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Does anyone here know anything about Royal Oaks Academy in Mandaue?


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I am talking about the private school by the new Consolacion/Mandaue bridge.

The wife and I are thinking of sending our daughter there, but it is going to run about P60,000 per year, all-in.

That is a lot of money for a school I know nothing about other than what the principal told me and that wasn't very much.

She was open and polite, but her main concern seemed to be to turn our child into an attorney and a politician, which I am not so sure is the right way to go about things.

Are they really a good school and are they really worth that kind of money?

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arentol

To my knowledge being an "International" school means being accredited by an International accreditation body... which effectively means either the University of Cambridge or the International Baccalaureate program.

 

In Cebu, the Cambridge accreditation has been given to the Centre for International Education (CIE) in Mabolo/Kasambagan in full (i.e., all student levels) and Woodbridge International School partially (only for early years). Cebu International School (CIS) is accredited with the International Baccalaureate program.

 

There are quite a few schools which advertise themselves as being "International," but are not accredited as such. They are simply trying to charge a lot money to take advantage of foreign students/parents. I think it's quite telling that the Royal Oaks International School is not accredited according to the above and also does not even have a Website.

 

For what it's worth, we send our daughter to CIE and we have no complaints. The tuition for Reception (equiv. kindergarten) is not much more than the figure you mentioned. Note that they offer a substantial discount if your child is a Filipino citizen. The thing that I like is that EVERYONE speaks English... the staff, students, everyone. My wife and I are there every day and we don't hear a word of Visayan. That's something I can't say for other schools.

 

Best of luck!

 

 

Kind regards,

Aren

 

 

I am talking about the private school by the new Consolacion/Mandaue bridge.

The wife and I are thinking of sending our daughter there, but it is going to run about P60,000 per year, all-in.

That is a lot of money for a school I know nothing about other than what the principal told me and that wasn't very much.

She was open and polite, but her main concern seemed to be to turn our child into an attorney and a politician, which I am not so sure is the right way to go about things.

Are they really a good school and are they really worth that kind of money?

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A lot depends on the age of your children. When ours were young (up to 6/7 years), they went to a local private school (Cambridge Child Development Centre in Lahug) which was fine for them - nice family atmosphere. As they get older, your decision is more important. As we had girls, we looked at PAREF Southcrest in Banilad (boys would go to Springdale) which is a good local private school for the middle/upper classes, although was not 'International'. In the event we left Cebu, so did not have to make the choice. CIE was another good option as described above.

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CIS is the only school in the Visayas and Mindanao areas of the Philippines to offer the International Baccalaureate program. We are also the only internationally accredited school in the region.

 

This is a statement I don't understand, Isn't CIE also in the region?

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I have heard they are around 220,000 pesos a year for tuition at CIE and CIS for their higher grades. Maybe Arentol can tell us if that is true.

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I was told CIE cost half as much as CIS but can't remember the cost. That was a few yrs ago though.

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Sent daughter to Royal oaks for her first 2 years of school. Was ok for kinder, and considering it was close to Mactan and we used their bus service, but its not worth 60,000. It may start out ok, but you will wind up being disappointed. Same thing happened at bright academy which was double the price. Too much time learning how to dance and sing and paying for stupid costumes every 2 months all for the benefit of the owners kids.

 

Wound up home schooling using a US program and never looked back. If you have to send them, i'd say Sacred Heart Ateneo. If you want your kids to get a decent education, you WILL have to get them out of the Philippines by high school. Problem is by then they are so far behind. 

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My children have all gone to a private school from K1 till now, with the eldest in her third year high school. In the area we live, the school is considered to be the best there is. Of course, this is judged by the locals. In fact, the school is private, yes, but it is really a school established for the benefit of the staff of the university where the school is located. The benefit is cheap tuition for the staff, and "outsiders" paying more. The staff of the schools is paid badly, so they have otter inspiration to do much. They want to get to a public school position with all the benefits that accompany those. Even the head teachers have little power, since the staff is really hired by the university, with the usual nepotism and crony networks.

 

In spite of this, I am not particularly disturbed. Even students who go to far better schools, still stick with a curriculum which is DEPED approved and will not likely ever match the quality of other countries school systems.

 

I know this has the potential to generate all sorts of banter back and forth about the entire education system. I'm not up for that. Just want to give a heads up to the OP and others that schools and schooling are not particularly good here, with some expensive exceptions.

 

I would siggest looking at the convenience factors and security as well as the academic aspects when choosing a school. Those of you in the larger cities have more choices. Not so where we live. Public or limited private schools.

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The tuition fees for both CIS and CIE increase by grade level. MikeMS is correct in that CIE is roughly half the cost of CIS -- our daughter is in Reception level at CIE and our tuition for the year was Php 78,000. It's cheaper to pay in full than by installment.

 

The tuition mentioned above for CIE is applicable if the student is a Filipino citizen. If not, then the fees are more in-line with CIS'.

 

Yes, Brucewayne, to my knowledge the statement from CIS that "We are also the only internationally accredited school in the region." is incorrect

 

If you're seeking another option, you may wish to investigate the Singapore School Cebu. Although they are not accredited according to international standards, their curriculum follows the Singaporean educational system which is among the best in the world. Please note that Singapore schools focus heavily on math and science, perhaps to the detriment of more creative-minded subjects. This is a consideration to keep in mind.

 

I hope all goes well for you!

 

 

Regards,

Aren

 

 

 

 

I have heard they are around 220,000 pesos a year for tuition at CIE and CIS for their higher grades. Maybe Arentol can tell us if that is true.

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Brucewayne

Has anyone dealt with the Forum school in Consolacion?

They have a good reputation according to locals and claim to have foreign students who do well there.

They aren't terribly expensive and are non-religious.

A big plus for Forum is it's location is on the edge of town in a rural setting, on the side of a hill.

Quiet, guarded heavily and students cannot come or go without a parent to escort them.

The big minus is that I don't know anything about their "extra-curricular activities (which I don't believe in) or how well they actually teach as they will not let us in for a tour during class time while students are present.

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