History of PAREF Schools

 PAREF Westbrige Iloilo City

Welcome to PAREF – Westbridge School, Inc.

We are an exclusive school for boys in Iloilo City which take pride in a program of academic excellence and character formation, personalized education system, vigorous sports development, outdoor oriented student activities, and parent collaboration.

History of PAREF School

 In 1976, a group of parents gathered together to address the challenge of the times: the integral education of their children with the twin thrust of academic excellence and sound character formation. Inspired by the teachings of Saint Josemaria Escriva, it became their conviction that the proper education of their children is best realized through the integral formation of parents first, and secondly of the teachers–the two most important agents of child education. With these two (2) sectors properly attended to, the holistic formation of children will come as a natural consequence. This educational philosophy, in turn, is anchored on the Christian teaching that education of children is, first and foremost, the responsibility of parents.

Seeing the need to bring the task of education where it properly belongs, they formed a foundation whose main corporate objective is to build schools where their educational philosophy can be operationalized. The entity was aptly named “PARENTS FOR EDUCATION FOUNDATION, INC.” or “PAREF”.

One year later, PAREF gave birth to its first child, Woodrose, a school for girls that began operations in New Manila, with Grades One to Five. The school later moved to its definitive location within Ayala Alabang Village.

In 1979, Southridge was born. Nestled in a three hectare property in Hillsborough Subdivision of Muntinlupa, the school opened its door to boys entering Grades One to Seven. With the two schools catering to almost the same set of families Woodrose and Southridge became known as the PAREF Tandem Schools offering Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Education programs.

Westbridge School in Iloilo , catering to high school boys, was inaugurated in 1992 in the boathouse of the Lopez family; it transferred to its permanent site in 1997 in Magsaysay Village , La Paz , Iloilo City . The school is now open to both grade school and high school.

In such a short time since 1997, Westbridge has acquired a reputation for providing a balanced and demanding academic and personal formation, not only for its students, but also for the parents. Noted for being the only exclusive private school for boys in Iloilo City , Westbridge is acknowledged as a school that puts premium on values formation.