Sunday, December 2, 2012

Lipfert Guillen International Montessori – Worst School


This is not a hoax. I intend to share my experiences in this post as hubby and I, along with other parents of LGIM’s students, had dilemmas and met lots of traumatic and alarming experiences with Lipfert Guillen International Montessori. It was a big mistake to have our kids enrolled to that institution. (I thanked GOD that we were able to find out its discrepancies and other hidden agenda at this early time, only having our eight-month stay with them… a total disaster!)

My child tops the class and excels in his classes – but that does not stop us from pulling him out! We’re really stressed, so sick and tired of complaining and discussing matters with LGIM’s administrators and heads. In other words, we’re fed up! And so, we needed to transfer our kid, Eieo, to the CAMP! And I hope and pray that this camp would be the best place for him to grow and learn life fully.

Yes, Lipfert Guillen International Montessori is the worst school adopting Montessori education. It is a total disgrace to other international schools or montessorian institutions. It never lives with its principles, advocacies, and institutional objectives. The administrators and some teachers in Lipfert Guillen International Montessori (LGIM) didn’t even know of the words: integrity, excellence, fairness, consistency, and many others.

Oh well, they say they’re an English-speaking school but they NEVER use English as a medium of instruction and communication. And oh, how could we expect their giving our children excellent and high quality of education if they couldn’t even spell the word – EXCEL in their school logo, handbook, official forms, receipts and other documents (such a very alarming fact!).

They also do not prioritize inculcation of discipline and values as primary and secondary students don’t mind the words or instructions of their teachers and administrators. And we never want to see our unico hijo doing that thing to his teachers and to us, his parents (baka yun ang maging future ng anak namin, walang values, walang disiplina). 

Why do these things happen? Simple lang. They always want to please their students and parents – short-changing and compromising quality and excellence. Tama, ma-please lang kami. Minsan ko silang sinubukan, I had to put them into test and yes, I was so right, di baling gawin ang mali, wag lang namin i-pull out ang anak namin. Pathetic school, poor LGIM!

Investing in them was a very bad idea, waste of time and money. Trusting them to mold the future of our child is even worse. And having them as partners in creating our child’s future and building their dreams towards a better life in time was the worst. They have issues on policies, ground rules, educational systems, grading system, financial matters, learning environment, safety and many more. And there are lots of problems and gaps that need to be addressed.

They have what they call “ceiling grade” which works as having the students’ grades on the report card entirely different from what they really get or deserve. In my child’s case, Eieo got 94 in the class record or by computation, but in his report card, it was only 90. And when he got 100, they would only have 94. See, why oh why? Did you get their point, my dear fellow parents and educators? Well, though they explained to us their reasons of giving the child a room for improvement in the next grading period, we still didn’t buy their alibis. Because we would firmly stand with our words that they didn’t explain that to us during orientation for what they had during that assembly was the usual computation of scores and grades. Otherwise, I might as well submit to their 'ceiling grade' provided they could explain and justify it so well, answering all our concerns and queries.

The “ceiling grade” was never a matter to be discussed and we found a need to have it so – such a very important matter, right?! And when I asked them why they didn’t inform us about the ceiling grade, they just said, and I quote Mrs. Rose Guillen: Oh, gusto sana namin na ano ba yun? Ung tawirin na lang natin ang tulay kapag nandon na kami.  Oh come on, what a reply! That has been the worst alibi one could ever have! I even needed to say it in English – Let’s cross the bridge when we get there. Then she said, yun mommy, tama un, nga! Very funny! To hear that from an owner/administrator was a total mess, a disgrace to the institution. I wish I could really laugh out loud as hubby, too, was really disappointed.

They don’t observe DEPED’s policies and if they do, they fail to implement them accordingly. On behalf of many parents of LGIM’s students, hubby and I were ALL disappointed as to the kind of education our children get at LGIM. 

LGIM is NEVER consistent – what they say now may be totally different from what they would say or do, even in a matter of just a few minutes. Poor supervision and weak administration! Konting kibot, walang pasok, walang klase! With no reasons at all, NO CLASSES. There were no activities like UN, Halloween Party, etc. Buwan ng Wika pero cowboy at retro ang theme, English month celebration pero halos Filipino ang medium ng programme. Masyado, nagtitipid ang LGIM sa resources kaya talagang walang kwenta, walang buhay

They seldom check assignments. And when I asked for the Nth time, they did but I didn't think it was recorded because it was just literally "checked"... haist, kainis! nakakapuno sila! Educational tours for Casa Students were in Enchanted Kingdom and Tagaytay Highlands, and yes, they called it educational. hahaha! We didn't have our kid join such tour for it was very expensive and just for fun and recreation, gala lang at wala ka naman mapapala. We weren't able to get our refund for the tour as it was already included in the tuition fees. Sad but that's fine. At least, we didn't get stressed just like the others who joined the tour.

