Private Elementary School Hunting in Cainta/Taytay Rizal Area

We have incoming Grade One and Grade Two this school year. Hubby and I decided to transfer our son from his present school (Scholastica De San Alfonso in Cainta Rizal) to a different school since we were not really satisfied in this school’s performance. On the other hand, it is also time for my daughter to attend a big school after attending Pre-school. So we decided to look for another school for our two kids even before their graduation.
We inquired first at Little Jewels Christian School. My mom’s friend recommended this school plus I have two nephews who graduated here before. Here’s what we got upon our inquiry:
• Entrance exam costs Php100 per student
• Teacher-Student ratio is 1:25
• Rooms are not air-conditioned
• School facilities are fine.
• Tuition fee for Grades I-III for School Year 2013-2014 is Php17,758.75 excluding books, notebooks, and materials

About the school
• With Government Recognition, Holistic Christian Education, Quality Education & Character Formation, Affordable Tuition Fee
• They offer Free Summer Reading for Incoming Kinder 2, Grade I pupils and Transferees
• Special Class: Violin, Arts, Majorettes, Voice/Glee Club, Taekwondo, Drum & Lyre, Theatre Arts
Location: Venus St. San Isidro Taytay Rizal
Contact No. 658-7036
We were entertained only outside the Registrar’s Office without even offering us to take a seat. We were given a schedule for the Entrance Exams and we said we’ll just come back.
We went to the 2nd school, at St. Francis of Assisi Montessori School of Cainta. Here’s what we got upon our inquiry:
• Entrance exam costs Php300 per student
• Small number of students in a class
• Air-conditioned rooms
• Use Mac Computers for their Computer subject
• Safe and secure learning environment since the school is located inside St. Francis Subdivision in Cainta Rizal
• Tuition fee for Grades I-III for School Year 2013-2014 is Php 27,302.
You can visit the website www.stfranciscainta.com to know more about this school.
We had a different kind of experience with them and I’ll ask you to bear with me as this is kind of a long one.
Obviously, tuition fee here is almost double of the 1st school we inquired upon. But the Registrar Officer let us know about their Non-resident Scholarship Program (which I did not see on their brochure nor on their website). According to her, even students who did not graduated from their school can avail of the Scholarship provided that they graduated from their previous school with honors. 1st honor graduate can avail free tuition fee, 2nd honors can avail 75% discount on tuition fee while 3rd honors can avail 50%discount on tuition fee. Imagine how interested we were! Even if we don’t know yet if our kids have honors, we are very much confident that they will both graduate with flying colors. We told the Registrar Officer that we will schedule their entrance exam after graduation.
When my kids’ schools sent us letters informing us that they will be graduating with honors, I called St. Francis of Assisi immediately and asked what requirements should I present when they take the entrance exams. Based on the girl that I talked with, I just need to bring their birth certificate and Php600 for entrance fee (for 2 kids). When I told her that I will avail of their Scholarship Program, she said that certificates of honor could follow later since schools usually give these documents after graduation. I called several times after that (tamang kulit lang and out of excitement). During those calls, I always brought up the topic about their Scholarship Program.
Remember in this post, I told you that my kids had one final thing to accomplish before summer vacation? Well, this was it. They will be taking their entrance exams to avail of their Scholarship. The big day finally arrived.
We went to the school first thing in the morning, the school officials were all in there including the Registrar Officer that we talked with when we first inquire about their school. The same woman who discussed about their Non-resident Scholarship. As I filled up the necessary forms, the owner even told me that I don’t look like I have three kids (bola!). I went to the cashier and paid Php600 for my two kids’ entrance exams. As they were both led to the testing room, I approached the Registrar Officer and told her that both my kids graduated with honors and so we will avail of their Scholarship Program.
Now here comes the bitter-sweet part.
She said, “Oh no, but they would need to be enrolled first in St. Francis Montessori for one school year before they could avail the scholarship provided that they maintained to be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd honors of their class”.
It was as if a fire sparked up at my husband’s head, and whispered to me to get the kids from the room and we will leave. Of course, I handle the matter professionally and just asked hubby to wait for me in the lobby. I calmly told the Registrar that it was not what she discussed with us, but she insisted.
We could have not possibly got it all wrong. Me, hubby and my Mom all heard and discussed that matter with her. Aside from the very fact that I kept on calling their school about that Scholarship Program. They couldn’t possibly told me to secure certificates of honor for my kids, to avail it, when they knew from the start that they were transfer students. It dawned to me, perhaps that’s why they were not very particular with the type of exams they will be giving when I asked them. The entrance exam doesn’t matter to the Scholarship Program because there was no such thing in the first place.
Our kids finished the exams, and naturally they both passed. The Registrar even got the nerve to tell us that enrollment is now on going after she obviously misled/deceived us with that wrong information. Still keeping my composure (which was very opposite on my husband’s reaction), I told her that we’ll just call them.
We made a final decision when we came home.
We can work things out with the Tuition Fee, but we cannot tolerate the misleading/deceiving information the school gave us. It’s impossible that they are in dire of students to do such acts. I could not even trust their Registrar Officer’s words about the Scholarship my kids could avail if we enroll them in their school for a year and they maintained their high grades. Even that was not in their brochure nor website. So for now, that school was crossed out  of our list.
We had our 3rd school to inquire upon with but let me cut this post from here. I’ll make a separate post about that so please do come back and visit me again.

