• Apply online by clicking HERE
  • Fax the Application Supplements (downloaded from the application) to USA 561-892-3853
  • Educational Consultant Interview (phone)
  • Family Interview (phone)
  • Therapist Interview (phone)
  • Student Application Completed (sent directly to student)
  • Student Interview (phone)
  • Packing List (in Application Supplements)
  • Submission of newly issued birth certificate to be Apostilled for student visa requirements
  • Travel Arrangements & Enrollment Logistics (contact Admissions or
  • Billing / Payment Arrangements
  • Email Admissions for more information on these requirements
Student Profile
Ages: 15-18
Grades: 9-12
Gender: All boys

Strengths of NSA students include:

  • Goal of attending college
  • Passionate about an interest
  • Desire to improve relationships & environment
  • Artistic &/or musical
  • Intelligent
  • Active & athletic
  • Technology savvy
  • Ability to be introspective & empathetic
  • Creative
  • Accountable for decisions
  • Interested in gaining healthier coping mechanisms & learning how to take healthier risks in their lives

Challenges of NSA students include:

  • Anxiety &/or depression
  • Identity, adoption, or attachment
  • Self-esteem & confidence
  • Decision-making & problem-solving
  • Learning motivation & engagement
  • Different learning styles
  • Slower processing speed
  • Attention difficulties
  • Unhealthy coping skills, including isolation or substance abuse
  • Sense of entitlement
  • Parent-Child Relational Conflict
  • Oppositional attitude
  • Social anxiety, awkwardness,or isolation

Students come directly from home, from wilderness programs, or from successful completion of another therapeutic boarding school or program.  NSA helps them integrate what they have learned previously into their lives through milieu therapy & personal growth goals, college-prep academics & support, & experiential education activities that not only build confidence, identity, & a sense of cultural awareness, but also give them a "resume" of unique experiences for college applications.

Students have shown a desire to gain more self-awareness, insight, independence, and better decision-making skills. They  benefit from a step-down therapeutic environment before a transition back home or to college.  

They are also open to living in a cooperative, supportive family style environment that encourages students to take healthy risks by exploring, learning about, and embracing the Costa Rican community.

Time Commitment

In order to take advantage of the academic, therapeutic, and experiential opportunities that we require that students enroll for at least one year.

Students are accepted on a rolling admissions basis (at any time during the year depending on space availability).

Tuition Information

Please contact for details on enrollment fees, tuition, deposits & ancillary charges.

Tuition is paid at the beginning of each month and includes room & board, classes, therapy, Aventuras, & experiential education activities & certification courses.

Ancillary Costs: Extra costs are billed additionally each month and may include:

  • medical appointments and transportation to medical appointments,
  • SAT/ACT registration and exam expenses,
  • allowances (up to $20 per week depending on chore completion),
  • optional parent-approved student club expenses (such as surf club, rock climbing club, etc.),
  • other "optional" parent-approved activities that are not a part of the regularly scheduled recreational activities (such as SCUBA trips), and
  • parent-approved charges such as shopping for Aventura gear or daily clothing needs.

Parents can make payments to our account in the USA via check, wire transfer, or counter credit at local bank branches.

What Kind of Student Graduates from NSA?

In order to learn productive methods to create healthy changes around them, students gain important skills in learning to balance their individual needs and wants with those of the larger community in which they live.

INTRAPERSONAL:  Boarding school creates a rich environment for daily observations and feedback about one's own personal growth process, one's identity, one's behavior, one's relationships, and the image that one presents to the people around them.  Students learn a lot about who they are, who they want to be, and how to be more self-aware, self-sufficient, and better problem-solvers.  

ANALYTICAL:  Problem-solving is a part of life.  Not only does our academic approach focus on enhancing creativity, skill set development, common sense, and resourcefulness to solve problems, our social atmosphere also emphasizes using perspective-taking, empathy, and taking the time to actually process issues before proposing creative & individualized solutions.

SOCIAL SUPPORT:  Our students get used to being supportive of each other, no matter what their individual differences may be.  Students learn how important it is to create a support system for themselves.

CULTURAL AWARENESS.... which brings us to our next questions:

What could be more important in today's society that learning another language and learning about another culture?  Homestay families, Aventuras, and regular recreational activities in our Costa Rican community are key in helping students not only become aware of how other people live, but also become more reflective about their own culture.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF A BOARDING SCHOOL? Students who have attended boarding school show an easier transition to college dormitory life as they have already lived away from home with peers of different backgrounds. Because NSA is a boarding school, we offer consistent guidance from professionals who are available to the students at all hours of the day and night.

What Do They Do After NSA?

NSA is committed to working with families to help create the most appropriate transition plan for our students. We are not caught up in our statistics of college acceptances or SAT scores.  We want our graduates to do what is best for their future, not what is best for our ranking. Students may transfer back home to complete their Senior year of high school.

  1. Students may transfer back home to complete their Junior or Senior year of high school.
  2. Many of our graduates go on to 4-year colleges and universities.
  3. Some attend community college with the intention to transition to a 4-year school after community college.
  4. Some students (those who graduate in December or those who need a "gap year" experience) attend transitional programs such as study abroad programs, internship programs, independent living programs, or vocational programs before going to college.

Recent graduates have attended universities such as:

Some students (those who graduate in December or those who need a "gap year" experience) attend transitional programs such as study abroad programs, internship programs, independent living programs, or vocational programs before going to college.
Phone- USA (414) 921-1388
Phone- Costa Rica: 011 (506) 2446-3376

Recommended hotel choices in our area:
Please look over these choices and contact admissions to let them know which one you would like us to reserve for you. We will get the best rate possible, arrange airport pickup / transportation, and confirm the details with you before enrollment:

· Resort Martino ($90-100 / night, a/c, gym, spa, pool, Italian restaurant, internet, 25 min drive to campus, 10-15 min to the airport)
· Hotel Colinas del Sol($55-75 / night, pool, restaurant, internet, 5 min drive to campus, 30 min to airport)
· Cafetal Inn ($80-130 per night, 20 min drive to campus, 40 min to airport)

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