From the crowded city of Makati, we moved to a more peaceful place in San Pedro-Binan, Laguna. ;)
Looking for a new school for my 2 kids was easy. Mater Ecclesiae School was recommended by my cousin. This school year, they'll be in Grade 1 and Nursery 1 respectively.
The first time we visited the school last May, I find its surrounding clean, peaceful & breezy, even in the middle of Summer. I love the way the staff treated us -- friendly and courteous.
It's important to choose the right school -- a school that instill positive values in every student to help the parents maintain (or even improve) what has been taught from home. Kids' attitudes and habits change once they started attending a preschool or a daycare. They could easily copy other kids' behavior. Or it could be from our toxic world and the media -- they're watching it.
My daughter started with a Montessori school and a playschool. She was well-behaved and I've seen her values improved. She normally put her toys away when told. But after few days of classes from the Montessori school and a month in a playschool, she put away her toys after she plays with them without being told. These schools teach positive values but they're quite expensive so I have to transfer her to a less expensive school but I haven't thought of asking if Values Education was included in the curriculum since it's part of building the kids' foundation of learning.
Moving her to a traditional preschool gave me a hard time coping up with her. Though her self-confidence and memory improved on her first year, on her second year, we observed from home that she had a hard time saying she's "sorry" if she did something bad or accidentally hurt someone, instead she would keep defending her actions. She also started blurting out negative comments. There came a point where she no longer want to go to school and she get sick due to stress in school.
Mater Ecclesiae School is not a Montessori school nor a playschool. And it is not as expensive as those schools, but they have the same philosophy: Positive modeling, imparting good values and reverence for learning. They're strict with their rules and they stick to it. Mater Ecclesiae School's good values includes instilling the sense of humility and simplicity in every student (simple or no jewelry, no make-up, etc).
My daughter is 6 years old and she's now in Grade 1. Her attitude is gradually improving. We no longer hear negative comments from her. She says a lot of wonderful things about her teachers. She's happy with her new school and she's the class president. ;) She didn't feel sad when she wasn't chosen to be one of the Little Sayaweh members and she got inspired to try voice lesson instead. :)) Her adviser is very approachable. She simply updates us about our daughter's progress whenever my husband and I see her (without us asking her). ;) And I found out that they don't give a "sad face mark" to a student for his/her mistake or misbehavior but, instead, they teach the student right manner & conduct and, if needed, they'll talk to the parents.
My son is 3 years old and he's in Nursery 1. Mater Ecclesiae is his first school. I love the development I see in him. And, like his Ate at such age, he's well-behaved. But I still get surprise everyday with his improvements, like he sings new songs while he's playing or putting away his toys. Good thing that Values Education is included in his subjects.
I appreciate the school having Values Education in their curriculum.
starts at Php 16,633.44
(++) No interest applied on installment basis ;)
(++) Includes 24/7 Accident Insurance
(+) Includes All other fees (Registration, Developmental, Computer, Misc & Other Fees*)
*Other Fees inlcusion:
** Airconditioning of classrooms for preschool is already included in the fees. For other levels, airconditioning of classrooms started this school year (2014-2015) so there was an additional energy fee of Php 3,500.00 (Php 350.00 per month).
Per set prices (depends on sizes & level) starts at:
Daily Uniform: Php 418.00
PE: Php 443.00
Scout: Php 500.00 (can be purchased from any store)
starts at Php 2,569.00 (Nursery 1, inclusive of Student Handbook & Student Diary)
starts at Php 390.00 (Grade 1, 10 notebooks)
Art Materials: can be purchased from the school
starts at Php 147.00 (includes pencils & crayons)
1:15 average (preschool)
1:30 average (primary/secondary)
Mater Ecclesiae School
DVMI Sisters - Villa Olympia Subdivision
San Vicente, San Pedro, Laguna
contact no/s.: 869-3075; 868-2693
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(+) Safe and secured; Strict Security Guards
(+) Friendly & courteous Teachers and Admin Staff
(+) Clean & Orderly
(-) Big student-teacher ratio for preschool. Not able to monitor students. Accidents happen all the time, unlike with my daughter's preschool - never had accidents.
(-) Difficult to contact. Never answer emails.
Updated 23 March 2015
(+) Doing their best to instill good values in every students. I hope the teachers and admin staff also apply that to be the kids' role model, so parents would see that.
(+) Got Anti-bullying campaign. I just hope teachers are able to monitor students all the time.
(-) Don't listen to parents.
(-) They should know how to empathize, not just defend their action, and offer resolution.
(-) Switching to K-12 made their System not clear (like consistently in the top 10 quarterly, but not in the overall). They based them on ranks, not grades. They do Ranking System, not Grading System. So you won't see Final Grades computed as 60% Academic, 30% Conduct and 10% Extracurricular, as what I remembered reading in their handbook. (Otherwise, they have to revise it.) But you will see 'Rank Points'. They rank per criteria then get the final points by computing Academic Rank x6, Conduct Rank x3 and Extracurricular x1. And they give totally different result. Below is an example:
(-) Rank preschoolers and don't give credit to all outstanding preschoolers. I don't believe there's a need to rank preschoolers because they are still starting to learn academically but if they do it that way, they should still give the rest of the outstanding preschoolers credit like '"With Merit" or "Outstanding Award" medals, aside from those special awards.