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
Welcome to Pan-American School, and thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We are delighted to welcome you in this, our 50th year, as we launch ourselves into our second half-century of offering an education of excellence and inspiring 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.
Years of experience
Student teacher ratio
Average class size
English - Spanish
IB courses offered
IB DP highest score (2021)
Years as an IB World School
Colleges Acceptances (Continent/Universities since 2017)
Oceania / Australia
- 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 Continuum?
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
The Hub News
|The Hub News is the monthly newsletter from our Learning Hub and Research Center, Pan-American School’s Library.|
October 22 edition link
January-February 22 edition link
PYPx Exhibition 2023
Small steps can lead to global change and a more peaceful world.
Our traditional BINGO is organized by the PASaporte Foundation.
The PAPasaporte for Education Foundation is a non-profit entity. The projects have been achieved thanks to the vote of confidence of the many people who believe in its mission and vision, and the selfless work of the members of the Board of Directors to achieve its objectives.
MISSION: Create opportunities for the comprehensive educational training of children and young people.
VISION: To be a leading entity in providing means for educational opportunities to students.
* Sports / Academic
* Financial support
IB® International Baccalaureate Scholarship
Currently, the PASaporte Foundation is granting scholarships to 7 students from other educational centers so that they can take the IB program at Pan-American School.
Monthly support for students in Belén
Monthly economic support for the acquisition of supplies, tools, shoes, and umbrellas, as well as bus passes for low-income students from 2017 to the present year.
Amount of financial aid:
The following number of students is currently supported
* Professional Technical College of Belén: 16 students
* Belén Bilingual Experimental High School: 7 students
* Students from the Community of La Ribera de Belén: 9 students
* Santa Ana Professional Technical College: 12 students
* Sports scholarships joint program with Pan-American School: 7 students
We want to continue supporting education!
Do we count on your contribution? How can you support us?
“We are creators and we can make today the world in which we will live tomorrow” -Robert Collier-
How to contact us?
Facebook: Fundación PASaporte para la Educación
PAS FESTIVAL 2023
Friday, May 19
Monday, May 22
PAS Festival Launch Event: We will have a whole-school student assembly with special guests, and our updated PAS Mascot reveal party.
Tuesday, May 23
Dress alike day
Wednesday, May 24
Thursday, May 25
Friday, May 26
Saturday, May 27
Our Annual PAS Festival community celebration will take place from 0800 to 1300; all members of the PAS community - students, families, extended families, alumni, and staff past and present - are welcome.
AASCA SOCCER PACIFIC DIVISION 2023
Our soccer teams attended the AASCA SOCCER PACIFIC DIVISION 2023 held in Honduras.
OUR GIRLS WON THIRD PLACE!!! ⚽🥉🌟
Most Valuable Player: Genesis Luna
All Stars Award: Ana Lucía Arroyo and Montserrat Eugenín
Most Valuable Player: Fabrizio Costa
All Stars Boys: Esteban Vásquez and Eduardo Gómez
Many thanks to the entire team for showing all our PAS Values with your effort!
CONGRATULATIONS PAN-AMERICAN SCHOOL COMMUNITY!!!
BATTLE OF GENERATIONS
Our traditional Battle of Generations is back in 2023!
The winners were the FAST & FURIOUS ELEVENTH GRADERS!!! 🏁🏎️💨⚠️🔝
Check out all the photos of this event here and the videos on PAS Channel - Youtube
IB Visual Arts Exhibition 2023
The exhibition showcase and celebrate the amazing final projects of our Grade 12 Visual Art students and the culmination of two years of theoretical, practical, and curatorial art skills under the IB Diploma Visual Arts course. Students developed their own themes to pursue over the two years, often evolving naturally as the student artists discovered their interests and passions. Students explored ways of communicating through visual means and made artistic choices about how to effectively communicate through the visual arts. Each student presents a cohesive body of artwork created through a process of reflection and evaluation which shows a synthesis of technical skill, materials manipulation, and concept. 🖋🎨