Bilingualism is part of The European School philosophy. In an ever-shrinking world, students must have an easy command of not only their native tongue, but at least one other language as well. All European School classes are taught in English from kindergarten on. Because Costa Rican culture provides a strong base of conversational Spanish, one daily period of Spanish language and literature ensures that all students are proficient in the language and culture of Latin America.
For younger, native Spanish-speaking students, full immersion in English is a rewarding experience. From kindergarten through third grade, nursery rhymes, songs and poetry are woven into teaching; students also participate in drama and story telling activities. For children whose native language is not Spanish, additional tutoring supplements regular course work.
By the third grade, children reach the first level of bilingual fluency which allows them to express ideas clearly in both English and Spanish.