The La Paz Community School was founded in 2007 in order to address socio-cultural gaps prevalent in a region struggling to cope with the balance between an agricultural and tourist economy.
Today, operating at a capacity of approximately 330 students from preschool to 12th grade, La Paz offers a forward thinking model of education. Here, students from Costa Rica and all over the world join together to learn how to be creative, multilingual, compassionate and responsible global leaders while engaging in authentic learning experiences focused heavily on developing a students’ sense of place in the world. This is accomplished through experiential and hands on curricular and extra-curricular initiatives. By integrating talented youth from the underprivileged, the middle class, and the upper class sectors of rural Latin America, the school transforms student differences into strengths that foment rich and meaningful dialogue and experiences at all grade levels, thus preparing students to effectively confront global challenges.
As an authorized IB World School, La Paz exposes students to a rigorous and meaningful academic program that is fundamentally rooted in the La Paz Peace Practices and the IB community profile. Through paradigm challenging intercultural discourse, La Paz Community School students are equipped to fundamentally transform their lives, communities, nations, and eventually the world into a better place.