Pan-American School is the first IB Continuum School offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Primary Years Programme (PYP) in Costa Rica.

Our inclusive, non-selective educational programme provides a balanced, bilingual English-Spanish education, aimed at developing well-rounded, responsible global citizens.

Our broad and rigorous curriculum focuses on skill development, an extensive social and emotional support system, diverse arts, design, and physical education programs, and a unique focus on service and global sustainability.

Welcome from our General Director

Alan Wrafter

General Director

Dear families,

 Welcome to Pan-American School, and thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We invite you to explore our community, and learn more about how we strive to offer an education of excellence that inspires future leaders who will create a better world for all.

Pan-American School is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive learning community focused on delivering:
  •  Inspiring, personalized learning for all.
  •  A welcoming, engaged and connected community for all.
  •  A sustainable and balanced future for all.

Uniquely PAS

Years of experience

Nationalities represented


International Students

28 %

Student teacher ratio


Average class size



8.64 acres

5 Buildings

Languages taught

English - Spanish

IB courses offered


IB DP highest score  (2021)


Years as an IB World School

Colleges Acceptances (Continent/Universities since 2017)







Oceania / Australia


Therapy Dog



Why PAS?

  • Accredited as an IB World School by the International Baccalaureate Organization, since 2015.
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on International Education (NEASC-CIE) in the United States since 2006.
  • Only school in Costa Rica to offer the IB Continuum Programme: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).
  • PAS nurtures the whole child and empowers students to have agency over their learning from age 18 months to graduation.
  • Students can graduate with three diplomas: IB Diploma Programme, US High School Diploma and the Costa Rica Ministry of Education National Diploma.

Why The IB Continnum?

Pan-American School is an IB continuum school, focussing on both personal and academic achievement and challenging students to excel in these areas. We believe that learning is an active and lifelong process and that a well-rounded education includes logical reasoning, languages, artistic sensitivity, social awareness, physical and mental health, and critical thinking. Each person’s special interests, qualities, and talents are nurtured through real-life learning experiences and diverse educational opportunities. We support our students to develop a social conscience and a commitment to peace, democracy, cultural diversity, and service to humanity.

News at PAS



Our commitment is not only to support the learning process of our students; but also to contribute to the society that surrounds us, our mission is preparing internationally-engaged individuals, committed to the pursuit of excellence, who make meaningful contributions to their country and the global community.

That is why at PAS, we gladly work to play a positive role in our community, taking into consideration the impact that our decisions have on social and environmental matters. Proudly, we can say that these are just some of the activities carried out:

The Panam



October 2023 edition link

December 2022 edition link

October 2022 edition link

June 2022 edition link

April 2022 edition link

December 2021 edition link

The Panam is the student newspaper of Pan-American School. Published twice per semester, The Panam covers news and events from campus and beyond. Students lead the newspaper entirely - reporting, writing, editing and designing each issue - and can earn Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) credit for their participation on The Panam team. 



Holiday Concert

Our dedicated students prepared a beautiful 🎵Holiday Concert🎶🎄

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During Art Week Dec. 04-07🖌🎨🎼 we had a lot of activities and presentations. 

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Eyes Open-Heart Kind Sustainable Art Project by 1st Graders.

This project sought to harness the all-encompassing gaze of the eye as a metaphor for awareness. Through the symbolic power of the eye, we aimed to create a visual narrative that emphasizes the importance of keen observation and mindfulness towards our planet.

A Sustainable Fashion Show.

The purpose of the fashion show was to learn how the use we give to things can be transformed and converted into pieces to be reused. How we contribute our grain of sand by reusing garments that can continue to be useful but redesigning them with creativity.


NHS Concert & Talent Show

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PAS Cup - Nov. 2023

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PAS MUN -2023

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Masquerade, Death, and Halloween Day Celebration

We celebrate these beautiful traditions that make us reflect on Life and Death.

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Click here to see the video.

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