Tepeyac School

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History: The Tepeyac Christian School (TCS) was begun in 1992 as an extension ministry of the Iglesia Reformada de Tepeyac which has its ministry in a residential area on the outskirts of San José, Costa Rica. The Tepeyac church became more and more convinced of the need for a school, and the three main factors were the following:
1) The scriptural mandate to train our children in the fear of the Lord became more and more urgent as consumerism and secularism has invaded the Costa Rican society. Public schools in Costa Rica have not been able to withstand these forces. As a support for our christian families the church felt the need for Christian education, for many families are affected by these same values.

2) Our work in the squatter settlement of Los Cuadros, a community with severe social problems, poverty, and drug/alchohol abuse, impressed upon us the need for a greater involvement with the children if the cycle of poverty were to be broken. We saw generation after generation following in a cycle which only spiraled downward. Christian ministry which was limited to the “normal” forms of Sunday school and church activities was not sufficient to transform the values of the children, their patterns of conduct, their feelings of inability. The Tepeyac church became convinced that we needed a multi-faceted approach to the problem of poverty: we would maintain an evangelistic and teaching ministry in the community; we would begin a school which treated the spiritual aspects of these children; included in our curriculum would be the tools for successful careers in Costa Rica – this would include English and computing, among other things.

3) The radical decline in membership of the Protestant churches in Costa Rica has been caused by a fanatical emotionalism, poor testimony and lack of trained leadership. The image of evangelical churches is so bad that evangelism has become very difficult. The Tepeyac school would also be a testimony of our church to the community of our identity and commitment with the Costa Rican society, especially in the area of education. We would open the school to those parents who were willing to support our biblical, Christ-centered philosophy of education, even if these parents were not members of an evangelical church. In this way our school also would serve as an evangelistic testimony.
In 1992 the school was opened with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, two teachers and 20 students. From this time it has grown to a school of 250 students, offering K – 11th grade (complete grade school and high school), and has a staff of 30, including 1 volunteer English teachers. Almost half of the staff are members of our Tepeyac church, and the other half come from various evangelical churches. Besides paid staff, there are members from the church who volunteer on a regular basis in counseling, repair work, and other tasks. The great majority of our operating budget is paid for by tuition, even though this has been an extremely difficult road. The school has kept tuition well below most private schools of Costa Rica, and has also provided tuition help for up to 1/3 of its students. It has been able to do this through the many volunteers who cooperate with this ministry.
God has blessed the school with a wonderful building, the product of cooperative efforts of many churches and individuals from the US and Canada, as well as the Tepeyac church. The building has sixteen classrooms, an administration building, ample bathrooms and a storage room. Our grounds are not large, but we have done what we can to make them adequate for playground use.
We are thankful to the Lord for the hundreds of people who have given of time and money for this project. The Tepeyac school has truly been a testimony of God’s love poured out through the unity of joint efforts of His people!

Below is a video showing the progress of the Tepeyac High School


Comments

  1. Dirk de Bruin says:

    good afternoon

    My name is Dirk de Bruin and I am director of a reformed christian school in Bolivia, not far from Santa Cruz. I came across your website and I would be very interested in having more contact with your school and organization. In another part of your website I noticed that you are working on spanish curriculum materials from a reformed perspective, which is something that we are also involved in. Perhaps we can share resources / ideas?

    Hope to hear from you

    Blessings, Dirk

    • admin says:

      Hello Dirk,

      Greetings! We haven’t gotten very far on curriculum materials, but some of our CLIR publications can be used in high school – see our website: http://www.clir.net We also have good teacher training materials that we have translated / written for teacher training.

      What churches are you affiliated with ? I’ve been to Santa Cruz – a number of years ago. I know Nicolás Vaca in Cochabamba, also.

      Blessings. If we can help you in any way let us know! Dios te bendiga,

      Bill (Guillermo) Green
      CLIR

  2. Eric Bartl says:

    Hello,

    I’m looking for teaching/missions opportunities. I’m not a certified or educated teacher. I have a Bible degree. I have experience substitute teaching and working with children and youth. Do you think you might have any opportunities I might be interested in?

    Thanks,
    Eric

    • admin says:

      Hello Eric,

      Thank you for your inquiry. The school needs certified teachers for the classroom. I’m not sure what other work you would be interested in. Do you speak Spanish? What is your church background, and where are you presently living?

      Take care and God bless!

      Bill & Aletha Green

  3. Matthew Bekkering says:

    Hello from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada! I am a Grade 6 teacher at Immanuel Christian School and recently heard a presentation on your ministry at my church (Trinity United Reformed Church). In my class we are having discussions on celebrating Christmas and what that might look like in other countries. I thought it would be neat if my students could write letters to your Grade 6 students explaining how we celebrate Christmas here in Canada and then asking your students how they celebrate in Costa Rica. I know there is a language barrier but I think there is value in helping students to understand a global perspective in schooling and culture. Is there an address we can send these letters to? Thanks for your time and have a Blessed Christmas!

    Kindest Regards, Matthew

    • admin says:

      Hello Matthew – thanks so much for your comments! Sorry to say that our school has ended for the year – we end the beginning of December, and don’t start up again until late February. This is our “summer” in Costa Rica! But thanks for the interest. Maybe there will be another way to communicate in the future. Blessings! BG