Costa Verde International School (CVIS)

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit • Mexico

Costa Verde International School is an ecological, community-oriented, multicultural and bilingual private school located in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. Incorporating the natural beauty and dynamic culture of the local area, CVIS provides an intellectually stimulating curriculum for preschool through 6th grade.

Costa Verde International School (CVIS) is an ecological, community-oriented, multicultural and bilingual private school located in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. Incorporating the natural beauty and dynamic culture of the local area, CVIS provides an intellectually stimulating curriculum for preschool through 6th grade with small class sizes and hands on instruction to inspire healthy, happy and well-adjusted life-long learners.

In an environment designed to develop the talents and skills particular to each individual, Costa Verde students analyze and solve problems relevant to the world around them. Our dedicated staff of teachers, personnel and parents work together to provide a joyful and nuturing atmosphere with a strong comittment to diversity, the surrounding culture, and the education of conserving the natural resources of the world.

CVIS is only one part of a larger project to bring the world to Sayulita and provide a location to share knowledge and ideas about living sustainably, understanding customs and cultures from around the world, and educating community members about the needs to protect our fragile environment. The school is a resource to disseminate information to families and the community about the challenges of development that are not unique to Sayulita as it grows into a desirable travel destination.

Located on a beautiful beach nestled at the foot of the Sierra Madres mountain range, Sayulita has surf, jungle and mountains to explore. Only a 45 minute drive north west of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is maturing from a small fishing village to a progressive community with recycling programs, farmer's markets, animal shelters and good medical facilities. CVIS is committed to families that want to participate in an active community, live closer to the earth, enjoy the natural wonders of the ocean, and still provide a progressive education for their children.

Our Mission at Costa Verde

The mission of the Costa Verde International School is to provide children and adults in Sayulita and the surrounding area with high quality progressive education that is culturally and economically inclusive and focused on environmental sustainability, and to advance ecological responsibility in Mexico.

As an elementary school with initial grades from preschool through 6th, our aim is to produce healthy, happy and well-adjusted life-long learners. Our target is that each child acquires fluency in a second language and a profound understanding of the necessity for a "green” approach to living. To achieve this, Costa Verde International School is dedicated to a small student to teacher ratio and has focused education on the whole child in an environment designed to develop the talents and skills particular to each individual. School curriculum centers on ecology and respect for the environment. Students learn to analyze and solve problems, rather than simply memorizing facts.

The founders of Costa Verde International School have insisted on raising the bar for how much a school can give to its local community. The scholarship program is designed to provide increased access for local children who are in need of financial assistance, thereby creating a more diverse student population. Currently, over 30% of Costa Verde families receive some form of financial assistance.

The Curriculum at Costa Verde

At Costa Verde, our classes bring environmental themes and concepts to all aspects of the curriculum.

Costa Verde’s students learn about environmental sustainability and embrace ecological responsibility as a part of all of their classroom learning. For example, math lessons include measuring sprouts in the school garden, analyzing weather patterns, and counting the number of trees saved by reusing and recycling paper. Language is taught within text, stories, and conversations about our over-dependency on fossil fuels and the necessity to protect our global ecosystems from unsustainable development.

Art, music, dance, physical education, and history are all taught within the context of acknowledging our union with our natural world. Through incorporating environment issues, children learn all the requirements of their grade level curriculum and are equipped to excel in and outside of the classroom. Costa Verde International School is an accredited private school with the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP). In addition to the standard grade level curriculum in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and health/physical education, CVIS focuses on the following areas:

Ecology: Students learn about the delicate balance of nature, the interconnectedness of living things, and the necessity to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Languages: Costa Verde has a strong curricular emphasis on multi-lingual conversation and learning. We achieve this by teaching our programs in both Spanish and English, as well as allowing special learning time for achieving fluency in each student’s second language.

Multiculturalism: We promote cultural and linguistic diversity as an enriching and positive social aspect. We encourage respect, empathy, tolerance and appreciation of diversity.

Technology: Our academic programs prepare students for 21st century lifestyles, including using technology as an everyday tool. Videoconferences and video projects with other schools around the world through our participation in the project "Global Classroom” bring the far reaches of the globe to our student’s fingertips.

Creative Arts: We offer a rich program of art, music, dance and drama.

Teaching Methodology
 
Active Learning: Our students learn curriculum through hands-on experiences, utilizing active learning techniques to stimulate pupils’ individual interests and innate curiosity.

Whole Child: Our educators concentrate on the emotional, social, physical and moral development of the students. Teaching techniques and individualized lessons focus on children’s personal talents. Costa Verde inspires healthy, happy and well-adjusted life-long learners.

How You Can Help Costa Verde International School

Costa Verde International School relies on the generous donations to bring an alternative education choice and environmental awareness programs to the people of Sayulita and the surrounding area. The scholarship program is 100% funded by donations and it can only exist with your help.

Fundraising is done through a variety of events in the year and online donations. If you are unable to attend one of our fundraisers, you may contribute by making a direct donation. We are able to accept donations through our 501(c) non-profit organization in the United States, "Ninos del Sol Inc." A tax receipt will be emailed or mailed for each donation made in the US.


Click the button above to make a donation to the Ninos del Sol Inc. PayPal account.

Donate with a check written to:

Ninos del Sol Inc.
85 Circle Loop
Staten Island, NY 10304

All direct donations are tax deductable. Please include an email or return address for a tax receipt.

Thank you so much for your donation. Every effort counts as it helps us provide better resources for teaching a progressive and engaging curriculum! Teachers and staff really appreciate the interest of donors and it keeps us enthusiastic about our important work! Please come see us and join in the fun!

