Blue Valley School is an independent bilingual school located in Costa Rica, specifically in Escazú, a suburb of Costa Rica's capital, San José. The school has 628 students in grades K-12 who follow an American curriculum while at the same time receiving a solid Costarican education. María Cristina de Urbina, the school's General Director, founded Blue Valley in 1989 based on three fundamental principles: respect for the individual, a quest for excellence, and service to students.
The school community is an international blend, composed mostly of Costaricans but preferred by foreign parents from 27 different countries who want their children to learn about the culture of their temporary home. While focus on the Costa Rican culture is important, respect for diversity is systematically emphasized, so that we may cater our programs to families from different nationalities, races and religions. The large majority of parents are professionals, so a high regard for academic excellence is pervasive in our community.