Faith Academy offers a challenging, internationalized version of an American high school program. Courses are taught in English and are designed to prepare students for higher education. The school holds a strong commitment to student learning and maintains Christian values at its core. Faith Academy is jointly accredited with the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Through the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) program, the school is one of only four Philippine institutions recognized as a Cambridge International Examinations Centre.
CALENDAR AND SCHEDULE
The academic calendar is divided into two semesters with 90 days in each term. Classes begin the first week of August and end the last week of May. Students take 220 minutes of instruction per class per week, following a mixed single and double block schedule.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)
Faith Academy offers AP classes in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language, English Literature, Physics, Psychology, Studio Art, U.S. History, and World History. Faith Academy is also one of a select group of schools to offer the AP Capstone Research and Seminar courses. About two thirds of students in grades 11 and 12 take one or more AP courses.
INTERNATIONAL GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION (IGCSE)
The IGCSE program is mainly for grades 9 and 10, and it offers studies in most core subjects as well as some electives.
The school offers three tracks of study: the General Emphasis Track (23 minimum credits); the Full Academic Track (24 minimum credits); and the Student Support Track for students with diagnosed learning needs (20 minimum credits). Half a credit is awarded for each completed semester.
Bible and Language Arts are required during each semester of attendance.
Students receive three grades for each semester of course work:
- Achievement Grade: This grade reflects a student’s attainment of course benchmarks. Students are marked on a scale of A to F based on the indicators below. Achievement grades are used to calculate a student’s overall GPA.
- A Mastery
- B Proficiency
- C Competence
- D Partial Competence
- F Unskilled
- I Insufficient Evidence
- Work Habits Grade: This grade is based on a student’s preparedness for class, organization, and consistency in getting school work done on time. It is given on a scale of 1 to 4.
- Attitude Grade: This grade indicates a student’s classroom behavior and interaction with teachers and peers. It is given on a scale of 1 to 4.
Approximately 90% of graduates enter a four-year university. Faith Academy students are regularly accepted into respected universities in Australia, Korea, the Philippines, Canada, the United States and various nations in Western Europe.
Service to the community is an important part of Faith Academy’s educational experience. Every semester, high school students complete service projects that are either organized by the school or arranged by students and families. Each student also reflects on his or her experience at the end of every semester, evaluating their work and seeking to improve the program.
ATHLETICS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR
Faith Academy offers three seasons of competitive sports. These include soccer, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, rugby, tennis, and track. Students also participate in various organizations such as National Honor Society, Boy Scouts, Tech Team, and Model United Nations. During each school year, students put on several theatrical productions, participate in vocal and instrumental concerts, and display original art in campus exhibits.
SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING RESULTS
Faith Academy students are:
- Creative and critical thinkers
- Self-directed learners
- Proficient collaborators
- Skillful communicators
- Faithful stewards