Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a compilation of frequently asked questions.

1. What makes you an international school?; 2. Are you an IB school?; 3. Are you traditional or progressive?; 4. What is Everest's track record in terms of University acceptance?; 5. Why separate the girls and boys in grade 4?; 6. Are you recognized or accredited by DepEd? What about PAASCU?; 7. What is AdvancEd and what does it mean to be accredited by them?; 8. Do you have expat or foreign families? What percentage of the student population do they make up?; Do you accept non-Catholics?; 10. Do you accept children with special needs?; 9. Do you accept non-Catholics?; 10. Do you accept children with special needs?; 11. What is your policy on homework?; 12. What is your policy on bullying, how do you handle this?; 13. How much is the tuition fee?; 14. Do you have extra-curricular activities?; 15. Do you allow nannies to stay with the young kids in the classroom-K or grade 1-for a week, a month?; 16. Who owns the school?; 17. What grade levels do you offer and what are the cut-off ages?; 18. Do you accept mid-year enrolments for transferring students?; 19. Will Everest eventually be moved to Nuvali?; 20. What is the teaching approach for the Filipino subject in terms of fulfilling the requirements for local universities?; 21. Do you offer scholarships?; 22. Do you offer exchange programs with your other sister schools?; 23. Do you offer sibling discounts?; 24. What are the qualifications of your teachers? How is teacher performance evaluated?; 25. What facilities will the succeeding school buildings have? FAQ, faqs

Everest belongs to a global network of over 230 schools in 20 countries owned by an international congregation. Our curriculum is an international curriculum designed and licensed by the National Consultants for Education, which is based in Atlanta. We are accredited by an international body, the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED, an organization dedicated to advancing excellence in education worldwide. Our faculty and staff benefit from training from abroad.

We are an international school that will offer Advance Placement courses in College. AP Courses actually give college credits to students who want to study in universities abroad. Our standards are international and we benchmark with other schools abroad. IB is a curriculum that can be purchased by schools and used only in part. Everest has chosen to use the curriculum licensed by the National Consultants for Education (NCE) based in the United States as it is developed to prepare the students for AP courses and provides academic excellence as well as a holistic approach to education. Our curriculum integrates different subjects and is founded on a Christian worldview.

We implement our own licensed method called Integral Formation® to develop the spiritual, intellectual, human, and apostolic dimensions of the whole person. Our standard curriculum is developed and licensed by National Consultants for Education (NCE). We give a lot of personal attention in our teaching approach and have a lot of student- centered activities. We do not focus on memorization but teach our students how to think, how to ask critical questions and how to assimilate and apply their knowledge. These are some of the characteristics that are also used by schools denominated as progressive. To achieve academic excellence and development of the whole person we also have characteristics that are not typically found in progressive schools. We require order in the classrooms with set routines and structures. We also actively impart respect for authority, obedience, structure and all the other values and virtues to our students. Everest combines the best elements of both the progressive and traditional approach, which makes our school very unique in the Philippines, to develop in our students the intellectual ability to understand and form a personal opinion on the challenges of our time.

Everest Academy is in its seventh year of operation in the Philippines. Our first batch will be graduating in 2017. Although we do not have graduates in Manila yet we are very pleased with the results of our sister schools that use the same curriculum and teaching methods, and our students are up to par with their results. Pinecrest Academy in Atlanta, for example, scored 30% higher than the schools in Georgia and 25% higher than the schools globally.

Research has proven that brain development differs between boys and girls which becomes significant when they are between 9 and 12 years old. Everest offers gender specific education in a co-ed campus starting in fourth grade.. Both boys and girls learn the same things, so the curriculum does not change. What happens is that teaching adjusts to the preference, needs, motivation and, above all, the learning styles of each gender. For example, boys are generally stimulated by developing skills under pressure and time limits with winners and losers. Girls on the other hand generally prefer teamwork where nobody wins and nobody loses.

Yes, we have the DepEd permit to operate and our Elementary School has received DepEd recognition.

We have not yet worked towards PAASCU accreditation as we are an international school and first applied for AdvancEd accreditation, which we officially received in July 2013.

