ASU 2020

Arizona State University


It has been another amazing experience having ASU at TIDE Academy. There was an extra buzz having the undergraduate students join the team. The program offered at ASU is for undergraduate teacher assistants pursuing careers in health care and education. ASU students spent their week shadowing teachers, planning and teaching their own lessons while learning more about the education field and life in Costa Rica. Their enthusiasm, energy and knowledge were welcomed by staff, students and the whole TIDE community.


What did  ASU Students have to say?


“I absolutely loved working at TIDE Academy! The first day I was humbled by a student who was teaching me about investing on Investopedia. I was also surprised at how diverse the student body was and learned a little Hebrew from some of the students. It was also nice to see the student teacher relationships. Students surf with their teachers and they are a big community 

– Jeremy


“Coming from a higher stress environment with not a lot of time and space to find balance made my experience in Tamarindo and at TIDE Academy a dream. Being able to have class discussions, connect with the students, work in small classes and use different teaching methods was great.” –ASU Student


What did students have to say?

“It was so fun in Science class learning about bugs, getting to make animal cards and seeing a spider come back to life after being frozen.” -Grade 6 student


“We learned so much reading and we were able to read with so many new people” – Grade 2 student


One of the wonderful things we love about TIDE Academy is the connections they have with universities and programs abroad. Our children love having new guests visit and the extra 1-1 support is always welcomed. – TIDE Parent



We are grateful to have developed a relationship with ASU and are excited to announce that they will be returning again in the 2020-2021 school year.

Top 10 Leading International Schools in Costa Rica






We have been recognized as one of the Top 10 Leading International Schools in Costa Rica by The Excelligent.  Read more here.

Admissions are Open



To apply to TIDE for the 2020-2021 school year please click on the following link.


Becoming a Waste-Free School

At TIDE we want to be aware of the waste we produce and where it goes, with the goal of becoming a waste-free institution.   Starting this year we have formed a partnership with Costa Rica Makes Me Happy.

♻️ We wanted to share information about the Partnership that has formed between TIDE Academy and Costa Rica Makes Me Happy (CRMMH).

♻️ CRMMH is an organization that is organizing monthly roadside and beach clean ups. They are then turning the collected waste into eco-blocks. The eco-blocks are then used to build houses in the local communities.

♻️The students will be helping with the beach clean ups and will be helping them build one of their first houses in the area.

♻️CRMMH will also be coming to TIDE to share their knowledge on recycling in Costa Rica and how we can better implement a recycling and trash program in our school.

♻️Then every 14th and 29th of the month CRMMH will collect these items from Tide and divide and turn into eco blocks to build more homes in the community.

♻️As many of you have seen or heard, Tide is now collecting :
-paper and cardboard
-bottles (plastic and glass)
-milk cartons
-plastics from wrappers to car bumpers

♻️ Additionally, if anyone or families would like to help with the beach clean ups or building the houses or that would like to sponsor a portion of the road-side clean up contact Chelsea