hi sis hann-hann:
hmmm....anong aspect nung first school (traditional) yung hindi mo gusto? why do you say it's 'so-so'?
as for the 2nd school, aside from the teaching method, what makes it 'better' in your opinion?
kasi, if there's something about the 2nd school na talagang plus plus yung advantages para sa anak mo, then perhaps it's worth a try. pero if you're choosing it just because of the 'mixed' approach, and with the 'travel circumstances', I say you try out the traditional school first.
kasi sis, yung travel time na 1 hour, medyo matagal yon for a kid. pano pag traffic or pag bumaha? if you have a car, then hindi siguro ganon ka-toxic (pero malayo pa din). saka you also have to consider, anong oras gigising yung daughter mo nun, lalo na kung morning session? magkakaron din kasi ng physical pressure dun sa bata if she has to wake up early, travel an hour each going to and from school....
If I were in your position kasi, una kong titingnan yung quality ng turo - doesn't matter kung traditional or progressive, dahil like I mentioned in this thread, one is essentially not better than the other. Pareho silang ok. What takes first priority for me is yun nga, kung pano magexecute ng pagtuturo yung school. If it's well-managed, if their teachers are well-trained ganyan. 2nd, yung financial aspect siempre, dahil hindi naman kami mayaman so kailangan maging 'choosy'. Hehe. I will not settle for a school because it's 'less expensive', pero I will go for a school lang na kaya naming panindigan yung TF...hindi lang one year ang schooling eh.
And third, yung distance and facilities.
Like in our case, we live in Bacoor kasi, and the more 'popular' schools are in either Alabang or Las Pinas - karamihan talaga nasa 45 mins. to 1 hour din ang distance. Yung before-school prep time, I peg it at two hours, so kailangan gising na sya 2 hours before kami umalis... and we have to do it every day pa. Short of saying - it can get toxic.
Kawawa ang bata, at kawawa din ang mag-prep sa bagets. So no go talaga kami sa ganun kalayong schools. Sa facilities naman, I don't always look for 'new', basta well-maintained, safe, and maayos, that's ok.