Four core programs
1. Literature and Narrative-based Learning Program
The best way to get someone to listen? Tell a good story! We use literature and narratives to help teach concepts because it has been proven that if facts are put into a logical sequence and given context, a person is better able to remember and evaluate information.
Aside from just remembering facts, stories and literature enhance higher-order thinking skills, creativity, fluency, and one’s imagination. Stories also teach values and cause-and-effect relationships.
1. Enhances higher-order thinking skills
2. Proper language acquisition and use
3. Provides learning in context
4. A means to learning important life skills
2. S.E.S. Program (Social-Emotional Skills Program)
EQ is more important than IQ; the person who knows restraint and is self-aware is more likely to succeed than the one who relies mainly on smarts. Based on the initiatives of CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) and Daniel Goleman (advocate and writer of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ), Social-Emotional Learning is a process of acquiring important life skills through self and social awareness. Scientists and researchers have proven that having these life skills and integrating a social-emotional learning program into the curriculum results in a student’s higher sense of self and success in the future.
Our Social-Emotional Skills Program is based on these studies which include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and social management. Each part of the program includes activities designed for self-reflection and applying these skills in their home and school life.
Benefits: (Based on Social and Emotional Learning Research Group at the University of Illinois, studies by Daniel Goldman and Durlak, Weissberg et al.'s recent meta-analysis of 213 rigorous studies of SEL in schools)
1. Students perform better in school
2. Student behavior and attitude improve
3. Students understand why bullying is NOT an option
4. Real enjoyment in learning
5. Teacher, parents and caregivers are part of the social-emotional learning process
3. Service Learning Program
Smarts aren't worth anything if you don't have heart. Our program is based on the IPARD (Investigation, Preparation, Action, Reflection and Demonstration/Celebration) Model of service learning advocated by Children, Inc., Mayerson Service Learning Initiative, and Design for Change’s Thinking Guide for Schools.
Our country needs the help of private citizens who care enough to effect change in their communities. With a service learning program, we want to do more than just donate or hand out goods whenever there is a calamity. We believe that if we give students the opportunity to be helpful in small ways on a regular basis, this will help create a sense of nationalism and pride in the future generations.
1. Self-worth, empowerment and planning skills
2. Other students benefit from their example
3. Community involvement for positive change
4. Kulturang Pilipino Program
We want our students to be fluent in Philippine culture through exposure to our country’s visual arts, music, song, dance and literature. Learning to appreciate who we are as Filipinos, we encourage the use of speaking and writing in Tagalog, as well as being familiar with the 101 Sagisag Kultura as initiated by the NCCA (National Commission on Culture and the Arts).
This program includes trips to museums, listening and watching cultural performances, reading good Philippine literature, and trying to replicate different indigenous art with their hands.
1. The use of literature as part of learning
2. Provide real-life experiences in Philippine culture
3. Enriches the student’s Social Studies and Filipino subjects in school
4. Deepens one’s personal and national identity