About Us


Welcome to Washington School

At the Washington School, we are dedicated to preparing all of our students K-12 for academic excellence and global citizenship. We believe there is a strong correlation between positive behavioral conduct and strong academic achievement.

With more than eight different languages and twelve different countries represented in our student body, we are a testament to multicultural diversity: one that engenders compassion, understanding and a holistic view of the world.

High School Program

The Washington School offers a comprehensive k-12 education based on a Costa Rican academic calendar system, while providing a U.S. based instruction. Our school maintains an international university/college preparation curriculum (9-12th grade) in conjunction with a Costa Rican middle/high school curriculum (6-12th grade) that meets the requirements for the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education (MEP – Ministerio de Educación Publica) to obtain a Costa Rican baccalaureate (bachillerato) or high education can be taken simultaneously, without any interruption. However, those who decide to take both tracks will have a slightly adjusted course load in order to prepare for standardized tests.


The elementary school curriculum at the Washington School includes pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Instruction in all academic areas is provided by the classroom instructor through of young learners are met through explicit instruction and attention.

There are four major subject areas which are taught in the elementary school. These subjects consist of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The head of school and administration are committed to providing a world class curriculum for the children to prepare them to be successful in the 21st century and beyond.

Board of Directors

  • Executive Director:  Lic. Ronald Madrigal Monge
  • Admission Director:  Alexander P.L.
  • Administrative Manager: Lauren Macdonell Elizabeth.
  • Board of Director: Kimberly B.S.
  • Chief Accountant: Alejadro Pérez Urrutia.
  • Legal Advisor: Jorge Chacón V.


A successful school

“Realizing this dream is possible;

you just have to start building”

In such a saturated field and in such a competitive urban area, a school can only achieve educational success if there are multiple leaders who support each other to motivate and mobilize the community towards learning with different experiences that allow it to excel and innovate in today’s world.

Mission and vision

The basic condition for the success of an organization depends, primarily, on the establishment of a clear, creative, challenging and innovative Vision and Mission. The Vision and Mission must be shared by all the members and strategic partners of the organization. In successful organizations, the spirit of the Vision and Mission is manifested in all activities, processes and management. A clear, creative, challenging and innovative Vision and Mission are the general framework of reference that guides the organization in its functioning, defines the values that sustain it, and shows the confidence it has and what the organization aims to achieve.


All members of the institution develop a leadership in each of their areas. Forming leaders is a must but in turn we need to support and supervise.


Insertion of the school in the life of the community. The economic and commercial activities carried out in the community can become points of departure to create situations and opportunities for meaningful learning. Every community offers the school multiple opportunities and learning opportunities that, when exploited, facilitate the achievement of educational goals. Successful Schools convert traditions; customs and intricate it onto their curriculum. Likewise, they take advantage of the resources that Educational Institutions and organizations provide for the educational process. To achieve this, the Successful Schools establish alliances and agreements aimed at students making visits, practices, field trips and carry out activities that become an incentive to share ideas and reflect on them. When projected, it generates in the nearby communities the interest of knowing the school and being part of it. It takes advantage of the physical plant and creates the desire of a child or young person to say “I want to be here”


Education changes and must have trained leaders in all educational areas: Planning, evaluation, curricular adaptations, technology. “Here the teachers do know”


What differentiates one school from another? Basically, they have the same assets and interests: classrooms, educational programs, English, sports fields, educational material. What makes the difference is the management of the human values that are professed, put into practice and evidence an integral formation. For an integral education, the integration of the elements around an educational, optimistic, motivational and pleasant mystic and environment is specifically proposed. This proposal is based on the possibility of achieving a comprehensive education open to culture, sports, art, recreation, infant-youth expressions constantly.

Management (not direction)

A school does not require someone to lead but to lead. Generate the awareness of trusting in management skills and positive leadership with continuous training of the follow-up to their management practice specially translated from a competencies approach.

  • Have a consultative and participative leadership.
  • Define functional planning with all school staff.
  • Monitor and implement the development of scheduled activities.
  • Disseminate strategic planning at the various levels of the school.
  • Motivate the teaching and learning of students and teachers
  • To encourage the activities to be in accordance with the school’s objectives.
  • Obtain and monitor statistical information (all advisory, applying surveys) to guide the implementation of action plans for each area of work


Carry out educational, sports, and community activities that project the school to achieve recognition and position.

Marketing in different places and media that relaunches the institution in such a competitive environment where its weaknesses become strengths.

Define the mission and vision Organizations must keep in mind that having their mission, vision and defined values, will allow them to be focused and have the opportunity to work to expand in the markets for which they offer their products or services, since they know and having a clear idea of what is being pursued provides the basis for strategic planning and achieving results now and in the future.

Steps of the successful lesson.

Opening to children with special educational needs.

Educative technology.

Be the center of quality educational activities.