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

The Panam


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. 



Civic Week 2023

Civic Week 🇨🇷  🇳🇮  🇭🇳 🇸🇻 🇬🇹 🇲🇽 🌎🕊️

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PAS Leadership - Welcoming Ceremony

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PAS Leadership is an organization made up of Middle School and High School students that enhances skills and values ​​and strengthens the IB profile of its members.

Upcoming activities:

+PAS representation at AASCA Leadership Conference 2023, in Honduras.

+Visit to the Legislative Assembly.

+Launch of PAS Podcast: The first student podcast created by and for students in order to talk about all kinds of topics: student life, sports, IB, and entertainment, among others.

+Talk about the brain and neuromyths.

+Collaboration with "Contentera Compartida".


In 2023-2024 we have 58 members:

Aimeé Barzuna

Tamara Ponchner 

Sebastián Haddad

Gabriel Rivas

Elena Alvarado

Irene Montes

Isabella Pérez

Emiliano Barquero

Dariana Herrera

Ariana Betancourt

Giovana Lipas

Gala Rojas

Francesca Soria

Sara Ortiz

Ignacio Cordero

Marcela Vega

Lucas Gingold

María Fernanda Amón

Camila Ayub

Ariadna Fariza

Jimena Villatoro

María Ignacia Alcayaga

Fernando Chavarría

Thomas Schosinsky

Mariana Mafla

Valeska Vega 

Fiorella Madrigal

Mia Morrone

Stella Merval

Angélica Carbajal

Alberto Castro

Stephanie Salas

Silvana Bolaños

Nina Scheel

Philippe Gairaud

Andrea Matamoros

Isabella Barrantes

Luciana Soria

Camille Tous

Mariana Souza

Valentina Segares

Isabella Sayagués

Eva Garro

Mariana Hernández

Daniela Matamoros

Illari Robinson

Saúl Akerman

Carlos Vendrell

Victoria Jiménez

Saúl Soto

Carlos Montes

Kristel Peters

Ana Lucía Morales

Carlota Quevedo

Sebastián Barrantes


Isabella Vargas

Marianne Weber

Mia Polini



NHS & NJHS Induction Ceremony

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Reds & Blues + Children`s Day 2023

The Reds and Blues is an annual event created by the founder of the school, Mr. James Genis (“Mister”). In his philosophy of education, he understood how important games are in a child’s development. With this mindset, he created an event in which kids can have a day to play and compete in a healthy way against their peers, to celebrate Costa Rica’s Children’s Day. Traditionally, the day begins with a race around the school and then a series of games are played between the kids, adding points to either the Blue or the Red team. At the end of the day, the team with the most points wins and we celebrate our school and enjoy with our friends.


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PAS Cup August 25-26


AUGUST 25 - 26.
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Afro-Costa Rican Culture Week


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