What a wonderful year and future for TIDE Academy!

As this year winds down I am already planning and preparing for the following year. As I have shared with many of you I am so happy with how well this year has gone. At TIDE we have had our ups and downs and many learning experiences however, I can honestly say this has been TIDE’s best year yet and this has all been possible because of the students, teachers, and amazing support from all the families. Thank you!
Looking into the future I plan on continuing to improve our curriculum and enrichment programs. A stronger focus on languages, Arts, Technology, and introducing a Music program. These are all aspects of education and life-learning skills that should be included in a well-rounded and personalized learning program like TIDE Academy.
I have so many things I want to share about next year including: a new High School accreditation, extending our hours, improving our surf program, new teachers and more. Please take the time and read below!
Again I cannot thank you enough and please enjoy your summer and for those who are moving your future endeavors! For the rest see you in September or in the water!
Cheers, Chelsea

TIDE Awards!

Every year the teachers vote what students deserve our 4 annual awards: The Trifecta, The Independent, The Determined, and the Enthusiastic
Trifecta- This award goes to the student that goes above in beyond not just in academics but extra-curricular activities as well. This student does not only excel academically but additionally she works hard volunteering at the Veterinary’s Office and working professionally as a contracted model. We are amazed with how much effort and determination Fres ten Hoope brings to everything she does. We congratulate Fres on completing high school in three years instead of four. We wish her the best in all of her future endeavors!
Independent- At TIDE Academy we really try to promote independent and self learners. This means we want students that WANT to learn outside the classroom. The student who is awarded the independent award has excelled in every single one of his classes and is a role model to all of his peers. Nate Ehlert is a 7th grader that is enrolled in high school: Biology, Psychology, and Algebra 1 not only did he passed but he always earned one of the highest grades in each of these classes. We are extremely proud of how far Nate has come in his academics as well as his athletics. Congratulations and we wish you the best next year in San Diego!
Determined- The Determined award is for a student who illustrates their personality in and outside the classroom. It is for someone who always tries their hardest, isn’t afraid to fail, and when he or she does they learn from his or her mistakes. This student is always concerned not only about completing her work but also understanding it. She always participates and is always respectful to her teachers. She has also gone leaps and bounds academically especially in math! This award goes to 4th grader Rivi Schebler!
Enthusiastic- This award is for the student who comes to school with a positive attitude and his or her attitude is passed to others. This student always comes to school with a smile on her face, is always respectful, and is always ready to help her peers. She is always up to trying new things, loves completing projects, and gives her best every day. It is truly a pleasure having this student at TIDE. Thank you for making our job so easy! Therefore, we are extremely excited to give the Enthusiastic Award to Silver ten Hoope!

2015-2016 TIDE Academy Yearbook

Sarah Allison has done a wonderful job putting together the TIDE Yearbook for this year. All families are welcome to order a copy! If you would like to order a copy PLEASE email: TIDEAcademy@gmail.com

More Space!

Next year we will be expanding TIDE! We will be moving into the two lower units next to TIDE Pools. However, just because we have more space does not mean we will be increasing the student population. We just know that at times our location seems a little tight and getting a little more space will give both the teachers and students a better learning environment. Additionally this space will be used for our new Dance Academy in the afternoons!

End of the Year Survey

Please Please take the time to complete this online survey. Hearing your voice will only help us improve! Thank you! http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/w95kw…

TIDE has received a new high school Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

This week we received news that our partnership with North Atlantic Regional High School in Auburn Maine has been approved! NARHS is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation is recognized both in the United States and Internationally including Costa Rica. MSA is the same international accreditation that CRIA has. Having this accreditation will help students get into better colleges and universities internationally and it will allow students to attend public and private universities in Costa Rica. Starting this fall all high school students will be able to receive a MSA transcript by taking classes at TIDE. This is great news for all families! For students in 8th grade and below we will still be offering the GVS transcript that will help make sure your credits will transfer to any school in Unite States.

Occupation and Speech Therapist at TIDE Academy

Our mission is to provide a personal and flexible education to every student. That being said we are very excited to announce that we will have both a Speech and Occupational Therapist available to all students at TIDE Academy. Additionally families can schedule private appointments with either therapist right at TIDE Academy immediately after 12:00. Both therapists will be able to work with the students in a classroom setting as well as provide additional attention after hours. Both therapists will be available for non-TIDE students as well!
Currently we are speaking with Surf 4 Youth and we will be combining our surf programs. Surf for Youth coach Andrea Diaz will be joining Scott Kadowski in coaching the TIDE Surf Program starting this September. Andrea is the founder of Surf 4 Youth and a former National Champion. Andrea has traveled and competed all over the world and is one of the top female surfers in Latin America. We are so excited to have her share her knowledge and experiences with the TIDE Surf program.
Working with Surf 4 Youth.
Currently we are speaking with Surf 4 Youth and we will be combining our surf programs. Surf for Youth coach Andrea Diaz will be joining Scott Kadowski in coaching the TIDE Surf Program starting this September. Andrea is the founder of Surf 4 Youth and a former National Champion. Andrea has traveled and competed all over the world and is one of the top female surfers in Latin America. We are so excited to have her share her knowledge and experiences with the TIDE Surf program.

TIDAL Dancers

This fall we are very excited to announce TIDAL Dancers, TIDE’s Dance Academy. TIDE teachers Emily and Alana both professionally trained dancers will be offering a range of classes: Ballet, Modern, Street, Hiphop, Salsa, Tap and more! They will be offering both kid and adult classes. All TIDE students will receive a discounted price but the studio is open to all families in the area! Contact TIDEAcademy@gmail.com for more information!

