Diocese of Antipolo Catholic Schools Association

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History of St. Jerome's Academy

St. Jerome’s Academy was founded by the Rev. Fr. John Kaiser of the Columban Society. Fr. Kaiser came to the Philippines shortly after the Second
World War. He worked hard for the establishment of an institution that would give the youth of Morong a Catholic education.

By 1956, the school had attained full recognition by the government, and from 1959 to 1971, the management was in the hands of the Augustinian Sisters of St. Rita with the Rev. John Kaiser, its founder, as the director. Upon the death of Fr. Kaiser, the primary department was closed.

Since the withdrawal of the Augustinian Sisters in 1971, St. Jerome’s Academy has been under the Management of lay teachers, until 1994 under the supervision of Miss Editha T.S. Matawaran. Due to financial constraints, the Elementary Department was phased out completely in 1973. The school maintained the high school department under the directorship of the Columban priest until 1994.

Rev. Fr. Arnold L. Layoc, the first Filipino Priest-Director of St. Jerome’s Academy, initiated the restructuring, retooling, and reengineering almost the whole operation of the institution to keep abreast to the signs of time until mid year 1998. The Directorship then was turned over to the second Filipino priest Director, Rev. Fr. Felipe L. Pedraja with so short term only until SY 1998-1999, due to reshuffling order from the Diocese of Antipolo. Since then, it has been under the Directorship of Rev. Fr. Lawrence C. Paz, the third Filipino Priest- Director of St. Jerome’s Academy, together with also a newly appointed principal during that time in the person of Mrs. Marivic N. Santiago.

The joint effort of both the new addition to the school administration and supervision, paved the way to re-open the operation of the Preschool in 2000-2001 and the Grade School in 2001-2002 respectively amidst controversy of numbers of low-cost Private schools in town as established.

St. Jerome’s Academy got back its recognition in the tradition of quality education and its students discipline with its gradual increase of enrollment annually inspite of the fact that it’s the most expensive among the private school in Morong. Positive signs manifested that SJA will still be triumphantly existing in grandeur for the greater glory of God, during those years.

In 2006, St. Jerome’s Academy welcome its new Director, Rev. Fr. Lopito P. Hiteroza as reshuffling in the Diocese again took place. A soft spoken and a real educator himself also, “Father Bembol” as he is fondly called by all people, pledged his total commitment and dedication publicly to take charge in the stewardship of St. Jerome’s Academy to the best of his capabilities until July 18, 2012.

SY 2012-2013, the most challenging year for the incoming School Director in the person of Rev. Fr. Bienvenido M. Guevara. With the full support of the
Bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo, Most Reverend Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes D.D., we are assured that all aspects of development continue in the only Catholic educational institution in the town of Morong.
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As we begin the academic year 2017-2018 a young and dynamic new director entered the door of St. Jerome’s Academy in the person of Rev. Fr. Glenn William Z. Relucio. Being a servant of God and an educator, he committed himself to continue the holistic development that the former director has started.

Organizational Chart

Message of the Director


School Director


Peace be with you. Welcome to Saint Jerome’s Academy

The administration and faculty of St. Jerome’s Academy share a dedication and passion to the educational and spiritual formation of students. “There shall be deliverance and there shall be holiness” (Obadiah 1:17). Together, we provide environment in which students thrive in the development of their faith, academics and co-curricular interests.

Our moral purpose is to ensure that all students learn their full potential even in this time of uncertainties, so they can graduate to a world where they can make a difference based on the values and beliefs of their Catholic education.

As School Director together with the administration, faculty and staff, we would like to continue high standards of academics and to provide an environment that is good, safe, friendly, caring and innovative. We try to be passionate in helping children to grow spiritually, mentally, physically and ethically.

Let us move forward for the greater glory of God through our dear SJA community.

God Bless our intentions.

Admission Policies and Guidelines

Admission is a very important task of every school. It means granting an applicant admission to the school, with the definite understanding that he/she, the student and his/her parents or guardians agree (in writing) to comply with the scholastic standards of the school, as well as the ideals of Christian Education and its rules and regulations.

Admission Policies

SJA accepts applicants on the basis of requirements presented, test results
and interview. The Admission Committee gives the final decision.

Admission Committee

Registration is handled by the Principal assisted by the Registrar,
Department Coordinators and other faculty members.

