One of my favorite parts of teaching the Community Internship class at TIDE Academy is seeing students develop interests in areas that they might otherwise not explore. KombuchaGusto is a local business that was started by Victoria and has been growing over the years. Victoria came to TIDE earlier in the year to talk to the Community Internship classes. She discussed the process of starting her business, the history and health benefits of Kombucha and ways students could get involved. Zoe, one of the Community Internship students has since been learning how to make Kombucha and has been working with Victoria at the Tamarindo Night Market.

Zoe helps by selling Kombucha and other items at the market. She has been learning communication, cooperation and conversation skills by talking to her customers and working with Victoria. She tells customers details about how Kombucha is made and the flavors that are infused in this ancient beverage. She also helps promote other products like tea, flower crowns and sage sticks. Zoe has also been part of the Kombucha making workshops and is learning plenty of life skills along the way.

When asked what skills she has learned working with Victoria and being part of the night market Zoe was quick to acknowledge how this has developed her ability to talk to people and work with colleagues.  She also said that the night market is a nice place to go when you want to buy local and support smaller businesses. It has a nice welcoming vibe with live music and the occasional fire dancer.

At TIDE Academy we are always looking for learning opportunities and possible businesses for the students to volunteer and learn at. Thank you, Victoria, for lending your time and expertise to our Community Internship class.  Stay tuned for more learning experiences students have been involved with outside of school.

To find more out about what Kombucha is, workshops and where you can purchase it, visit Victoria on Facebook @Kombuchagusto.


Also, be sure to pop by the Tamarindo Night Market to try a sample of Kombucha from Zoe and take in all the amazing food, music and support local businesses. https://www.facebook.com/belowtheTamarindogym/


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Isabel  

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Isabel  

Throughout the year we will be focusing on Senior students’ lives and futures. The seniors at TIDE Academy come from a variety of places and bring with them diverse personalities.As the grade 11/12 History and Community Internship teacher, I am gifted with the wise words of the seniors daily and excited to share them.

Today, we focus on Isabel. Isabel is one of our short-term students, who joined our team for the first semester this year. We sat down and talk to her about academics, advice for future short-term students and her future.

Isabel is highly academic and driven to achieve her education goals. She came to Costa Rica to explore Costa Rica and experience a different culture. Isabel is involved in multiple extracurricular activities such as Dance Academy, Surf Academy and is part of The Little Mermaid production (stay tuned). To achieve her goals, Isabel works hard, stays organized and volunteers to help her apply for scholarships to get into college.

A few words of wisdom from Isabel about succeeding in school and in life:

  1. What skills did you learn in high school?

You don’t have to have your whole life figured out. Just learn to love your life, the way it is. People stress about future things so much, and it makes them miserable. Learn to live in the moment and to appreciate the little things.

  1. What advice would you give to the lower grades at TIDE Academy?

Ask questions! It helps you understand more of what you’re learning and appreciate your teachers more.

Just have fun. Go see all the amazing parts of Costa Rica, and be grateful for every part of it, because nothing can substitute experience.


  1. When you look back on your life in 50 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?

Success has a different connotation nowadays, people think of it as following a path that everyone else has done before you (go to college, get a job, marriage, kids, etc.). However, the thing that I want most is to be completely content and satisfied with my life. I want to be happy with myself no matter how big my paycheck.

Although Isabel is unsure as to what she wants to do for a career she is determined to get into college. Her dream job would involve working remotely on her computer, so she can travel wherever she wants.

If you see Isabel, please be sure to talk to her about her role as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, her time in Costa Rica and get to know her bubbly personality.


Surfing through School

Surfing through School

One of the missions at TIDE Academy is to provide flexible scheduling to help facilitate the learning and lifestyles that takes place outside of school. This is one of the many reasons students and parents choose TIDE Academy. Two of our numerous students who need flexible schedules are Coral and Malakai. They are both part of the Costa Rican Surf Team and will be leaving at the end of the month to compete in the ISA Junior World Surfing Games

It’s not easy to get where they are! Firstly, to become a member of the National Costa Rican Surf Team you must surf the national circuit, get scouted and be offered to join the Costa Rican Surf League. The Surf League is a federation that goes to events outside of Costa Rica to compete. I sat down with Malakai and Coral to discuss how they balance school and surfing.

  1.    How do you find going to school and surfing?

It’s hard to do both! It’s a lot of work! It helps that we have small classes and a that the school in flexible with our schedule.

  1.    In what ways is the school flexible?

The school will provide homework packages ahead of time, so we can get it done before we go or in the airports. And if we don’t have time to do it we can catch up when we get back and teachers are always willing to give extra help for us get it (work) finished.

On October 27th, Malakai and Coral are off to California to surf in the International Surfing Associations (ISA) World Juniors. The competition helps them gain world recognition and promotes themselves. Coral and Malakai are both very excited to be representing Costa Rica.

Be sure to wish them luck with their upcoming competition and follow their professional journey on Instagram @mpsmalakai_deez   and @coralwigginsa



TIDE 2018-2019

Admissions for the upcoming year are now open!