Wishlist

Here are some ideas for things the school regularly needs. For more information please contact us here.

Office/General School Supplies

• Printer Toner Xerox Work Center 3350 High Capacity Cartridge
• Recycled White Printer Paper
• Poster Boards-Paper
• File Cabinet
• Whiteboard Markers
• Sharpie Markers in Colors and Black
• Tape - Scotch, Masking, Packing
• Construction Paper, Poster Paper
• Whiteboards - All sizes

Art Supplies

• Watercolor Paper
• Tempra paints
• Paint Brushes
• Scissors

Garden Equipment

• Soil
• Shovels and Rakes - small trowels and larger
• Watering Cans
• Sprinklers

Sports Equipment

• Soccer balls
• Basketballs
• Volleyball Net
• Volleyballs
• Nerf Balls, Soft Bouncy Balls

Library: We are always looking to improve and grow our library with good quality reading material for ages 3 to teen.

• Young Adult books, especially in series, especially in Spanish
• Young Adult books that are literature winners, several copies
• Reference books for Elementary (Science, Math, World History) English and Spanish
• Dual English-Spanish Language books
• Books that have content related to science and the environement for young readers

Last updated: April 28, 2017 · Charity ID: 609

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24Apr2017
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

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A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Live Shows and Concerts, Ceviche & Aguachile Market, Fundraisers, Art Walks, Cooking Classes, Dinner Theater, Farmers Markets every day of the week, and so much more.

04Apr2017
10th Annual Surf-A-Thon Fundraiser for Costa Verde International School

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Costa Verde International School in Sayulita, Mexico is the only bilingual, green school in the state of Nayarit. It was created to provide preschool through 6th graders an opportunity to become healthy, happy and well-adjusted lifelong learners.

13Feb2017
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A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Live Shows and Concerts, Ceviche & Aguachile Market, Fundraisers, Art Walks, Cooking Classes, Kitty Bingo, TED Talks, Farmers Markets every day of the week, and so much more.

05Feb2017
'Bollywood' 10th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser for Costa Verde International School

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Besides all the fun for a great cause, you'll enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing, live and silent auctions! Come dressed in your finest Bollywood attire (glamour, glitz, color).

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The first Sayulita Martes de Causas y Colectivos will be held on Tuesday, June 7th. The LoveCats will perform live at 8:00 pm and all profits from the sale of drinks and food will go to the Costa Verde International School.

26May2015
Job Opportunities at Costa Verde International School in Sayulita

Costa Verde International School

CVIS provides an intellectually stimulating curriculum for preschool through 6th grade with small class sizes and hands on instruction to inspire healthy, happy and well-adjusted life-long learners.

11May2015
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14Feb2015
Mexi-Gras Celebration for Costa Verde International School's Annual Scholarship Fundraiser

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Get ready to mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 17th for the Costa Verde International School’s 8th annual scholarship fundraiser. This year’s theme is all about fun, as Sayulita meets New Orleans for a Fat Tuesday celebration in support of this school.

25Apr2014
Sixth Annual Surfathon in Sayulita Fundraiser for CVIS Scholarships

Costa Verde International School

Join us on Saturday, May 24, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the main break in Sayulita to surf and play with local surfers and Costa Verde International School students. No experience is required and all proceeds go to CVIS scholarship fund. Send a kid to school!

17Sep2013
Anne Menke Book Signing Supports Scholarships

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12Apr2013
5th Annual Costa Verde International School Surf-A-Thon Scholarship Fundraiser

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You are invited to attend the 5th Annual Surf-A-Thon to benefit the Costa Verde International School's Scholarship Fund. Join us on April 27, at the Main Break, Punta Sayulita, to surf and interact with local surfers and CVIS students. No experience is required.

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02Jun2012
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21Feb2012
Costa Verde Scholarship Fundraiser

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03Jun2016
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26May2016
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24Nov2015
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14Sep2015
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09Sep2015
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22Jun2015
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02May2015
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a speech here praising Mexican-U.S. educational exchange programs that last year brought some 23,000 students and teachers from Mexico to the United States.

22Apr2015
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16Apr2015
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05Apr2015
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28Feb2015
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18Feb2015
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11Jan2015
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19May2014
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20Mar2014
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28Nov2013
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18Oct2013
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05Sep2013
Javier Aranda Luna: Mexico Education - When the Future Catches Up With Us

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26Jun2013
Woman in Oaxaca Graduates from Elementary School... at Age 100!

Milenio

Her name is Manuela Hernandez Velasquez. At 100 years of age, she obtained her elementary school certificate, proving that it is never late to study.

12Jun2013
Mexico Tightens Education Standards to Include Mandatory High School Education

Agencia EFE

Education was compulsory until now only to the middle school level, but it is now being expanded through high school, the last educational level before students enter a university.

07Jun2013
Jose-Luis Orozco: Capturing Kids' Attention In Two Languages Through Music

NPR.org

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29Apr2013
Computers Are No Longer a Luxury for Students

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04Apr2013
Education Gap at Alarming Level in Mexico, Warn Researchers

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The education gap in Mexico has reached an alarming level, as 41 percent of the population over the age of 15 (32 million Mexicans) find themselves within it.

30Aug2012
Test Scores Better at Mexico's Public Schools, But Still Room for Improvement

Rumbo de Mexico

The public education secretary says that while officials have seen improvements in elementary and high school ENLACE test results, the public education system still faces challenges.


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