5 Progressive Schools in Metro Manila You Ought to Know About

Thanks to research and developments in education, gone are the days when our only option is to enrol kids in traditional schools that may not suit their personality. Now, moms have more options. The growth of progressive schools in the metro says a lot about our changing society and how we have become more open to different ways of learning. Here are five progressive schools that moms should consider.

A progressive curriculum embraces the philosophy that children should be taught how to think and that tests are not measures of whether or not a child has learned. Progressive education values experience over rote learning—the opposite of the traditional teaching style. It celebrates thinking out of the box and generally maintains a 10 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Progressive schools got a huge boost when the Obamas sent their kids to one in 2008. If you want to explore the idea of a progressive education, check out our list of five schools in Metro Manila.  

1.  Community of Learners Foundation (COLF)

COLF’s method of education is adapted from the Bank Street College in New York, recognized as the gold standard in progressive education.  COLF is well known for integrating children with special needs and takes pride in offering a learner-centered curriculum where kids play and learn at the same time.  

COLF is located at 1-C Montessori Lane, Bgy. Addition Hills, San Juan del Monte. Call (632) 7210987 or 7267021. E-mail: colfschool@gmail.com. Facebook: ColfMdf2012

2.  The Raya School Manila

Raya School’s tagline is “Kaya Kong Baguhin ang Mundo” (I Can Change the World), and is dedicated to helping children discover themselves, their roots, and the world around them.  Curriculum is based on a love for Reading, an inclination towards Science, and a strong sense of country. Its program includes children’s theater, bonding through board games, and strong involvement in environmental projects.

The Raya School is located at 109 Sct. Fernandez cor. Sct. Torillo, QC. Call (632) 9229254 or 9288189. E-mail:  info@raya.edu.ph. Website: therayaschoolmanila.wordpress.com

3.  Manila Waldorf School

This is the pioneer school of Steiner education in the country. Its curriculum is based on the understanding of the human being as being of body, soul and spirit. The school espouses learning through a deep knowledge of nature. It focuses on experiential learning where kids can learn by doing.  Its main campus is located at Timberland Heights, San Mateo, Rizal, a 15-minute drive from Batasang Pambansa.

4.  The Learning Tree Child Growth Center

This Christian school’s approach to education is experimental-integrative and nourishes the intrinsic makeup of the child. It applies Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and helps each child develop their innate talents and abilities. The school considers every student a family member and is committed to nurturing a child holistically.

The Learning Tree’s Grade School Campus is located at 134 V. Luna Extension Sikatuna Village, while its Preschool Campus is at 238 Ermin Garcia cor. La Salle St., Cubao, QC. Call (632) 9212184 (V. Luna campus) or (632) 9125102 (Cubao campus). E-mail: info@learningtree.com

5.  Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS)

A member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), MIIS has a child-centered philosophy of teaching and learning. Its core belief is every child is smart. The school focuses on on intrapersonal relationships, developing global citizens and teaching children to be socially responsible.

MIIS Preschool, Lower School, and Middle School is located at 4 Escaler St., Loyola Heights, 
QC. Call (632) 4334948 or 9280143. MIIS Upper School is located at 3F, Elizabeth Hall, Katipunan Ave., QC. Call (632) 9291021 or 9291764. Website: www.mi-childsplace.com.ph