Registration for the 2018 – 2019 Academic School Year begins March 1st, 2018.

We urge all parents to register early, to help the administration make appropriate plans for the upcoming year.

All returning and new students must complete the following:

In addition, new students must complete a:

  • Registration Package

• Students entering 7th Grade must have a Tdap vaccination and provide an updated copy of Immunization Record.

Please note: The first day of school is September 4, 2018. The tuition payment due date is the 7th of each month.

We thank you for promptly submitting the necessary paperwork along with the registration and publication fees to the school office.

Do you want to know more about what changes will be occurring next year at TIDE?

Read the notes here!

The TIDE Chart

Our Enrichment Newspaper class has completed the first 2017 edition of the TIDE Chart.

Click below to read more!

Tide chart 2017


Coins for Hurricanes

Coins for Hurricanes!

The students have been collecting coins all week to donate to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to help those affected by the recent Hurricanes.

The class with the most points by the end of next week will win a TIDE Pride prize!



Welcome to TIDE!

Welcome to TIDE Academy!

We can’t believe that school is starting in less than a month!

The first day of school is September 4th.  This is Labor Day but we do not celebrate State holidays at TIDE (since we are in Costa Rica) so we will have school.

Below is the final calendar for next school year:

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Enrichment Academies

This year we are pleased to offer three different Enrichment Academies.  These are separate from the Enrichment Program and provide students with an additional six to seven hours per week studying an outside-the-classroom topic: Dance, Surf, or Music.

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TIDE Academy Handbook

Our TIDE Academy Handbook is complete.

Click on the link below to check it out!

TIDE Handbook


Trimester 1 Enrichment Activities!

Enrichment Activities will start September 11th (second week of school).  All classes are pass/fail and are mixed grades.


Costa Rican Crafts- Each week students will learn a new local craft from Costa Rica.  Lanterns, instruments, beading crafts and more!  This class is focused for grades 5th and below.

Art 1 and Art 2- Art Classes will introduce the basic fine art techniques and concepts such as line quality, color theory, perspective, negative space, symmetry, shading and more! The classes encompass a diversity of exercises to develop creativity and explore a variety of mediums through which the students can express themselves and discover their style.  Art 1 is for beginner artists, Art 2 students must be approved to take the class

Surf Yoga- Every fall Erin Sampson, the founder of 5 Parks Yoga, shares with TIDE her passion for yoga.  This class will focus on yoga for athletes especially surfers.  Students are required to bring their own mats. This class will take place in the Tidal Dancers Academy.

Children’s Yoga- The word yoga is derived from Sanskrit, meaning “to yoke”.  Children’s yoga with Kendra will incorporate games, movement, art, asana, meditation and breath work, that will aid students in developing self-guided methods for increasing focus and stillness. Activities are designed to capture and hold each child’s focus in an encouraging and supportive group atmosphere.  Students are required to bring their own mats. This class will take place in the Tidal Dancers Academy.

Gardening- The first trimester will focus on starting our own garden on the new TIDE Academy campus.  Students will learn how to start plants from seeds, landscaping, and growing their own food.

Ninja Warrior- Every student wants to be a ninja!  Moses will teach students elements of Tai Chi and incorporate them in a fun activity hour-long class.  This class has a limit of 15 children.  Sign-up quickly!

Newspaper- The TIDE Chart is coming back!  Each month the students will write articles, format, and create the monthly newspaper for TIDE Academy.  This class is open to all ages!

Dance- Dance with Emily will focus on all types of dancing.  The students will collaborate and practice to be ready for the TIDE recital at the end of the first Trimester (November 30th).  This class will take place in the Tidal Dancers Academy.

Computers- Giulio will share his expansive knowledge on computers with a focus on ICT.  Giulio will teach students how to make their own informative videos and design their own websites.  This class is for grades 5th and up.

Drama- Emily will share her many years of experience in theater with the students this fall!  Students will learn acting exercises, improve, theater vocabulary, and will work together to share a small production at the TIDE recital!  This class will take place in the Tidal Dancers Academy.

Italian-  Time to learn Italian!  Giulio will share his knowledge of his native language with all students who are excited to learn a foreign language!  Classes will involve games, reading, speaking, quizzes, and more to help those who want to learn Italian!

Study Hall- Alana will be available to help all students who need extra assistance in their studies.  Students are required to bring work they need help with to this class.  Additionally teachers can assign students to this class when they do not complete their homework.

Cooking- Working side-by-side our gardening class Kyndal will have students research the Costa Rican growing climate and then design a garden where students will grow local veggies and eventually cook them.  Hopefully by the end of the trimester we will be able to enjoy our crops!

Spanish- Emma will work with students who want to improve their Spanish or for those who may need extra help.  Movies, games, projects and skits will be used to help each student learn the language!

Film Making- Matt, once again, has offered to share is incredible knowledge on filmmaking and producing.  Students will work on and off campus to create their own production.  This class is recommended for grades 4th and higher.




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