A Short Primer on How the Quezon City Public Education System is Organized

At the present, Quezon City has 97 public elementary schools and 46 public high schools, making it the city with the largest number of public schools in the entire country. This is proportional to the city’s population, which is the largest among the four cities and 13 municipalities of Metro Manila. Quezon City has over 20% of the total public elementary students in NCR.

Quezon City is also home to the largest public elementary schools in the country. Payatas Elementary, with four different annexes, has over 12,000 students. Ditto with Commonwealth Elementary. Rosa Susano in Novaliches has nearly 10,000, and Fairview, Old Balara, Dona Juana, Placido del Mundo, Bagong Silangan, Holy Spirit, Maligaya, Manuel Quezon, and San Diego all have 6,000 to 7,500.

At the other end, Quezon City also has its share of small schools, more typical of provincial schools. Pagibig sa Nayon has less than 200, Kalantiyaw has 250, Camarilla has 350, Bungao, Fort Aguinaldo, and Valencia have 400, Malaya, 15th Avenue, Pedro Tuason, and Balumbato are at the 600 mark. And Belarmino, Sinagtala, Leopoldo Santos, Dalupan, Bayanihan, and Bagumbayan are just past the 700 student population.

The city is politically divided into four districts, each represented by its own congressman. The schools are also classified by political district, with 21 elementary and 11 high schools in District 1, 42 elementary and 18 high schools in District 2, 19 elementary and seven high schools in District 3, and 15 elementary and 10 high schools in District 4. Just from the numbers alone, it’s clear that District 2, which encompasses Fairview, Tandang Sora, Novaliches, Commonwealth, Payatas, Batasan Hills, New Era, Pasong Tamo, Culiat, Sauyo, etc., is the most populated district, with a disproportionate poverty class and lower economic class percentage compared to the rest of the country.

Each political district in turn is divided into “school districts”, with political district 1 having five school districts (so the 21 elementary and 11 high schools are assigned geographically to one of the five school districts). School districts 6 to 11 are part of political district 2, school districts 12 to 15 are in political district 3, and political district 4 has school districts 16 to 19 under it. Libis Elementary School and Bagumbayan Elementary School, where the bulk of the Foundation’s efforts had been focused in the first five years, are both part of School District 12 under political district 3.

Under the Education Department, Quezon City is a division, headed by a Division Superintendent, Dr. Victoria Fuentes. She’s assisted by assistant division superintendents Dr. Meleda Polita, Dr. Corazon Rubio, Dr. Rowena Cacanindin, and Dr. Betty Cavo.

A large chunk of Quezon City’s school infrastructure budget has been provided by the city government headed by Mayor Feliciano Belmone Jr. However, the congressmen have tended to chip in with their own donations – schoolbags, raincoats, desktop PCs – to the schools in their political district.