Extending the Extra-Curricular Activities

We had such a great success with the Enrichment Program we are going to be adding even more hours! Starting this fall we will be offering classes before school every day of the week from 6:30-7:30. These classes will include: Surf Fitness, Surf Classes (potentially twice a week), Soccer, and Volleyball. Seeing as it is much cooler in the mornings we have decided to offer our more active classes then. We hope that all families will get involved!

TIDE Music Video

The students, teachers, and families are very proud of their first music video! Please take the time and watch it! We will be revealing our documentary later on! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqX…


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Filming TIDE’s first music video



This year, TIDE students had the opportunity to take Film Class with Matt Sampson as an enrichment after school class.  Yesterday we finally got to release our music video.


Matt has written a great piece about the entire experience!  I welcome you to read and enjoy how much love and work the students and parents put in to make this video possible!

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Happy June!


First of all I want to thank everyone who came to the Banquet this past Thursday we had a wonderful time and it was so great to see everyone together.

I can’t believe this school year is coming to an end. With the numbers of students and teachers winding down we have decided to make the last day of school June 16th.

However, those who have not completed work will be required to stay June 20th-23rd. You will receive an email from your teachers if you need to stay.

Below please review the important dates coming up at TIDE

Important dates:

June 2nd- Last day of film class
May 31st- Last day of Surf Fitness
June 7th-Middle school field trip (zip lining)
June 8th- Last day of Morning Surf Class
June 9th-Extra-Curriculars End
June 16th-High School field trip (Guachipelin)
June 16th- Last day of school
June 20th-23rd- Make up / Catch up week at TIDE



TIDE Summer Camps!





We have some new and exciting camps this summer!

Robots and Design

Dance and Performing Arts

TIDE Adventure Camp

Check out the info below to learn more about them!

Sign up at TIDEAcademy@gmail.com


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Another great annual fundraiser!


A huge thank you to everyone to came out last night to support TIDE! We were able to raise approximately $3000 to help fund a new science lab, new resources, and more learning materials for our classrooms. We are so lucky to be part of such a wonderful and supportive community! 

We would like to send an extra thank you to
The Loose Moose Garage- Tamarindo for hosting the event, Eatmytaco for providing delicious tacos, the TIDE students to working hard all night, 10 Feet Traveling for sharing the incredible documentary about TIDE, All the local businesses who donated to the event, and Emily for spending many hours organizing the fantastic event! Thank you!

If you were unable to make it but would still like to make a donation. You can donate via paypal by going to our website and clicking on the donate link on the righthand side. www.TIDEAcademy.com.

The donations do towards new supplies for the school, funds of a science lab, and a resource center.

Thank you again for all of the support!
Marlin Del Rey sunset cruise for 2
Surf Box Lunch for 2
Costa Rica Sailing Center hour sailing lesson
Geniets Sven Lamp Art piece
Matty’s Deli Cafe lunch for 2
Nick Brown hair
PIZZA&CO pizza
Sprout Costa Rica lunch for two
Sunset Spearfishing Costa Rica tour for 2
Hotel Bula Bula Playa Grande Costa Rica dinner for 2
Wok N Roll Restaurant & Oyster Bar Dinner for 2
Shark-FM Co Host DJ
Hotel Villa Amarilla 2 night stay
Primera Ola surf lesson
Erin Long Sampson 5 yoga classes
Sharky’s Tamarindo
Breakfast Grinds breakfast for 2
Wise Training Studio gym class
Archery Tamarindo Public page hour class
Mar Vista Costa Rica food and drink
Kingpin Sportfishing half day day tour up to 4 ppl
Serendipity Charters semi private sunset for 2
Earthwear Jewelry Kim Paige Designs earrings
Earthwear Jewelry Kim Paige Designs necklace
Lizs Jewelry necklace
Tamarindo Wellness Center 3 consultations for kids
Sol Naciente Surf School & Tours lesson for 2 people
F and B Peanut Butter and Granola
Lola’s $100 Certificate
Papaya con Leche Cover up
Dragonfly Tamarindo Dinner for two
Mini Super Apparel Tshirt
Long Boards meal for 2
Ekaterina Dobysh jewelry
Tamarindo Jaime Peligro Signed book
Jenn Parker Necklace
Alegria Soaps Soap Basket
Margaret Schaffner physio therapy hour massage
La Bodega

TIDE Academy March updates!


Hello Families and Friends!

I hope all is well!

I am just writing to send a few updates from TIDE!

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Our annual fundraiser is coming up! Saturday April 9th!



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Our annual fundraiser will be Saturday April 9th at The Loose Moose garage!  Everyone is welcome to attend!  We will be raising money for more resources and a funds for a Science Lab and Media center.  We will have a Silent Auction with some AMAZING donations, Raffle, Dinner, Drinks, Skating, and Music.  It will be an amazing event!  We can’t wait to see you all there!  Additionally if you would like to make a donation or help out with the event please contact Emily:  ejbrown1979@gmail.com

Getting to Know Your TIDE Teachers: Who is Emily Brown??


1. Where are you originally from/where were you born?

Durban, South Africa 

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Teacher, surfer, contest organizer, friend, Chelsea Lisaius does it all


Most of the kids in Tamarindo know Chelsea Lisaius, if not from attending her TIDE Academy then from the many surf contests she organizes in the area. For Chelsea, it is imperative that she impart knowledge and fun to those in Tamarindo. Perhaps she developed this trait from her years growing up—and acting—in her family’s theater troupe, which traveled and performed all over the United States.

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At TIDE we take pride in our Academic Program, Extra-Curricular Activities, and Community Involvement.  This past weekend TIDE student Ben saved a man from drowning.  We are so incredibly lucky to have Ben in our Tamarindo Community!


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