Blue Valley School Costa Rica , Guidelines

Blue Valley is a private, bilingual, international school that offers a rigorous American curriculum, yet is rooted in local culture and includes a strong Spanish program.

Criteria used by the school to analyze admission applications

Preschool: We prefer observation to testing for admission into preschool. Children come to spend part of a morning at school so that teachers can interact with them for approximately one hour. The teachers take note of their participation in a wide variety of activities and observe skills, such as fine motor, gross motor, vocabulary and memory, and assign points based on the child’s participation. The final selection process is subject to space availability.

Preparatory (U.S. kindergarten level): A basic assessment determines learning readiness compared to Blue Valley students who have previously taken the same test.

Grade School and above: The students receive tests in three subjects: Math, English and Spanish, to determine strengths and gaps or weaknesses that need to be addressed. Three areas of possible difficulties may arise when transferring schools: difference between school programs, English level, and the student’s potential for learning. With our admission procedure, the difficulty a student faces in one area can be compensated with good performance in another area for the final mark.

Note: Students with siblings in Blue Valley School have priority but must also fulfill the admissions requirements.

A student that surpasses 100 points of difficulty when adding all three should not be exposed to failure in this school

a.1.Difference in School Curriculums Our curriculum features an advanced math program.  We focus on Spanish and English grammar and writing skills. In high school, science requisites are also an important feature of our curriculum.

1 to 100 points of difficulty.

a. 2. Our knowledge of schools in Costa Rica helps to anticipate the challenges each student may encounter. Performance on placement tests determine placement. Mathematics is the principal challenge because our programs are quite demanding. Grammar in both English and Spanish is another area of difficulty.

b. 1. Level of English, which is the language of instruction at Blue Valley. It includes oral and written expressionin addition to reading comprehension.


1 to 100 points of difficulty.

b. 2. Determined by an interview with the student as well as a reading comprehension test (oral and written) and an essay.

c. 1. Level of learning ability, taking into consideration particular skills of each student.

1 to 100 points of difficulty.

c. 2. Determined by grades in previous schools, participation in programs for talented students, or psycho-pedagogic educational evaluation reports.



We add up the points of difficulty for each area, and a difficulty in one area could be balanced by strength in another. A capable student can be expected to catch up with the expected level of English, especially in the lower grades. However, a student with too many obstacles should not be exposed to what would most likely be a frustrating situation.

Our experience shows that an average student can handle up to one hundred compound points of difficulty, and an applied student with sufficient parental support can manage up to one hundred and fifty points of difficulty. With a result above one hundred and fifty, it would be unfair to expose a student to a situation beyond his or her possibilities.


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