What does St. Mary's Academy of Sto. Niño stand for?
St. Mary’s Academy of Sto. Niño is the first Catholic school built in the fast growing Las Villas de Sto. Niño Subdivision. This subdivision is located in the midst of four barrios of Meycauayan, Bulacan, namely; Iba, Pantoc, Camalig, and Perez.
In September 1983, the developer of the subdivision, Mrs. Geronima Que, invited Sister Ma. Virginia Bañez, RVM, her former schoolmate, to build a school in the heart of Las Villas de Sto. Niño. The RVM Congregation responded to this invitation and with the approval of the Ministry of Education Culture and Sports (MECS) put up a school on a one (1) hectare land donated by Mrs. Geronima Que. The RVM Congregation bought another one and a half (1-½) hectares to give more spaces for expansion,
On October 14 & 25, 1983, MECS Regional Office granted the approval to operate the new school, a reality for St. Mary’s Academy of Sto. Niño.
Construction started in November 1983. S. Ma. Virginia Bañez, RVM, took charge of over-seeing the work and the need of the school while S. Ma. Aurora Sartin, RVM, worked for the approval of the application to operate both High School and Elementary courses which was granted temporarily on June 11, 1984. The RVM Sisters of St. Mary’s Academy of Meycauayan Saluysoy, took charge in preparing the school for operation. Enrolment was done in Saluysoy while the construction was going on in Sto. Niño.
S. Ma. Pureza Romano, RVM, and S. Ma. Eleanor Alpino, RVM helped in the organization of classes, until S. Ma. Pilar Jorge, RVM arrived in July 1984. She then became the first Principal of St. Mary’s Academy of Sto. Niño and at the same time the superior of the community of the RVM Sisters.
Due to the increase in population of the school, the administration had to construct another building to accommodate the students. With the help of Rev. Mother Ma. Assumpta M. David, RVM, Superior General, and her Council, a three-story building with 18 classrooms was built in 1992.
In 1993, the convertible stage and canteen were constructed. In the years 1997-2000, additional school facilities were constructed such as; the TLE Room, CAT Headquarters, Guard House, MIC Office, Prayer Room, Computer laboratory, covered walkway, and the Multi-Purpose Kiosks.
To serve the students better, the Administration came up with the construction of the Audi-Gym and the provision of Audio-Visual Room and Science Laboratory Room in the year 2001. Since then, SMASN has continually improved its service facilities. For SY 2004-2005, SMASN has provided the pupils and students with the new Speech Laboratory, equipped with modern gadgets and internet stations for both departments. To improve further its water facilities, the school has also put up an 800-ft deep well.
In April 2004, the construction of a four-story Grade School building started which was blessed on February 8, 2005 by His Excellency, Most Rev. Jose Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos. Immediately after the pupils had transferred to the new building, the renovation of the old building for the different service facilities started. These service facilities include the Guidance office, AVR, IMC, Health Center, Viewing Room, Dubbing room, Internet Laboratory and Canteen. Through the initiative of the officers of SMASN Supreme Family Council a covered walk from the old Grade School building to the Audi-gym was constructed.
In SY 2005-2007 the renovation of the High School building for the different offices, Science Laboratory, NTP lounge, Encoding room, TLE Laboratory and Model House was done.
In 2009, when Sister Sister Ma. Magdalena L. Leocadio, RVM was then the Directress / Principal, two significant events were successfully accomplished: the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes was constructed at the entrance as a hallmark of the Marian character of St. Mary’s Academy of Sto. Niño and SMASN passed the preliminary survey of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).
Two (2) years after, the formal survey was conducted last December 1-2, 2011 by a team of seven (7) accreditors accompanied by a PAASCU representative. The school prepared well and the self-survey report was adequately substantial. Exhibits were generally complete. PAASCU has granted the initial accreditation for a period of three (3) years. Before S. Ma. Magdalena left for her next assignment, the Holy Angels Bridge was constructed in response to one of the recommendations of PAASCU.
In 2012 – 2014, through the initiative of SMASN Parents’ Organization (SMASNPO), the Marian Park (2012) and the Ignacian Park (2014) were constructed under the administration of Sister Ma. Alice S. Tan, RVM.
In SY 2014, St. Mary’s Academy embarked on a new journey and answered the many challenges and changes in the Philippine educational system. The entire community responded to the Department of Education’s challenge to implement the Senior High School Program that will prepare the students for college, entry level jobs, small entrepreneurial opportunities, and innovative skills and competencies. In preparation for the implementation of the Senior High School, the school designed strategies and plan of actions patterned after the RVM Education Ministry Commission (RVM EMC).
St. Mary’s Academy of Sto. Niño, in its effort to provide transformative quality Ignacian Marian education that nurtures faith and develops passion for excellence and service, submitted once again to the process of quality evaluation and assessment in relation to the standards and principles set by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). To guarantee that the institution consistently follows the evaluation procedures that mark the qualities of stable educational programs and to determine that adequate level of quality is sustained, the administration headed by S. Ma. Violeta S. Juanico, RVM, Directress/Principal, and the entire academic community collaboratively prepared for the PAASCU re-survey last February 23-24, 2015. The school was granted Re-Accreditation for 5 years and conferred a Level II status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) last April 24, 2015.
In SY 2016-2017, the Board of Trustees appointed Mrs. Ricarda C. Noroña as the first lay principal of the school under the supervision of the Directress, S. Ma. Violeta S. Juanico, RVM. To her, the Catholic Church through the RVM Congregation entrusts the school’s educational endeavors.
The impact of the physical environment, in which teaching-learning takes place, is very essential. Without sufficient facilities and resources, it is difficult to serve the number of students with complex needs. Therefore, St. Mary’s Academy of Sto. Niño continues to move forward for greater quality service. The school underwent extensive major renovations in the Science Apparatus Room, Science/TLE/Speech Laboratories, Model House Bar, Beauty Salon, Wellness Center, Guest’s House, Carpentry and Electrical Shop, New School Main Gate, Covered Walk, and Guard House; and repainting of Grade School and High School Buildings and classrooms. Installation of window grills in all classrooms was done. Minor repairs include the repainting and restructuring of the Directress Office and lobby fronting the Finance Office; and repair of Recovery Facility and railings in the Holy Child Building.At present, on its 35th year of foundation, St. Mary’s Academy of Sto. Niño continues to serve the community in the education of the young, living up to its Vision-Mission and Philosophy, while continuously doing its best to give quality Ignacian Marian education in the part of Meycauyan City, Bulacan.