Admission Requirements

A student-applicant must comply with the following requirements prior to
clearance for Entrance Test:

-Personal Interview
-Birth Certificate (Photocopy only)
-Baptismal Certificate (Photocopy only)
-Age qualification as follows:
-Nursery – 4 years old Kinder – 5 years old

Kindergarten completers will be accepted in Grade 1. The pupil
should be at least 6 years old by June.
– Personal Interview
– Pre-school Card (original)
– Birth Certificate (Photocopy only)
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– Baptismal Certificate (Photocopy only)
– Certificate of Good Moral Character

May be admitted upon presentation of the following credentials:
– Grade 6 Card (Form 138) original copy
– Baptismal Certificate (Photocopy only)
– Birth Certificate (Photocopy only)
– Certificate of Good Moral Character from the school last attended,
duly signed by the principal or school head
– Interview and Entrance IQ Test


Same as the requirements for the incoming G7 plus Academic
Record reflected on the Student’s Form 137.


– Form 138
– For students with subject deficiencies, must undergo make up or
remedial classes/summer class
– Clearance from the Registrar’s office and Guidance office
– For students with disciplinary problems, permit to enroll issued
by the Guidance Office or the Principal

Additional requirements for foreign students and Filipino students
returning from abroad:
– Certificate/proof of compliance with the requirements of
Commission on Immigration and Department of Foreign Affairs
– Certificate of eligibility for admission from DepEd
– Photocopy of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) the Original
and signed by the officer from the Foreign Students Division,
DepEd and evaluation papers included.
– Birth and Baptismal Certificates
– Report Card (See DepEd Guidelines for determining grade/year
placement of students from foreign countries seeking admission
to Philippine school)
– Should have passed the Entrance Exam
– Interview with the Guidance Counselor/Principal
– Health certificate for Aids and Drug Free Test submission of the
following credentials from the DepEd.


– Make local arrangement with the Principal
– Submit required credentials if not available a compromise agreement.
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Re-Admission of the following students is discretionary on the part of the
administration and is subject to the availability of the accommodations:
1. Repeaters
2. Those who have to take summer classes or remedial classes in order
to be promoted.
3. Unsatisfactory performance and/or behavior at any time and students
who are habitual latecomer and who have been placed on special
probation prior to their enrollment.
4. Those who have been subjects of complaints of the teachers and/or
other students.

1. Habitual Gross Misconduct for two (2) years.
2. Consecutive failure in 2 or more academic and non-academic subjects.
3. Membership in any organization, fraternity and sorority not approved or
recognized by the school, and/or involvement in any of their activities.
4. Non-attendance of the school activities (camping, recollection, retreat, educational tour, et.al.) Non-compliance with the school rules and
5. Enrolling in/taking summer classes in another school without permission from the principal.
6. Retention/failure for the 2nd time of the same curriculum level. Parents of the student-applicants are required to attend the PARENTS’

Student-applicants who do not fully satisfy the academic requirements will be required to attend the summer remedial removal class at the end of the school year or whenever time available/or to undergo intensive tutorial lessons prior to enrollment. Reinforcement classes and tutorial lessons are arranged by the Principal and department coordinators.

Scholarships and Benefits

To encourage students to excel in the field of academics and to help needy but deserving students, the school grants scholarships.

Subject Load Sequence

The subject load and the sequence of subjects shall be in accordance with the approved curriculum from the DepEd and from the workshop output of innovations of the school.

Advance Subjects and Back Subjects
(for Foreign students)

As a general rule, a student shall not be permitted to take any advance
subject until he/she has satisfactorily passed the prerequisite subject or subjects.
The following rules shall be observed:

1. A student who has failed in any subject must enroll in the subject again, either during summer or in succeeding school years. A student who has passed a subject need not repeat the subject.
2. A student may enroll in not more than two (2) subjects during summer for the purpose of making up for previously failed subject.
3. A student shall not be allowed to take any new subject without having taken its prerequisite, but may be allowed to take both at the same time.
4. A student will be permitted an overload of not more than one (1) subject during the regular school years, inclusive of subjects previously failed.
*The above restrictions will not apply where the student concerned has reduced or eliminated his/her subjects during the summer terms.

