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How Much It Costs to Study at Some of Manila's Top High Schools in 2019

We also look into the systems these schools undertake to educate some of the country's best and brightest students.
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Education is an investment that one will keep for the rest of his life. Like many other investments, it would be wise to consider everything from the inside-out, including the costs. For many proud parents who are looking to send their children to top schools, it comes with shelling out a pretty penny:

Assumption College Senior High School

Established in 1958, Assumption College Senior High School is a private, Roman Catholic school exclusively for girls. Since then, Assumption has been recognized by the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education, and it is also a member of the Strategic Educational Alliance of Southeast Asia. Assumption’s goal is to create a culture of excellence, faith, and empowerment for all of its girls. 

Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • P158,421 annual fee for Grade 9
  • P159,421 annual fee for Grade 10
  • P174,711 annual fee for Grade 11
  • P178,461 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: 26 San Lorenzo Drive, Makati City

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For more information, visit assumption.edu.

Ateneo de Manila High School

Ateneo de Manila High School is one of Manila's more well-known all-boys schools, being the preparatory school of the third-oldest university in the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, which was established in 1859 by the Society of Jesus. In the past years, the Catholic high school opened itself to accommodate female students. This is a newly co-educational high school that is composed of several main schools in a variety of different fields. At Ateneo, there are schools for the Humanities, Management, Science and Engineering and Social Sciences. While these schools do encourage a focus on student learning, most students preserve their diverse spectrum of interests by taking multiple elective courses in order to round out their studies.

Estimated Tuition Cost:

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  • P183,492.15 annual fee for Grade 9
  • P192,848.30 annual fee for Grade 10
  • P192,540.35 annual fee for Grade 11
  • P198,362.35 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

For more information, visit ateneo.edu.

Brent International School Manila

Brent International School is a co-educational school that creates a healthy learning environment for students from different faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Brent aims to consistently provide quality Western-style education for its students. Like most other international schools, Brent offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for students in Grade 11 and 12.

Estimated Tuition Cost: $9,120.00 and P418,900.00 annual fee for Grades 9 to 12

Location: Brentville Subdivision, Barangay Mamplasan, Biñan City, Laguna Province

For more information, visit brent.edu.ph.

British School Manila

The British School of Manila (BSM) is a co-educational school that provides quality British education for students from Nursery to Year 13. The school’s curriculum is an adapted form of the British National Curriculum, which is designed to “inspire learning through being both relevant and flexible.” At first, BSM had only 36 students, but today the school has grown to 930 students representing 33 nationalities worldwide.

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Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • £5,625 + P539,010 annual fee for Year 9
  • £5,940 + P565,425 annual fee for Year 10-11
  • £6,570 + P622,710 annual fee for Year 12-13
  • Other School Fees: Entrance Fee (P310,000), Application Fee (P22,000 for Nursery to Year 13)

Location: 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila

For more information, visit britishschoolmanila.org.

Chinese International School Manila

The Chinese International School (CISM) is a co-educational school that emphasizes the importance of global mindedness by creating a foundation of learning based on creativity and critical thinking. The school, which comprises of more than 25 different nationalities and has a student population of 300, also believes in the importance of modern languages and offers advanced courses in several, including Mandarin. CISM also offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) for all of its students in Grade 11 and 12.

Estimated Tuition Cost: P468,000 annual fee for Grades 9 to 12

Location: Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

For more information, visit cismanila.org.

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Colegio San Agustin

Colegio San Agustin (CSA) is a private, K-12, co-educational, Roman Catholic school run by the Order of Saint Augustine. The school was founded in 1967, and since then has been providing quality education to all of their ‘Augustinian’ students. These Augustinians are provided multiple immersion programs that allow them to experience the possible fields they plan to pursue after high school. CSA stresses the importance of good work ethic, professionalism, and a positive attitude.

Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • P137,126 annual fee for Grade 9
  • P142,104 annual fee for Grade 10
  • P156,250 annual fee for Grade 11
  • P169,900 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: Palm Avenue, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City, Metro Manila

For more information, visit csa.edu.ph.

De La Salle Santiago Zobel School

De La Salle Santiago Zobel School (DLSZ) is a K-12, coeducational, Catholic institution founded in 1978 by the De La Salle Brothers. DLSZ aims to transform their students to become Lasallian Achievers who live by the gospel values of the Lasallian: traditional faith, zeal for service, and communion in mission. The teachers at DLSZ promote relevant and progressive learning in their classrooms. This is in order to provide a holistic formation that would eventually lead to their students transforming society.

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Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • P156,000 annual fee for Grade 9
  • P154,000 annual fee for Grade 10
  • P156,000 annual fee for Grade 11
  • P156,000 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: University Avenue, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City

For more information, visit dlszobel.edu.ph.

Everest Academy Manila

Everest Academy is a co-educational Catholic international school that belongs to a network of more than 150 schools around the world that are directed by the Regnum Christi Movement and the Legionaries of Christ. Everest prides itself on its ability to customize curriculums to students different learning needs. There are opportunities for students to pursue an educational track that is uniquely created for them. These tracks allow them to prepare for possible future college courses. AP courses and honors classes are also available to ensure a well-rounded education.

Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • P465,800 annual fee for Grades 9 to 10
  • P474,250 annual fee for Grades 11 to 12

Location: 38th Drive North, Taguig City, Metro Manila

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For more information, visit everestmanila.com.

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Immaculate Conception Academy

The Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA) is a private, Catholic, K-12, all-girls school that is run by the Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Conception. The school hopes to guide their students during their formative years and create mature Christians who are responsible for their people, God, and country.

Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • P144,000 annual fee for 9 to 10
  • P152,000 annual fee for 11 to 12

Location: 10 Grant Street, Greenhills, San Juan City, Metro Manila

For more information, visit icagh.edu.ph.

International School of Manila

The International School of Manila (ISM) is a co-educational, nonsectarian school for all students from preschool to Grade 12. The school aims to create global citizens, which is why more than 90 percent of ISM’s faculty members are expatriates from other countries. Similarly, ISM’s student body represents 80 nationalities from around the world. ISM offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for its 11th and 12th grade students hoping to use the diploma to pursue a higher education abroad.

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Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • $14,460* + P464,000 annual fee for Grade 9 to 10; Total: P1,201,749
  • $16,160* + P519, 000 annual fee for 11 to 12; Total: P1,343,483.20 
  • Other Fees: Matriculation Fees ($3,500), Facilities Enhancement Fees ($3,500), Application Fee ($450)

Location: University Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

For more information, visit ismanila.org.

La Salle Green Hills

La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) is an all-boys school that offers specialized tracks to all of its students. Some of these tracks include Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The classes for these three main focuses are hosted in a series of air-conditioned classrooms. LSGH also has automotive and culinary electives, a swimming pool, and a gymnasium.

Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • P167,930 annual fee for Grade 9
  • P175,927 annual fee for Grade 10
  • P171,702 annual fee for Grade 11
  • P178,414 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: 343 Ortigas Avenue, Mandaluyong City

For more information visit: lsgh.edu.ph/

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Miriam College High School

Formerly known as Maryknoll Normal College, Miriam College is an all-girls academy that caters to the basic and tertiary levels at its Quezon City campus. Together with the five-year-old campus in Laguna, the student population of Miriam College is at 7,000. Its curriculum has strengthened its focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) as it also continues to be a premier Catholic institute that empowers its community through spirituality and service.

Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • P130,000 annual fee for Grade 9 to 10
  • P135,000 annual fee for Grade 11
  • P140,000 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

For more information, visit: mc.edu.ph/

PAREF Southridge School

In 1979, Southridge School was founded by Parents For Education Foundation Inc. in order to establish a school that would offer values-based formation during the formative years of boys. Southridge is a private, all-boys, 1-12 school that was founded by parents inspired by the teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Catholic religious group Opus Dei. Originally beginning with only 100 students, Southridge has grown to 10 times in population.

