Affordable Private Education Centres (APEC) is a chain of affordable secondary schools that are focused on employability and life skills, based in metro Manila.
- Rapidly expanding chain of affordable secondary schools in Metro Manila
- Joint venture investment with Ayala Corporation
- The chain is in the cheapest quartile of private schools in the city and already outperforming many more expensive schools.
- Students are taught in an English immersive environment with an innovative curriculum
- APEC aims to prepare its students for higher education or professional employment, which a majority of other Filipino public schools currently struggle to achieve
In the Philippines 70% of high school graduates do not go to college. Of those that do, 80% drop-out before they graduate. Of those that remain, a massive 60% of graduates do not have regular employment. APEC aims to remedy this by graduating every student into higher education or directly to employment. Currently at 12 schools with more opening in 2015 the school chain will teach thousands of children, creating opportunities for a better future for them, their families and the country.
There is strong global demand for Filipino talent. For around only $500 per year, which places APEC in the cheapest quartile of private schools, APEC is delivering high quality, affordable education that significantly enhances students’ employment potential and readiness for competing in the global employment market. For example, schools are an English immersive environment and the innovative curriculum includes one day every week where students work in teams on an extended project in their community. The advanced curriculum also includes essential academics, professional skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, leadership development and an ethical underpinning of values such as determination, integrity, and compassion. Other features of the APEC model include a longer school day, extensive professional development for staff delivered via master teachers, and extensive data analysis including tracking the development of values and ‘soft skills’.
The PALF’s JV partner, Ayala is a company with a deep commitment to, and experience in, the Philippines. Together we believe that education has the power to transform lives and to build nations. The new schools, initially opening as Junior High Schools, educate children from low-income households. Currently more than 80% of APEC’s current students come from the D and lower C socioeconomic classes. 50% come from families who earn less than $550 per month.
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