 Excess Load for Graduating Students
A graduating student may be permitted at the discretion of the school authority to take additional subject load of not more than two (2) subjects, in excess of the normal load specified by the school for the school year or term. (MRPS Sec. 69)

 Tuition Fees/Policies on Refund

Payment of fees may be made in two schemes – in cash and full payment upon enrollment or by installment either on a monthly or a quarterly basis. Tuition and Miscellaneous fees should be paid to authorized personnel only at the Cashier’s Office. Official receipts which are issued upon payment is made should be kept by the student for record and reference purposes. All fees must be paid on or before payable date to avoid inconveniences. Payments by check are accepted. However, it is the responsibility of the drawer to see to it that it is properly made out.
Every student is expected to pay his/her full matriculation fee and the first monthly tuition upon enrollment.


Registration in a school means enrollment for the entire course as well as for the entire school year. Refunds on tuition fees may be made to the students in accordance with the following conditions:

A. A student who transfers or otherwise withdraws in writing for any reason whatsoever and who has already paid the pertinent tuition and
other school fees in full or for any length longer than one (1) month may be charged:

– The whole tuition fee minus 10%, if the request for the refund is made before the beginning of the school year.
– One-half or fifty percent (50%) of the total annual fee, if the request is made within seven days (7) after the beginning of classes.
– The entire annual tuition fee is charged for the year, if the student withdraws or is withdrawn, for any reason whatsoever after the
first week of the school year. NO REFUND ON ANY TUITION PAYMENT will be made. If payments have not been made in full, withdrawn or withdrawing student should settle their accounts in full before clearance for TRANSFER can be given.

B. A student who withdraws voluntarily or otherwise anytime after the first week of classes shall be charged full payment of all school fees. If payments have not been made in full withdrawn or withdrawing student should settle their accounts in full before clearance for transfer can be issued. 

C. A student is considered dropped after his/her parent/guardians have informed the principal and after he is cleared of all liabilities to the school. No refund for overload or back subjects of irregular students have been issued by the Registrar’s Office. In case of conflicts, the students concerned and their parents should inform the registrar immediately. Section 9. Withdrawal/Dropping from Enrollment

1. Fill up an application form for withdrawal.
2. Pay tuition fees covered by the whole semester of his/she official withdrawal.
3. Settle all financial obligations.

Transfer of Students and Transfer credentials

A student enrolled in one school is entitled to transfer to another school, provided he/she has no unsettled obligations with the school he/she was enrolled in. Every student who applies for and is eligible to transfer should be provided by the school he/she is enrolled in with the appropriate transfer credentials which will entitle him/her to admission in another school of his/her choice, subject to the latter’s policies and regulations on the admission of transfer students. Such credentials to be issued are as follows:

– The uncancelled report card (Form 138) with the certificate of eligibility to transfer duly accomplished and signed by the school head which shall be issued to the student within two weeks after filing of the application or after the close of the school year as the case may be

Withholding of Credentials

The release of the transfer credentials of any student may be withheld for reasons of suspension, expulsion, or non-payment of financial obligations or property responsibility of student to the school. The credentials shall be released as soon his/her obligation shall have been settled or the penalty of suspension or expulsion has been lifted.

Promotion/Retention Policy

– Final Grade of at least 75% in ALL learning areas
– Did not meet expectations in three (3) or more learning areas
– Did not meet expectations in not more than two (2) learning areas

Scholastic Deficiency

Various measures are employed by the school in order to get the best
out of the students whose scholastic performance is below the passing mark:

1. Tutorial class as per request of the parents/guardian with prior approval of the principal.
2. Warning the student and informing his/her parents/guardian of his/her failing grades.
3. Placing the student on scholastic/academic probation for failing for two consecutive grading periods. Students who fail for the first time
in the same curriculum level will also be on academic probation.
4. Removal and/or Completion exams are given for students who receive a condition grade in one or two subjects.
5. A student who has failed in any subject must enroll in the subject again, either during summer or in succeeding school years. A student who
has passed a subject need not repeat the subject.
6. A student may enroll in not more than two (2) subjects during summer for the purpose of making up for previously failed subject.
7. A student shall not be allowed to take any new subject without having taken its prerequisite, but may be allowed to take both at the same time.
8. A student will be permitted an overload of not more than one subject during the regular school years, inclusive of subjects previously failed.

Student Manual - AY 2020-2021

Student Manual - AY 2020-2021

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