HISTORY OF COLEGIO MONTEREI DE PILA
(former Community Children’s House)
The Colegio Monterei de Pila started as the Community Children’s House in 1979. The CCH was housed in a two-storey residential building owned by the Maceda family in the town of Pila. The ground floor served as classrooms and the upper floor as office and residence of the founder of the school. Edna Cambe Monreal and her family. The school was inaugurated on August 31, the birth date of Maria Montessori whose philosophy and teaching methods were adopted by the school because Edna had trained as a Montessori teacher at the Operation Brotherhood Montessori Center in Metro Manila. Before that, she was a public school teacher.
The CCH opened with less than 30 children from the neighborhood, primarily at the preschool level. The half-day classes featured songs, stories, simple crafts and supervised play with scientific Montessori materials and other educational toys. The school was ran by Edna with the help of her husband Dr. Francisco Monreal, MD. They were assisted by a teacher assistant and a janitor-maintenance.
As the preschoolers grew older, the CCH kept up with their educational needs by expanding its operations into the elementary grades. From 1983, one grade level was added each year until all grade levels were available by the school year 1986-87
In 1990, because of increasing enrolment, the Monreals built a larger school alongNational Highway in San Antonio, on the periphery of the town of Pila, the new site has a panoramic view of Mount Banahaw and the adjacent Mount Cristobal and Mount Caraballo. Hence they decided to call new school Monterei, meaning king of the mountain or Royal mountain. Colegio Monterei de Pila (CMP) is now a non-stock corporation duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Philippines.
Initially, the concrete school building had 16 well-ventilated classrooms for the elementary grades and high school. Years later, the preschool transferred to the site. CMP was built through an SSS Financial Educational Loan. To accommodate students as they graduated from Grade VI, CMP opened its high school department in 1992.
As a part its community outreach program, CMP opened a free preschool educational center in Baranay Bukal for disadvantage children in that area. In 1997, CMP offered a classroom facility for children and parents with free management and administrative support. CMP also introduced a modified tuition fee payment scheme for poor but deserving students, in addition to their regular scholarship grants.
The Colegio Monterei de Pila celebrated its silver anniversary in August 2004. The past 25 years have been eventful and productive. The school has grown from a small community day-care center into a full blown school with preschool to high school facilities such as a well-ventilated canteen, scouting log house, activity hall, covered court for social gatherings and sports and a new wing for the administrative staff.
Inspired by the Waldorf philosophy of simple living and nature oriented education, trees, shrubs and flowers were planted for their shade and beautiful colors. The playground was covered with green grass, the parking area was landscaped and a covered lane from the school gate to the building entrance was constructed for safety and convenience. This method was also adopted to enhance the teaching of Filipino values, arts and culture.
In the future, CMP plans to establish the College of Education which aims to produce quality and values-oriented teachers to help the Child Development Center (CDC) in the fulfillment of its programs. The primary goals of the CDC is to develop a values-based curriculum so that home, school and community can work together harmoniously to help children achieve their full potential.
To provide a solid foundation of learning based on spirituality, positive values and innovative teaching strategies in order to promote the total development of the child.
A center of excellence in values education offering a values-laden curriculum in a nurturing environment focused on man’s conduct and harmonious relationship with others.
Individual Development through Individual Concern with respect to Individual Differences.
Guidance: Belief in Supreme Being
Good Moral Character
Service: Social Justice