Frequently Asked Questions

1. What makes you an international school?

Everest belongs to a global network of over 154 schools in 19 countries. Our curriculum is designed and licensed by RC Education, which is based in Atlanta. We are accredited by AdvancED, the largest community of education professionals in the world serving 34,000 educational institutions across the United States and 70 other nations. Our faculty and staff benefit from training from abroad. The school is also a school of international character by legislation based on Republic Act 11255 approved by the President of the Republic of the Philippines last March 29, 2019.

2. Are you an IB school?

Everest is not an IB school. We offer the AP (Advanced Placement) program, which is a global academic program by the College Board based in New York, offered in secondary schools. It provides students with a recognized academic credential as universities around the world recognize AP Exam scores for admission, credit, and placement. This allows our graduates to save time and money on college tuition, study abroad, and secure a second major. College admission officers know that when they see AP on a transcript the student is experienced in a class and more ready for college.

3. Are you traditional or progressive?

We take the best practices from both ends of the spectrum. We go beyond memorization and teach our students to think, understand, ask critical questions, to assimilate, and apply their knowledge. Our teachers give our students personal attention and make use of student-centered, hands-on, experiential, and collaborative teaching approaches. Our teachers are trained to assess student learning through multiple assessment tools. These are some characteristics that are also used by schools denominated as progressive.

To achieve academic excellence and development of the whole person our students are prepared for higher learning by developing a variety of skills that may not be present in all progressive schools such as test-taking skills, independent learning, homework, study habits, time and project management. We require order in the classrooms with set routines and structures. Our teaching style actively promotes the growth in character and virtue so that the students internalize it and express it through their choices and actions. As commonly found in other traditional schools, the school has vibrant programs and practices to promote the joyful living of respect, self-mastery, obedience, responsibility, and accountability. The structured environment in our classrooms allows for progressive learning strategies to flourish.

4. What curriculum do you implement?

We offer a highly customized curriculum tailor-fitted to our learning community, blending the standards of RC Education's integral formation used in RC schools around the world, and the standards underlying the Philippine Department of Education’s K to 12 programs. At all grade levels, the core subjects of English, Filipino, Mathematics, History and Geography, and Sciences are continuously complemented by the teaching of Catholic Formation, and the study of a second language, music, fine arts, physical education, and technology programs. In high school we also offer the US-based Advanced Placement (AP) college preparatory program.

5. What is Everest's track record in terms of University acceptance?

All our 196 graduates from 2018-2020 were accepted in their top choices of foreign and local universities. Out of 196, 45% are studying abroad while 55% are pursuing their degrees in local universities.

These are some of the local and foreign universities that have accepted Everest Academy’s graduates: (Philippines) Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of the Philippines-Diliman; (International) New York University, Boston College, Johns Hopkins University, John Paul the Great Catholic College, University of Notre Dame, Rice University, University of California, and the University of Navarra.

6. Why separate the girls and boys in grade 4?

Research has proven that brain development differs between boys and girls, and becomes significant when they are between 9 and 12 years old. We believe that a student benefits from single-sex or co-ed grouping depending on age. We are committed to providing our students with an environment that allows them to maximize their integral development. These factors have given rise to our unique grouping model which offers students the best of both worlds. Therefore, Kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms are co-ed, while Grades 4 to 8 and some high school subjects are single-sex classrooms.

At the same time, we are aware that giving our students the possibility of living in a mixed environment will help them develop social skills, grow as emotionally healthy individuals, and acquire other abilities which will better prepare them for life after school. Common activities such as recess, celebrations, and civic ceremonies are done in a co-ed environment for all students.

7. Do you have expat or foreign families? What percentage of the student population do they make up?

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

Most of our families are Filipino, comprising 70% with close to 20% of mixed Filipino- foreign nationality. Foreign families make up a little over 10% of our student population.

8. Do you accept non-Catholics?

Yes, we accept non-Catholics and non-Christian families, but all students must take the Catholic Formation class, one of the mandatory academic subjects.

9. Do you accept children with special needs?

Everest believes every child has a right to learning but as a mainstream school we do not have resources to provide for children with needs beyond a certain level. The needs of the potential student are assessed to determine if Everest can support them in order for each child to fulfill his or her potential.

10. Given the current scenario of online distance learning, what will Everest Academy teach starting Academic Year 2020-21?

Starting AY 2020-21, we will use the upgraded RC Education Curriculum. This version strengthens the integration of the four dimensions of Integral Formation into the core subjects (including Advanced Placement), special subjects, and electives. The curriculum is customized for Regnum Christi schools to prepare graduates to become Christian leaders who will transform society.

For more information, visit the R-LIFE program section on this website.

11. What online learning platform will you use for virtual learning?

Everest Academy will continue using G Suite for Education, a family of apps that includes Google Classroom that is the central hub for managing learning materials, tasks, assignments, and assessments. For more information on this, please go to the R-LIFE program section on the website.

12. What is your policy on bullying, how do you handle this?

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 concerned, 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 partner to prevent bullying and maintain a safe environment.

13. How much is the tuition fee?

For overall information about Everest Academy Manila Tuition and Fees, please download our School Fees and Tuition Table (250 KB PDF).

14. Do you have extra-curricular activities?

Yes, we offer a variety of after-school activities where students can hone their talents. Given that all these varsity teams demand commitment and time from the student-players, all these extra-curriculars are on voluntary basis.

We have varsity teams in basketball and futsal for boys starting in Grade 4; badminton, chess, and tennis for boys and girls from Grades 4 to 12; and volleyball for both boys and girls starting in Grade 6. Our teams compete in the MISAA (Manila International Schools Athletic Association) and ISSA (Interscholastic Sports Association) as well as in several friendly tournaments throughout the year.

15. Do you allow nannies to stay with the young kids in the classroom (K or grade 1) for a week, a month?

We do not allow nannies in all classrooms. The kindergarten classroom has two teachers for a maximum of 20 students, while the first-grade classroom also has a teacher and teacher assistant for a maximum of 25 students.

16. Do you accept mid-year enrollments for transferring students?

Yes, we do accept transfers up to the beginning of the second semester provided the first semester has been completed in the previous school.

For cases where a transferring student comes from a different academic calendar, please contact to discuss your child's specific scenario.

17. What is the teaching approach for the Filipino subject in terms of fulfilling the requirements for local universities?

The Filipino we teach is conversational. We are currently coordinating with the local universities to ensure that we prepare our students to meet the standards required by Universities.

18. Do you offer scholarships?

No, we do not have scholarships.

19. Do you offer exchange programs with your other sister schools?

We have immersion programs open to our students, but students from other countries are not sent here in exchange. Our sister schools offer boarding school programs for international students. As the curriculum is the same, students can readily adjust and be enriched by living in a different culture. We have boarding schools in Switzerland, Ireland, and the United States.

20. Do you offer sibling discounts?

The sibling discounts are available to families as follows:

One child no discount
Two children 10% discount on both
Three children 15% discount on all children
Four children 20% on all children
Five children and more 25% on all children
21. What are the qualifications of your teachers? How is teacher performance evaluated?

All our teachers are licensed, 64% of them hold a Master’s Degree or are working towards a degree. Every summer we conduct in-service training with local and international resource persons as speakers, including from our sister schools abroad. Our teachers also have opportunities to receive training abroad.

Our teachers have formal and informal observations done by the Academic Management. At the end of every school year, the teachers are evaluated and achieve tenure after three years.

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