Curriculum

K to 12 CURRICULUM

The K-12 curriculum of Saint Francis of Assisi College is planned and implemented through the joint efforts of the teachers and the administration.  It is organized with proper consideration of the students’ abilities and interests; their changing needs, and their expanding interests. Computer education, in all levels, is an integral part of the curriculum.

The syllabi, lessons and examinations are carefully planned and constructed so that teachers and students are properly guided in their day-to-day interactions. There is room for  initiative, discussion and opportunities for incidental learning.

PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM

EARLY CHILDHOOD  LEARNING PROGRAM (ECLP)
SFAC focus on the following areas to help its preschoolers learn best.

Our preschool curriculum is based on what preschoolers should know and be able to do.  Our teachers plan and adapt curriculum to help our children learn and grow. It focuses on the following areas:

  • Physical development: It includes gross and fine motor coordination through play and manipulative activities like games, simple works, etc.
  • Personal-social development: It involves skills and social behaviors such as respecting viewpoints of others, including the development of health habits, independence, abilities to follow rules and routines. Learning about the family and other people is part of the concerns in this area.
  • Personal-social development: It involves skills and social behaviors such as respecting viewpoints of others, including the development of health habits, independence, abilities to follow rules and routines. Learning about the family and other people is part of the concerns in this area.
  • Cognitive development: It includes the development of communication skills and sensory-perceptual and numeracy concepts and skills. Communication skills refer to competencies in expressing ideas and feelings both in English and Filipino (oral expression and basic readiness skills of listening, pre- reading and writing). Sensory-perceptual and numeracy skills refer to the ability to observe, discriminate, compare and classify, and to understand, count, read and write numbers.
  • Creative-aesthetic development: It includes exploration of sounds, music and rhythms, and the development of children’s creative expression through drawing, painting, manipulative activities, etc.

THE CENTERS

A. 1. FAMILY COMMUNICATION CENTER

This area provides a location for parents to leave and receive messages and or talk with the teacher.  This area is used for sharing the children’s milestones and accomplishments. 

  • A message center or a bulletin board
  • Basket of folders
  • Display shelf or cabinet for children’s works and photos at work /play

B. TEACHER’S CORNER

  • A teacher’s table and chair
  • A calendar planner posted for the monthly activities
  • Book shelf/cabinet

2. MANIPULATIVE CENTER (BLOCKS)

Children strengthen all areas of their development as they play with blocks, toys, dice, jelly beans, numeral cards, puzzles and games.

  • Social/Emotional.

Children learn to cooperate with one another by sharing and taking turns, learn to respect viewpoints different from their own but develop confidence  when they complete  a task successfully.

  • Physical

Children’s small muscles develop and are refined, when they carry and carefully place blocks together, construct with  interlocking  cubes,  practice and  develop eye – hand coordination when they carefully balance blocks or lace cards.

  • Cognitive

Block  play  promotes  a  concrete understanding  of concepts essential  to logical  thinking. They  learn about  sizes,  shapes, numbers, areas, length, patterns as they select, build with and put away blocks. This area serves as the Math hub in the classroom.

3. DISCOVERY CENTER (SCIENCE/LITERACY/DRAMATIC PLAY)

In this area, children deepen their understanding  of the world and develop the motivation and skills necessary to read, write and discover.

Science
The science center in preschool helps the children learn to investigate the world around them. This center is stocked with magnifying glasses, tweezers, safety goggles and kid-sized microscope.  Depending on what the class is learning, they have vegetables to dissect, rocks,   shells, insects to observe in the center.

Dramatic Play
A center just for pretend play, a home center acting out favorite stories, running a flower shop, selling produce in a roadside stand, and caring for patients in the ER.

4. ART, MUSIC AND MOVEMENT CENTER
Experiences in this area help develop  both sides of the brain and explore their creativity. In this area, are art materials and various musical instruments.

