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Gamot Cogon School

Gamot Cogon Waldorf School

Hidden away in the farmlands of Zarraga, Gamot Cogon Waldorf School is part of a worldwide School movement where over 1000 schools in more than 60 countries are implementing the Steiner Waldorf approach to holistic education. The school is located in Barangay Libongcogon, Zarraga, Iloilo. It was established in 2005 and has Recognition Status as a private school with the Philippine Department of Education. It is a non-stock, non-profit and non-sectarian educational institution offering kindergarten to Grade 12, including senior high school.

Undiscovered potentials lie dormant in all children, including those children from poor, rural communities. At GCWS, we brought Steiner Waldorf Education to a rural farming community making it accessible to the children of the poor families in the community. We created a school based in a nature setting, a school that could be a prototype for a whole network of schools offering Steiner Waldorf-inspired education as an alternative to traditional schooling. At the Gamot Cogon Waldorf School we strive to prepare students to become self-directed, creative, responsible, compassionate human beings through an integrative, arts-infused and developmentally appropriate curriculum.

History

The school began in 2005 with a class of four children in third grade. The school grew quickly from there as more parents discovered that a world-class Waldorf education existed in Iloilo, in a “secret garden” in Zarraga. For the 2016-17 school year, we have 245 children enrolled from kindergarten to class twelve.  Many parents have shared stories about how they feel that they have finally found the “right” place for their children to go to school. A significant number of the children enrolled in the school come from the local community—farm families living well below the poverty threshold. But we also have many parents from surrounding towns (Leganes, Pavia, Sta. Barbara, New Lucena, Dumangas, Barotac Nuevo, Duenas, Pototan) and from Iloilo City who found out about the school and are making the journey to send their children to GCWS, which gives a healthy balance and diversity to the student body and school community. The school is a growing community. We work together to build healthy relationships between home and school and among our parents, faculty and administration.

Campus

The school is situated on five hectares of land in Barangay Libongcogon, Zarraga. The property is bounded by a riparian forest along Singangao creek and is covered with bamboo, trees, grasses and open areas, giving the children a real experience of nature, clean air and expansiveness to explore, experience and enjoy.

Future Plans

The school offers the full kindergarten to grade twelve program. In the coming years, we will be adding additional infrastructure including a covered multi-purpose court and a laboratory school building. Gamot Cogon Waldorf School follows the international 12-yr basic education cycle and the school year is from June to March.

School Fees

As a private, non-profit institution, Gamot Cogon School seeks innovative ways to finance the costs of running the school. We seek donations and support from multiple sources and all families, to the best of their abilities, contribute to the shared cost of running the school. The school works to ensure that no child is denied entry to the school on the basis of the financial capacity of the family. Please contact the school to discuss our school fee policy and our Socialized School Fee Program.

Enrollment

All families are encouraged to attend a school orientation. These are scheduled twice a year, usually in February and April of each year. Each child must be assessed by the school before admission. Kindly contact the school to learn more about our enrollment process, to request for enrollment forms or to inquire about the schedule for orientations.

 

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