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Comparison of the Education Systems in Costa Rica and the United States

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Comparison of the Education Systems in Costa Rica and the United States
Overview
1. Budget
2. Literacy rates
3. Elementary school
4. Secondary school
5. College

Budget
Literacy Rates
Costa Rica- 95%
United States-99%
United States
2010- 7.3% GDP on education
Higher than average
$15,171 on each student
Costa Rica
1869- free and compulsory
Constitution- 6% GDP
No army
Last three decades-30% towards education



Sources-Education in Costa Rica. (n.d.). Retrieved from Internations: http://www.internations.org/costa-rica-expats/guide/living-in-costa-rica-15466/education-in-costa-rica-2 and Costa Rica's Education System. (2011, November 2).
Retrieved from Costa Rica: http://costarica.com/relocation/costa-ricas-education-system/

Source: CBS News. (2013, June 25). Retrieved from U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-education-spending-tops-global-list-study-shows/
Source:CBS News. (2013, June 25).
Retrieved from U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-education-spending-tops-global-list-study-shows/ and Costa Rica's Education System. (2011, November 2). Retrieved from Costa Rica: http://costarica.com/relocation/costa-ricas-education-system/

Elementary School
Elementary and secondary schools in most communities
Costa Rica-6 years
United states- 8-9 years
Both- math, science, social studies, computer science
Costa Rica- Spanish and English
United states- Spanish not required


Curriculum
Sources-Country vs country: Costa Rica and United States compared: Education stats. (n.d.). Retrieved from Nation Master: http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/Costa-Rica/United-States/Education and Hughes, M. (n.d.). School Years Around the World. Retrieved from InfoPlease: http://www.infoplease.com/world/statistics/school-years.html
Culture
Costa Rica- uniforms, own lunch and snacks
United states- no uniforms, free and reduced lunch


Sources-Hughes, M. (n.d.). School Years Around the World. Retrieved from InfoPlease: http://www.infoplease.com/world/statistics/school-years.html
Secondary School
Costa Rica- first 3-general, last 2-specialized
Costa Rican Bachillerato Diploma
US schools in Costa Rica
United States-4
US diploma


Sources: Costa Rica's Education System. (2011, November 2). Retrieved from Costa Rica: http://costarica.com/relocation/costa-ricas-education-system/
Length and Diploma
School Year and Testing
Costa Rica
School year-mid February-end of November
No ACT
United States:
School year- August-June
ACT and SAT
Sources: Odio, J. (2012, March 21). "Is school harder here?" Costa Rica v. American Education .
Retrieved from Uloop: http://ucsc.uloop.com/news/view.php/7032/quotIs-school-harder-herequot-Costa-Rica-v-A

College
Overview
Both-private and public
Costa Rica-50% less tuition & courses in Spanish
United States-4,000 and Costa Rica- 100

Sources: Costa Rica's Education System. (2011, November 2).
Retrieved from Costa Rica: http://costarica.com/relocation/costa-ricas-education-system/


Colleges in Costa Rica
The University of Costa Rica-
Eco-Tourism degree& $80 per credit hour
The University of Peace
INCAE Business School-
$57,000; Harvard- $84,000

Sources: Costa Rica's Education System. (2011, November 2).
Retrieved from Costa Rica: http://costarica.com/relocation/costa-ricas-education-system/
Conclusion
Jesy Odio, a student who studied both in
Costa Rica and the United States, said:
“ I finally came to an answer I can give whenever someone asks me about my education preference: No education system is perfect, just like no two minds are alike.”

Sources: Odio, J. (2012, March 21).
"Is school harder here?" Costa Rica v. American Education . Retrieved from Uloop: http://ucsc.uloop.com/news/view.php/7032/quotIs-school-harder-herequot-Costa-Rica-v-A

References
CBS News. (2013, June 25). Retrieved from U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-education-spending-tops-global-list-study-shows/
Costa Rica's Education System. (2011, November 2). Retrieved from Costa Rica: http://costarica.com/relocation/costa-ricas-education-system/
Country vs country: Costa Rica and United States compared: Education stats. (n.d.). Retrieved from Nation Master: http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/Costa-Rica/United-States/Education
Education in Costa Rica. (n.d.). Retrieved from Internations: http://www.internations.org/costa-rica-expats/guide/living-in-costa-rica-15466/education-in-costa-rica-2
Hughes, M. (n.d.). School Years Around the World. Retrieved from InfoPlease: http://www.infoplease.com/world/statistics/school-years.html
Odio, J. (2012, March 21). "Is school harder here?" Costa Rica v. American Education . Retrieved from Uloop: http://ucsc.uloop.com/news/view.php/7032/quotIs-school-harder-herequot-Costa-Rica-v-A
Private Schools In Costa Rica. (n.d.). Retrieved from The Real Costa Rica: http://www.therealcostarica.com/health_education_costa_rica/private_schools_costa_rica.html

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