5. COMPUTER LABORATORY
6. OUTDOOR PLAY

SFAC ERICHMENT ACTIVITIES

A. VISUAL PRESENTATION – PHONICS
For correct enunciation and pronunciation   so our children will learn to speak clearly and Concisely

B. STORY TELLING
combines all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in a meaningful context (monthly or quarterly)

C. TEACHING AIDS
enhance holistic development of the child so that the transition from preschool to primary be as smooth as possible. This  helps the child attain the maximum growth and developmental milestones.

With a well-planned curriculum, a purposeful  environment and a well-balanced program of activities, SFAC preschoolers develop positive relationships, are competent and aware, and respond positively to challenges, which lead them to be  more successful in grade school and beyond. 

PRIMARY SCHOOL PROGRAM (Grades 1, 2 and 3)

Our primary program provides a strong academic and well- rounded education focused on language and culture, arts and science, information technology, and sports activities. Students are encouraged to become people who have character and integrity, hold strong positive values, know themselves, and will become better prepared for the intermediate level.

Homeroom advisers guide these children along the way. Teachers serve as second parents, molding these children in values and character. Positive Filipino values and traditions are reinforced, along with a deep sense of faith to the Almighty.

Students are given opportunities to participate in various co- and extra-curricular activities to further develop their skills in a wide-range of interests. Life skills, such as, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, the ability to communicate and collaborate, along with personal and social responsibility that contribute to good citizenship – are reinforced in school. 

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL PROGRAM (Grades 4, 5, and 6)

Our intermediate program allows students to explore and develop talents in academics, arts, athletics, leadership and research. The academic courses offered at each grade level ensure rigorous challenges with unique opportunities for success.

Boys and girls, at this age, have unique needs, and the teachers are trained to be sensitive to these needs. Each student has an Adviser to meet with regularly on academic matters and also on social and emotional issues of growth and development. Students have many opportunities to exercise leadership, to participate in group investigatory projects, to enhance their presentation skills, and to maximize their full potentials.

Students participate in sports activities, most importantly, they learn how to learn. Students are encouraged to understand and develop their individual learning capacities and strategies so that they are prepared for further academic study in high school.

Research-Enchanced Junior Highschool

The Research-Enchaced Curriculum (REC) for Junior High School was first used Saint Francis of Assisi College Las Piñas Campus last school year 2016-2017. This year, REC is in its full implementation and it has been started to be used by all other campuses of SFAC.

In REC, there are additional subjects or electives that should be taken in preparation of the research writing.  For Grade 7, REC comprises Functional English which covers the mastery of the basic grammar and basic macro-skills for the mastery of English language and a more effective communication in various situations. This also serves as the foundation of writing for the students. On the other hand, the Statistic I covers the concepts and variables, the different data presentation tools, the measures of central tendency and variations, and the sampling designs and techniques.

For Grade 8, REC includes Introduction to Campus Journalism which provides students the knowledge on the development of journalistic writing skills and strategies for effective communication using mass media. The Statistics II now covers the hypothesis testing, the discussion of the statistical relationships among variables, the Chi Square test, and the statistical differences between groups. This second step will prepare students for research writing, specifically on quantitative research writing.

For Grade 9, REC offers Creative and Technical Writing which brings in the development of imaginative and methodological writing skills and strategies, on both creative and technical write-ups, for effective communication. This part provides students specifically on the communication processes of Research writing.  In this level, the Introduction to Research (Practical Research I) will also be taken where students would know the rudiments of research, it is designed to further develop the research skills of the students by presenting concepts with practical applications specifically on qualitative researches. Students are also required to conduct, defend, and publish qualitative researches on this level.

For grade 10, REC involves Communication Arts which covers the mastery of the macro skills specifically the speaking. Speaking and public speaking strategies are the main concern of this subject as an enhanced preparation for oral defences. This level also includes Research Writing (Practical Research II) which allows students to learn the nature of quantitative researches and be able to apply quantitative data analysis techniques which have been learned in Statistics II. Students are also required to conduct, defend, and publish quantitative researches on this level.

