I was reading the August 2014 issue of Town & Country and an article by Pierre Calasanz, “The Best and The Brightest” caught my attention. He was interviewing 30 High School graduates from what look liked sons and daughters of affluent families. Yes, you can see surnames like Ayala, Ejercito, Laurel, Nepomuceno, Tambunting, Sy, Co, are in the list of students interviewed.
The articles discussed a brief background what they did in High School, their achievements both in school and extra-curricular activities, their role models, and their ambitions after they finish college.
Since the article is focusing on students that are pursuing a college degree outside the Philippines, these smart (yes they’re not just rich and privileged, they’re honor students!) kids are allowed by their parents to venture out to much better schools like Princeton University, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and the list goes on.
If you’re rich and your kids are doing very well in school, and you trust them that they can take care of themselves, I am sure you would allow them to fly overseas and study. Perhaps one day they’ll come back and help our country and be one of the top executives like the ones I mentioned in my previous article.
Here are the schools where they finished High School.
- International School Manila (website)
- British School Manila (website)
- Xavier School (website)
- Immaculate Conception Academy (website)
- Chinese International School Manila (website)
- Beacon Academy (website)
- Assumption College (website)
I am sure there are more schools out there that offer the same quality education for basic education. But since Pierre is limited to only select a few of the brightest students in the country (who are taking college overseas), this are probably the best private schools in the country.
Reading this, I remember the book Kasusweldo pa lang, Ubos na by Vic and Avelynn Garcia. It talks about not sacrificing your finances just because you wanted your kids to go to private schools. The lesson of the book was to “study at the point of your means”, and you should avoid burdening your family in debt.
So should your kids go to private schools like the kids featured in the magazine? If you really can afford it, YES! If not, don’t force it. If there’s still time, prepare for it. You can’t afford to hope your child will be an academic scholar. Start growing your money even before you’ll have a kid. Work very hard for your kids future.