Louis Fiske and his wife, Marian Fiske, founded Methodist School on March 28, 1921, beginning work at the Redeemer Methodist Church on Central Avenue with a clear goal: to build a prestigious, comprehensive and bilingual school to shape Costa Rica’s future leaders. From the beginning, education at Meto was unique, integrating kindergarten instruction and a broad range of subjects, including sewing, cooking, music and the Bible.

Enrollment at the school, which was originally located in the Mission Building on Fernández Güell Avenue, grew to 92 students by 1922 and 100 students by 1923, forcing the school to move to the upper building of Lic. Manuel Francisco Jimenez, which was across from the old National Library. Simultaneously, Methodist’s director joined an advisory board dedicated to the betterment of Costa Rican society.

The faculty included Mr. Justo A. Facio, Mr. Joaquín García Monge, Mrs. Esther Mezerville, Mr. Omar Dengo and Mr. José Guerrero. The honorable Joaquín García Monge joined the faculty as a professor of Castilian, like Joaquin Vargas Calvo. In 1927, the school changed its name from Escuela Metodista to Colegio Metodista and moved to 1st Avenue East and 19th Street North, the old location of la Escuela e la Estación.

Determined to continue delivering comprehensive education in a top-notch facility, the school broke ground for a new school in San Pedro in 1950. Rev. D. Powell Royester won Ministry of Education approval, and the first class of the three students, Evamarie Sandwag Grosser, Zahyra Méndez Barrantes y Beatriz Arza Acha, graduated from the new building in 1952. The faculty included Mrs. Rose Mary Karpinski, Mr. Jezer Gonzalez, Mr. Mario Fernandez Lobo, Mr. Carlos Enrique Vargas, Benjamin Gutiérrez and Mrs. Ondina Peraza. Primary joined the new San Pedro premises in 1953, and Secondary followed in 1954.

Still seeking to improve the student services and experiences, the school began constructing a new facility for Secondary in Sabanilla de Montes de Oca in 1985. In 2003, Preschool and Primary also moved to these spacious and comfortable facilities. They offer first-class infrastructure and modern instructional technologies, allowing the school to continue adapting to the rapidly changing needs of students and society.

Since 1921

Methodist School of Costa Rica
Address: 350 meters east of Parque de Sabanilla de Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica.
Telephone: (506) 2280-1230 • 2280-1220 • Fax: (506) 2280-1240
Email: info@metodista.ed.cr