When planning to buy a home, having a good school nearby is an important factor for families. Schools help lay the foundation of a child’s growth as they provide the fundamentals that children need to learn about the world around them. This also plays a key role in helping a person grow and building their character.
As one of the major global destinations in Metro Manila, Bonifacio Global City offers a number of educational institutions, including pre-school, colleges, and international schools. To help you choose the best school for your children, here’s a list of the major educational institutions in Bonifacio Global City:
1. British School Manila
Established in 1976, British School Manila (BSM) is the leading institution for British-style education in the country. It started with only two classrooms and 36 students. Through their quest for high-quality education, they have now grown to more than 900 students from different countries.
BSM continues to nurture their students through their programs that follows the English National Curriculum. BSM believes that children should be equipped with appropriate learning power skills to prepare them for a life of learning. These include teaching children to be creative, independent, collaborative, reflective, questioning, and communicative. To further ensure they offer quality education, BSM has a small class size with less than 20 students per class.
Its facilities include five class areas, a multi-purpose hall, science laboratories, play areas, two refectories, and a complimentary shuttle bus service.
BSM is affiliated with different international organizations including the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA), Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS), and Overseas Association for College Admission Counselling (OACAC). These associations not only create better opportunities for the students, but also help in improving the entire school and its educational system.
2. International School Manila
The International School Manila (ISM) is one of the oldest international schools in the Philippines. Founded in 1920 through the efforts of American and British parents who were living in Manila that time, it boasts a rich history. In 2010, ISM celebrated its 90th year of providing exceptional education.
They are the first private school outside of the US territory to be listed in Sargent’s Handbook of Private Schools, which is a comprehensive guide to private schools in America.
ISM aims to provide students a holistic learning experience by teaching them different core values and learning disciplines. It has a strong curriculum that is designed based on the Understanding by Design framework, an international standard used to develop effective learning activities for students.
Its state-of-the-art campus sits on a seven-hectare land within Bonifacio Global City. Some of its key facilities include two theaters, a media center, a performance hall, and an athletics and activities area.
3. Manila Japanese School
Manila Japanese School (MJS) began as a small Japanese Language class in 1968. It was located in the same building as that of Embassy of Japan’s Information and Culture Center before it moved to Parañaque City. The new school, which moved in 2001, is located in the University Park. MJS has a small student population. These students are mainly Japanese or mixed Filipino-Japanese nationals living in the country.
4. Everest Academy Inc
Everest Academy is the only international Catholic institution in the Philippines. It is managed by the Regnum Christi and the Legionaries of Christ, an apostolic movement and a congregation of priests, respectively.
Everest Academy aims to mold its students to become leaders imbued with proper Christian values by providing excellent academic courses. The school believes that a progressive education, which is focused on the students’ individual needs, is more effective than the traditional teaching method where students learn through repetition and memorization of lessons. Furthermore, it is also essential to instill and to develop Christian character in each child.
They offer an international curriculum that is developed by the National Consultants for Education in the United States. Its well-designed programs aim to help each student to reach their full potential by developing their integral formation, which includes the intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic aspects. In addition, the school employs highly efficient teachers who use a dynamic approach such as task-based and problem-based learning techniques to teach the students.
5. Makati Gospel Church New Life Christian Academy
Makati Gospel Church New Life Christian Academy (MGC-New Life Christian Academy) is a private Christian school that is recognized as one of the leading educational institutions in the country. It is a combination of two schools, Makati Gospel Learning Center and New Life Foundation Learning Center, which were founded in 1991.
The school accepts students from pre-school to high school level. They offer a wide range of facilities such as computer and science laboratories, a playground, an art room, a music room, and a cafeteria.
MGC-New Life Christian Academy is accredited by the Commission on International Trans-Regional Accreditation and Association of Christian Schools International. It is also part of AdvancEd, a non-profit organization that accredits primary and secondary schools in the United States and internationally. These accreditation attest that the school meets the international standard for high-quality education.
6. STI College Academy
What started as vision to create a training center in the Philippines that would focus on basic programming courses, Systems Technology Institute (STI) College is now one of the country’s largest information technology-based schools. The school’s “Enrollment to Employment (E2E) System” makes them a top choice among college-bound students. This approach aims to help their graduates find the right job opportunity easily through STI’s vast connections in different IT companies as well as international placement agencies including GROW, INC.
From two schools back in 1983, it now has 80 campuses nationwide. STI College also has diversified its courses and now offers business management, arts and sciences, hotel and restaurant management, tourism management, and engineering.
7. Treston International College
Treston International College is a specialized school in Bonifacio Global City that focuses on the culinary, hospitality, and IT and business fields. They offer four-year degree programs as well as certificate courses from these industries.
Treston International College is also the first school in the Philippines to have the bachelor of science in culinary management program, which they started offering in 2010. Being the first school as well to offer the American Hotel & Lodging Association-Educational Institute (AHLA-EI) academic and professional certification program, Treston is indeed one of the most globally competitive education institutions in the country.
The school is equipped with modern classrooms and facilities that would best prepare their students once they embark on their careers. They also have a hot kitchen, designer demonstration kitchen, and a multi-purpose hall.
8. Global City Innovative College
Global City Innovative College (GLOBAL Innovative) prides itself as an educational institution that aims to produce globally competitive graduates. It is the brainchild of seasoned academicians and dynamic entrepreneurs in the Philippines who wanted to improve its educational system and to create more effective curriculum.
Popularly known as the “Yellow Building,” this is the first tertiary school which found its home in Bonifacio Global City. Because they have their own mini hospital and laboratories, student nurses get to train at an actual medical facility. For their hospitality programs, GLOBAL Innovative has a hotel and restaurant training center.
Aside from the School of Nursing and International Hospitality Management, GLOBAL Innovative also offers technical and vocational courses as well as short-term programs.
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