Now Accepting Applications For September 2022
Our Middle School Offering
We believe middle school is about forming relationships with self, commUnity, Mother Earth, and the Universe.
With the guidance of diverse local, long-term and international seasonal specialist mentors, our maturing students are invited to assume greater responsibility, self-direction, and leadership. Passion-driven research, hands-on community development, personal projects, internships, conscious business management, and an introduction to mindful educational technologies are new layers to their learning trajectories.
Middle school students maintain a physical portfolio; an anthology of projects and learning reflections throughout the year. Students have the opportunity to explore Democratic Learning throughout the week, where they may choose a learning or exploration center such as animal care, field games, mindful movement, independent study (Learning Lab), art, and reading.
Our small group dynamic assures our middle school students to continue to receive individualized attention and support in all content areas. We welcome traveling students and our local full-time children are eager to host, teach, and learn from new friends around the world.
Trimester 3 Workshops
In Odyssey of the Mind, students will work as a team to creatively and strategically problem-solve. Together, they will build things with simple materials, respond to prompts verbally or deliver short spontaneous theatrical skits to demonstrate their understanding of the skills being learned. This workshop series is designed to stimulate innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, to help students expand their ability to respond to challenges in a fun way.
Costa Rica Authentica
In this series of workshops, students will acquire Spanish language skills by learning about the beliefs, customs and traditions of Costa Rica’s indigenous peoples. Together, they will sit in ceremony with a modern-day grandmother of the Boruca to learn about Costa Rican mythologies, legends and other fascinating stories. They will also learn about traditional Costa Rican festivities, regional gastronomy, and create indigenous art and crafts.
Students will learn how to apply important indigenous teachings into their everyday lives. This special series of workshops will explore the many tenets behind indigenous philosophies around the globe and will help students utilize specific techniques in their meditations and mindfulness practices. The nature of the mind will also be explored through journal reflections and persuasive writing. Other integrated subjects will include language arts, history, and multicultural studies.
This series of workshops is inspired by the deep interconnection between earth care and self care. Through the workshop, students will explore and dive deep into the green spaces we call nature, surrounded by living organisms of all sizes, listening to the ancestral stories plants can tell us and carefully observing the footprints of local cultures. By tasting and planting with respect, students will grasp individual and collective understanding of empathy and harmony.
Students will connect to the magic and mystery of mathematics while they gain fluency in the ‘Language of Creation’. The Math LAB is a multidimensional playground where they will develop a mathematics literacy by taking action that offers stimulating brain activity and aligned with individual learning goals. Students will have the opportunity to select passion projects to continue to grow their interest inside and outside the math classroom. This type of learning experience keeps math engaging and fun for all!
This anthropology series offers an immersion in the evolutionary process of humans and their adaptation to new geographical contexts. This series of workshops offers a fantastic time-traveling story that will help to understand the changes and modifications of human beings throughout history. In these workshops, students will explore the development of spirituality, communication, tools and artistry among humans through the evidence of arts and crafts, carving and rock painting.
Continuing from Trimester 2's "Sustainable Architecture" workshop, students will now participate in a sustainable BUILDING project! Using the eco-bricks our community created, students will agree on a community building project using the eco-bricks as the primary
Students will additionally explore construction and woodwork projects using recycled materials to gain experience with basic construction skills.
This Plastic Arts workshop series will be focused on the study, analysis and reinterpretation of Costa Rican pre-Columbian art as well as other cultures corresponding to the genealogical base of the students, you will explore the cosmic vision of the tribes in Costa Rica and how they were inspired by nature to create, as well Like the symbology assigned to their mystical animals, we will study contemporary artists who have been influenced by this ancestral art to create current pieces with great historical and symbolic content.
Here’s what’s included with our Middle School Years 10-months Local Enrollment offering:
Enrollment in all LPE workshops and seasonal workshops led by guest specialists
Access to our digital LPE Family Resource Center
Access to our Parent Lounge and Co-Working Space
All required project materials, texts, and basic workshop supplies
Martial Arts Academy
A daily healthy snack and vegetarian lunch
Trimester exhibitions of learning and portfolio
Community Parent Nights (1 per Trimester!)
Special events such as seasonal ceremonies, Vida Vendors markets, commUnity days, birthday circles, etc.
Continued support from our mentors and administrative team
An Invitation to apply for our annual LPE Scholarship Fund
Monday to Thursdays
Daily Peer Connection Time
4 Daily Teacher-Led Workshops (16 Sessions Weekly)
Democratic Learning Workshop
Field Games and Sports
Art and Crafts
Community Connection (Parents Welcome!)
Last Fridays of the Month!
Jungle Wonderland Festivities!
If you are interested in registering your child(ren) for any of our Middle School offering, please email us directly at email@example.com to confirm availability and rates.
Bahia Ballena Area, Costa Rica
(Exact location to be provided upon enrollment!)