monteverde Friends School is NOT accepting new applications for primary school. We are full, with a waiting list. If you would like us to add your name to the waiting list, please fill this form or email your name and contact information to, and then Yuri will be in contact with you to submit an application if a space becomes available (this is NOT likely for 2020-2021 academic year).

We ARE accepting applications for colegio (grades 7-12). We will do our best to accommodate as many students as we can, but spaces are limited. Applications must be complete in order to be considered (this includes writing samples as well as a letter of recommendation and copies of report cards). Applications can be obtained by filling this form, writing to, stopping by the MFS to pick one up, or by downloading from our website,

La Escuela de Amigos de Monteverde NO está aceptando nuevas solicitudes para la escuela primaria. Estamos llenos, con una lista de espera. Si desea que agreguemos su nombre a la lista de espera, rellene el formulario, o envíe su nombre e información de contacto a Yuri, y luego nos pondremos en contacto con usted para enviar una solicitud si hay un espacio disponible (esto NO es probable para el año académico 2020-2021).

ESTAMOS aceptando solicitudes para el colegio (grados 7-12). Haremos todo lo posible para acomodar a tantos estudiantes como podamos, pero los espacios son limitados. Las solicitudes deben completarse para ser consideradas (esto incluye muestras de escritura, así como una carta de recomendación y copias de las notas). Las solicitudes se pueden obtener escribiendo a o pasando por el MFS para recoger uno o descargándolo de nuestro sitio web,

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