In 1988, when Mrs. María Cristina Gutiérrez de Urbina returned from Stanford University with two Master of Arts degrees from its School of Education, one in Administration and Policy Analysis (APA) and one in Design and Evaluation of Educational Programs (DEEP), she brought with her a dream of creating an institution for higher learning. Subsequently, in 1989, Blue Valley School was founded.



Blue Valley students will learn in such a way that they become life-long learners. To accomplish this, they will not only be exposed to a body of knowledge that will allow them to make the best use of their intellectual capacities, but to the skills necessary to become independent learners. They will understand that learning can help to justify one's existence because it leads to improvement as a human being. As a result, Blue Valley students will find joy and satisfaction in learning that will



Become the school of choice for parents who expect and appreciate an excellent bilingual, holistic education for their children.


To offer cutting-edge academic preparation and ensure that our students become individuals guided by a strong moral compass. A proper balance between the Humanities and the Sciences will support our academic goals, guided by the principle of a sound mind in a sound body. Blue Valley School models and teaches students to become architects of their destiny, wise decision makers, responsible risk takers, and active participants in local and global communities, safeguarding individual and collective rights and responsibilities inherent to a free society.


Blue Valley is recognized with corresponding programs by the Ministerio de Educación Pública de Costa Rica (MEP) and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). It is also authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) to offer the program that prepares students to obtain the IB Diploma or chosen certificates.