The Builders' School
...building ideas, crafting solutions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How much is your tuition?
A: Our tuition fee ranges from Php 60,000 to 70,000.
This is NOT inclusive of materials fee nor additional fees for individualized / integrated literacy support program for students who may need intervention in the area of language and learning, based on assessment results and screening tests.
We do have reasonable payment schemes (monthly, quarterly, etc) being middle class parents ourselves. You may request a sample payment scheme.
We are a small school of less than 50 children in ALL,
with small class sizes. We have a small teacher student ratio 1: 6
And that is how we see quality education can be delivered...
with loads of fun and hardwork. Get an idea here.
See our admission procedures here.
Q: What textbooks do you require?
A: We do not require textbooks. We rely a lot on authentic literature and teacher-made materials.
But we do make use of selected textbook-based materials for your children to do so that they improve on their self study skills , independent skills practice, and print material navigational skills.
As for other print materials for classroom use, the school uses your materials fee for photocopies or desktop printing of practice exercise booklets, teacher selected worksheets and readings from a variety of instructional materials or references.
BUT WE DO NOT ascribe to one publisher as we do not find sense in it. This is because progressive schools generally do not ascribe to a textbook driven curriculum.
Rather, we go for the right kind of balance. We would rather that families invest on recommended authentic literature for your children to use in school and add to your book collection at home.
At Builders, we issue a book list for you to acquire on your own. Some purchases are facilitated by the office through a group order to save on cost.
See a sample book list here. Learn more about our language program here.
Q: How about tests and quizzes? Do we need to review our kids?
A: Generally, progressive schools do not solely rely on tests and quizzes as basis for your children to demonstrate best what and how they are learning. BUT YES, we do have tests and quizzes. And yes, occasional reviews can be done from your end if you think these can help.
We view tests and quizzes as a means to check on basic facts or content knowledge your children are acquiring.
We also think it is a good way to scaffold learning to cope in a test taking environment they will eventually need to encounter as they face high school and university work.
During assessment week we provide a variety of authentic assessments in the form of project presentations and other performance based tasks and written tests. We also administer some assessments tasks individually depending on the special needs of a few children.
Prior to this, review tasks are given in school and teachers also send home tips/ pointers or task sheets to prepare for assessment week.
Additionally, our reading and math specialist provide standardized tests during different points of the school year.
Standardized tests are a bit costly but essential to our intervention hence we invest on these. Why?
Data from these tests help us evaluate the achievement and performance of our students alongside our program goals. We also use findings to decide on continuing enrolment especially for children with special needs (whether with formal or informal diagnosis/ assessment).
Q: Do you practice grade retention?
A: As much as possible we do our best to prevent retention. In cases when students are unable to cope with academics and our learning environment or have earned failing grades, we provide additional educational services to help your child cope or refer to other specialists who can do additional individualized skills instruction so that the child functions and learns within age and grade level expectations. We also do our best to tailor fit our teaching, to include multigrade approaches.
In cases when absences and participation has been affected and not in compliance with DepEd ruling and our school policy on attendanc and absences, retention shall be carried out.
However, in cases of children with other learning difficulties and conditions (diagnosed or undiagnosed), when instead of retention in school, transfer to another school is a better solution with due consideration to the child's needs and also with respect to our need for consistency in keeping with set parent-school agreements.
Hence parent teacher conferences are important to us so that feedback and updates on your child's performance are discussed with you. We value honesty and transparency and take seriously partnership with parents and arriving at needed agreements in keeping with conditions set for continued enrolment.
Q: What is the ILS?
A: ILS =Integrated Literacy Support for children diagnosed with learning disabilities and/ other language related problems for children with special needs.
We are a regular school and do our best to be inclusive, within allowable parameters.
This is because we are a small school with small class sizes hence consideration is given to the ratio. Generally, we have slots for children diagnosed as having a learning disability given the experience/ expertise of our teachers with LD.
Children undergo the application process but parents are rightfully informed of limited slots therefore after careful screening and with due consideration to our current student population and class profiles, we are able to admit children with special needs. However, continued enrolment is subject to evaluation.
We are NOT a special school but we accommodate the needs of students we have committed to accept.
Q: Any parent expectations?
A: Parents are expected to cooperate and work within the agreements and conditions we set during meetings and parent teacher conferences. We also review the quality of parent partnership and responsibilities to ensure success of our recommendations and interventions.
Midway and after a school year, we sit with parents to evaluate and report the status of their child’s progress, set new goals and see whether the child is best to continue with us, under specific agreed conditions or recommend as to whether it is best for the child to move on to another school or learn from a special program/ learning environment which may very well address the special needs of the child.
We are also able to do proper referrals or recommendations to Community of Learners, JASMS, St Joseph, Mind Matters, LitCorps, Word Prime, Reading Ladder, and other specialists within CORIS (Council of Reading and Intervention Specialists).
Learn about other progressive schools here.
Q: How about grades? Do you give numerical grades?
A: Yes we do as we still see it as a sound and practical way to communicate performance and achievement.
Most importantly, along with the grades, we also give qualitative feedback in the form of teacher comments. These are shared during parent teacher conferences. We also invite parents to attend work presentations and project fairs as a way for children to communicate and demonstrate individual and collaborative learning.
Progress reports and results of standardized math and reading tests are also co-shared with parents as part of their child's school records.
Report cards and teacher comments/ feedback are issued once per trimester.
Q: Do you have homework?
A: YES we do. In the early years and primary grades, mostly these are TO-brings and reading or tasks and sometimes unfinished work.
We believe though that structuring time spent at home should be the parent's responsibility and that providing occasional homework at the primary levels will help you provide routine and discipline for study time at home.
As children progress through the older grades, homework become more frequent.
At times, we also require students to complete unfinished work (homework or seatwork) in school as means to teach them self management and responsibility for missed work in case of absences (excused or unexcused).
Q: Do you admit students who may have earned failing grades from other schools?
A: Yes, we do try to make room to give children second chances.
This is because we think some of these students may have learning disabilities we can address within our small learning environment. In fact, we have had success stories of these children---most especially because parents have been cooperative to conditions we set in support of their children's needs and learning conditions.
Read more about this here.