183 F. Blumentritt St. San Juan City. Philippines
+632-724-54-66 to 69
Committed to the integral formation of the young, Aquinas School provides each child a curriculum that will help him become his best possible self; a competent Filipino-Catholic young man of TRUTH, LOVE and SERVICE, who thinks wisely, upholds his identity, tradition and cultural heritage, participates actively in the process of social transformation for a better world and society, preserves the beauty and bounty of the natural resources, shares joyfully the fruits of his labor to others specially the less fortunate, propagates devotion to the Mother of God, and decides responsibly in truth, justice and love.
Recognizing the importance of the pre-school years in the formative development of the child, Aquinas Pre-School Department, in consonance with its vision/mission aims to:
- offer enjoyable experiences that will help develop the pupils’ self-image;
- provide opportunities for the development of desirable social attitudes to enable him to interact harmoniously with others in his environment;
- assist pupils in forming desirable habits through well-rounded physical development program;
- stimulate pupils’ moral consciousness for a meaningful response to God in faith and love;
- develop motor coordination and sensory perceptual skills; and help pupils acquire the basic knowledge, skill, habits, and generalization in the 4 R’s (Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Religion);
Grade School Goals
Aware that Grade School life is a preparation for higher studies, Aquinas School guided by its vision/mission aims to:
- help pupils become aware of the Christian Values, and encourage them to practice their values in relating with others by trying to be just, truthful and compassionate in thoughts, words and actions;
- train pupils to think clearly and solve problem wisely;
- provide experiences that will help pupils make decisions to become self-directed with reasonable guidance;
- provide the basic knowledge and develop skills to help pupils express ideas both in oral and written communication;
- develop in the pupils a satisfactory level of reading, writing, and mathematics competence;
- offer opportunities that will help pupils develop a sense of concern for and service to others especially the less fortunate;
- create an atmosphere that would foster on the pupils love and respect for country, pride of cultural heritage, concern for nature and the environment;
- make pupils acquire the fundamental knowledge, attitudes, habits and skills in the intellectual and cultural fields;
- offer opportunities that will help pupils value their work and commitment; and
- foster ardent devotion to the Mother of God.
High School Goals
Believing that students develop towards adulthood, maturity and competitiveness beginning with the high school years, Aquinas School, in keeping with its vision/mission, guides its students to:
- acquire knowledge, skills, competence and values that will prepare them for further education and for life;
- become mature persons who maintain peace, love, joy and harmony in their relationship with others as they contribute to the spiritual well-being of the members of the immediate and international communities;
- imbue in them the Dominican ideals of truth, justice and love in their search for meaning in life;
- he proud of their national identity and cultural heritage and learn to preserve the beauty and bounty of the natural resources;
- become aware of the socio-economic realities of the country and the international community and be responsive to the needs of the times;
- participate in academic and cultural activities designed to enhance their creativity and initiative;
- develop positive habits through serious study;
- think critically and communicate effectively;
- strengthen their ability to acquire information, formulate alternatives and evaluate results;
- use their God-given talents for the service of others especially the less fortunate;
- uphold commitment and develop love for work;
- acquire optimum physical development through active participation in local and national affairs; and
- live a life of prayer and devotion to the Mother of God.
Career Pathing Program
Career Pathing is a system of organizing students' learning interests and aptitudes around carer clusters. According to Elaine Makas Howard and Pamela J. III (2001), the career pathways provide a direction of the school systems pointing towards the development and implementation of individual student plans leading them to a student-based coursework to ensure the successful completion of a post-secondary option.
This is done in the Third and Fourth Year levels to define and identify the life skills educators purport to develop in the elarners. The school beleves that these fundamental skills are keys in assuming functional roles in real-life environment, in enhancing performance in job related tasks and eventually in creating career opportunities. This is conceived based on the following conditions:
- There is a need to expose students to content-based learning on the field of discipline they wish to pursue in college;
- A need to self-direct learners on issues appertaining to the post-secondary education options; and
- There is a need to link between the knowledge they acquire in school and the skills they need to puruse students' dreams.
To achieve the realistic aim of providing quality experience on the career of their choice, the following objectives are set to keep mind in track:
- Create an environment and experience for every student to achieve high academic skills;
- Broaden students' choices through planned actual experiences and coursework;
- Develop and implement a realistic post-secondary plan;
- Help students select their college course;
- Connect learning to life for the students; and
- Experience site-based experiences
III. Three-Pronged Carer Cluster
The three-pronged carer clusters are categorized into two curricular areas namely electives and carer technology. Electives intensify the learning content of the chosen careers while career technology provides experiential approaches to learning making classroom encounters more meaningful. Students in each career path are grouped into teams. Each team submits at the end of the academic year investigation proposals (third year) and investigative research (fourth year) as their performance output of their career tracks. The parts of the paper is append in this paper.
IV. Standard of Learning
Standard of learning means a triangulated learning expectation that leads to long-lasting understanding of content as translated into real-life actions and experiences. The intensification of content in these elective and technology subjects are within the context of the standard of learning in the regular curriculum. Below is the level of learning assigned in this program.
Level of Learning
Enhance: Learners attain competency level with content / concepts and skills.
Maintain: Learners are able to articulate or put into action the content / concepts and skills learned.