A new JASMS site will open soon in Quezon City that will be a model for what an urban school can be. The building on Congressional Avenue is being retrofitted to provide a supportive learning environment for the unique pedagogical approach known as “The JASMS Way.”
JASMS on Congressional Avenue in QC will mark a new chapter in the history of the school, which was founded as a learning laboratory for PWU’s teachers. Recently, PWU’s Board of Trustees met with the JASMS parents and teachers to discuss plans for the new site to replace the EDSA property which was ceded to the STI group of Mr. Eusebio Tanco last year in an amicable settlement bringing to an end an acrimonious joint venture agreement. At the JASMS meeting with PWU President Dr. Francisco Benitez were Sunny Sevilla (former Customs commissioner) who heads the Finance committee of the new PWU Board and Jay Lopez (of Lopez Holdings) who is in charge of the Audit committee. Dr. Patricia Araneta, also a new PWU board member, has been interviewing JASMS students and has identified a one (1) hectare farm in San Jose, Bulacan where JASMS students can plant, play and explore nature.
JASMS QC provides a caring educational environment to ensure that all students receive substantial attention from their teachers. Classes are kept manageable at no more than 25 students in each class. This allows teachers to become familiar with the individual needs of each student and to make sure that these needs are met and enhanced. The educational program is designed to achieve excellence while providing a well-balanced, healthy, inclusive, and positive school experience.
JASMS is the pioneer of the only progressive education approach original to the Philippines which is known as learning to be free. The school combines this heritage in educational innovation with the K-12 DepEd curriculum by enriching academic classwork with vivid experiential activities in and outside the classroom and school. For example, students participate in nationwide programs organized by respected institutions and have technology-driven educational experiences in school.
JASMS QC has distinguished itself over the decades in three key ways:
JASMS is a secular, non-sectarian school. It admits students with a wide range of strengths; screening is done primarily to determine a match between the students’ individual needs and the ability of the school to provide for them. Advanced academic classes enhance the DepEd K-12 curriculum as do individual or small-group classes for students needing additional coaching or mentoring.
Through intense interaction in class and extra-curricular activities, JASMS students learn to respect individual differences and to care for others. All students are given opportunities to participate in class-, school-wide, or external activities. An example of such an activity is English Night. This is one night in the year where each high school grade level writes, directs, and produces a 45-minute play or musical based on a literary text that they are studying. Sets are designed by the students and are hand-painted. All high school students participate as performers or behind-the-scenes. Each presentation is capped by the whole grade performing a dance number. No awards are handed out in the end; the reward is in participating itself and in the joy of being part of a large group effort.
JASMS QC has produced many outstanding graduates in the fields of medicine and health, law, education, engineering, finance, business, entertainment, among others. In the visual and media arts, JASMS graduates have received much recognition nationally and internationally.
JASMS QC also benefits from its connection to learning resources and facilities of PWU’s tertiary department. Faculty have been updated in the humanities, technology, and educational approaches by PWU’s tertiary faculty in such topics as using oral traditions in teaching the humanities and designing and using an integrated curriculum.
Faculty are encouraged to participate actively in workshops and seminars in the effective use of technology in teaching, progressive education techniques practiced in other schools, and other fields to improve the ways they can help their students become lifelong learners.
JASMS Manila today offers the following education programs:
The Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS) is the outcome of the many years of work that Doreen Barber Gamboa had with children. She was greatly inspired by Francisca Tirona Benitez who was a co-founder and then President of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU), the first college for women in Asia (est. 1919).
|1933||Nursery class opens for children 18 months to 3 years of age under the Elementary and Training Department of the PWU at A. Flores Street in Ermita, Manila|
|1936||Kindergarten expands into the Child Development Department headed by Doreen Gamboa|
|1938||Boarding nursery is set up for children whose parents were working or not in the city|
|1941||Experimental Grade 1 is opened when parents asked that
the child development approach be carried on into the grade school
The class is abruptly closed by the onset of WWII but Mrs. Gamboa sets up a kindergarten and ungraded primary classes in an old house at the corner of Taft Avenue and Tennessee (now Malvar Street) in Malate, Manila.
|1944||PWU building was burned during the war
|1949||Doreen Gamboa leads the rebuilding of the preschool and elementary department following the principles of child development; the school is named the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS), after the late Chief Justice|
|1956||JASMS in Quezon City (QC) is established through the generosity of Earl Carroll, president of the Philamlife Assurance Company to serve the new communities opening up in the vicinity such as the Philamlife Homes, West Triangle Homes, and the government housing projects. The school is temporarily housed beside the Foodland grocery store in Philam while the new school buildings are being constructed|
|1958||JASMS QC opens in its new 4-hectare campus
|1961||JASMS QC high school opens|
|2010||JASMS is cited as the Quezon City Gawad Parangal Most Outstanding Institution by the QC government|
|2012||JASMS is selected by DepEd to model the Grade 11 curriculum|
Ms. Diana Gutierrez
To Our Beloved JASMS QC Parents,
I know that by now a lot of you have been wondering about the future of our dear school. We have been through a lot these past few months and we thank you for your continued support.
I would like to assure you that JASMS QC and all the teachers will continue to operate and teach your children at a new location. As President Francisco “Kiko” Benitez reminded us, the “magic” of a JASMS education lies within us and not in any site. We are optimistic and ready to welcome all our students to the new JASMS QC on Congressional Avenue which will open in August 2017.
Change is always hard especially if you are moving away from your comfort zones. But change can also bring opportunities for a brighter and better future. It is up to us to make this work and for the new JASMS QC to succeed.
So, I humbly ask all of you to bear with us and in the spirit of unity and solidarity let us work together as we embark on this new challenge. This is the JASMS Way.
Thank you and May God be with us in this.