 

22 thoughts on “Private Elementary School Hunting in Cainta/Taytay Rizal Area

  1. Hi, i just cme across your site and enjoyed reading your blogs, thank you for your very informative blog, am from cainta rizal, a mother of three bulilits. Hope you can post the 3rd school, di ko mahanap ang continuation ng private elementary school hunting mo, thanks in advance

    1. Thank you for filling there up for me Geraldine! And I love the way you address Farrah and I (calling us mommies ^_^). @Farrah, I hope you read Geraldine’s comment too. Naku, I have kwento about that third school that my kids went into this school year so keep posted:)

  2. Thank u geraldinne and kay Ma’am Mai, pero baket Ma’am Mai ang link ng website ng 3rd school posted on your blog di na working? ano website nila ngayon? may nakita akong facebook account ng school sa other forum na prinovide ng isang mommi pero am not sure if this is the same school sa blog mo kung san nag-aral mga kids mo ngayon – https://www.facebook.com/greenland.academy.cainta1981 ,malaki pala ang school if yan nga ang school ng kids mo, parang i read dati dun sa isa pang blog puro exams daw dyan ? dami exams like mastery test etc? how old na ba kids mo? and ilan na ba ang nag-aaral? eennrol ko kids ko dyan,incoming grade 1 and prep

    1. Hi Farrah, I moved kasi from Blogger to WordPress kaya siguro nagkaroon ng glitch. Have you tried the link given by Geraldine? I checked it now it’s working naman. Let me know if di pa rin sya ok. Yes, dito nga nag aaral yun 2 kids ko ngayon. Grade 1 and Grade 2. Yes, madugo ang mga exams although okay naman kasi it’s for our kids. Kaso ako na mismo yun na sstress lalo pag nababasa ko un ibang parents preparing reviewers for their kids para sa periodical exams. Ako I do it three times in one grading period kasi meron sila Mastery Test and Unit Test aside from quizzes and assignments almost everyday then uun last is for the Periodical/Quarterly exams. And on top of it, dalawa yun kids ko dun. And I find the students there na medyo magugulo, I don’t know pero that’s how my husband and I observed it for the entire school year na nakapunta kami dun. Ay ang haba na, don’t worry I’ll make a post about it:)

  3. Hi Mai,,thanks for sharing your stories and experiences with your school hunting, it is helpful and cute.we are also on the look for good school for my stepdaughter…she will be grade 8 this coming school year, so how do you rate greenland academy now..did you find it at par with your standard.?..i am confident with your judgement,,,,so keep on blogging,,,it is refreshing to read…☺

    1. Hi Maribel, thank you for the sweet words:) Well Greenland Academy, I will still recommend it to those looking for a high quality school for their kids however, for one particular reason, we decided to transfer our kids (again) to another school for this upcoming school year. I’m just been very busy with my online gigs these days but I will surely blog about it soon:)

  4. Hello, Mai!!!

    Ikaw pala si Story Book Mom! Kaya pala familiar. 🙂 I’m on a search for the perfect prE school for Yzia that’s why I stumbled upon this blog entry of yours. Y’s going to school na kasi this coming June. Naloloka lang ako kasi the husband wants to send her to the nearest best school from where we live so 2 lang options namin. There are several schools here kaya lang alam mo yun hindi pasado sa amin ni husband kaya crossed out na agad sila. The last two sChools in our list naman ay hindi ganun kabuo ang loob ko na ipasok si Y. Alam mo yun, we’re going to spend more than 40k for a 2hr 5x a week classes pero very poor ang facilities and wala man lang ako nakitang matinong educational toys sa magiging room ni Y. Pampalubag loob na lang yung kakaunti sila sa room so matututukan ang mga bata. The other school pasado sa akin ang facilities at dekalidad din talaga lalo’t nakasama sila sa top schools in Rizal kaso traditional sila and madami students per class, and with Y’s personality husband and I believe na mas okay if progressive muna siya for few years.

