About Us


GSD is solidly committed to ensure that the stellar degree of satisfaction reflected in its families and workforce remains unchanged; this is part of its commitment to continuous improvement to attain unparalleled success as it carries out its activities.

In order to do so, it has enacted a business management system which is chiefly based on the EFQM model, and ISO Standards 9001 and 14001, which deal with environmental issues.

GSD International School Costa Rica focuses on excellence, implementing the quality assessment model in Costa Rican education (MECEC); it is a system oriented towards excellence seeking the permanent satisfaction of the needs, demands, and expectations of its students and families.

  • During 2010,our Cooperative was recognized with the Silver Medal of Madrid Regional Government for Job Creation and implementing Educational Projects.
  • We were honored in 2014 to receive the National Sports Award, the Joaquin Blume Award. We were honored in 2014 to receive the National Sports Award, the Joaquin Blume Award.
  • The Madrid 7 Stars Prize (Madrid area) was awarded to GSD.
  • We received the Madrid Excellence Award in January of 2017, devoted to customer confidence. It is given to the companies with excellent levels of customer satisfaction.
  • We also received the I Spanish Educational Marketing prize in January of 2017, in recognition of our participative way of working, which accepts inputs and suggestions from all organization areas, including our families and students.
  • For the fifth time the Madrid Down Syndrome Foundation granted GSD the Stela 2018 Award thanks to the hiring of one member from April 2017-2018.
  • In June of 2018, ADISGUA (the Guadarrama Disabled Persons’ Association) awarded us its Workplace Insertion prize thanks to our inclusion of 4 members in 3 of our schools.
  • During February of 2018, UCETAM awarded GSD’s CEO, Carlos de la Higuera, with the Rochdale Award created that year, in recognition of his trajectory in the field of cooperation.
  • The Antonio Machado Foundation awarded GSD its recognition as the sponsor of the II National Antonio Machado Education Prize for the sustainable protection of nature and the environment.