Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu

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Not to be confused with Cebu Sacred Heart College
Sacred Heart School
Ateneo de Cebu
SHS-AdC seal.jpg
The Jesuit school in Central Visayas, Philippines
Former names
Sacred Heart Chinese Academy Colegio de San Jose Recoletos (1954-1955)
Sacred Heart School
Sacred Heart School for Boys (1958-1998)
Sacred Heart School - Jesuit (1998-2010)
TypePrivate Roman Catholic Jesuit
non-profit coeducational Chinese-Filipino
Basic (K-12) education institution
Established1955; 64 years ago (1955)
FounderRev. Fr. Miguel Pardinas, S.J.
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic affiliations
Officer in charge
PresidentRev. Fr. Manuel A. Uy Jr., S.J.
PrincipalLea P. Amores
(Grade School)
Roberto Joseph A. Galvan
(Junior High School)
Annie F. Abucay
(Senior High School)
Academic staff
H. Abellana Street, Barangay Canduman Mandaue City
10°20′0″N 123°56′0″E / 10.33333°N 123.93333°E / 10.33333; 123.93333Coordinates: 10°20′0″N 123°56′0″E / 10.33333°N 123.93333°E / 10.33333; 123.93333
  • Main campus - Canduman, Mandaue City
  • Satellite campus - Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City
Alma Mater songLux Oriens
ChaplainRev. Fr. Jerome Emmanuel D. Guevara, S.J.
Colors     Blue      Gold      White
Sporting affiliations
SportsVarsity sports teams Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Chess, Swimming, Taekwondo, Table tennis, Track & Field, Archery, Golf, Karate, Karting, Tennis Thriatlon.

Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu (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), originally known as Sacred Heart School for Boys, is a private, Catholic, Chinese-Filipino college-preparatory, K-12 school run by the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus. It was established in 1955. Its curriculum includes a Chinese language program.

On March 4, 2010, the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart School for Boys unanimously approved the changing of the school's name to Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu. Previously, its name was Sacred Heart School of the Society of Jesus or Sacred Heart School – Jesuit. It is the ninth Jesuit school in the Philippines to bear the name Ateneo. 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.

Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu's Honors class of the Grade 10 Level of School Year 2015 – 2016, Grade 10 – St. Ignatius of Loyola.


The seed for 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-Recoletos. 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, built along Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City, with 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 on 27 September 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 run by Jesuits: the Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu, Ateneo de Iloilo – 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 2000-2001, SHS-J began accepting girls in the Grade School Department, and in 2006 produced its first batch of graduates with female students.


The student population of SHS-J began to grow after becoming 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.

New horizon[edit]

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.[5] Since the name Sacred Heart School – Jesuits has been associated with quality education, the Board decided that the choice of the name Ateneo was appropriate, as the name Ateneo is associated with academic excellence. It is the Spanish form of Athenæum, which the Dictionary of Classical Antiquities defines as the name of "the first educational institution in Rome" where "rhetoricians and poets held their recitations." Hadrian’s school drew its name from a Greek temple dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom. The said temple, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, was where "poets and men of learning were accustomed to meet and read their productions." Athenæum is also used in reference to schools and literary clubs. The closest English translation is academy, referring to institutions of secondary learning.

K to 12 program[edit]

In 2015, the Department of Education of the Philippines (DepEd) announced that an extra two years of schooling will be required from every student in the Philippines. This campaign, known commonly as the K to 12 Program or simply K-12, would standardize Philippine education, thus turning secondary or high school education in the Philippines into a period of six years, as prior to this, Philippine high school only lasted four school years.

The school then adapted to the change by starting its Senior High Program, a program which accommodates both eleventh and twelfth grade students. It began the construction of a new building solely for the eleventh and twelfth grade education, which was completed in May 2016.

Sports program[edit]

The school is known for its extensive sports program and is a member of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation (CESAFI), an organization composed of participating schools within the province of Cebu directed towards camaraderie and competition between said schools. It has varsity teams in the following sports: basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, chess, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, track and field, archery and tennis. Teams which represent the school are known by the name, "Magis Eagles". Both "Magis" and "Eagles" symbolize utmost dedication which fosters growth, as Magis means "to do more and be more", while the Eagle (also the school's mascot) symbolizes the determination to soar high above the competition.

Accreditation and affiliations[edit]

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.

SHS-AdC 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).


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