Alternative Highschool

A Space for the Extraordinary Teen

What seems a deficiency can be a strength.

In the educational bell curve used by educators there are two extremes of the spectrum: on the one side are students who have special needs - currently there are no local programs for these students; On the other side of the spectrum are students who are not committed to the study due to their high IQ and have the ability to learn at a faster pace than other students. IREN has an innovative Open Education day program for these students, who will be able to graduate according to their possibilities when working with the Ministry of Public Education Program, U.S. GED program and international online programs. Instead of the regular class format, students will have tutors who will guide them in autonomous learning (studying alone) and in cooperative learning (studying with others).

The students work with tutors to create an individualized educational plan and, in addition, create projects and opportunities for group and cooperative learning.   Students are offered theater, art appreciation, music as well as tutors to fulfill their future goals.  Students lean to find their strengths through working individually and cooperatively

Native Program

The students take the exams in the modality of Distance Education of the MEP, which allows them to accelerate their studies, finish two years of schooling in a year or, in turn, they can take all the time they need to achieve each level . This approach allows them to work at their own pace to undertake secondary education. In this program, the students are not evaluated in the traditional sense. Instead, they use the MEP curriculum to identify topics to cover and then work with their tutors to find the best way to approach the material according to their individual learning style.

International  Program

This is for students who are enrolled in international online programs.  IRen assists the program in offering guidance and enrichment. Students are assessed and assisted in creating in following their study plan.  Extra emphasis  is places on language acquisition and commanding math skills.  Students will join natinal students in group learning activities and will be offered extracurricular activities such as theater, martial arts and art appreciation classes.  

Choose from GED, International Online School, or MEP

Tutoring and group learning for students choosing an alternative to traditional 6th – 12th grade school. 

Tutors help students:

  • Subject tutoring

  • Organize their time

  •  Find their optimal learning style

  • Find their own intrinsic motivation

  • Supplement educational program

  • Create group learning opportunities

  • Search and map out long term goal

8:30-3:30 –

Our day:

3 hours of focused academic work (more if students fall behind)


Group Activity (1 hour a day)

  • Martial Arts

  • Art class

  • Improv and Acting

  • Yoga

  • Games and puzzle

Free Focus time -  Students create projects or goals independently or with others.  This time must be creative and working towards attainable goals.

Teachers monitor understanding, time management and emotional well being.  Tutors do not grade assignments or give out homework.  Students are guided in creating a learning map and accomplishing daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals.  Teachers will monitor that students are fulfilling their goals and offer subject tutoring and resources when they get stuck.   Tutors offer test prep for each program selected. 

The MEP exams are given twice a year in the public schools of Santa Cruz over the span of two weekends.  These exams are at the expense of the student and require locally accepted certification of prior grade work, otherwise, students must start in 6th grade.  Students are responsible for yearly inscription deadlines and exam fees.

The GED exams are administered in San Jose all year long.  Students are required to sign up for the GED website and organize their trip to San Jose at their own expense.  There are exam fees required. 

Cost: $6000 a year or $500 a month for 12 months (%15 discount for full payment)  for Non Residents.  There is a $500 matriculation fee which includes educational testing if necessary, books for GED and MEP programs. 

$3600 for a year or $300 a month for 12 months (%15 discount for full payment)  Residents and Citizens    There is a $300 matriculation fee which includes educational testing if necessary, books for GED and MEP programs. 



Max Students

12 students for 2 tutors


Assessment and creation and implementation of personal study plan.  Extracurricular classes and group learning projects offered.

Phone: (506) 8729-4857 / 8304-5967
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Instituto Renacimiento  Jurídica N° 3-002-780325 Email: Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica