The Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education (CENTEX) is a public school learning environment where bright children from economically disadvantaged families receive quality education and the necessary support to give them the opportunity for a better life.
CENTEX operates two public schools-- one in Tondo, Manila and another in Bauan, Batangas. CENTEX believes in improving the physical, financial and human resources of an ordinary public school and seeks a model for private and government partnership. The schools operate by virtue of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Education and Ayala Foundation, Inc. Since its inception in 1998, CENTEX has graduated 634 students from both schools. Enrollment for school year 2009-2010 is 951.
Year after year, bright children from economically disadvantaged families are never truly given the chance for a better future. Left unnoticed, these children are never able to realize their full potentials, much less discover them.
What has to be done is to give promising children from economically disadvantaged families all the opportunities of a superior education.
CENTEX shall pursue its vision to become a model public school learning environment where achievers and servant leaders are developed, and best teacher practices and classroom technologies are shared and disseminated through teacher training institutes.
CENTEX offers bright, economically-disadvantaged Filipino children a superior education through:
a CENTEX curriculum that emphasizes language arts, math, science, values, environment and being Filipino
The idea for a CENTEX was developed when Ayala Foundation, Inc. was hard put to find candidates for its scholarship program in technical and vocational education. Graduates from public high schools had to be coached and tutored to enable them to pass the qualifying examinations and to survive the two-year course. It was therefore evident that excellence in the elementary education level can address the lack of basic skill.