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.
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 Office of the Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council of China hosted the first "Overseas Chinese Education Model Schools Forum" in Nanning City, the capital of Guangxi Autonomous Region, from November 27 to 30. ISA Executive Director, Mr. Peter M. Chan, attended the forum and contributed his ideas during the group discussion.
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.
All of the twenty-two Batch 2010-11 high school graduating ISAers, who took the government-administered National Career Assessment Examinations (NCAE) on 29 September 2010, scored higher than 90% (in English, Science and Math combined), earning a batch average of 97.1%, ISA's highest record ever.
The Cebu Philan-
thropist Don Henry Gaisano Founda-
tion, 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.
"It has long been our intention to meet with the adminis-
trators of the Chinese tertiary institutions, particularly those which have been sending Chinese volunteer-facilitators to ISA, to personally express our gratitude for helping our school promote Chinese education. Furthermore, we also intend to seek greater opportunities for establishing closer bilateral relations with them." ISA President Mr. Vicente C. Tiu said before the 11-member delegations of the ISA Board of Directors flew to Xiamen City on 21 May for a three-day official visit of the three Chinese universities.
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.
Held from October 25-26, the 2011 Philippine Visayas Chinese-Filipino Schools Convention opened in the morning of 25 October at the ISA gymnasium. One hundred six school administrators, department heads, and faculty from eleven Visayan Chinese-Filipino schools were present during the two-day convention.
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.
ISA received from Asia Psychological Services and Assessment a plaque and 3 certificates citing four academic grades for placing in the top three among the country’s ninety schools. The four grade levels were: G2, 3rd; G3, 2nd ; G3, 1st ; G5, 3rd .
Grade 1 learners’ cultural trip last 4 February was part of their lessons in Civics. It turned out that the trip did not only bring knowledge to the children but lots of fun as well. They visited the CPU library, Iloilo Science Centrum, Orchard Valley, and many more. Indeed the trip was a valuable learning experience for the little learners.
Grade 2 Civics facilitator organized a field trip last 1 February with the theme appreciate the culture of the community through different livelihoods in the city of Iloilo.
Due to the changes in the route introduced this year, Grade 2 learners had to visit places that were not covered last year like the pottery at Jibao-an, Orchard Valley in Pavia, and the Coca Cola plant. In the Municipality of Oton. The learners savored every interesting fact about the origin and history of the town with series of questions. Indeed, learning is fun if we try to reach out beyond the walls of our comfort zones.
On February 21, 2013 the Kinder I learners headed out for an experiential learning opportunity at Shakey’s. visited CPU Butterfly Garden, Molo Police Station, Molo Church and Tibiao Bakery. The children were delight to see the baking process, and the automated packaging of bread.
ISA’s appeal to increase its tuition fee by 7% was approved by DepED in May. In spite of the increase, ISA managed to attract more than a hundred applicants and finally accepted 120. As of the end of May, the number of enrollees has reached 557, a net increase of 27 from that of the previous school year; 2.17 times the figure ten year ago.
The increased in tuition fee was alloted mainly to faculty development and benefits, to cover the costs of various ongoing programs, such as taekwondo, Scholastic Reading Inventory, drawing instruction.
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.
ISA Elementary and High School commencement & recognition were held on 24 March 2013. Escorted by their parents, 40 elementary and 27 high school graduating learners, and 19 high school undergrads with honors started to enter the hall at 3 p.m., followed by the ISA facilitators, board directors, ISA president Mr. Vicente Tiu, and the commencement speaker, Dr. Nelly Valerio, Department of Education Division of Iloilo City School Superintendent.
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.
To comply with the K-12 curriculum mandating all 6-year-olds should be in Grade 1, 47 Kinder 2 learners will be accelerated to Grade 1 in June. That makes a total of 91 learners received their diplomas during the preschool commencement ceremony last 23 March.
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.
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?
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.
A display of beautiful colors decorated Fort San Pedro National High School, when Iloilo Scholastic Academy was invited by the city government to showcase a Chinese cultural presentation last 10 February on the said venue. The Chinese New Year’s week long celebration concluded with a cultural show and foot parade around downtown area last 15 February.
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.