La Paz Community School Extra Curricular Program La Paz Community School offers a variety of after school activities to the student body to enrich the academic experience. We strongly believe that student involvement in extracurricular clubs and activities greatly improve a student’s social, emotional, and physical well-being while at the same time teaching them invaluable life skills such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and open-mindedness. Please click on the after school link below to learn more.
With the addition of a new climbing wall at school and the support of the local climbing community, La Paz students have embraced this physically and mentally challenging after school activity. Children of all ages spend time on “the wall” during the week and then put their talents into action on various beachside cliffs.
In an effort to enliven the mind, body, and spirit, La Paz students of all ages are given the opportunity after school to participate in Yoga classes. Classes focus on stretching, breathing and mind-body awareness.
The basketball program utilizes the Jungle Gym’s state of the art gymnasium to educate our students about one of the world’s most popular games. Practices involve fitness, skills, and team training so that the players will develop an appreciation of the intricacies of the sport. Games may be scheduled against local schools in order for players to experience the valuable lessons learned from competition.
The focus is on five a side games known in Latin America as Papifut. Small sided games require a tremendous amount of team skill and tactics with less of an emphasis on individual play. For this reason passing and team defense/offense are a priority along with the usual fitness training. Players of all ages have the opportunity to compete against local schools to test their development and learn from competition.
Club Blue is an extracurricular activity devoted to increasing student appreciation for the ocean playground of coastal Guanacaste. Activities are organized on a weekly basis involving sports such as swimming, water polo, surfing, sailing, kayaking, and snorkeling. Students sign up for individual dates that will be coordinated by parents and faculty. Departure and pickup times vary depending on the type of activity.
La Paz students take their learning experiences seriously and for the reason the students have created an after school activity devoted to academic success. Students work independently, in groups, and across grade levels two times per week after school to achieve a better understanding of their coursework. Laptop computers are also available during this time so that students can work online.
by SSS founding Student Kaitlyn Thompson
Students sponsoring students is a completely student run project, in which the student body organizes and executes fundraisers in order to build up a school fund. This fund goes to local children, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend a bilingual school like La Paz. Our teachers’ dedication to the school and to delivering a bilingual education to students of all races inspired us to want to help out, and be a part of the changing community. We strive to make a difference in our world and encourage our peers in other schools and all over the world to help the change. In doing this we hope to have created a better community for everyone to live in.
The La Paz dance program integrates modern dance techniques with typical Guanacastecan dance. Multiple professional instructors work with the students both after and during school to prepare presentations throughout the year.