While many students respond well working in a traditional, five days-a-week program, TIDE caters to those students whose out-of-school interests benefit from greater flexibility, supporting the incorporation of travels, practices, and internships into their life outside of the classroom. The small classroom size and one-on-one attention provided by TIDE benefits each student tremendously at both an educational and personal level.
The Long-Term program is offered to grades 1st through 12th grade. This program is for families that will be living in the Tamarindo area for more than 4 months of the school year. The school year begins in September and is completed in June. This program is similar to that of one in the United States: US textbooks are used as well as supplemental materials related to each of the subjects. The Core Classes consist of: English, Spanish, Social Studies, Math, and Science (additional electives are offered as well). All students also have the opportunity to learn, participate, and compete on the TIDE surf team which has weekly training sessions.