4 Pillars Learner Profile International Mindedness Bilingualism Sports and Wellness Special Needs Health Services Ecology

4 Pillars



1. To promote the development of the investigative spirit using scientific and technological tools.

2. To provide a challenging international academic program.

3. To prepare students who are fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

4. To promote international mindedness and cross-cultural experiences.

5. To foster a commitment toward conservation and sustainability of natural resources.

6. To implement strategies leading to responsible behaviors in the areas of sexuality, alcohol, and drugs.

7. To promote health and balance among mind, body, and spirit in a safe, happy, and supportive learning environment.

8. To engage students through an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

9. To reinforce the concept that learning can be fun.

10. To stimulate creativity, reflection, and critical thinking as part of the process of gaining knowledge and achieving excellence.

11. To strengthen self-confidence, autonomy, and a desire to learn in an environment of respect and freedom.

12. To foster leadership qualities and social commitment.

13. To prepare students for career decision making and support them in seeking admission to the college of their choice.

Pillar #1

Curriculum & Instruction

Pillar #2

Values, Ecology & Service

Pillar #3

Technology, Innovation, and Investigation

Pillar #4

Sports, Health and Wellness

Curriculum & Instruction

We seek to hire and develop highly effective teachers and provide a curriculum that is challenging, engaging, and relevant. We aim to provide stimulating classroom environments in which the student is the creator of his/her own learning, teachers are facilitators, and parents are supporters.

Values, Ecology, and Service

Values are the principles that guide our daily lives. The values of Excellence, Responsibility, Solidarity, Honesty, and Respect guide everything we do. Service is the expression of values and learning within our curriculum by detecting needs, and identifying and implementing solutions related to community and ecological issues. Ecological awareness is an essential part of this process. Pan-American School represents its values utilizing an oval.

Technology, Innovation, and Investigation

We seek to enrich and reaffirm the learning experience providing opportunities for innovation, integration, analysis, creation, and communication utilizing technological resources. We seek to develop scientific thinking which promotes a critical worldview and interdisciplinary problem solving.

Sports, Health and Wellness

We seek to increase the participation of students in both competitive and noncompetitive sports and other recreational activities, develop healthy lifestyles, and enjoy a high level of wellbeing. We also believe that this is accomplished through a positive school spirit.

Learner Profile

At Pan-American School we believe the following attributes and others like them guide individuals and groups to become responsible members of the local, national and global community. At Pan-American School, we are:

Pan-American School Values






Open Minded
Risk takers
Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Principled Open Minded Caring Risk takers Balanced Reflective


We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open Minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

International Mindedness

Pan-American School seeks to contribute to the development of responsible citizens who actively participate in the construction of a sustainable, peaceful and just world. According to Dr. Richard Harwood and Kate Bailey (2013):

International Mindedness (global consciousness) is a person’s capacity to transcend the limits of a worldview informed by a single experience of nationality, creed, culture or philosophy and recognize, in the richness of diversity, a multiplicity of ways of engaging with the world.

Pan-American School develops international-mindedness by:

Welcoming and respecting people of all nationalities, ethnicities, creeds, learning differences, and languages.

Developing awareness and respect for different forms of diversity.

Confronting global issues as a community and working toward solutions.

Fostering education for sustainability within the life of the school.

Learning about multiple perspectives of world views throughout the curriculum.

Embracing the cultural heritage of Costa Rica and other countries while ensuring all students’ cultures are valued and respected.

Encouraging a sense of duty to serve our local communities and to bring about positive change.

Promoting open-mindedness and providing rich opportunities to learn from the experiences of other members of our community.

Committing to the education of the whole person.

Providing our students and staff with opportunities to develop intercultural competence.


The Pan-American School community is comprised of individuals from a variety of cultural, linguistic and social backgrounds. The school is committed to preparing students for full written and oral fluency in English and Spanish.  However, multilingualism is encouraged through co-curricular and elective classes and personal study in additional languages.

Sports and Wellness

Participation in sports and fitness is a pillar of Pan-American School’s program. Our sports program includes participation in tournaments in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and cross country. This includes local and international events, organized through our membership in the Association of American Schools of Central America (AASCA). Competitive sports teams in Secondary School practice early in the morning, before the beginning of the school day.

All Secondary students participate in a daily fitness and wellness program, by which they choose a physical activity during the first period of each morning.

Special Needs

Students with special learning needs may request significant and non-significant curricular adaptations. Teachers, learning specialists, and psychologists work together to determine and document the specific needs of each student and to make the necessary adaptations to enhance learning. Students needing significant adaptations are accompanied throughout the school day by a special needs teacher, the cost of which is covered by the student’s family.

The school also has a program to assist students needing accelerated or enhanced instruction. Students enter this program through referral from a teacher of a particular subject.

Health Services

Staffed by a physician and an assistant, our Health Office offers Pan-American School community members primary care for immediate detection and treatment of sickness, as well as care for minor injuries and first aid in the event of any emergency at school. The School also has a 24-hour contract with an ambulance service.

The Office is also in charge of prevention and training programs for school staff. Health Services can be contacted by e-mail pas.doctora@panam.ed.cr


Pan-American School is a leader in ecological programs, and the entire community is involved in recycling and conservation efforts. We are pleased to boast the highest distinction given to schools for these efforts by the Ministry of Education: the five-star Bandera Azul flag.