    Nahihirapan ako magdecide. Konti na lang maloloka na ko taLaga. Huhuhu. Yung 40k malayo na ang mararating nun kung hindi kami dito nakatira e. May mga nakita akong schools in Cainta and Antipolo konting dagdag na lang okay na okay na, even facilities kaya lang the husband is very firm na hindi muna pwede ibiyahe si Y ng malayo. Naiintindihan ko naman yun kasi nung first year high school ako sa Siena Taytay ako and sa biyahe pa lang ngarag na ako what more si Y na 3 years old pa lang di ba?

    Andami ko ng sinabi. Pasensiya na. Ako’y naghahanap ng ka-nanay to nanay talk at talagang naisstress ako ng wagas sa pagpili ng eskwelahan para sa anak ko. I know you understand, because just like you I also want the best for my child. And about diyan sa St. Francis of Assisi, aba! Nakakaloka yan ha. Kung sa akin nangyari yan malamang ako yung salita ng salita tapos si husband ang aawat sa akin. Hehehe! Pero tama yan ginawa niyo na hindi niyo na dun inenroll yung kids niyo, mahirap na magtiwala sa school kapag ganun…

    1. Hi Krisna! Naku, may bisita pala ako dito eh eto at ngayon lang ako naka reply. No worries, I love long comments na tipong chikahan talaga. Naku, hindi na nga updated ang mga kwento ko about my kids’ school. My two grade schoolers are going to LJCS na actually, just a 5 minute walk away from our home. My 5 year old daughter is studying at Light Bearer Christian Academy. Naintindihan ko yang dilemma mo na yan about your daughter’s first school at talagang nakaka stress yan. Tama rin yan na nag aask ka sa ibang fellow mothers natin. Oo nga, mahirap naman for a 3 year old ang long travel. Parang I saw Y wearing a uniform na on your IG? Yun na ba ang napili nyo? Anyway good luck and I’ll be praying na you found the right school for your precious little girl. Oh and I suggest na you enroll her on a summer class. Instead of sit in, at least during summer class, she’ll feel na kasali sya talaga and she’ll be familiar na sa class set up, para sa pasukan konti nlng ang adjustment nya.

  5. Hallow! Thank God nag-push through pala yung pagkahaba-haba kong comment. Akala ko hindi. I’ve been checking kasi your blog kung nagreply ka na. 🙂 Thanks, muther. Naloloka lang kasi talaga ako kaya puro mom blogs na may preschoolers ang hina-hunting ko now.

    Yung nakita mo sa IG na nakauniform si Y, sinuotan lang siya ng lola ko. Hehehe. Dalawang araw niya suot at ayaw hubadin. Excited na din kasi magschool. 🙂 Anyway, tama ka. Yung mga schools na pinuntahan namin they also advised na ienroll si Y for summer para di na mahirapan mag-adjust sa pasukan. Pero I’m still having second thoughts until now dun sa progresive school eh pero nagbayad na kami for reservation. Sabi kasi ni hubby baka daw pag nakafinal kami na doon eh biglang wala na slot. Tama naman kasi January pa lang pang-9 na si Y sa nagpareserve dun sa sched na gusto ko.

    Ask ko lang, muther, if ikaw nasa kalagayan ko are you going to enroll Y in a traditional setup for summer or doon na din sa school na talagang pag aaralan niya which is a progressive one?

    1. Naku sorry naman, late as always ang reply ko hehe.. Tama na rin nga na nagpareserve na kayo, mahirap na mawalan ng slot eh lalo na kung yun naman na talaga ang choice nyo na school. For me, much better na dun mo na sya enroll for summer sa school na papasukan nya talaga. Kasi one thing nga na mag ssummer sya eh for her to “feel” the school and the way they handle kids di ba? Panibagong adjustment na naman sa kanya yun pag pasok nya at hindi naman yun ina-attendan nya ng summer class. Yun sa preschool ng mga kids ko, ang summer class nila ay may bayad pero ibabawas yun kung dun mo rin sya ieenroll. Better ask din yun school of your choice baka may ganung scheme din sila.

