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Old 22nd February 2015, 10:35 AM
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30K Pesos per month?
Yea...some more

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No - sorry - 30k pesos a year. Some of the better schools are 40k here. Still get killed with the "need a bit of money for this project or that event" but where I am, 27k to 35k are pretty standard fee for a private high school.

As long as you stay involved, motivate the child, and provide more educational experiences via home and on-line, you should be able to come up with a pretty good outcome.


Note: Better International schools can be the 30k a month number - but they have a very rich clientele that often bully other students that are not "rich enough". I would not send my family to one even if I could afford it.


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30K PHP per year is pretty good, even 200K per year is reasonable... but something like 400-600K that I've seen seems to me over the top.

My wife told me the same thing, it is not worth it to send the children to a very expensive school as the kids there are too snobbish and we don't want to have such an influence in our children.

I think that a good local private school + some online + private tuition looks like a great idea.
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hello to all,
we're planning on moving to the Phils for the exact same reason Lefties is leaving. we're in upstate NY, and my son is in 7th grade. Trying to find a really good high school over here that is geared to STEM / science is not that easy, without getting all of the other stuff that comes with it...
our plan is high school in laguna, cavite, or batangas at one of the good science schools, and then get our son through his masters in the Phils before he has to decide where he wants to live and work. But if we don't move before high school, we figure there's no chance of getting him to move before he's done with college, so it's now (2016-- when i retire) or maybe never.
the states since obama hasn't been all that great, in case you've missed the last 5 years living abroad, but it's gotten more and more expensive, including education. google 'best science high schools philippines' and there's plenty of choices. consider that if you are back in the states, your kid will possibly be 100 or 200k$ in debt before he or she has a degree that will get them a decent job. that same degree or degrees in the Phils you can pay out of pocket sending your kids to the country's best! that appeals to me.
i just don't want to delay retiring until he's out of college, because these winters here are killing me. i know there's a lot of sub-standard schools but there's aLso some great ones. what i'd love to see is some more advice on which schools anywhere in the Phils lived up to or exceeded your expectations. and i hope i get a chance to meet each and every one of you all writing in, cuz i brew some really good homebrew and i'll have some cold ones waiting for you.

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boracaypat, I take it you have lived here? The schools here are NOT the equivalent of a good middle class public school in the USA, though I understand there are a lot of other things in the mix than just academics and infrastructure. Note that when I discuss costs of school, I am talking about a Filipino kid. If your kid is not Filipino, stand by, I'm guessing they will find a fair chunk of charges to add to your tuition.

Do not believe what the schools put on their internet websites. Top end universities are good here - but most are more like so-so community colleges. While I have not attended school here I have friends that have. They came away with good educations but mostly because they were self-motivators. If they had simply done what the instructors had assigned - they would be poorly equipped to deal with work in the real world.

And my wife is just finishing her masters degree at a fairly decent school. It was a lot of work, but it is not quite the equivalent of a US masters. But it is not a "print your certificate" school by any means. Lot of course work, exams and a comprehensive exam - then a full on thesis.

You need to spend a year here before you decide this is the life choice for your kid. A year and reevaluate the path. If your kid knew how popular he will be, talking him into coming here would be a snap. Keeping him out of trouble will be the challenge cause the girls will have their sights set on him I can guarantee you.

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no Tatoosh,
I've spent a grand total of about a year and a half there on month long vacations. My wife is from Mindanao with a masters and her family are all educators. she's been here 17 years. I'm reading some nice things about the National Science High Schools, and some of the private and catholic high schools, but I'm still very much sorting things out. I looked at Brent and Beacon (online), but I'm not all that impressed. What I want is a high school with fairly up to date technology, (which leaves most of them out--but not all) and a strong emphasis on math and science, with normal kids who are at the top 10% of their grade school classes. Frankly, I'd live almost anywhere in the country. I've been to most of the provinces, excluding Mindanao--only 5 or 6 provinces there, so I've looked around. Dumaguete or Cebu or Davao wouldn't faze me, but it's a quality of life decision. I don't want too urban a location.
And to the other comment about home schooling--- we did home school for 4 years, and i had a lot of success with that. but it is very isolating, and kids need to be around other kids. if you have several kids they won't be so isolated, but only children find it isolating.
Benguet i see? Nice place. I hiked around some up there and I can see why you like it.


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If her family is educated then that is a running start, for sure. Brent is one of the schools I was referring to in terms of turning out snobs that enjoy bullying others. I wouldn't send a kid there is they were paying me.

National Science High sounds good and hopefully is better run than most of the public high schools. The Catholic schools in particular tend to be a bit more authoritarian about behavior. Something I might have resisted before but something I appreciate now. Not that I want kids that stay within the lines all the time, but I do want them to respect others.

I agree that home schooling can be isolating. My comments about more input at home was to supplement the school and fill in gaps where the school may be lacking. Kids need interaction with peers to help them develop and prepare them for the big world.

Good luck on finding the right fit. I hope that works out. Our plan is the good Catholic school until we go back to the States for a few years. Then she'll have to deal with a US high school. College will be back in the Philippines if she follows our guidance but we all know how well laid plans oft go astray.

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