Hello, we are really considering moving to Costa Rica from Colorado. We are still researching where we want to live, but in the meantime I wanted to find some information regarding homeschooling. We have a soon to be 4th grader and I am considering homeschooling before we enroll him into a school were we end up residing. Does anyone have any information regarding homeschooling in Costa Rica? Is there any type of record keeping or academic progress tracker to make sure we are on track with his age group and learning curriculum? Are credits transferrable in case we did move back to the states and/or when he is ready for college? Thank you!
Home schooling is not considered legal by the government.
Of course some do it, but if he becomes a Permanent resident this could be a problem...and the government has been known to act on it, by 'insisting' that he enrolls in a school, either public or private.
Public school studies will be taught in Spanish.
He would be required to enroll in a International accredited private school for credit while here. These are often bi-lingual
These private facilities are not cheap...and outside of the central valley, the choices are less.
Thank you for the info. I was basically looking to see if there is a curriculum somebody could recommend that will be accepted by traditional educational systems, specifically a North American curriculum in case my child wanted to move onto college or university in the future.
This is a great alternative and not considered home schooling. My sons, 9 and 13 both attend International Connections Academy successfully for a U.S. diploma. Web page http://www.internationalconnectionsacademy.com +1.888.260.4159
Positive experience with challenging curriculum and well accredited faculty. I think you'll enjoy the connections. My best wishes on your journey!
Hi to everyone! My name is Montse, I have been in Costa Rica for the past 15 years, moved from Canada! I did homeschooling here and I’m doing it with my 3 kids, although homeschooling is not legal in Costa Rica, there are laws that say it isn’t illegal as well, if anyone has some questions, I’m happy to answer and explain how I do it and help you out with the process, my husband and I are always happy to find other families that are living the same style as we do! My phone number is+50684219609 and email address is [email protected], we are currently in San Jose, I work in heredia for IBM and my husband for GSK, so our dreams of living on the ocean side went away lol! But I’m always free for questions and I totally understand the process and how the laws work here, so happy to help!
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Acastillo It doesn’t matter how old this post was. People are always asking about it. If I were you I wouldn’t be rude to Peter 2017 because he knows what he is saying. I know someone got an ultimatum before: to put their kids in a real school or leave the country.
Oh my goodness---leave it to the pros? Sure if your children are lucky enough to be in a good private or charter school. Leaving it to some of the average public schools your kids may as well not attend! The children today are leaving high school with what use to be about an 8th grade education! Ever ask a kid who were the first three Presidents?? Oh and what a real value today to have your child go to a college where they are indoctrinated by delusional liberals. Send you children to a great Tech school to actually learn something that is useful to society. The funny thing is all these kids who went to college and cant find work now are fighting for the average US taxpayer to foot the bill for their mistake. I find the average Tico so much better educated--they still actually have to read books! When I asked my kids English teacher that they read it was literally a form or Readers Digest Condensed books! Pitiful. After I learned that I am very happy they know how to paint cars--change engines and build houses. Along with plumbing and electrical.
GBP - I agree. I know people with professional degrees and cannot get a job - they are over qualified. The schools in US, most of the time the time trying to get their attention. In college, many students are their just to party, drug, and drink.
Regarding the people who went to school and can't find work, it is not that they are over qualified. There is massive age discrimination once you hit your 40's. Companies do not want to pay for talent and then complain they can't find "qualified employees" to fill positions. Additionally, I can also tell you that universities misrepresent their programs to young students about their placement statistics and then end up saddled with massive debt that they cannot pay back. The attempts to hold these universities accountable is being dismantled left and right, leaving students with degrees or half-finished degrees that are not worth the paper they are printed on.
Homeschooling continues to increase with proven success. I would encourage you to read up on the facts.
The home-educated typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests. (The public school average is the 50th percentile; scores range from 1 to 99.) A 2015 study found Black homeschool students to be scoring 23 to 42 percentile points above Black public school students (Ray, 2015).
* Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.
* Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.
* Degree of state control and regulation of homeschooling is not related to academic achievement.
* Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.
* Homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges.
Homeschooling is a fringe movement. Only 3% students in the US are being “educated” at home. Out of those, 10% end up taking calculus, there is no data on how many complete it and with what results. 30% students take chemistry or biology.
The most commonly cited reasons for taking kids out of regular school were: - provide proper religious teachings - provide moral guidance - safety of regular schools: drugs crime etc.
I fail to see how parents can provide better quality of education than a team of trained teachers.
You are setting up your kids for failure by “schooling” them at home.
I have never met or heard of any professional (doctor, engineer or lawyer) who was homeschooled. If you did, congratulations you found a black swan.
Can you really, with a straight face explain the multi variable differential equations, use of literary devices, intricacies of organic chemistry, dna duplication, why evolution is a fact to your child at home?
People who think they can are either ignorant or simply uneducated.
Regarding the liberal brainwashing, well, if you give your kids the right epistemological tools, they will be immune to any type of brainwashing, political or religious. They will be able to read and analyze the data and draw the correct conclusions.
Schooling your own kids is a bad idea. Provide them with guidance but preventing them from learning from experts and other peers is just plain dumb, imho.
Show me any stats that indicate that homeschooling provides an academic advantage over traditional schools in subsequent post secondary education and I will change my mind.
Horsenut2000, I am forever skeptical of someone who publishes articles that state homeschoolers score generally higher on SAT and ACT exams. What are the actual stats? How about what are the SAT scores of those who attend college? Our Relationship throwing in all students and comparing them to homeschooled students who are prepped for college. This is nit a controlled nor fair comparison. I can tell you a family who decided to home school there children and never bought the books...but had cartons of cigarettes in the house. There is a huge faction who decided to home school because they do not believe in evolution. If you are college educated person and trained teacher, home schooling schooling may be a good alternative. My take is those students who care probably have a collective score above those who are home schooled. Then again, just observation from a Mom who has 2 kids in college.
I do not have kids, so I have no dog in this fight. I have been a college educator in addition to working FT in the corporate world for more than 20 years and so I do know a few things about this topic not just professionally but having taught kids that have come into the college world home schooled.
I think to take and categorically say homeschooling is all bad is at best ignorant and not based on fact. Not all parents should be home schooling, just like not all people should be dog owners. But, we don't get to regulate this and so making fact based decisions using good information what should be pursued.
Peter, as for providing you with more data. Provide me data that backs up your statements and then I can spend more time showing you more fact based information to back up what I have already provided.
@peter2017 Homeschooling is neither child abuse nor open heart surgery. If you don't approve of homeschooling then don't do it, but for you to tell someone else they "don't have business" homeschooling is arrogant and rude.
Do you consider Condoleezza Rice or Serena Williams successful? You can choose to not recognize that homeschooling has many wonderful benefits. You can choose to only look for the bad anecdotal stories and you will find them. Plenty of home schooled kids have gotten into Ivy League schools. But, until you look at this from a FACT based position, you will always have the views you have. I personally don't care what you do or don't do with your kids.
Here are some more facts! https://thestir.cafemom.com/celebrity_moms/172992/10_superfamous_homeschool_success_stories/116359/condoleezza_rice/3
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