History of Saint John Academy

Saint John Academy was born out of a clamor for a Catholic educational institution which will provide a deeply-rooted Christian formation to the young and which can supply the volunteers for the Parochial catechetical program at the public schools within the parish. The new academy, following the example of its patron saint, has proven its worth in its scholastic performance in different competitions and in its inspiring religious activities within the parish community.

After being recognized as a government mandated Private School the dynamism of its operation produced successful graduates, nurtured with Christian values. St. John Academy is the only diocesan school in Dinalupihan. Locate beside the St. John the Baptist Church along Rizal Street, the school opened in June 1960 to serve the educational needs of high school students in Dinalupihan.

It was Rev. Fr. Florentino Guiao, a native of Betis, Pampanga who was assigned as parish priest of Dinalupihan (1957-1988) who established the said school at the site formerly used by the Northern Bataan Institute (NBI). Fr. Guiao also served as assistant director of the academy. In addition to Fr. Guiao, some of the other acknowledged pillars of St. John Academy were Violeta Diaz, Isagani Santos, Jose Guiao, Leonides Beltran, Eufronia Candelaria, Cresencia Hocson, Corazon Iguico, Purita Sobrevinas and Veronica Vitug.

The first graduates are the so-called “Magnificent Seven” namely: Lolita Salang-Mallari, Perlita Peñaflor-Ocampo, Leonila Fernandez, Andres Viray, Augusto del Rosario, Ireneo Bernaldo and Reynaldo Flores.

The student population grew as years went by. The enrollment was registered at 903 students during the School Year 2000-2001. The school has really blossomed into a bigger, better learning center. It currently maintains new three-storey buildings equivalent to 20 well-furnished classrooms. The facilities were completed in 2004, during the term of Rev. Fr. Wilfredo Fabros. Twenty seven teachers and nine non-teaching staff are employed at the school to help the students not only to become able individuals but also responsible members of the community.

Saint John Academy came into existence not merely to provide quality education but more importantly, Christian formation to its students. Various religious educations such as the Student Catholic Action Children of Mary and Legion of Mary were established to initiate students into the apostolic life of the Church. However, what was considered as the most significant contribution of the academy of the parish was the catechetical program wherein its junior and senior students taught the Catholic Faith in the elementary schools of the parish.

Triple Educational Objectives of Diocesan Schools

1. Academic Excellence
2. Character Information
3. Molding of Students

Vision of the Diocesan Schools of Bataan

We envision each school of the Diocese to be an educational Christian community which integrates the gospel of Jesus Christ into the life of its members and which offers quality education that will fully develop their human potentials.

Mission of the Diocesan Schools of Bataan

1. To provide the total Christian formation of the youth that will lead them to a deeper knowledge and to a closer imitation of the life and mission of Jesus Christ.
2. To provide those various faith experience that will produce Catholics who understand and practice their religion.
3. To provide communal activities that will enable the faculty and the students to become individuals who can lead, relate, and respond to the needs of the community and environment.
4. to provide competent teachers and instructional facilities that will prepare the students academically for their chosen career/vocation.