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Tamarindo Talk

Under the new parent-led board of trustees, Country Day School Guanacaste (CDS-G) has reduced tuition by 26 percent for students who will attend during the 2014-15 school year. In addition, they will apply these new rates those students who transfer into the second semester beginning Jan. 15, 2014. Parents with more than one child at CDS-G will receive an additional 10 percent discount on additional tuition.

According to Bruce McKillican, co-chair of the board of trustees, the school’s lower tuition and monthly payment plan will make it possible for many more families in the community to access quality education and put their children on a path to a good university.

“Country Day School Guanacaste has just become a more attractive alternative for local families who may want to consider a U.S. college in the future,” McKillican said. “Country Day’s definitive curriculum, U.S. diploma and flexible advanced placement courses will create options for a wide range of students with varying GPAs, not only the overachievers with an A average and an SAT score above 2000.”

The new tuition plan is integral to CDS-G’s vision of becoming known throughout Costa Rica as Guanacaste’s college prep school. For more information, contact Principal Sarah Haun at 2654-5042 x 6100 or email    

Amigos de la Educacion is a registered nonprofit organization in Costa Rica supporting education within a 20-mile radius of Tamarindo. Students in need receive scholarships based on academic performance, attendance and social responsibility. Schools may receive assistance for building materials, teaching supplies and books for student use. Amigos de la Educacion helps students and schools in Cartagena, 27th de Abril, Villa Real, Huacas, El Lanito, La Garita, Matapalo and Portegolpe. The organization has also recently added four new high school scholarships, and its first university student will be graduating next year. Amigos is currently seeking volunteers from within the community. For more info, call 2653-1945 or email

Finally, a flower shop has landed right here in town. Colette and Nick Holmes have opened the place in the Sunrise Plaza, next door to Monkey N Croc toy store. Not only can you find fresh cut flowers, but also balloon bouquets, as well as gifts for any occasion. Stop in or call 8418-0006.

The fantastic Patagonia Argentinian Grill & Restaurant, and its sister restaurant Bamboo Sushi Club, have extended their hours for the high season. Both will now be open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.   

-Ellen Zoe Golden

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