Berkeley Academy is located in Santa Ana and Heredia, Costa Rica.

*Please stay in touch regarding our new campus move!

Berkeley Academy’s administrative office can be contacted by calling our office lines at:

+506-2203-4621 | +506-2203-0230

You can also email us at: admin@berkeleycr.com

Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm, with exception of Costa Rican and selected U.S. holidays. View our academic calendar for more information.

Berkeley Academy is accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education (Costa Rican Ministerio de Educacion Publica). It offers the Costa Rican national baccalaureate through the 11th grade.

Berkeley Academy also follows a U.S. curriculum by offering AP Courses, PSAT 8/9, 10, NMSQT Testing approved by College Board. We offer the 12th Grade to ensure that our students fulfill all of the U.S. university and college requirements based on the University of California “a-g” subject requirements.

We are currently the only school in Costa Rica to have College Board Institutional Membership – (Membership I.D. 200682275)

Berkeley Academy’s College Board School Code: 834156

Though we are not yet candidates, we are actively seeking accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). We expect to apply for candidacy  (through its transformative A.C.E. program) after our self evaluation (conducted in 2017) in 2018.

As an elite and world-class educational institution, Berkeley Academy’s student admissions process is one of the country’s most demanding and difficult for elementary, middle school and high school students. The admissions exams are based on the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), testing logical thinking, critical reading and math. We embrace a holistic admissions process, where a candidate’s record of outstanding character, conduct and citizenship are one of the most important factors we take into consideration.

Berkeley Academy Admissions Profile (last three years)

Fall 2019-20High School  (Grades 9-12) Acceptance Rate: 15%
Middle School (Grades 6-8) Acceptance Rate: 18%
Elementary (Grades 1-5) Acceptance Rate: 22%

Fall 2017-18High School  (Grades 9-12) Acceptance Rate: 24%
Middle School (Grades 6-8) Acceptance Rate: 29%
Elementary (Grades 1-5) Acceptance Rate: 30%

Fall 2016-17High School  (Grades 9-12) Acceptance Rate: 35%
Middle School (Grades 6-8) Acceptance Rate: 39%
Elementary (Grades 1-5) Acceptance Rate: 43%

Our entire admission process is outlined in this link.

All of Berkeley Academy’s fees are outlined here.

Yes. Berkeley Academy students must wear their uniforms of the day. However, every alternating Friday, our students have free-dress/non-uniform days.

In Lower and Upper Elementary, the majority of classes are taught in English by native-English speaking instructors. In Middle School and High School, students take CR MEP required courses (taught in Spanish) in conjunction with Honors or AP Courses (taught in English).

Berkeley Academy offers the following sports in Junior Varsity and Varsity levels:
Soccer (Girls/Boys)
Volleyball (Girls/Boys)
Cross Country (Girls/Boys)
Track and Field (Girls/Boys)
Basketball (Girls/Boys)
Taekwondo (Girls/Boys)
Chess (Girls/Boys)

Berkeley Academy graduates have been accepted to the following universities:

Academy of Arts University
Art Institute of California – San Francisco
Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah
Brigham Young University – Rexburg, Idaho
Costa Rica Institute of Technology
Fordham University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hofstra University
Hult International Business School
Manchester University
National Taiwan University
National University of Costa Rica
Purdue University
Reed College
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Costa Rica
University of Maryland – College Park

Berkeley Academy students have gained acceptances to the following High School Programs:

Yale Young Global Scholars (4)
Columbia University High School Program (3)
Johns Hopkins University High School Program (2)
Oxford University Summer Program (2)

Teachers and staff at Berkeley Academy undergo a strict hiring and interview process. Please contact our administration at admin@berkeleycr.com for more information. 

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    Berkeley Academy Costa Rica, in accordance with applicable Costa Rican law and Academy policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. Berkeley Academy also prohibits sexual harassment.