Our History

Founded in 2008

Lighthouse International School in Costa Rica

was formed with the vision of transforming lives through character education. We are a private school that offers excellence in academics combined with a vibrant, Christ-centered environment. Lighthouse welcomes families looking for a private Christian school that develops the whole child.

The educational program at Lighthouse International School

was created to assist parents in the development of character and values in their children, coupled with a solid foundation of academic excellence to guide children toward productive and influential citizenship. Our purpose is to guide students through childhood and adolescence who graduate prepared to face the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges of that day.

By educating the whole child

our students will influence the future of Costa Rica and beyond as leaders in the different venues they choose to pursue. With courses taught by experienced, Christ-centered individuals, Lighthouse students will graduate educated with a strong academic foundation and a clear moral compass.

Our Facilities

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We Are Providing a Christian Environment

for Our Students to Grow & Excel

Our Accreditations

Affiliations and Accreditations

Lighthouse International School

is a member in good standing with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), approved by the International Baccalaureate Organization, accredited with the Ministerio de Educación Pública de Costa Rica, and a member of the Asociación de Centros Educativos Privados.

A Word

From Our Principal

"  I am committed to making Lighthouse a safe and active place, where healthy relationships are the lifeforce for learning academics, friendship, and love of God. I am always available to serve in any way I can, ensuring that the vision and mission of the school are upheld and effectively carried out. "

- Carlos Zelaya

Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Carlos Zelaya

Carlos Zelaya

GENERAL DIRECTOR

Master in Educational Leadership, Framingham State University,
2015 Bachelor in Communication, University of South Alabama, 1989.

Having been raised in a Christian home, I came...Read More

Carlos Zelaya

GENERAL DIRECTOR
Carlos Zelaya

Carlos Zelaya

GENERAL DIRECTOR

Master in Educational Leadership, Framingham State University,
2015 Bachelor in Communication, University of South Alabama, 1989.

Having been raised in a Christian home, I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at an early age. My personal growth in the faith is directly related to my parents’ guidance and teaching, and through their ministry as missionaries and church leaders in the USA and here in Costa Rica.

I believe that God has provided through His Word and a personal relationship with Him the tools and guidelines we need to raise generations of active believers who are called to make a difference. I am committed to making Lighthouse a safe and active place, where healthy relationships are the lifeforce for learning academics, friendship, and love of God. I am always available to serve in any way I can, ensuring that the vision and mission of the school are upheld and effectively carried out.

San José,Costa Rica
Sonia Pastrana

Sonia Pastrana

Secondary Principal

Sonia Pastrana

Secondary Principal
Sonia Pastrana

Sonia Pastrana

Secondary Principal
San José,Costa Rica
Mirtha Cruz

Mirtha Cruz

Preschool/ Elementary Principal

Bachelor in Preschool Education, Collegium Latinum UACA, 1990
Masters in Education, Framingham State University, 1998
Masters in Educational Leadership, Framingham State Universi...Read More

Mirtha Cruz

Preschool/ Elementary Principal
Mirtha Cruz

Mirtha Cruz

Preschool/ Elementary Principal

Bachelor in Preschool Education, Collegium Latinum UACA, 1990
Masters in Education, Framingham State University, 1998
Masters in Educational Leadership, Framingham State University, 2015

I was born in Costa Rica where I have lived all my life. Education has been my passion. Since I was a little girl, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I have been involved in Education for about 34 years, most of the time teaching lower elementary.

I believe that every educator needs to understand that it is equally important to bring into the classroom a smile, an open heart, and a sense of humor to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for students to explore and learn without being afraid of making mistakes, a setting in which students are free to grow and mature intellectually, emotionally, socially, and most importantly, spiritually.

I was given the honor to serve in Lighthouse International School in August 2013 as a Preschool and Elementary Principal. I love the fact that our students in Lighthouse not only receive an excellent education but also grow in the Lord’s wisdom. I am blessed to work with a group of people who are passionate about children and education and at the same time love the Lord and excel at their work.

San José,Costa Rica
Elisa Castro

Elisa Castro

Finance and Operations Manager

Licenciada in Business Administration, Universidad Interamericana, 2004.

I was born and raised in the province of Guanacaste; I am the seventh of nine siblings, of farmer pare...Read More

Elisa Castro

Finance and Operations Manager
Elisa Castro

Elisa Castro

Finance and Operations Manager
Licenciada in Business Administration, Universidad Interamericana, 2004.

I was born and raised in the province of Guanacaste; I am the seventh of nine siblings, of farmer parents, and very proud of my peasant roots. I especially admire my father for being a visionary, hardworking, and loving man. I am married and have three children, the Lord has given us the privilege together with my husband and my oldest son to serve in our congregation The Tabernacle. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, reading, but especially spending time with my family and my parents. I am very proud and grateful to work at Lighthouse, seeing daily God’s faithfulness for this ministry, in my life and in that of every person on the staff.

San José,Costa Rica
Tatiana Cordero

Tatiana Cordero

Admissions & Communications Coordinator

Bachelor degree in Mass Communications with Emphasis in Journalism, University of Costa Rica, 2009.

I have been working at LIS since October 2016 and it has been a great blessin...Read More

Tatiana Cordero

Admissions & Communications Coordinator
Tatiana Cordero

Tatiana Cordero

Admissions & Communications Coordinator

Bachelor degree in Mass Communications with Emphasis in Journalism, University of Costa Rica, 2009.

I have been working at LIS since October 2016 and it has been a great blessing to me. I have 7 years of experience working in corporate communications, press management, and corporate social responsibility programs. I’m passionate about the Lord and getting involved in different ministries. My husband and I serve in Children’s Ministries in our church. I love reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

San José,Costa Rica
Bianca Aymerich

Bianca Aymerich

Front Desk

Bachelor degree in Bilingual Preschool Education, ULACIT
Licenciatura degree in Special Educational Needs, Universidad Federada San Judas Tadeo
I have a Bachelor degree in Biling...Read More

Bianca Aymerich

Front Desk
Bianca Aymerich

Bianca Aymerich

Front Desk

Bachelor degree in Bilingual Preschool Education, ULACIT
Licenciatura degree in Special Educational Needs, Universidad Federada San Judas Tadeo

I have a Bachelor degree in Bilingual Preschool Education and a Licenciatura degree in Special Educational Needs. I am Costa Rican. I have worked as a classroom assistant and teacher for 8 years and12 years as a director assistant and administrative teacher in Saint Mary School. I have been working at LIS since January 2018. I have a 9-year-old and 3-year-old boy. I enjoy and am passionate about what I do (administrative or teaching), always trying to give the best of me as a person. I like solidarity, fellowship, and respect for one another that exist at LIS.

San José,Costa Rica

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Hablemos hoy 2215-2393

         

Office Hours: Monday-Friday,
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Phone: 2215-2393
E-mail: lighthouse@lis.ed.cr