The Iloilo Scholastic Academy (ISA) started its operation in April, 2004. ISA is a formal educational institution duly recognized, and strictly complies with the curriculum prescribed, by the Department of Education of the Philippines. The school offers subjects such as Communication Arts in Filipino, English and Mandarin; Mathematics; Sciences; Social Studies; Music, Art, Physical Education and Computer.
ISA Grade 6 to Fourth year science classes culminated school year 2012-2013 with the learners showcasing exciting science experiments and tricks to amaze and inspire younger learners last 1 March from 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. The presenters were given designated areas where they did their awesome hand-on science lab activities as an application of what they learned in their Science classes during the school year.
ISA senior learner Kevinn Friedrich Chan is chosen as one of the 10 Outstanding Secondary Students of the Private Schools in the city and province of Iloilo in SY 2012-2013 by the Department of Education and the Private School Administrators Association of the Philippines (PRISAAP) Region 6. Awarding ceremony was held at Iloilo Grand Hotel last 9 March.
The elementary recognition ceremony was held at 8 a.m. last 24 March at the ISA gym. Aside from the 122 (149 in the Chinese language class) Most Outstanding, Outstanding ISAers and Director's List, 24 Grades 1 to 5 learners who won in the various inter-school competitions in school year 2012-13 were also recognized and awarded medals.
The Philippine Jinjiang General Association invited ISA Executive Director Mr. Peter M. Chan to talk on the new Chinese language teaching strategy which he dubbed 'enhancing speaking and writing thru reading'. Mr. Chan was in Manila on 12 January giving a talk before an audience of 500 administrators and teachers from Chinese-Filipino schools in Manila and Luzon.
The 7th English Language Festival of the Private Schools and School Administrators Association of the Philippines (PRISSAAP) was held at ISA on 8 December 2012 with the theme "English Language Festival: Reaching Out...Unleashing Talents." Three ISAers, Arianna Doromal in Individual Storytelling (Elementary); Zeth Rodario Bebit in Spelling (high school); and Hannah Abigail Daita in Feature Writing (high school), won first place.
ISA blazes a new trail in the field of Mathematics. On 30 January 2013, the 33rd National Quiz Bee (Division Level) was held at Division of Iloilo City Social Hall. Twenty-five private and public high schools vied for the championship title in the mathematics category. ISA Senior Kevinn Friedrich Chan won first place, the 2nd and 3rd placers were students from Philippine Science High School.
The awarding ceremony of the Australian Math Competition (AMC), which was administered last 2 September, was held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel on 2 December 2012. Sixteen ISAers from different academic levels received seventeen awards in this year's AMC. Two ISAers, Seniors Kevinn Friedrich Chan and Grade 6 Alvin Lyndon Sy, received Distinction Awards. Thirteen ISAers received Credit Awards.
The results of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in two consecutive years show high school ISAers' proficiency ranges between Levels 3 (L3) and 5 (L5) based on the HSK standard scale of L1 to L6. Among the 58 high school examinees, 10 Y1 learners failed to reach L3, representing 17% of the total high school HSK takers.
ISA's 9th founding anniversary cultural production 'Fusion of East and West' was held at West Visayas State University auditorium in the evening of 6 October. At 7 pm,ISA president Mr. Vicente Tiu, ISA Directors, the school administration, parents and guests filled out all the available 1400 seats. As what have been observed, the audience watched the whole show with great interest and pride.
The integrated math and science team competition organized by the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers Iloilo-Chapter was held on 14 September. Representing ISA were seniors Kevinn Friedrich Chan, Joseph Joshua Te, and junior Deonysius Chiu. ISA and Iloilo National High School-Special Science Class placed second and first, respectively.
In the afternoon of 16 August, Vice-Mayor Jose Espinosa III, City Councilors Neilex Tupas, David Raymond Jamora, and Leone Giroche came to ISA for the scheduled Sanggunian Talks, a symposium for discussion of pertinent city ordinances. High School ISAers were all present.
The Cebu Philanthropist Don Henry Gaisano Foundation, in its annual search for model Philippine Chinese school teachers, has chosen Ms. Debbie Chan, ISA Preschool Head, as one of the 13 model Chinese teachers this school year. The awarding ceremony was held in the afternoon of 12 March 2011 at the Auditorium of the Federation of Filipino Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Manila.
The conferment on 46 schools of the title ‘Chinese Education Model Schools’ and the awarding of plaques to 1751 outstanding Chinese language educators, and 189 famous social personalities took place right after the opening ceremony of the 2nd World Chinese Education Conference in Xi’an last 30 October. Mr. Peter M. Chan represented ISA to receive the plaque. Among the 9 Filipino individuals cited, 4 were present to receive the awards, they were Dr. Lucio Tan, Mr. Benito Gaisano, Mr. Emilio Gan, and Mr. Shen Wen. Mrs. Margarita Guttierez, and Mr. Wu Songbin, respectively represented Tiong Se Academy, and Zamboanga Chung Hwa High School.
In 2008, when the Department of Education started to include the 2nd Year learners of the private schools in its administration of the National Achievement Test (NAT), which is composed of English, Math, Science, Sibika, and Filipino, ISA has been consistently a top-rating school. Among the nearly 60 public and private high schools, ISA ranked 7th, 4th, and 7th respectively in the first three years.
The unveiling ceremony of the ‘Chinese Education Model School’ plaque awarded by the Office of the Overseas Chinese Affairs of the PR China to ISA was held at the entrance lobby of the school building on 2 December 2012, 4:30 pm. Hon. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Asst. Regional Director Corazon Brown of DepED, presidents and heads of various civic organizations, Chinese-Filipino schools and guests joined the ISA community to witness the ceremony.
The 2013 Metrobank—MTAP—DepEd Math Challenge (Individual) were held at the DepED Iloilo City Division Social Hall on January 17 and 23 for the elementary and high school, respectively. Five ISAers received awards as topnotchers in the competitions. They are Althea Servano (G1), Gabrielle Barlin (G2) and Kevinn Friedrich Chan (Y4) who placed second; Alvin Lyndon Sy (G6) got first Honors while Dionysius Valeen Chiu (Y3) won first place and first Honors
ISAers won 41 awards at the 47th Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association meet (IloPRISAA). The sport competition opened on 20 November 2012 at Iloilo Sports Complex. Seven ISAers who were champions in events in badminton, swimming, track and field and literary competitions will represent the Iloilo private schools to compete with the public schools at the Integrated Meet in December.
G1 Keesha Franchina Marie Cajandig and G4 Jon Christi Andrea Perez, were top-scorers in the standard-based assessment in Math, and will be given recognition as topknotchers. They are invited by APSA to go to Manila and be with the 55 learners from other schools nationwide to receive the plaque of recognition. The ceremony will be held on the 2nd day of the 7th Annual Convention of The Math Circle of the Philippines on February 27-28, 2013 at the CSB Hotel International Conference Center, Malate, Manila.
Eleven high school graduating ISAers passed either or both the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) and Ateneo de Manila University Entrance test (ACET), representing 40% of the 2013 batch of graduating learners. While 11 out of 16 who took the De la Salle University (DLSU) college entrance test were accepted by the said university, yielding an admission rate of 68%.
The year 2013 kicked off with ISAers reaping numerous awards in inter-school leadership, academic and sports contests. But so far the most exhilarating and impressive, I believe, is their performance at the MTAP — Metro Bank — DepED Math Challenge (Secondary team finals) held on 8 February at Iloilo Central Elementary School. The team finals ended with ISA's grade 7 landed on third place, third year and fourth year both placing 2nd.
On 7 February 2013 the MTAP Math Challenge elementary-team finals was held at Iloilo Central Elementary School. Grades ISA Grade 1 Altea Lorraine Servano and Jacques Simon Timtiman won second place, while Grade 2 Gabriel Barlin and Ashley Gabrille Sy won third place.
ISA Camping '03 "I SAVE YOU" was packed with surprises, participants were given sets of challenges. These challenges were designed to lead all the teams to work hard not for a prize, but to survive. The learners learned to make temporary shelter with limited materials... All these helped the learners realize one's responsibility as a member and of being a true ISAer. This year's camping gave the ISAers an occasion to reflect: what should they do when faced with challenges. Will they give up or take the challenge and survive?
A commemorative video and a four-page printed issue depicting the achievements of the school in the past ten years will be respectively shown in cyber-media and published in the largest Philippine Chinese daily, the World News, on 18 October 2014.
Reminiscence and vision of ISA’s future intertwined in the informal discussions that ensued. The directors easily arrived at a consensus both in the assessment of the achievements the school has attained thus far, and with regards to the general direction along which the leadership wishes ISA should be on its 20th year.
The consul general of the People’s Republic of China in Cebu, Honorable Zhang Weiguo, has responded positively to the invitation of ISA Board of Directors and its president, Mr. Vicente Tiu, as guest of honor during ISA’s 10th foundation day celebration in October.
Preparation for the 10th ISA foundation day, mainly the two cultural productions, has gone full blast since August….