AdvancEd is the largest educational community in the world. It is an external body that reviews a school's internal self-assessment against a set of research-based quality standards, so that accredited schools can continuously improve student learning and make school improvement a distinctive reality. It insists on a relentless pursuit of excellence - for itself and for the institutions it accredits. Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance designed primarily to help educational institutions boost their ongoing performance efforts for the benefit of their students and to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards. Everest has chosen AdvancED as the school believes that the students deserve to have the best learning environment based on quality international school standards and indicators.
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The majority of our families are Filipino, comprising roughly 65% with a little over 25% of mixed Filipino- foreign citizenship. Foreign families make up close to 10% of our student population.

Yes we do. Everest Academy also does not discriminate against applicants and students on the basis of race, sex, color, and national or ethnic origin.

Every child has a right to learning and at Everest we seek to tailor our teaching to each child's individual needs. We have a learning specialist who has a wide experience in special education in the United States. The needs of the potential students are assessed to determine if Everest is able to fulfil them. Everest is a mainstream school.

Homework is given to reinforce learning already taken up in class but new topics that have not yet been discussed will not be given as homework assignments.

The Dean of Students will accept and review all reports of bullying, including anonymous reports.

School administrators will consider the ages and maturity of the students involved, the type of behaviors, the frequency and/or pattern of behaviors, the context in which the incident occurred, and other relevant circumstances. Consequences may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension, expulsion, and/or reports to law enforcement officials.

The school implements a comprehensive bullying prevention program under which students, employees, parents, and community members together partner to prevent bullying and maintain a safe environment for our students.

In general we are lower than the other international schools.

Yes we do offer a variety of after school activities in order to provide opportunities for our students to nurture their talents. These are purely voluntary for those students who are interested in the particular activities available each semester.

We also have varsity teams in basketball and soccer for both boys and girls starting in 4th grade, which demand commitment from the players. Our teams compete in MISAA (Manila International Schools Athletic Association) as well as in a number of friendly tournaments organized throughout the year.

The policy is not to allow nannies in the classroom. The kindergarten classroom will have two teachers for a maximum number of 15 students. First grade also has a teacher assistant.

The school is owned by a Catholic Movement called Regnum Christi, which has a religious congregation called the Legionaries of Christ. They are present in more than forty countries and own and operate numerous schools and universities in America and Europe. We have on campus five consecrated women from the Regnum Christi movement - the executive director, formation director, and instructors of formation. We also have a full time chaplain from the Legionaries of Christ and three other priests that assist in mentoring for the boys and spiritual direction and formation for parents and teachers.

Starting next school year we will be offering Kinder for 5 year olds up to 9th grade. As of this year we have grades 1-8. The cut-off is grade level age by November of the school year: K - 5; Gr. 1 - 6; Gr. 2 - 7; Gr. 3 - 8; Gr. 4 - 9; Gr. 5 - 10; Gr. 6 - 11; Gr. 7 - 12; Gr. 8 - 13; Gr. 9 - 14.

We do accept transfers up to the end of the 3rd quarter.

For cases where a student is transferring from a country with a different academic calendar and has completed a particular grade level, we can accept him or her even in the 4th quarter, but the quarter will not be credited.

No, this campus will always be here offering Kinder to 12th grade. There is a second Everest Academy property in Nuvali and studies are on-going to determine what we will start off offering there.

The Filipino we offer is conversational language. We are currently coordinating with the local universities to ensure that we prepare our students enough to be able to meet the standards required of them when they reach university.

No we do not have scholarships. We do have tuition assistance for families who wish to apply for it.

Our sister schools offer programs for international students. As the curriculum is the same, students can readily adjust and also be enriched by living in a different culture, with an Everest family from abroad. We also have boarding schools in Switzerland, Ireland, and the United States.

The sibling discount is currently offered to the 3rd child.

All our teachers are licensed and some are Master's Degree holders while others are currently pursuing their Masters. Every summer we conduct in-service training where experts from the US come to train our teachers in Integral Formation and a few of our teachers have had the opportunity to go to the US to receive training as well.

Our teachers have formal and informal observations done by the Principal and Academic Coordinators. At the end of every school year the teachers are evaluated and achieve tenure only after 3 years.

The second phase of the Middle and High School building will be a mirror image of the current Middle School building and have the same facilities, which are classrooms and a Science Lab. The roof will be a covered court.

The final building will house a gymnasium, auditorium and cafeteria.

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