English schools in Asia
Getting into the Baguio campus means a picturesque ascent into the mountains (5,000 feet above sea level) as a salubrious pine breeze greets any traveler. In a time and place where a question of limited space and a shortage of natural surroundings abound, there are two distinct qualities that Brent Baguio prides itself of: a campus resting on a scenic sprawling thirty hectares of green, green and green and an intimate parallel history with the city that houses it. Imagine these: Hundred-year old towering pine trees, birds resonating blissful chirps, soft, lush lawns, fields and hills; thriving gardens and vivid winding trails. In fact, the campus has been affectionately described as a “school in a garden” for it seems as if the school was so designed that the buildings be in concord with its distinct landscape. Then to greet each campus visitor before the soft climb up the hill via a flower-lined driveway is a prominent bronze statue of the Rt. Rev. Charles Henry Brent, its illustrious founder and pioneer builder. In addition, more than just the fact that the school is nearing its one hundred years of existence, the campus with a number of the buildings of priceless historical worth were earmarked in year 2001 as a National Historical Site in year 2001 by the Philippine Historical Commission. Thus, the recent structural and design improvements of classrooms, offices, and residences have been realized in such a way that the historical buildings were ingeniously preserved.
Such is a priceless heritage the campus bestows to the many batches of students that have passed through. Many would recall heeding the call of the outdoors to capture some inspiration for various subject tasks: art projects, creative writing, group discussions, adventure education activities and even reflective thinking. In addition, the sports fields, the playing courts, and the walking trails serve as arenas for skill development, team enhancement, much camaraderie, and friendly competitions amongst the house teams internally, or with teams from other local and international schools.
Brent Baguio has always been a small school starting from the founding number of nine British and American boys to a gradual growth reaching a peak of 387 in the mid-1900’s and currently exceeding 300. This smallness now enriched by various cultures from at least 22 nations provide that distinct flavor of a “Brent family” where one knows and interacts with almost everyone else across the grades and across cultures, thus disabling any possible barrier.