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ST. MARY’S COLLEGE OF BALIUAG (SMCB), founded in 1912, is the oldest existing Catholic school in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan. It is owned and administered by the Religious of the Virgin Mary, better known as the RVM Sisters.
In the beginning, the school offered only primary course, piano lessons, and catechetical classes. Intermediate classes were opened in 1933. When World War II broke out, classes were suspended and the Sisters evacuated with the townspeople. In 1945, the Sisters hurried back to town and reopened the school. This time, complete elementary and secondary courses were offered. The Grade School was granted government recognition in 1946 and the High School in 1949. To accommodate the rapidly growing population, a new building was finished and inaugurated on June 30, 1959. In the same year, the Holy Family School was renamed ST. MARY’S ACADEMY (SMA).
From 1961 to 1967, SMA achieved an appreciable degree of progress and expansion. The annex building was initially constructed. This was followed by several four-storey other buildings that are now landmarks in the town of Baliuag.
In SY 2000-2001, SMCB passed its first PAASCU visit. Currently, the Basic Education is PAASCU Level III Accredited. Starting school year 2000-2001, SMA shifted and explored other innovative teaching-learning techniques and introduced the use of strategies that cater to the students’ divergent learning capacities and modalities. The school can claim to be the first in Baliuag to advocate the use of classroom activities based on Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences and Dunn and Dunn Learning Style Model.
In March 2002, the school applied for tertiary level programs and was renamed ST. MARY’S COLLEGE OF BALIUAG. The first batch of college students was admitted in academic year 2002-2003. The following courses were offered: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd), and Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd). In school year 2003-2004, the college department added two more courses: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM). In June 2013, a new program, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BSTM), was offered in the college department. Teacher Certification Program (TCP) was also offered starting in AY 2016-2017.
With the theme “Rekindling the Spirit,” SMCB celebrated its 100 years in 2012. The celebration highlighted the school’s looking back with pride and deep gratitude to the Foundress of the RVM Congregation, Venerable Ignacia Del Espiritu Santo. She started to kindle the fire of FAITH, EXCELLENCE and SERVICE among the first group of beatas, who in turn, had perpetrated and caused the blaze to spread until our present time.
By rekindling the spirit of FAITH, SMCB has nurtured among its students a solid belief in Almighty God.
By rekindling the spirit of EXCELLENCE, SMCB has developed the passion of students to always strive for the best.
By rekindling the spirit of SERVICE, SMCB has sown the burning desire for the students to be of help to others, especially the poor.
St. Mary’s College of Baliuag, trusting in God’s providence, has continued to ignite the three Ignacian core values of FAITH, EXCELLENCE and SERVICE as it journeys beyond its first 100 years.
School year 2014-2015 was marked by SMCB’s being granted of ISO 9001:2008 Certificate by TUV Rheinland from May 2015 until May 2018; after which it has successfully transitioned for its ISO 9001:2015 Certification granted in March 2018.
For school year 2016-2017, SMCB welcomed its first batch of Senior High School (SHS) students in the Academic Track with the following strands: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Accounting, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), and General Academic (GA). Technical- Vocational Track includes specialization in Home Economics (HE) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The following year, a new batch of grade 11 students was welcomed as SMCB prepared for the first Grade 12 graduation in March 2018.
With all these provident signs of progress, St. Mary’s College of Baliuag on its 106th year and trusting in God’s assistance, looks forward with hope to brighter years of delivering Quality TIME (Transformative Ignacian Marian Education) towards the formation of Christ-centered leaders empowered to serve their fellowmen and contribute to the betterment of society.
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