These subjects from the new curriculum were made to ensure that students of Saint Francis of Assisi College, specifically the Junior High School students, be equipped with advanced lessons on research which they can use when they enter tertiary level.

Truly, Saint Francis of Assisi College continues to live with its vision and mission which is to provide progressive and holistic education and deliver well designed quality from the basic education to the tertiary level.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Research-Enhanced Curriculum

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

The SFAC Senior High School (SHS) program provides opportunities for young adults to develop necessary skills and attitudes that will allow them to make informed choices about their future. A wide choice of tracks and strands caters to students’ individual needs, interests and strengths. Students are intellectually stimulated and personally engaged with their learning in order to become mature, responsible, independent, and God-fearing graduates.

The program produces fine ladies and gentlemen that are ready to:
1.) become an entrepreneur; 2.) go to work; or 3.) pursue further studies in college.

We provide authentic and effective learning opportunities to equip graduates for life beyond the gates of the school. Prior to graduation, students undergo immersion and/or NCII certifications to strengthen their social, organizational, and work skills.

SCIENCE PROGRAM

An optional Science Program for Grades 4 – 10 was conceived to better train students who will ultimately contribute to the development of our country as we move into the 21st century. This century will be an era characterized by rapid developmental studies. Our country will need citizens who will be familiar with these trends. The Science Program offers extensive training focused mainly on Science and Technology, Mathematics, English, and Information Technology. The Science Program aims to produce graduates who will be:

  1. better prepared and highly motivated to pursue a career in Science or related fields of studies;
  2. mathematically and scientifically literate who can cope with a more technologically advanced society;

3. better prepared and highly motivated to pursue a career in Science or related fields of studies;

4.better prepared in the processes of research.

RESEARCH-BASED CURRICULUM

This special curriculum was initially offered to students enrolled in the main campus starting S.Y. 2016-2017. It is geared towards the intensive preparation of the students for their entry into the university level. Research subjects are taught to serve as the foundation from which the students can build on regardless of the course they choose in the future. Starting School Year 2019-2020, all SFAC branches will adapt the research-enhanced curriculum.

The culminating activity depends on the interests of the students, and may vary from successfully defending an experimental research for science, an action research for social sciences, a capstone project for engineering and ICT, or a feasibility study for business and entrepreneurship. This will prepare students as they gauge their own potentials in the various fields offered later in the SFAC Senior High School.

Franciscan Home Study Program or FHSP

The SFAC Franciscan Home Study Program or FHSP, duly recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd) and officially accredited by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) to accept foreign students, is one of the forerunners or prime movers of the Home Study culture or movement in the Philippines in the early 1990’s when such an alternative program was not that popular yet.

The revitalized Franciscan Home Study Program seeks to provide a curricular environment that promotes meaningful learning and positive academic engagement to High School leavers. These boys’ and girls’ particular student conditions and personal circumstances compel them to drop out of high school and make it difficult for them to accomplish their high school competency levels and complete their high school education on time.

It is one of the very few viable Catholic-Oriented Home Study Programs that can boast of its long, proud and dynamic tradition of home study education and other allied services. It has produced a steady stream of successful local and foreign graduates (i.e. in the fields of entertainment, sports, advertising, politics, commercial modeling, etc.) equipped with experiential learning  and coping skills that will prepare them for Senior High School.

The FHSP has likewise opened its doors and extended its services to the marginalized sectors of our society, the disengaged students who are struggling as learners and who once again will be ready, willing, and able to take on the regimen and the rigors of home study.

Over-aged students and senior students;
Unsupervised children of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers);
Working students and student family breadwinners;

FHSP aims to reach out to these displaced students, give them a sense of direction, and their self-esteem and personal worth. By bringing them back into the fold of mainstream education, FHSP would be able to improve students’ chances of finishing high school.

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