Academics in Ateneo de Davao Junior High School

Academic and Formation Framework

With the University’s main thrusts of excellent instruction, robust research, and vibrant community service, the Ateneo de Davao Junior High School aspires to mold students to be Christ-centered, committed, competent, conscientious, and compassionate. Through the different subject area programs, the students are formed to imbibe the Ignatian spirituality and to acquire the following skills: effective communication and cultural resilience; proficient utilization of resources and technology; critical thinking and problem solving; scientific and inventive thinking; social involvement and environment care; responsible citizenship and global concern; creativity and innovation; life and career competencies; reflective attitudes and values.

With this aim, in academic formation, it is hoped that the vision-mission is achieved. This aim is carried out and supported by the following clusters, offices, and board.

1. The Academic Cluster, headed by the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, is mainly responsible for curriculum and instruction. The members of the cluster are the eight (8) Subject Area Coordinators (SACs) and the Instructional Media Center (IMC) Coordinator.

2. The Formation Cluster, headed by the Assistant Principal for Formation, mainly handles the student non-academic formation. This is in cooperation with the Student Development Center (SDC) Coordinator, Campus Ministry Office (CMO) Coordinator, Coordinator for Student Activities (CSA), the Sports Coordinator, the Ecoteneo Director, and the Faculty and Staff Development Coordinator (FSDC).

The Ecoteneo Director spearheads programs that form students to be environmentally aware and responsible, while the FSDC spearheads the formation of the faculty and staff. This is to guarantee that teachers are equipped with the necessary skills for effective instruction.

3. The Administration Cluster, headed by the Assistant Principal for Administration, ensures the smooth daily operation of activities and services. The members of the cluster are the Grade Level Coordinators (GLCs), the Prefect of Discipline, and the Registrar who takes care of the students’ records.

4. The University Academic Council, headed by the Academic Vice President (AVP), sets the direction of the University, especially on the K to 12 implementation, and ensures the articulation of the curricula of the Grade School (GS), the Junior High School (JHS), and the Senior High School (SHS).

The University Research Council (URC) sets the impetus of the University for the faculty and staff of the different units (GS, JHS, SHS) to engage in research and publication. The JHS has so far concluded and continues to do Action Research. All these research are geared towards improving teaching-learning experience.

The Ignatian Spirituality Formation Office (ISFO) of the University, on the other hand, creates programs for the psycho-spiritual development of the faculty and staff.

The University Community Engagement Advocacy Council (UCEAC) is the coordinating body that unifies the community outreach and involvement activities of the students and the faculty/staff for a common thrust.

In the University, the Board of Trustees is the highest decision-making body.

5. The external supports come from the following: alumni; Ateneo de Davao Parents-Teachers Community Incorporated (ADPTCI); partner institutions; foundations, and benefactors.

Overall, the Principal, together with the Administrative Team, monitors and evaluates the whole system to ensure that all the stakeholders in the school contribute to the realization of the vision-mission. As a member of the Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC), the AdDU JHS coordinates and benchmarks with other Jesuit schools in the Philippines. JBEC guides the AdDU JHS to be faithful in carrying out the Characteristics of Jesuit Education through the implementation of the K to 12 Program. To guarantee that the AdDU JHS is true to the standards it sets for itself, it undergoes accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU).

Guided by the University’s thrusts of excellent instruction and formation, robust research, and vibrant community service, it is hoped that AdDU JHS is able to produce graduates who are excellent leaders for and with others, leaders for the greater glory of God (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam).

Academic Programs

The Ateneo de Davao Junior High School (AdDU JHS) Academic Programs aim for excellent instruction and formation where students learn important understandings and Ignatian values through learner-centered approaches, real-life application of concepts, and meaningful appreciation for the common good. It appropriates a curriculum that complies with the requirements of the Department of Education, embodies the Characteristics of the Jesuit Education (CJE), and responds to the needs of the 21st-century learners.

The AdDU JHS Academic Program develops students in a holistic way by engaging them in various learning experiences that advance their intellectual, social, moral, and religious formation. It prepares students for active participation in the church and local community, for the service of others (CJE 6.2). It challenges students to pursue the Ignatian tradition of excellence in its work of formation (CJE 6.3).

Effective School Year 2012-2013, the AdDU JHS has implemented the K to 12 Program in Grade 7, 2013-2014 in Grade 8, 2014-2015 in Grade 9, and 2015-2016 in Grade 10.

In compliance with the mandate of the Department of Education, the following are the Learning Areas with AdDU JHS corresponding Subject Area Programs.

Learning Areas (DepEd) Subject Areas (AdDU JHS)
English English
Filipino Filipino
Mathematics Mathematics
Science Science
Araling Panlipunan Social Studies
Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao Christian Life Education
Music, Arts, Physical Education, Health (MAPEH) Music, Arts, Physical Education, Health (MAPEH)
Technology and Livelihood Education Information Technology and Livelihood Education