In school year 2013-2014, forty-nine ISAers participated in the yearly ICAS Science, formerly the Australasian Schools Science Competition. Out of the forty-nine ISAers, sixteen were able to receive awards. Two received Distinction Awards, namely, Grade 7 Xyanne Adrienne Bocol and Grade 6 Jon Christi Andrea Perez. Fourteen ISAers received Credit awards.
The 2013 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools in English (ICAS-English) has reached a close to 1800 participants, from more than 75 schools across the country conducted on 27 July 2013 at different test centers.
Twenty-eight ISAers joined the said competition and Xyanne Alex Andrienne Bocol was awarded Distinction certificate since she was in the top 10% while Maxine Chan was awarded a Credit certificate for making it into the top 25%.
Iloilo School Sports Association (ISSA) Sports Meet 2013 opened on 20 August. ISAers joined in the basketball, badminton, chess, swimming and table tennis this year.
Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing and Senate President Franklin Drilon met with the administrators of four schools offering Chinese language courses
Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing and Senate President Franklin Drilon met with the administrators and Chinese volunteer teachers of the four schools offering Chinese language courses at Hotel Del Rio on 24 August. Ambassador Ma Keqing emphasized the vital role of the Chinese volunteer teachers in forging further the friendship between China and the Philippines.
Having the improvement of learners' Chinese verbal ability in mind, the ISA campus broadcasting kicked off its Chinese Language program in early July this year. The twice-a-day broadcasting is a happy addition to the existing English news and feature programs.
Last 16 and 23 July 2013, ISA Preschool, Elementary and High School Departments celebrated the nutrition month. It was the best time for increasing the awareness of each child about "how to take care of one's body".
Facilitators and the high school learners prepared activities like dance exercise, games, puppet show, video presentation with the special participation of the Yakult mascots. All learners proceeded have undergone physical-dental check up.
Every August, the country celebrates Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa. This year with the theme "Wika Natin ang Daang Matuwid", ISA's month-long celebration features Filipino declamation, vocal solo, bulletin board contest, Filipino folk games, learners' musical bands playing Filipino well-loved songs and food kiosks filled with Filipino delicacies prepared by the parents.
On 15 August the "Kompetisyon sa Deklamasyon sa Filipino" was held at the ISA Gym. Learners from Grades 4 to 6, and Grade 7 to Year 4 competed for the first category and second categories, respectively. 16 August saw the staging of this year's main event.
ISAers from grade 2 to fourth year are now ready to take the Hangyu Shuipng Kaoshi (Chinese Proficiency Test), or HSK, which will be given worldwide on 7 September 2013. This is the third consecutive year for ISAers to undergo evaluation on their Chinese language proficiency, particularly in listening, reading and comprehension.
Early September, in a meeting presided by Mr. Vicente Tiu, ISA president, the ISA Board of Directors has finally set the cultural productions of the 10th ISA Foundation Day, "The Sound of Childhood" and the "A Decade and Beyond", on the 18th and 20th of October 2013. It was also decided during the meeting a luncheon in honor of the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Cebu, Honorable Zhang Weiguo, who will grace the affair will be held on 20 October, where city government officials and leaders of various Chinese-Filipino civil organizations will also be invited.
ISAers showed their best by placing 1st among the participating schools in Iloilo City and Province, and grabbed the title of Best Performing School both in the elementary and secondary levels in Region 6 (overall 3rd placer) at the Panulaton '13: Bigger and Grander in the Name of Writing and Performance held at Punta Villa Beach Resort on July 12-14.
Therese Faith Brasilenio, a third year ISAer, represented the school and was declared the Grand Champion in the DAR 2013 Regional Poster Making Contest held at SM City Iloilo last July 15. The 32 participants were asked to interpret the theme "Dalan Sa Mainuswagon Nga Kaumhan" through painting.
The result of the NCAE given to the third year learners on 29 August 2012 was released recently. ISA twenty-six third year learners garnered an impressive class average of 96.32. Among the 26 examinees, twenty scored above 90 (eight scored 99+%, and another eight got 98-99).
ISA wins second place in the 1st Scholastic's Big Fat Reading Contest awarded in a celebratory luncheon at EDSA Shangri-la Hotel on 24 March this year. Big Fat Reading Contest is an inter-school competition launched by Scholastic Education Group among their literacy partners designed to encourage more learners to read. ISA is among the 9 schools who bested more than 80 Scholastic Education Group AEP partner-schools in the said contest.
All ISAers took the year-end APSA evaluation tests on English, Math and Science in February 2013. While Kinder 2 children maintained the 100% highly proficient rating, 96% of the 255 elementary learners were either highly proficient or proficient in both English and Math; and in Science, 88%. 96% of 123 High School learners highly proficient or proficient.