“ICA aims to be the leading school of influence by pursuing and integrating spiritual growth and academic excellence for its students, faculty, and staff for the glory of God”.
Journey towards the Roaring Success
In a child, building a character is as crucial as cultivating a strong foundation in academics. It is believed that by incorporating biblical principles and encouraged practical applications, a great character is born. In order to develop a strong and lasting leader or character in any field for the future, considerate steps are to be taken. In the March of 1984, International Christian Academy (ICA) was established by parents and businessmen from Word for the World Christian Fellowship together with the Spiritual Director, Rev. Gerald L. Holloway and Mrs. Sue Holloway.
The school laid its foundations in 3 Humabon St., Magallanes Village, Makati with the initial population of 134 students. In 1988, ICA took a huge step by transferring from Magallanes to Better Living in compliance with the requirements of Department of Education for a complete elementary and secondary course. ICA stayed in Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque for three years and later decided to move to its present site at Lot 4505 Extra Ext., Fourth Estate Subdivision, Sucat, Parañaque City.
ICA has gained recognition by the Department of Education and the local materials approved by it are also utilized with integration of biblical truths. It has been a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Whittier, and CA., U.S.A. since 1984, and is the first Philippine Christian educational institution accredited by ACSI on March 4, 2004 to 2017.
ICA aims to produce God-fearing, Bible-believing agents of change for the glory of God. Its goal is to provide the children with opportunities to attain a high level of academic excellence and to develop their character and personality in a totally Christian environment. ICA provides an excellent academic program by integrating basic Bible truths into the school’s learning process to attain the goal of a Christ-centered education. The teachers not only have excellent professional qualification but they also have love for children, Christian character, and experience.
Remarkable Curriculum and Teaching Strategies
ICA offers a full program from Preschool to Senior High School and fosters basic skills of Reading, Language, Arts, Math, Bible, Science, T.H.E., HELE, Computer, Social Studies, Filipino, Music, and Physical Education. The medium of instruction and communication is English. The school arranges a number of extra-curricular activities for students such as sports, clubs, missions, and theater arts. It also has student leadership organizations.
The school stands out amongst the others because of the application of Christian perspective to its curriculum. The study material used in the curriculum comprises of A-Beka textbooks. A-Beka curriculum is written on the premise that all the truths come from God and that any teaching of man contrary to the teaching of the Word of God should be rejected. In addition to giving a clear plan, A-Beka curriculum provides the teachers with plans for teaching scripturally sound principles throughout the school day.
Distinct programs of ICA such as Ballet, Music (Piano, Drums, Guitar, Orchestra, and Voice), Home School (Elementary), and Foreign Language (Mandarin) have gained recognition by Department of Education. Socio-economic and cultural aspects of Philippines are introduced in Grade 1 (Social) Civics and Culture curriculum until Grade 12. Students are exposed to economic and cultural immersion through mission outreaches and educational field trips.
A Guiding Environment
ICA provides every child a nurtured loving and caring environment where positive self-esteem is encouraged and spiritual values are developed. The structured programs are designed in a unique way that it allows freedom for creativity. With the application of spiritual concepts in the discipline process, the school hopes to reinforce parental guidance and values. The school is open to any student, regardless of religion and nationality, as long as the parents or guardians adhere to the philosophy and standards of the school.
Vision and Mission ICA abides to
The school is committed to the service of educating children regardless of race and or background, through the application of biblical principles the ICA is developing character and scholastic excellence. ICA wants to raise Christian leaders with mighty spirit, followers of Jesus, who are able to captivate every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:15), to do greater works of service for the good of all. The mission of ICA is summarized by the core values of the school, which may be reduced to basic areas of development: Christian Character, Academic Excellence, Christian Leadership, Christian Stewardship, and Christian service.
Enthusiastic Participants with Exceptional Talents
ICA students receive an outstanding platform to prosper in their skills. Grade 9 students won the Japan tour in 2015 as their prize for being the Grand Champions in Junior Achievement Travel and Tourism Business Program ( TTBZ ). In 2016 to 2017, they were finalists and this 2018, they are qualifiers for championship. Also, the school was the grand finalist of Asian International Children’s Film Festival ( AICFF) in cooperation with National Youth Commission ( NYC ) from 2015 to 2017. This November 2018, they are the Grand Champions of the said AICFF which was held in Japan. This is the first time the Philippines garnered Grand Champion Award.
Students from the school have competed in International Trade Challenge ( ITC ) in Hong Kong in the year 2014 and 2017, after winning Champion in the Philippines. They have also participated in International History Bee and Bowl (IHBB) in Asia and Europe in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
Honorary Alumnus of ICA
Marvin Germo (Batch 2001) is one of the several successful alumni of ICA. He is a licensed Electronics and Communications Engineer from Mapua University, Manila and is one of the country’s most knowledgeable and experienced financial experts. He is the CEO of Stock Smarts, a stock trader and investor. Marvin is also a best-selling author, personal financial consultant, and international keynote speaker.
Blooming Career Opportunities
Students at ICA are thoughtful about their career right from the age of seven, but they plan their future objectives strategically in high school. During these formative years, as an added advantage, the school offers the students internships, which give them chance to gain experience and exposure to various career fields. The students from ICA receive opportunities to enroll themselves in top universities in the country. At ICA, students are exposed to things that push them to become better every day, and these exposures are in different forms such as contests, film making, quiz bee, entrepreneurship, and a lot more. Students get an opportunity to develop an all-round personality by performing in various activities.
Website: International Christian Academy