Another school inconsistency is regarding our son's books. He was supposed to get FIVE books amounting to Php2,500+ as told by their staff and as they indicated on the enrollment receipt. Initially, our son and his classmates received FOUR books at the start of their classes. Weeks later, we decided to ask when would they release the remaining book. We were shocked when their staff told us that they have already given us the complete set of books and our son was supposed to get only FOUR books. Imagine, FOUR books for Php2,500+? The amount is even higher than those other more quality books we can buy at SM or any bookstore.

It did not end there. Again, weeks later, we confronted their staff and the admin personnel regarding some other issues including the MISSING book. We were then surprised after their admin staff told us that our son and his classmates would be given the OTHER book at the third quarter. Lols!


But that was not the issue. Here, we could see the inconsistency. "AMALAYER?" Would this mean that we lied, that the receipt lied and worse, the other parents lied? If we all didn't, then who?


Raves, rants, confrontations and a million gallons of blood before they finally acted on the matter. Would this mean that they already accepted their fault on this issue? We don't think so because we never heard them saying: "Sorry po." or "Pasensya na po." They never accepted "FAULT" in any of the issues we raised. What they do best is defending their inconsistent and unreliable system, policies and methodologies. PERFECT and HOLISTIC indeed!

Our money was put into waste. Most of all, our child’s precious time was also put into waste. So, please learn and take it from us. NEVER ENROLL YOUR KIDS to Lipfert Guillen International Montessori (LGIM)! THIS IS INDEED THE WORST SCHOOL EVER!

Trust us, it is really not worth it to consider LGIM as your partners in building your child’s future! So, if you don't like to be stressed and be fed up, DO NOT choose  Lipfert Guillen International Montessori (LGIM)! Never! 

Thanks, readers! GOD bless you and your kid's future.

3 comments:

Jen said...

i used to be a teacher there for a very short time. august - october 2013. yes they maybe the worst. all their concern is money. they never paid my tutorial, and guess who are my tutees? the owner's grandchildren! 3,000 lang di nila mabayaran sa yaman nilang yan? when i applied there they even fooled me into thinking that i will get 9,000. but when they shown me the contract it's only 8,000. i asked them why and they even called me unprofessional for their excuse. how can they say i'm unprofessional if i almost just started? so i never signed the contract even they got mad at me. even turning on the aircon will cost you additional fees and many of my students already know the their system is corrupt. some of the teachers there are not board passer and they taught there for a long year already! i was like wow!isn't that a violation? i don't blame the teachers for their lame teaching, if only they are being paid well. guess what, they can't leave until they spend 3 years in the school according to the contract. if they try to leave they need to pay 20,000. imagine! 20,000 and then your salary is only 5,000 to 8,000. i also remember failing my student because super wala talaga siyang alam despite all my help, but then i found out that she passed! i gave 74 but they wrote to the report card 77!

Jen said...

i used to be a teacher there for a very short time. august - october 2013. yes they maybe the worst. all their concern is money. they never paid my tutorial, and guess who are my tutees? the owner's grandchildren! 3,000 lang di nila mabayaran sa yaman nilang yan? when i applied there they even fooled me into thinking that i will get 9,000. but when they shown me the contract it's only 8,000. i asked them why and they even called me unprofessional for their excuse. how can they say i'm unprofessional if i almost just started? so i never signed the contract even they got mad at me. even turning on the aircon will cost you additional fees and many of my students already know the their system is corrupt. some of the teachers there are not board passer and they taught there for a long year already! i was like wow!isn't that a violation? i don't blame the teachers for their lame teaching, if only they are being paid well. guess what, they can't leave until they spend 3 years in the school according to the contract. if they try to leave they need to pay 20,000. imagine! 20,000 and then your salary is only 5,000 to 8,000. i also remember failing my student because super wala talaga siyang alam despite all my help, but then i found out that she passed! i gave 74 but they wrote to the report card 77!

Mommy Mai said...

Thanks Teacher Jen for the comment. I wondered if we met in the campus before. Sayang at di kita nakilala in person. Anyway, most of our kids were transferred to other schools. Balita ko sabi ng mga co-parents namin, wala ng matitira sa LGIM kasi nga suko na sila at talagang HINDI maganda sistema at palakad. No quality at all. Good thing we had our kid moved to other schools, he still tops the class and now reads so well and fast at his very young age of 4. Oh well, thanks to the Camp! See you around! GOD speed. :)