Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu
|Sacred Heart School
Ateneo de Cebu
|Motto||Lux Oriens (Latin)
Light arising from the Land
of the Morning
|Type||Private, College Preparatory School|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|President||Rev. Fr. Manuel A. Uy, S.J.|
|Principal||Annie F. Abucay
Roberto Joseph A. Galvan
|Location||Mandaue City, Cebu,
|Campus||Main campus - Canduman, Mandaue City
Satellite campus - Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City
|School Song||Lux Oriens|
|Former names||Sacred Heart School for Boys (1955)
Sacred Heart School - Jesuit (2000)
|affiliations||ANTEP CEAP JBEC JEA PERAA PAASCU|
The Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu (Abbreviation: SHS – AdC; simplified Chinese: 宿务亚典耀圣心学校; traditional Chinese: 宿務亞典耀聖心學校; pinyin: Sùwù Yàdiǎnyào Shèngxīn Xuéxiào), formerly known as Sacred Heart School for Boys, Sacred Heart School of the Society of Jesus or Sacred Heart School – Jesuit, is a private, Catholic college-preparatory school run by the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus. It was established in 1955.
On March 4, 2010, the Board of Trustees of the Sacred Heart School unanimously approved the changing of the school's name to Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu. It is the ninth Jesuit school in the Philippines to bear the name Ateneo. Its curriculum includes a Chinese language program.
Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu aside from providing academic excellence also serves as a bridge between the Filipino and Chinese Filipino communities through Christian education that accepts not only Chinese Filipinos but also students who have no Chinese roots.
The seed to the establishment of a Jesuit-run school in central Visayas was planted in 1953. Fr. Paul O'Brien, then the superior of all Jesuits belonging to the former missions in China was approached by the Catholic Chinese-Filipino community of Cebu City regarding the possibility of establishing a school that has a Chinese language program in its curriculum for the education of their children.
Once approval was secured from the Superior General of the Jesuits in Rome, the school initially operated as an affiliate of San Jose-Recolotes. The Fathers of San Jose Recoletos generously provided it with their Principal and a contingent of lay faculty members.
In 1955, Sacred Heart School was officially established as an independent school. The school was built in 1955 along Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City with Rev. Fr. Francisco Heras S.J., one of the Jesuits expelled from Communist China, as the first rector. The school was an all-boys institution.
On 25 February 1965, Sacred Heart School became a Filipino school, approved by the Bureau of Education to teach the regular curriculum prescribed by the government with a Chinese Language and Arts program.
The integration of the Jesuits of the China Province delegation in the Philippines into the Jesuit Philippine Province in September 27, 1988 resulted in all the former delegation works being placed under the care and control of the Philippine Jesuit provincial superior. This facilitated the assignment of Filipino Jesuits to the three Chinese-Filipino schools ran by Jesuits: the Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu, Santa Maria Catholic School (Iloilo) and Xavier School (San Juan, Metro Manila).
Sacred Heart School for Boys was officially changed to Sacred Heart School – Jesuit (SHS-J) in 2000. During the same year, in school year 2000-01 SHS-J started accepting girls in the Grade School Department. In 2006, the school produced its first batch of graduates with female students.
The student population of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu started to grow when it became coeducational. The old campus at Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City became inadequate. The school transferred to a bigger campus in Canduman, Mandaue City, Cebu in 2007.
On March 4, 2010, the Board of Trustees of the Sacred Heart School unanimously approved the changing of the school's name to Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu.Since the name Sacred Heart School - Jesuits has been associated with quality education, the Board decided that the choice of the name Ateneo which is also associated with academic excellence was an excellent one.
The school is a member of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation (CESAFI). It has varsity teams in the following sports: basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, track and field.
Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu High School Department was accredited in 1974 by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The Grade School was accredited in 1976. Both Departments have been re-accredited every five years.
Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu is a member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippine (CEAP), Private Education Retirement Annuity Association (PERAA), Association for Non-Traditional Education in the Philippines (ANTEP), Jesuit Education Association (JEA) and Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC).