Saint Joseph's College of Quezon City

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St. Joseph's College of Quezon City
Dalubhasaan ng San Jose ng Lungsod Quezon
Motto in English
"Wisdom, Goodness, Charity/Love"
Type Private, Catholic, Coeducational
Established 1932
President Sr. Teresita C. Babaran, SFIC
Location Quezon City
Campus 295 E. Rodriguez Sr., Blvd, (formerly España Ext.) Quezon City
Patron St Joseph and St. Francis of Assisi
Colors Maroon and White         

St. Joseph's College of Quezon City (or simply St. Joseph's QC or SJCQC or St. Jo QC) is a Catholic and private school administered by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (SFIC Philippine North Province). It is a national top college prep school, offers students in preschool-grade 12, and up to Graduate School level offering a high-quality and well-rounded education. Admissions are very competitive and students admitted must pass a rigorous entrance examination. The highest of academic and disciplinary standards must be maintained by all students. To date, SJCQC continue to hold these standards, with a focus in academics, interpersonal discipline, and a commitment to social responsibility.

St. Joseph's College was founded by the first five Dutch Franciscan nuns who, in 1929, came to Manila from Veghel in the Netherlands. First, it was an exclusive school for girls then later became a coeducational institution.


History of SJCQC


St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City was founded 75 years ago as St. Joseph’s Academy by Dutch Franciscan Sisters. Situated along España Extension, the school admitted its first primary school pupils in 1932 and drew children from the rapidly growing communities of New Manila, Kamuning and San Juan. Under the leadership of its first school directress, Mother Magdala Verhuizen, the academy opened the high school department the following year. During the Japanese occupation, the school was closed down, the Dutch sisters interned in Los Baños, and the buildings were used as a mini-military hospital by the Japanese army and later by the US military.

SJA officially became St. Joseph ’s College of Quezon City in 1948 with the opening of the college department which offered programs in education, liberal arts, secretarial science and music.

Performing Arts

The 50s and the 60s were a period when the performing arts, notably drama and music, were a central and distinguishing feature of Josephine life. The annual play became a tradition that spanned almost three decades. Plays and musicals such as Cyrano de Bergerac, Pride and Prejudice, Pygmalion, Trojan Women, Fiddler on the Roof, and Camelot were staged under the direction of Zeneida Amador (HS ’49) and drew critical acclaim. Many memorable leading roles in the annual stage plays (such as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion and Roxanne in Cyrano) were played by Sonia Malasarte (HS ’60 and AB ’64). To promote excellence in education through voluntary accreditation, St. Joseph ’s College together with ten other private colleges and universities became the charter members of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) in 1957.

"Early Educators"

One of the most notable early distinguished faculty of St. Joseph's was Dr. Sofia Esmeralda F. Elizalde and Sister Caritas Gracia F. Elizalde - both sisters from San Luis, Pampanga who also contributed a lot to the establishment of Saint Louis University in Baguio City and the University of the East.

School Seal[edit]

The seal is composed of a shield circumscribed by the school’s name and location, St Joseph’s College, Quezon City, Philippines. At the bottom of the shield is the year the school was founded, 1932.

Cutting across the shield is a ribbon bearing the motto: SAPIENTIA, BONITAS, CARITAS (Wisdom, Goodness, Charity/Love) SAPIENTIA, enlightened knowledge is symbolized by the books over which stands a lighted lamp. BONITAS is represented by the Franciscan symbol: Cross under which are the crossed hands of Jesus Christ and St. Francis of Assisi. CARITAS, loving service is symbolized by the rose. The seal suggests symbolically the school’s patron, St. Joseph, with the carpenter’s toolbox and lily.

The “fleur de lys” stands for our Lady of the Immaculate Conception under whose special patronage the school is entrusted.

Elementary & Secondary[edit]

Kinder - Grade School

The Kinder-Grade School Department has been granted on December 15, 2008 by PAASCU Level III accreditation.

The curriculum is enhanced by a wide variety of club offerings addressing the diverse interests of students from Grade I to Grade VII. Options range from scholastic to spiritual to special interest clubs. All students are members of at least one organization in a year.

High School

The HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT has been granted Level III accreditation by PAASCU on December 15, 2008.

Special Education

St. Joseph’s College was given government recognition on November 7, 2003 for the SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSE WITH INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOR MENTAL RETARDATION AND AUTISM.

To date, there are ninety-five SPED students with highly-qualified professionals caring for these Special children's integral formation and education. The special children have mental retardation, dyslexia, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, autism and/or global development delay. Some of these students have been mainstreamed in the Basic Education department.

Student Activity[edit]

Student Governance:

  • Central Board of Students
  • College Student Leaders

Student Publication:

  • Hi- Jo Gazette
  • Claire
  • Josephine Journal

Co- Curricular Clubs:

  • Marian/ Young Franciscan Club
  • Chorale
  • Peer Facilitator
  • Homemakers Club
  • Media Watch (Film/ Broadcast Media)
  • Media Watch (Journals/ Print Media)
  • Math Club
  • Social Science Club
  • Science Club
  • Dulaang San Jose
  • GSP/ FRIENDHZ for Life
  • Badminton (I)
  • Badminton (II)
  • Badminton (Mix)
  • Volleyball
  • Indoor Games
  • Basketball
  • Basketball
  • Dance Club
  • Arnis Club
  • Discipline Assistants (Trainee)
  • Knights and Ladies of the Altar
  • Josephine Volunteers

* Other Organizations:

  • Sons and Daughters of OFW
  • Himig San Jose


College of Arts and Sciences: GRANTED AN AUTONOMOUS STATUS by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED)

College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School (MA & PhD)

The College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1947. Its initial degree programs were Liberal Arts, Education and Secretarial Science.

It was admitted as a charter member of the PAASCU in 1957.

A four-year Commerce program was given government recognition in 1961. In 1977, the Social Work program was given the same recognition. The Liberal Arts majors expanded to include Psychology, Mass Communication and Community Development in 1989. A program in Computer Management was launched to enhance the Commerce program offerings. A non-degree program in Computer Secretarial has been offered since 1989. New courses include Accountancy and Hotel and Restaurant Management.

The Social Work program has enjoyed a 100% passing rate in the professional board exams. All graduates in Education have passed the Professional Board Exams Teachers (PBET) and/or the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) from 1991-1993.

The use of new technologies of the digital era to carry out quality instruction and to support efficient student services has been adopted by the school. Open laboratories, networked computer laboratories, the development of computer applications for the library, Records and Admissions office, and the Finance office are today a feature of campus life. The BS Information Technology program is venturing into e-learning, among other innovative methods of instruction. In the new millennium, St. Joseph ’s College of Q.C. has also embarked on a series of challenging ventures, efforts that can be characterized as reaching out and providing quality Josephine education to new groups and communities.

The Institute of Nursing was established in 2004 and is in partnership with the neighboring St. Luke’s Medical Center as its base hospital. Special education is one of the newest programs of SJCQC. A special education department catering for special students was opened in 2002 and has drawn more and more pupils and students. A notable feature of SPED in the school is the mainstreaming program where enrolees in SPED are prepared to join the appropriate regular classes of the kindergarten, grade school and high school. SPED has also become an area of specialization in the education programs of the undergraduate and graduate departments.

The past five years have seen the graduate school grow by leaps and bounds in terms of enrolment and in program offerings. Educational management, instructional supervision, special education, and applied gerontology are its leading programs today. Its enrolees also now come from the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite and Laguna who commute in the weekends to attend graduate classes in the Quezon City campus.

The Degree Completion Program (DCP) was instituted in 2002 to address the situation of undergraduates of the college who have been away from school for a number of years and who need only a few remaining units to earn their degrees. It operates according to the principle of equivalency by recognizing learning acquired outside the formal school setting.

Along the same line, the school accepted the invitation from CHED to become an ETEEAP (Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency Accreditation Program) provider. This program has sparked tremendous interest among working professionals who have not earned college degrees. Through ETEEAP, non-degree holders can have their learning at work and in life (skills and knowledge) assessed and recognized as equivalent to traditional course requirements (recognition of prior learning) to earn their degrees. Assessment and equivalency for AB Community Development and BS in Office Management are currently offered under the program. The Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in management program (ETEEAP) was launched in 2006.

The first graduate of ETEEAP in St. Joseph ’s College, Q.C. is a community development practitioner, Enrique M. Gallardo Jr, who has worked for many years as a field worker among the indigenous peoples of the Cordilleras and the Muslim communities in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat.

The solidarity of St. Joseph ’s College, Q.C. with people and groups in need has extended beyond Philippine shores to the newly independent East Timor . There is now a special college scholarship program for young East Timorese to develop professionals such as teachers and office workers to help rebuild the country from the ravages of decades-long conflict.

As the school undertakes new initiatives, it has maintained its strengths as an educational institution and is proud of the work and effort of its graduates. It continues to enjoy full autonomy as granted by the CHED, and Level III status for its programs from the PAASCU. The College was identified as one of two top performing schools in the social work licensure exams in 2004 (see related story). The Mass Communication department has had Palanca award winners since 2000 (see related story). As part of its continuing quest for educational innovations, it has established partnerships for staff and student development with schools overseas, including the Notre Dame University in Kyoto , Japan for social work and the International People’s College in Helsingør , Denmark for adult education.

Notable Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Mount Carmel College of Baler
  • St. Joseph's College of Balanga, Bataan
  • St. Joseph's College of Rodriguez, Rizal
  • St. Joseph's School of Mactan, Cebu
  • St. Joseph's School of Toril, Davao


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