HISTORY OF HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
The University of Saint Anthony, a non-sectarian and non-profit educational institution under the aegis of the philosophy: PIETAS, INTEGRITAS, SAPIENTIA, was established on August 18, 1947. Originally named as St. Anthony Academy, it was founded by a group of professionals known as Rinconada Educators Association.
It started as a night high school, housed in a rented building in the Barangay San Francisco, with an enrolment of 131 students and a teaching staff of 8 teachers. Most of the students were over-aged, having been delayed by the five-year war.
In 1948, Dr. Santiago G. Ortega, was elected President of the Board of Trustees and was appointed concurrent Director of the school. Under his leadership, the school was given recognition for its complete secondary course.
In 1959, the members of the Board of Trustees engaged in a power struggle. The school nearly closed for failing to comply with Bureau's requirements. There was a move to sell the school which did not materialize. Instead there was a reorganization of the Rinconada Educators Association and the reorganized group through Dr. Ortega's initiative acquired its new site, and the first owned school building was erected. It was a semi-permanent 14-room building.
Renamed as St. Anthony College when it started to offer collegiate courses, the enrolment began to increase until it reached the 8000 mark. From a small high school later becoming a college, and after 27 years of educational operation and educational service, the institution which has long aspired to be a university became the first University established in the Philippines under Martial Law.
The University of Saint Anthony Junior High School is one of the premier academic institutions in Bicol Region. Cognizant of both the human rights and privilege of each learner, the department adheres to the tenets of social good and quality education.
To produce goal-oriented completers who are morally upright, equipped with intellectual capacity and grit.
- Sustain a conducive environment that provides equal opportunity of students to develop their holistic personalities;
- Provide realistic and enabling activities that prepare students gain meaningful experiences;
- Maximize the use of technology in the delivery of information and instruction;
- Infuse analytical and scientific methods in the process of searching for truth;
- Strengthen students’ desirable habits and attitudes toward their understanding of the society and their role in nation building;
- Develop students’ leadership skills as caretakers of the environment and humanity; and
- Inculcate values on love of God, promote gender equality, and respect moral values.