Faith Academy began as a dream . . . the dream of a few missionaries who envisioned a place where their children could grow and learn. These parents confidently placed their vision for a school in the hands of God and watched as He took their dream and formed it into reality. The school began with donated books and equipment in a rented, large, old house on V. Mapa Street in Manila. The home served as both classrooms and dormitory. Forty-seven students in grades 1-8 and six teachers began this journey of faith on July 15, 1957. The school quickly outgrew its facility, and land was purchased about ten miles east of Manila. During the summer of 1962, the school moved to the new property. The 1962-63 school year opened with 212 students. In 1965, Faith’s first senior class of eleven students graduated.
There are many chapters in the story of God’s faithfulness to Faith. A particularly noteworthy one occurred on November 19, 1970 when the school was severely damaged by typhoon Yoling. Sixty percent of the campus was destroyed. Gratefully, there were only three minor injuries. As the news went out, God faithfully began to bring in the funds and expertise to rebuild. Classes for the elementary were cancelled until after Christmas break. Grades 7-12 held classes at International School in the afternoons. By January 8, 1971, reconstruction of the classrooms was far enough along so all classes could resume. God provided over and above our needs and Faith was not only able to rebuild but a number of expansion projects were completed with the additional funds. According to one staff member, “God has turned our disaster into one of the best things that has happened to Faith Academy”.
Faith Academy has maintained a dynamic and relevant education through the years as illustrated in the following significant events. It was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1972. Daniel Kim began a new trend in 1979 by becoming the first of many Korean students to enroll. In 1981, Faith began offering the University of Cambridge, U.K. IGCSE Education programme. The first Korean teacher joined our staff in 1999 and in 2004 a Korean Studies program was added in the high school.
In July of 2004, the boarding department received a seven-year accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This was renewed in 2011 for an additional seven years through 2018.
In 2005, Faith Academy was formally recognized by the Philippine Department of Education as an International School in conjunction with our charter as an alien school. As a result, the school can accept students of any nationality, including Filipinos. Today, Filipinos are our third largest ethnic group. 2005 was also the year the Faith Academy Aquatics Center opened.
After going through a number of interim superintendents, the school was blessed to have Tom Hardeman accept the position of Head of School in 2006. He is now in his ninth year and brings stability and wonderful leadership. The 2006-2007 school year also included the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Faith Academy, Inc.
The Dick and Helen Cadd Fine Arts Center was opened in October 2008. The heart of the Center is a 900-seat auditorium. This facility, along with the adding of 8th period to the school day, has transformed the Fine Arts Program in High School. The only classes offered during that period are Fine Arts.
The 2012-13 school year brought about a historic change as Koreans became our largest ethnic group. Koreans, Americans and Filipinos make up the top three of over 20 nationalities in our student body today.
In 2012, Faith was one of the founding members of the Asian Christian School Conference (ACSC) for International Christian schools in Asia to get together for sports and fine arts exchange. The participating schools include:
1) Faith Academy – Manila, Philippines
2) Dalat International School – Penang, Malaysia
3) Grace International School – Chiang Mai, Thailand
4) International Christian School (ICS) – Hong Kong
5) Morrison Academy – Taichung, Taiwan
6) Saint Paul Christian School – Guam
7) Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS) – Seoul, South Korea
Also in 2012 the ACSI/WASC Accreditation team granted Faith a 6 year accreditation.
In 2015, the Sy Field was completed which added a much needed second field for the PE and co-curricular programs.
Today, the school offers a Pre-K through Grade 12 education in a Christian environment. The elementary school (Preschool to Grade 5), middle school (Grades 6 to 8) and high school (Grades 9 to 12) share one campus, although each school has its own principal, assistant principal, and counselor along with a designated classroom area. The campus sits on 8.14 hectares (20.11 acres). Faith Academy is a day and boarding school. The families that live in Metro Manila are scattered throughout the city. Approximately 20% of the high school students, along with a few middle school students, live in on-campus boarding homes provided by the school.
Faith Academy values a strong commitment to a school improvement process that keeps student learning and our Christian values and ethos at its core. In support of these values, Faith Academy maintains joint accreditation status with the Western Association of School & Colleges (WASC), and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Through the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program, the school is also one of only four institutions in the Philippines that are accredited with United Kingdom based Cambridge International Examinations, as a Cambridge International Centre.