• A Tuition Fee Quick Guide to Grade Schools in Metro Manila

    Choose which school fits your budget and more importantly, your child’s educational needs.
    by Nini D. Falcon .
  • A Tuition Fee Quick Guide to Grade Schools in Metro Manila
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  • It just seemed like yesterday when we were teaching the kids their first ABCs and 123s and then bringing them to preschool. Before we know it, we’re on a school hunt again, and this time it's for the "big school."

    Earlier, we had published school options for incoming first graders living in the south of Metro Manila (see the list here). Here’s a quick guide for your incoming first grader if you live north and east of Metro Manila, according to their estimated tuition fees. (Please note this isn't an all-encompassing directory. But it can help you hopefully make a decision how much money to set aside if you're looking at a particular educational system. The schools are listed randomly.

    C0-educational schools
    1. OB Montessori
    Eisenhower St., San Juan
    Estimated annual cost of education: P160,000+
    “Seipsum facit persona,” which translates to “Man makes himself,” is OB Montessori’s mission, aiming to enrich students to become productive members of society. The school adheres to the methods of Dr. Maria Montessori, and materials used in the classroom conforms to international Montessori standards.

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    2. Bannister Academy
    Circulo Verde, Quezon City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P200,000+
    The school's educational system allied itself to the Paideia Method where teaching isn't the sole domain of teachers. Kids lead classroom discussions so they can develop critical thinking and express themselves effectively through reading and writing.

    3. Everest Academy Manila
    Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Estimated annual cost of education: P200,000+
    This international Catholic school belongs to a network of schools that espouse the principles of education by the Legionaries of Christ. It has a small class size, so each student gets personal attention especially the early years of development. 

    Exclusive schools for girls
    1. Assumption College (San Lorenzo, Makati City)
    San Lorenzo, Makati City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P160,000+
    Parents choose Assumption College for their daughters' grade school education because it develops women to become future leaders. It nurtures social responsibility in students as they pursue an academic excellence that nurtures faith and spirituality. 

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    2. Assumption Antipolo (AA)
    Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P100,000+
    Assumption Antipolo follows educational system by its sister school, Assumption College in Makati. 

    3. Miriam College
    Katipunan, Quezon City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P100,000+
    Miriam College Lower School develops their students to be eloquent communicators and responsive and technologically adept citizens. The school is well-known for its non-academic homeroom programs, various club memberships, and foreign languages, which help inspire the girls to reach their full potential.

    4. Saint Pedro Poveda College
    Ortigas Center
    Estimated annual cost of education: P100,000+
    The school uses the progressive method, where teachings are based on the student’s own learning pace. Christian values are also an integral part of Poveda’s formation. Parents who send their daughters to Poveda appreciate the way the school develops the girls to be strong, independent, and more importantly, a person for others.

    5. Immaculate Conception Academy
     (ICA)
    Greenhills, San Juan
    Estimated annual cost of education: P100,000+
    ICA students are known to be independent and resourceful. One of ICA’s education philosophies is to lead every person toward her integral development that can best be realized in an open, trusting, Christian community. 

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    6. PAREF Woodrose and PAREF Rosehill
    Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City and Mission Hills, Antipolo City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P200,000+ (Woodrose) and P80,000+ (Rosehill)
    PAREF stands for "Parents for Education Foundation." Woodrose puts a premium on home-school collaboration because it is said that the child’s education is first and foremost the responsibility of parents. It is carried out through different aspects -- personal formation of parents, family activities and a mentoring system. 

    7. St. Theresa’s College
    Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P80,000+
    The school is known for its traditional learning that has garnered academic excellence among its students. It has the highly distinctive honor of being the first all-girls school to be granted a seven-year re-accreditation from the PAASCU (Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities).

    8. St. Scholastica’s College (SSC) and St. Scholastica’s Academy-Marikina (SSAM)
    Malate, Manila and Marikina City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P100,000+ (SSC) and P70,000+ (SSAM)
    St. Scholastica’s College is a Benedictine educational institution where students are immersed in the “Ora et Labora” (prayer and work) ideal. The school focuses on reaching each student’s potential through communication development, literature and arts, critical thinking, and accountability of consequences of one’s action (which makes them good decision makers). 

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    Exclusive schools for boys
    1. Ateneo Grade School
    Katipunan, Quezon City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P160,000+
    The school is well-known for developing excellent leadership skills among its students and honing their sense of social responsibility. The kids are encouraged to join the school’s broad range of co-curricular clubs to accommodate their advocacies, talents, and skills. This way, students can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in practical terms. 

    2. La Salle Green Hills
    Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P160,000+
    This Catholic school is known for forming compassionate students who grow up to be responsible citizens who live with spiritual and moral values. Parents of LSGH grade schoolers say that the schedule and pacing of the lessons are good for the kids. They also say the homework paced is relaxed, which gives students more time to unwind.

    3. Xavier Greenhills
    Greenhills, San Juan City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P200,000+
    Xavier's educational philosophy is based on the Jesuit education of academic excellence with a commitment to service. The school gauges its standards internationally using Singapore’s International Primary School Leaving Examination (iPSLE) and Beijing’s Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, among others, as benchmarks. They have special programs where the students can be globally competitive in innovation and technologies.

    4. PAREF Northfeld
    Scout Gandia, Quezon City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P100,000+
    The PAREF way aims to strengthen the family unit of a student by collaborating with parents, who are the primary educators of their sons. Families in this school swear by the strength of the school’s value formation.

    5. Claret School
    Diliman, Quezon City
    Estimated annual cost of education: P80,000+
    The school offers a lot of opportunities for socially-oriented activities for older students, which helps enrich their sense of purpose in the community. The students are known to be down-to-earth, sports-oriented and are well-prepared for entering the country’s top four universities.

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