During the early 1970s, the founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaria Escrivá told Dr. Placido Mapa, Dr. Bernardo Villegas and Dr. Jesus Estanislao to help a group of Filipino parents in putting up schools, which would address the need for character formation and sound Christian instruction.

In the mid-1970s, 20 couples, including among others, Dr. Mapa and his wife Chona, Vic and Nanette Puyat, Ernest and Rory Lagdameo, Mike and Maja Guerrero, Francis and Tessie Arcenas, and Ronnie and Linda Tablante gathered together to plan the establishment of schools that would provide integral education to children, giving priority to academic excellence and character building. And in 1976, the Parents for Education Foundation, Inc., or PAREF, patterned after the Fomento school systems in Spain was established.

By 1989, PAREF had already established the first two schools in Alabang, Muntinlupa, namely Woodrose in Ayala Alabang, with Rosemont School as its feeder preschool, and Southridge in Hillsborough Subdivision.

Having seen the advantages of the system in the integral education of students, a group of parents from Quezon City established a similar educational institution in the area. Equipped with only the philosophy of education and a strong faith, the parents established PAREF Rosehill School, Inc. and officially opened its doors in March 1990.

The first forty students were accepted in its first home at the corner of Esteban Abada and B. Gonzales streets in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.  Nursery and Junior Kinder levels were made available for 3-4 year-old boys and girls.  Rosehill’s first Executive Director was Mrs. Cecilia B. Fajardo.

PAREF Rosehill opened the Grade School level for girls in the School Year of 1991-1992.  By 1993, PAREF Rosehill moved to a two-hectare site in Mission Hills, Antipolo City. This was donated by a generous benefactor, the Gutiano family, a good friend of Loudette Tolosa, former PAREF Board member.

On its ninth year of operation (SY 1998-1999), PAREF Rosehill had a complete offering of preschool and grade school education, with Ms. Jiji Plana as the Executive Director.

By the year 2000, it was considered opportune to separate Rosehill Preschool from the big school (PAREF Rosehill School, Inc.) to become an entity of its own.  Dr. Maria Gina R. Rama became Rosehill’s Executive Director. The school had its first batch of High School graduates in 2003.

Rosehill’s 20th anniversary in 2010 was marked by a Eucharistic procession.  Together as one family, mothers, students, teachers and staff eagerly helped out in making this event a truly significant and solemn one.  The first Antipolo Cookfest was also held in Rosehill during this anniversary.  The participating schools in this culinary competition included St. John’s Wort Montessori School, Montessori Integrated School of Antipolo and PAREF Rosehill School, Inc.

On its 25th anniversary in 2015, Rosehill staged a musical play entitled, “The Sun Comes Out Tomorrow,” an adaptation of “Annie”.  This event showcased the talents of Rosehill students from Grades 1 to Year IV at Camp Aguinaldo Theatre.

Rosehill implemented the Senior High School (SHS) program offering the Academic Track with General Academic Strand (GAS) and Humanities and Social Sciences Strand (HUMSS) in  SY 2016-2017. The first batch of SHS students completed their program in May 2018 with 27 graduates.

On December 14, 2019, Rosehill launched its 30th Anniversary with a musical adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz,” entitled, “Along the Yellow Brick Road” at Camp Aguinaldo Theatre with two shows: Matinee and Gala.  The construction of the new Arts and Sciences Building also marked this anniversary.  Ms. Ma. Theresa R. Marcelo serves as the Executive Director.

Currently, Rosehill has close to 400 students, mostly composed of friends and referrals of parents who are happy with the PAREF system.  Rosehill alumnae, numbering to around 430, promote the dignity of women by fulfilling their roles as professionals.  Inspired by the school’s motto, “I Lead. I Serve.” or “Duco. Servio” in Latin, they uphold the values of the family and exercise integrity in their professional tasks.