Cipreses de Curridabat, from the Servicentro La Galera
1.5 km north, San José, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2272-5464, (506) 4036-3580

School History

International SEK School Costa Rica - About Us, School History School History


SEK International School-Costa Rica opened its doors in 1988. The principal at that time was Don Luis Martinez Zorzo. The school began with seven groups from Pre-school to Fifth Grade.

Due to the fast growth, in 1990 more classrooms had to be built to gather new students who had joined the school.  In 1991, the actual land in Cipreses, Curridabat was purchased to start building the school. Its construction began in 1992. On May 17, the school completely moved to its new campus. An official ceremony was held on June 12, 1995. The school continued growing, so during that summer the swimming pool, the dressing rooms and more classrooms were built.  In 1999, both a volleyball and a basketball court were added to this modern campus. And in 2013, the gym was finally built.



SEK International School-Costa Rica is located in Cipreses, Curridabat, in a nice and safe area. This school has a prestigious background of more than one hundred years and is present in eleven countries around the world. The learning experience here begins with two-year-old children in the PLAYGROUP class to preschool, elementary and high-school.

In 1988 SEK School started to function in Costa Rica. It was accredited by the MEP (Ministry of Education) as well as internationally. It follows the Costa Rican school calendar which goes from February to December.

Since 2009, SEK-Costa Rica has launched innovative pedagogical and technological initiatives that aim to encourage systematic study and hard work habits in the students. This is acquired along with significant theoretical and practical knowledge in a motivational environment. As a result, the learning process has been more substantial while using different platforms and technology in which communication between students and teachers takes place.

Since PLAYGROUP, children are immersed in an excellent bilingual education process. By the end of elementary school the students can communicate in English and Spanish orally and in a written form. Other languages taught at SEK are Mandarin and French. Besides, some exchange programs with other SEK schools are implemented, such as Boca Raton in Florida, USA and Saint John´s in Devon, England where students can practice their English as well as obtain an outstanding cultural experience. Other extracurricular activities offered to SEK students are the Sports and Cultural InterSEK in different SEK schools around the world each year. Moreover White Week is held in Chile, a week in a ski resort where students can learn this white sport by attending classes taught by professional instructors.

SEK-Costa Rica has a safe campus where students can grow physically and emotionally throughout the years here. The preschool building has an Art area, a small amphitheater, a playground and large green areas.

Other services offered at SEK- Costa Rica are a Teaching-Psychology Department, lunch service, transportation and a full-time nurse.


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