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Estimated Tuition Cost:P227,000 to 231,000 annual fees for Grades 9 to 12

Location: Hillsborough Subdivision, Cupang Barangay, Muntinlupa City

For more information, visit southridge.edu.ph.

PAREF Woodrose School

Woodrose School is considered to be the sister school of Southridge, both of which were founded by Parents For Education Foundation Inc. Woodrose was founded with the same values as Southridge, a safe place of learning that would offer values-based formation during the formative years of girls. Woodrose is a private, all-girls, 1-12 school, that focuses on balancing a student's intellectual, moral, social, spiritual and physical development.

Estimated Tuition Cost: P184,000 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City

For more information, visit parefwoodrose.edu.ph.

Philippine Science High School

The Philippine Science High School (PSHS) is a service institute of the Department of Science and Technology whose main campus was established in 1964. PSHS offers free scholarships for secondary courses that focus on subjects pertaining to the sciences, the students granted these scholarships are expected to pursue a career in the sciences. The PSHS goal is to nurture Filipino scholars in the field of science so they may dedicate themselves to the service of the country and the pursuit of the truth.

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Estimated Tuition Cost: Scholarship grants lead to free tuition

Location: Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City

For more information, visit pshs.edu.ph.

Saint Pedro Poveda High School

Saint Pedro Poveda High School, or more commonly referred to as Poveda, is a private Roman Catholic school exclusively for girls. The institution is run by the Teresian Association of Lay Missionaries, which was born from the intuition of Saint Pedro Poveda. The school is intent on creating “Povedans,” who prioritize: prayer and study, knowledge and virtue, and science and faith, in their education.

Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • P191,000 annual fee for Grade 9
  • P200,000 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: P. Poveda Street, Ortigas Center, Quezon City

For more information, visit poveda.edu.ph.

St. Scholastica's College

St. Scholastica’s College is an exclusive all-girls school in Manila. The Catholic institution is inspired by the Benedictine tradition of “Ora et Labora,” which is Latin for “pray and work.”

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Estimated Tuition Cost: 

  • P104,381 annual fee for Grade 9
  • P105,781 annual fee for Grade 10
  • P100,465 annual fee for Grade 11
  • P108,633 annual fee for Grade 12

Location: 2560 Leon Guinto Street, Singalong, Malate, Manila

For more information, visit ssc.edu.ph

The Beacon Academy

The Beacon Academy is a co-educational, non-denominational four-year college preparatory school. Beacon offers students an opportunity to receive and succeed in a unique and globally recognized educational program that prepares them to enter local or international colleges or universities. The school focuses on finding the “best fit” for each of its students so that their talents will develop and allow them to make a positive contribution to the country in the future.

Estimated Tuition Cost:

  • $3,300 and P579,800 annual fees for Grades 9 & 10
  • $3,400 and P609,600 annual fees for Grades 11 & 12
  • Capital Development Fee: P500,000

Location: Cecilia Araneta Parkway, Biñan City, Laguna Province

For more information, visit beaconacademy.ph.

Xavier School

Xavier is an all-boys, Filipino-Chinese, K-12 school managed by the Society of Jesus. The school is well known for its eye-opening immersion program in China that is designed to improve students understanding of both the Chinese culture and language. For the students in Grade 11 and 12, Xavier now offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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Estimated Tuition Cost: P150,000

Location: 64 Xavier Street, Greenhills, San Juan City, Metro Manila

For more information, visit w5.xs.edu.ph.

Schools on this list were sorted in alphabetical order. The tuition fees are estimated base fees only, excluding books, uniforms, and other miscellaneous fees.

Note: This article was originally released in July 2017. Additional report and rates have been updated for 2019 by Beatrice Huet, Tricia Herrera, and Cheska Mesias.

*$1 = P51.02 exchange rate

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