As a mom of a preschooler, my question these days is this: “Where do I send my daughter to school?”

Last month, I and another mom-blogger, Irene, through Mommy Bloggers Philippines were privileged to be invited to take a look at a Catholic International School at BGC. Two words struck me: Catholic and International. It was the first time I have heard of a school offering both criteria I was looking for, so it instantly piqued my curiosity.

I first heard of Everest Academy Manila from another Philippine Madrigal Singers alumna, who teaches in the school. During my visit to Everest, I even saw her in action, teaching a small class of all-boys who are in fourth grade.

You read it right, all boys. At Everest Academy, they separate genders starting fourth grade. From their website, “Research has proven that brain development differs between boys and girls which becomes significant when they are between 9 and 12 years old. Everest offers gender specific education in a co-ed campus starting in fourth grade.”

We were welcomed by their Communications and Administration Manager, Corinne Medrana. Her name rang a bell, and I later found out she was one of the founding members of LATCH.

Betty Rivera, the Executive Director of Everest Academy, explained to us how the school molds its students into becoming Christian leaders. She also elaborated on Integral Formation, the school’s most important “asset.” It is a registered trademark, which has four pillars — intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic development. Likewise, she stressed that the students’ parents and families are their “partners” in teaching, that’s why Everest encourages the active involvement of families in school activities and events.

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Betty added that Everest has a sister school in Taguig, Mano Amiga, where Everest students interact with the less fortunate students of the school through outreach activities and regularly visiting and playing with them.

We also got to tour around Everest. Here are some snaps I got from the tour:

We first chanced upon the fifth grade female students in their Physical Education class.
We first chanced upon the fifth grade female students in their Physical Education class.
While the fifth grade boys have their computer class.
While the fifth grade boys have their computer class.
They have a well-lit library and a reading corner--on the floor!
They have a well-lit library and a reading corner–on the floor!

After the tour, their principal, Mr. Rosano Landar, talked about the school’s curriculum. Mr. Landar is my husband’s friend and kababayan from Iloilo, that’s why my husband was glad to know that I got a chance to tour Everest.

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Parents nowadays are very much concerned about the teaching method the school is using. Mr. Landar mentioned that the main element of teaching in Everest is Integral Formation, which combines Progressive and Traditional methods.  How progressive are they? I saw students in middle school history class holding iPads and laptops. Yes, they are allowed to use them for educational purposes. And with the very small class size that they maintain (maximum of 25 students per class), the teachers can focus both on individual and group instruction. Everest emphasizes this, because they want their students to get to know each other, not only classmates of one year level, but across all levels.

Indeed, it was a homey feel when we visited Everest. The administration knows their students by name, and converses with them like they were their own children. They invited one of their students, Santi Puno, who gave us a firsthand glimpse of how it is to be an Everest student. I found a Youtube video of Santi, also talking about his Everest experiences so far, which was taken last year. He was a well-mannered, eloquent young man, who we all think would have a good future in politics (his grandfather is former mediaman and lawyer, Dong Puno).

If you’re wondering how “International” the students are in Everest, the majority come from purely Filipino families. A small percentage are from foreign families. Also, since it is an international school Everest is using a curriculum designed and licensed by the National Consultants for Education which is based in Atlanta, Georgia. They have local DepEd accreditation for the elementary level and is accredited by AdvancEd.

Everest Academy belongs to a network of more than 200 international schools all over the world under the Regnum Christi Movement and the Legionaries of Christ. With their competent teachers and peaceful and happy learning environment, students nurture positive studying habits and create fun memories with their peers. Santi was asked to describe in one word how it feels to be in Everest, and he said with full smiles: it feels like “home.”

 

~ Touringkitty

This school year 2014-2015, Everest is opening its doors to incoming Kindergarten and Grade 9 students. They shall expand up to twelfth grade as each school year passes. For more information, visit their website, follow them on Facebook and Youtube.

12 Comments on Everest Academy Manila: The first Catholic International School in the Philippines

  1. It was a pleasure to welcome you to our campus and share Everest Academy with you. We hope that we are able to reach the families who would benefit from the education that we offer so that through our intellectual, human, spiritual and apostolic formation we can equip our future leaders with the strong foundation they need.

  2. I just chanced upon Everest Academy searching for a school for my daughter. We’re on the same page, Mommy! This truly made me assess Everest Academy even more – more interested with the integral formation that this school values.

    • Thanks for dropping by! If you’re interested, they have testing schedules this November 29, and the next ones on January, February, and March.

  3. I saw from one discussion trend that the tuition in Everest.is around 400k a year? Is this confirmed and if yes, how come it is so expensive for.a catholic school?

    • Hi and thanks for dropping by the blog. I cannot disclose that as I do not work for the school. It’s best if you could check on them through their website, http://www.everestmanila.com. Theirs is a Catholic International School present worldwide, and given its quality education, one cannot expect for the matriculation to be really low. Hope this helps!

      ~ Touringkitty

    • It’s not 400k. For kinder it’s around 247k and goes up to 369k for grade 9-12. It’s the cheapest among all the international schools in Manila

  4. When you say evert mixes the traditional and progressive teaching methods – what is the mixed percentage like? 50/50? 60/40 or 40/60? What part of progressive teaching do you follow aside from small class size and group interaction? What curriculum does it follow? Are they differentiated into subject matters like trad schools – math, sciences, social studies, reading, etc? Or more progressive curriculum? How do you teach critical thinking? Or maybe word should be encouraged?

  5. I wanted to check out this school for my kids but strangely, their website has been down for quite some time now. Anyone knew what has happen to this school?

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