  6. Hello…. mga mommies…enjoy naman ako sa comment nyo at super nakakarelate ako…share ko lang ang experience ko sa mga tsikiting ko. My eldest kasi started going to schol at 4 years old…super mahiyain sya at ayaw makipagusap sa tao…we decided to enrol her first in a smalls school na may small class so she can easily adjust sa small group of kids. Dito lang yung malapit sa house namin then she started to gain confidence at natutukan sya ng teacher sa maga first abcs niya, first handwriting nya etc. Nang magpreparatory sya that when we decide transfer her to a big scholl like Faith Christian. Tuition fee is PHP30+ at wala pang uniform. Nakapgadjust naman sya kaya lang talagang sobrang competitie din paang sa Greenland. Maraming tests, maraming assignments…..maraming projects. Dito rin nadevelop yung study habits nya. Pero stress din ako kasi kailangan talagang tutukan yung bata. When she finished Grade 2, we decided to transfer her to a Cainta Catholi cSchool -much bigger sya at catholic. Big ang calss pero di masyadong competitive tulad ng Faith Christian High School. Meron silang Wednesday – free day wherein they can play, do some Team Building activities, pwedeng magcelebrate ng parties and lastly di pwedeng iuwi ang asignment at project. They have to do that in school para authentic na sila ang gumawa.. Medyo nakita ko na nagenjoy ang anak ko dito sa school na to and she started to go into extracurricular activities. We are a devout Catholic and just studying for 6 months , alam nya na lahat ng novenas and start to lead rosaries during Mama Mary’s visit. Tuition fee is much cheaper -mga 28K kasama na yung books. Share ko lang… sa inyo …thanks

  7. hi mommy mai. I would just like to know why you are planning to transfer your 2 kids from greenland academy to another school. And also, which school you are planning to transfer them. I have a daughter who is turning gr 1 this school year and one of my options for her is greenland academy. Thanks! 🙂

  8. Hi Mai. I would just like to know why you will transfer your kids from Greenland Academy to another school. I have an incoming gr. 1 daughter and one of my options is greenland academy. What’s your feedback with this school? Thanks!

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  10. hi ..I am also a mom looking for a good school for my incoming grade 1 student.. Oo nga mommy can we know the reason why you want to transfer school from Greenland academy?thanks

  11. Hi mommies! Anyone heard of Child’s Place in Acropolis Subd. Taytay Rizal? Ive visited the place already. the facilities & security are ok naman. According to the lady (who assisted us) progressive approach sila. Nag walk in lang kami and id say gusto ko yun school for my babies. But i couldnt find any reviews re the school even sa google. I hope you could share some thoughts about this school kase mejo mabigat yun fees nila since 2 babies (kinder & nursery) ipapasok namin. Please …thanks in advance!

    1. Our 3-year-old is currently enrolled at Child’s Place as his 1st school. It’s a so-so preschool who overcharges parents with anything they can make you pay for. Like field trip per head was P2,650. With a chaperone – that’s times two! We took an old tourist bus,btw. Preschoolers will have to a pay a monthly food fee. Even if your child does not eat the food,like during absences and cancellation of classes due to typhoon – still counting that as “consumed”. Not much activities for our dear preschoolers. Only field trip and Christmas Program next week so far. Other preschools are on their 5th or 6th school activity by this time already,right?

    2. Our 3-year-old is currently enrolled at Child’s Place as his 1st school. It’s a so-so preschool who overcharges parents with anything they can make you pay for. Like field trip per head was P2,650. With a chaperone – that’s times two! We took an old tourist bus,btw. Preschoolers will have to pay a monthly food fee. Even if your child does not eat the food,like during his absences and cancellation of classes due to typhoon – still counting that as “consumed”. Not much activities for our dear preschoolers. Only field trip and Christmas Program next week so far. Other preschools are on their 5th or 6th school activity by this time already,right?

      1. hi anonymous mom, may i know how much is the current tuition fee for your 3 yrs old kid? i am planning to enroll my 2yr old boy to their toddler class. from what i can remember they provided an estimate of 10k for 40 hours class as a “trial period”. do you recommend child’s place still or there are better toddler playschools in taytay area? thanks.

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