Jose Abad Santos Memorial School Quezon City

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Jose Abad Santos Memorial School - Quezon City
Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (PWU).svg
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Quezon City Campus at Barangay Bahay Toro
JASMS-QC is located in Manila
Location in Metro Manila

CoordinatesCoordinates: 14°39′46.82″N 121°1′13.52″E / 14.6630056°N 121.0204222°E / 14.6630056; 121.0204222
TypePrivate, Progressive Nonsectarian, Coeducational
MottoLearning To Be Free
PrincipalDiana Gutierrez
GradesK to 12
CampusProject 8, Quezon City
Color(s)Maroon, and White          
AthleticsBadminton, Basketball, Volleyball
HymnsJASMS Song

The Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS) is the basic education institution (K to 12) of the Philippine Women's University (PWU).

Presently, the JASMS system occupies three campuses: the nursery (3-year-olds) to grade 6 levels of PWU JASMS Manila (formerly JASMS Indiana) on Pilar Hidalgo-Lim Street in Malate, Manila; the PWU JASMS Manila High School (grades 7 to 12) in the PWU main campus on Taft Avenue in Malate, Manila; and the nursery to grade 12 campus of JASMS Quezon City (QC) in 51 Congressional Ave. cor. Villa Soccoro St., Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City.


JASMS evolved from the preschool (est. 1933) of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) under the leadership of President Francisca Tirona Benitez. President Benitez hired Doreen Barber Gamboa and Priscilla Abaya to first set up and run the preschool in the fenced-in area which was the PWU gymnasium.

In 1949, the PWU elementary department was renamed the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS) in honor of the late Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos, a World War II hero who was chairman of the PWU board of trustees before his execution by the enemy in 1944.

  • 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 ask that the child development approach is carried on to the grade school. The class is abruptly closed by the onset of WWII but 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. Quonset huts are built to house the kindergarten and elementary by day and to serve as a dormitory by night. Fronting PWU, these huts were at the site of what would later be referred to as the JASMS Annex. Other big houses undamaged by the war became the classrooms. One such house was owned by the late Chief Justice Abad Santos, once PWU board chair, who was executed by the enemy 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 new JASMS QC with Gamboa as director offers preschool to Grade 7.
  • 1961 JASMS QC high school opens.
  • 2010 JASMS QC is cited as the Quezon City Gawad Parangal Most Outstanding Institution by the QC government.[1]
  • 2012 JASMS Manila and the PWU High School and JASMS QC are selected by DepEd to model the Grade 11 curriculum.[2]
  • 2015 PWU JASMS Manila and JASMS QC are granted permits by the Department of Education to open Senior High School (Grades 11 and 12).[3]
  • 2017 JASMS Quezon City campus relocated from its original site in EDSA, West Triangle to Congressional Avenue in Project 8, Quezon City.

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  1. ^ Section, Quezon City Public Library Local History. "Quezon City Public Library Local History Section: 2010 Quezon City Gawad Parangal, October 12, 2010". Quezon City Public Library Local History Section. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  2. ^ "Over 6,000 join first batch of Grade 11 students". Rappler. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  3. ^ "List of Senior High Schools | Department of Education". Retrieved 2015-12-27.

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