This past August, local families and students showed more excitement than usual for the beginning of the school year. The opening of the new La Paz Community School – Tempisque has fulfilled a long-held desire for an international-level bilingual school in the area with enrollment exceeding expectations.
La Paz Community School – Tempisque is the second campus of the internationally acclaimed La Paz Community School, originally founded in 2007 in Cabo Velas. “La Paz is designed to unite the community under an umbrella of education that’s focused on inclusion and focused on appreciating, respecting, and honoring the local culture,” says Abel McClennen, director and co-founder of La Paz.
The school will offer grades Pre-K through 9 and add another year to the high school every year, with the first graduating class completing their studies in 2025. Students will earn a Costa Rican high school diploma and may also opt to earn an International Baccalaureate (IB), which is a highly respected program attended by 1,900,000 students in over 5,000 schools in over 150 countries. Initially, 180 students enrolled in La Paz, which will top out at 300 students.