Blue Valley School Costa Rica , International Baccalaureate

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.

The principles of the Montessori philosophy and the fundamental principles of Blue Valley School, are sustained on a profound respect for the child and the conviction that he will develop to his full potential.

Our BVS-IB Program has been developed in accordance with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program of international education offered to a worldwide community of schools. As required by the IB program, our BVS-IB program includes a curriculum and applies assessment procedures, which follow internationally recognized standards of education.

At Blue Valley we believe in character development and providing a learning environment that encourages individuals to express their views, grasp challenges enthusiastically and responsibly assume the inherent consequences of such freedom. Thus, it is our philosophy that any student that has the desire and formal commitment to embark upon the academic journey of going into the BVS-IB program has the opportunity to do so. It is this fundamental belief that sets apart the BVS-IB program from other IB world schools.

At Blue Valley we truly believe in our students and their future, we are investing in the leaders of tomorrow.

Coordinator: Ms. Patricia Prats
Telephone: (506) 2215-2204 ext. 120
Fax: (506) 2215-2205


The BVS-IB Diploma Program is a challenging two-year program. Our students are authentically exposed to what is stated in our school’s mission statement and to the IB Learner Profile.

“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, prudent risk takers, and active participants in local and global communities, safeguarding individual and collective rights and responsibilities inherent to a free society.

Blue Valley School (2013), Mission Statement, School Manual

The Diploma Program prepares the students for the demands that they will be faced with in the current globalized economy. High standing universities around the world recognize the rigors to which students are exposed and the level of excellence and ethical behavior required to be able to attain the credit.

At BVS, we continually invest in our staff of IB teachers by providing up-to-date training and the required resources that enable them to provide stimulating and challenging courses. Blue Valley offers two sessions during the course of the year. This allows students to take their exams in either May or November.

By the end of the two-year program (at the end of twelfth grade first semester) the BVS-IB student acquires the IB Diploma, having been able to obtain one semester earlier the Blue Valley High School Diploma and the “Bachillerato de Enseñanza Media” thus complying with the Costa Rican Ministry of Education requirements.


All IB World Schools must comply with the general six subject groups and core subjects.

Thus, as world schools, we are entitled to develop our own curriculum to meet the general needs of our students. For that reason our BVS-IB curriculum offers the following subjects.

IB Diploma ProgramBVS-IB Diploma Program
Group 1 & 2English HL & Spanish HL
Group 3Business and Management SL & Economics SL
Group 4Chemistry (SL & HL) & Physics (SL & HL)
Group 5Math Studies SL & Mathematics SL
Group 6Visual Arts (SL & HL

SL = Standard Level           HL = Higher Level

In addition to these subjects, the student must comply with the core that includes TOK (Theory of Knowledge), CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) and the Extended Essay.


The assessment procedures applied by the BVS-IB Program strictly follow the policies and procedures developed by the IB organization. Therefore, each subject is evaluated through a series of internal and external assessments, which vary accordingly to the subject matter. External assessment exams are developed and provided by the IB organization. These are applied to students simultaneously around the world, timed and safely kept in order to protect their integrity.

BVS-IB Community


At BVS-IB we are a team composed of students, teachers and parents. All members are an integral part of the program, contributing and supporting each other. It is this relationship among the team members that enables the students to grow as balanced individuals, morally abiding, and tolerant of the differences that arise from an enriched and diverse environment.

Consequently, communication is a crucial element to maintain ties among the BVS-IB team members. For that matter, the BVS-IB Community has it’s own page in the Blue Valley Edmodo platform where everyone has access to the following information:

Subject Syllabus and Pacing

Weekly Plans

General news and event information


  • The IB Program taught me about my own limits, about my capacity to withstand adverse situations and emerge victorious. Academically, it prepares you for the future and gives you a head start on essential skills needed for modern living. Personally, it teaches many valuable lessons on patience, perseverance, and struggle. If you are up for the challenge, go for it. What you learn is well worth the sacrifice.

    Alejandro Faerron- BVS-IB Generation 14th
  • I decided to only take Economics instead of the whole IB program. It's a course that will be useful no matter what you decide to study in college. In my case, I had to take some courses in college related to Economics, and it really helped me to have that previous knowledge. I recommend that you take at least one IB class and I guarantee that it will benefit you somehow.
    Brian Harrington –IB generation 13th
  • I never thought I would complete my IB once there were only a few months left. I thought I would not make it because it was so hard but it was the time for me to do even better and continue giving the best of me. And I did. The IB program has contributed a great sense of responsibility and organization not only in academics but in my daily life. It has given me the opportunity to grow as a person and both form and prepare myself for who I want to be and the goals I want to achieve. Many Colleges had offered me scholarships only for having completed the IB and now I am leaving to a great University to pursue my vocation and future career.
    Maripaz Casas – BVS-IB Generation 13th
  • The IB Program was a turning point in my discipline and knowledge. It showed me my potential and how much I can push myself to achieve goals. It definitely has made my life easier through making me know myself. Remuneration is self-accomplishment, confidence, and pride.
    Daniel Araya- BVS-IB 13th Generation

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