Reach International School was established in 2006 as an alternative school for students and their families who wanted to veer away from a traditional school setting. As an inclusive school with smaller class sizes that has less structure and rigidness, it chose the School of Tomorrow (SOT) system for its curriculum. The SOT system is an American program known and recognized worldwide for its highly effective individualized instruction system and content.
Originally, many of its first students were from traditional schools that could not otherwise provide the necessary educational support that would allow their students to succeed within the rigid structure of a traditional program. The combination of Reach being a highly individualized program and being able to provide remediation and intervention programs allowed the students to succeed academically. It is one of the first schools—if not the only school—that provided academic support within the curriculum for at-risk students and students with learning disabilities.
The provision of the educational support system to help students learn regular academic content set the school apart from other institutions. It was a unique program that allowed students to succeed academically. Parents who heard about the program began to come and enroll their children. Over time, parents of students who preferred an alternative school and parents of gifted and special needs children began to come. While the SOT program could accommodate gifted students through its enrichment program, it struggled with the special needs population that needs a more in-depth learning support system. Thus, was born the special education department that developed and created the special needs program. The Special Education Department, otherwise known as the Literacy Enhanced Academic Program (LEAP) continues to provide remediation and intervention programs for students who are at risk and/or students with special needs. Unique to this program is inclusion, where students when and where ever possible are included in the general education population.
In 2017, in its pursuit to provide new ways of learning and better ways of understanding and in response to its ever evolving student population, it shifted from the SOT curriculum to an alternative International Curriculum. They are the Singaporean Curriculum for English, Mathematics, and Science, the Common Core State Standards of the United States for Social Studies, and the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) School of Tomorrow for Filipino.
Its founder, Martha Cynthia Tinsay Gonzalez, and its program director, Nenita Lucas (fondly known as Teacher Net, retired in 2014), both educators with many years of experience, believed in the motto “No child left behind, no child held back.” For decades, both have advocated for greater inclusion and for learning without limits, and both have been determined to continue their advocacy.
Reach continues to push for new and better ways to enrich and improve programs by creating partnerships and accreditation here and abroad.
Reach is accredited by the Department of Education (DepED).