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|Language of instruction||English|
|Native English teachers|
|Extra languages (other than English)|
|Maximum||20 students / class|
All the details about this school in their own words
|Number of students||
|Max. number of students per class||
16 students for K – Gr 5, 20 students for Gr 6 – 8
|Language support for students not fluent in English||
English as a Second Language
|Additional language classes offered by the school||
Filipino, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish
|Use of technology in the classroom||
Information Technology hardware and software systems support 21st century learning at Beacon. A secured WiFi network enables safe wireless access to data and information. All classrooms are equipped with computers. In addition, the school has two computer labs equipped with Windows and Mac computers.
Depends on the grade level.
|Entry evaluation for students||
Academic testing and interview
|Brief description of entry evaluation required||
All applicants will have an interview with the Guidance Counselor. Students applying for Grades 4-8 will be tested in Math and English, and write an essay to establish academic readiness. These students will complete these assessments during the sit-in visit.
In some cases, following the sit-in visit, an interview is arranged with the parent(s) of the prospective student together with the grade level coordinator and the Dean of School.
|Students can join after academic year begins||
New students are typically admitted at the beginning of a school term. However, in the first six weeks of the school year,depending on availability, prospective students may be accepted with a view towards an immediate start. Subsequently, exceptions may also be made for mid-term enrolment of students from families who have recently moved to Manila.
During the school year, admissions will be accepted up until the beginning of the Third Term for placement during that school year.
|Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs||
Students with special educational needs (SEN) are admitted given that their learning needs are documented by an external psychologist or other qualified specialists and that these can be supported within the range of provisions available through the Student Learning Services at the Beacon School.
|Learning support offered||
Working from a team based approach, an Accommodation Plan or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is created and implemented to ensure that students, who require different teaching and assessment, receive intervention and reasonable accommodations, and are engaged in the programme to the fullest extent possible. The team collaborates with the student’s parents, classroom teachers and specialists as they address the student’s unique learning needs.
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|Extracurricular activities or clubs offered||
The After School Activities programme at Beacon complements the regular curricular programmes. The After School Activities programme at Beacon provides opportunities for students from K to 8 to discover new interests, meet new friends, and acquire new skills beyond academics. Each trimester, in coordination with the Sports After School and Music programmes, Beacon offers an additional range of activities to students including cooking, photography, cartooning, and drama. Not every activity is offered to students of all ages, yet at each grade level, students are provided with choices.
|Sports activities included||
The co-curricular sports programmess at Beacon, like the K to 8 IB Physical Education courses, aim to promote health and fitness, teamwork, fair competition, leadership, responsibility, self-discipline, safety, and enjoyment through recreation. To enhance the educational experience of students, Beacon School offers a variety of developmentally appropriate sports programs after school: basketball, soccer, tennis, wall climbing, volleyball, gymnastics, and taekwondo.
|Sports teams or sport competitions available for students||
|Qualities and characteristics best defining the school||
The Beacon School is an independent, non-profit, secular, and co-educational school for students from Pre-K to Grade 8. The school is accredited by the Department of Education of the Philippines and authorized by the International Baccalaureate to deliver the Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme. This internationally recognized curriculum framework provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of Filipino culture and heritage, as they actively engage in a high quality, inquiry-based program of study that fosters an awareness of complex global issues and the skills needed to address them.
|Teaching approach of the school||
The Beacon School provides students with a global education that is both rigorous and balanced, that nurtures and inspires them toward their individual potential. The learning community encourages students to integrate a deep appreciation for Filipino culture with a respect for diversity, understanding the complexity of our world. They are challenged to become independent thinkers, confident communicators, and engaged citizens committed to act in service of society.