Domuschola International School

Early Childhood Education

Within the framework of the IB's Primary Years Program (PYP) our early childhood program is anchored on the philosophy that young children are naturally curious and active learners, who construct meaning by experiencing the social and physical environment around them.

Our program provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences that allow children to develop holistically, with all the skills needed for a disposition for life-long learning.

Our program allows teachers to support children's interests, and to nurture their independence and self-confidence. Cultural and social activities are valued as being significant and relevant to our learning community, and an opportunity to learn more about each other and the world.

Our programs is designed to provide children to explore, investigate and play with their immediate environment learning about themselves, other people, and the world around them. Much thought and time is put into creating a stimulating learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, as we view the environment as a third teacher.

Active engagement with the physical environment sparks a child's sense of curiosity and wonder and act as a provocation to learning.

Children will acquire the skills in

  • Exploring materials in imaginative and creative ways
  • Initiating inquiry and asking questions
  • Making choices and decisions
  • Working collaboratively with others
  • Sustaining their interests and extending their thinking and knowledge
  • Developing understanding

* Main Reference: Official documents and resources from the International Baccalaureate Program.

Our Program

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Play based and Inquiry Basic Skills Concept based activities Personal, Social and Emotional Development



Admission Requirements (for submission to the admissions office)

  • Accomplished Application Form
  • Annual Vision Test result
  • Annual Hearing Test result
  • Birth Certificate (photocopy)
  • 4pcs 1x1 ID pictures
  • 2 pcs 2x2 ID pictures
  • For Fetcher's ID:
    • 2 pcs 1x1 picture of father
    • 2 pcs 1x1 picture of mother
    • 2 pcs 1x1 picture of two authorized fetchers
  • Annual Term Payment
  • Enrollment fee and post dated checks for term payment
  • Character reference for the family (for 1st time applicants)
  • Immunization record

Class Level Equivalents

Fees - SY 2013-2014

Level Annual Tuition Fee
(If payment is in peso)
Annual Tuition Fee
(If payment is in dollar USD 1.00 = P45.00*)
Toddler PHP 95,737.50 USD 2,127.50
Nursery PHP 112,010.00 USD 2,489.15
Pre-Kindergarten PHP 114,195.00 USD 2,537.70
Kindergarten PHP 145,429.00 USD 3,231.80
Grades 1-5 PHP 166,750.00 USD 3,705.60
Grades 6-8 PHP 177,100.00 USD 3,935.60
*rounded off ; subject to change

Not included in the fees are the following:

  • Matriculation and Capital Development Fund
  • School Uniforms
  • School Supplies
  • Field Trips
  • Incidentals

Rules of Payment:

  • Post dated checks are required for all semi-annual, trimestral and monthly payments
  • Cash replacement is required for the remaining balance if check payment is retrieved
  • A penalty of P200 a month will be charged for delayed payment

Rules of Refund:

  • Miscellaneous fees are non-refundable
  • 10% of the total annual tuition fee will be charged as penalty if withdrawal is made within the first week of classes. 20% of the total annual fee will be charged as penalty if withdrawal is made on the second week of classes, regardless of whether or not the student has attended classes and for whatever reason.
  • After the second week of classes, No Refund of payments will be made.

An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand."

"Involve me and I understand" statement is the essence of inquiry and play based learning.

Inquiry and play are dynamic, ever-changing process that is multi-sensory, interactive, creative and imaginative. When children play, they have their whole brain stimulated, not just specific areas related to formal academic skills.

Through inquiry and play, children skills and attitudes are also developed to seek resolutions to questions and issues while they construct their new knowledge.

Inquiry and play based learning develops children to

  • THINK CREATIVELY (out of the box)

Inquiry is children's natural way of learning.

Play is the natural habitat of all children.

* Main Reference: Official documents and resources from the International Baccalaureate Program.



Manipulation of concrete materials provides the foundation upon which children actively build mathematical skills and knowledge for automatic response to problems.

Mathematics is taught in relevant and realistic context, rather than by attempting to impart a fixed body of knowledge directly to the children.

The children are encouraged to estimate, take risks and, subsequently, become efficient problem solvers.

The mathematics curriculum is structured around experiences in space, number, measurement, chance and data, and reasoning and strategies that are built within the framework of the Primary Years Programme.

Children are encouraged and supported when considering, answering and posing questions that arise from everyday situations and stories, ensuring that abstract ideas connect to the familiar.

Carefully planned experience, discussion, demonstration and reflection strengthen acquisition of enduring understandings.

Children have the opportunity to work cooperatively in whole class situations, small groups and independently.


Music is a part of everyday life. It is a form of non-verbal communication that allows us to convey our ideas, feelings and emotions. Music contributes to personal, social and physical development.

Music enables students to communicate in powerful ways that go beyond their spoken language ability. Through music, students can begin to construct an understanding of their environment, recognise patterns and structure and develop their cultural awareness.


Language teaching has four components: speaking and listening, reading, writing and viewing and presenting.

Speaking and Listening

Students learn how to listen and orally respond appropriately to a range of texts. There is a focus on teaching students to speak confidently, effectively, clearly and in being able to use correct grammatical structures. Students are encouraged to listen attentively and respectfully to others, and are taught how to be active, rather than passive listeners.


Students are taught effective reading strategies for constructing meaning from text. They are encouraged to read for enjoyment, instruction and information. The process of reading is interactive and involves purpose, prior knowledge and active engagement.


We strongly believe that the context for students' writing should be diverse and include formal, informal, spontaneous and planned pieces. Writing allows us to develop, organise and communicate information and ideas in appropriate and organisation according to the a concrete way. We teach students to apply content, language features a writing task at hand.


The art, craft and design and are essentially the interpretation and response to experience in visual form.

Visual art works can be two and three dimensional; they express ideas and feelings or challenge our definition of art. Children use art, craft and design processes to make art works, generating and developing ideas, using skills and techniques and applying their arts knowledge. They reflect upon their own art works and those of others, analyzing and appraising visual art from past and present contexts.

* Main Reference: Official documents and resources from the International Baccalaureate Program.


Concept based approach is teaching beyond facts. Facts are considered tools to understand concepts and principles and applying understanding in real life context.

Content of disciplines is very important, but as a means to an end, not as an end in itself

The knowledge base for discipline is constantly expanding and changing. No one can ever learn everything but everyone can better develop their skills and nurture the inquiring attitudes necessary to continue the generation and examination of knowledge throughout their lives.

The skill and the ability to continue learning is the most important outcomes.

* Main Reference: Official documents and resources from the International Baccalaureate Program.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Learning concepts of self worth, developing a balanced healthy lifestyle, body movement and expression, importance of nutrition, promotion of safety and taking action for healthy living and appreciation of relationships with other.

* Main Reference: Official documents and resources from the International Baccalaureate Program.

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