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St. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina

(SSAM) is a Catholic educational institution providing elementary and secondary education. It is established in accordance with the policies and standards set by the Department of Education and owned and administered by the  Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing. It is registered with SEC as a non-stock, non-profit corporation, with its assets and income used directly and exclusively for educational purposes including expansion when needed to carry out the aims and objectives of the school.


Inspired by the Benedictine Spirit and tradition, St. Scholastica’s Academy, Marikina aligns its vision-mission to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters’ Mission Statement 2006.


Proclaiming the Gospel Values in the School of the Lord’s Service


Benedictine Education, A response to the signs of the times.


SSAM envisions a community centered in Christ where every member called for mission seeks God daily in a creative balance of Ora et Labora


Impelled by the love of Christ, SSAM commits itself to the proclamation and final fulfillment of God’s kingdom of truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation.

 To concretize its mission, SSAM continues to intensify the programs of action involving all sectors of the school community as it pursues Christian spiritual formation the Benedictine way and academic excellence as social responsibility.




Brief History

St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina (SSAM) was founded in 1961 in response to the appeal of the alumnae of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila who reside in Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, and other neighboring communities for a Catholic School in the vicinity where their children could go.

SSAM is located on a 5.8 hectare piece of land in a hilly, picturesque section of then, Barrio Parang, in the northeastern part of the town of Marikina.

The site is within the Marikina Heights Subdivision (now Barangay Marikina Heights) and was offered to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing at a very special price by then owner of the subdivision, Mr. Jose Tuason, Sr.

Groundbreaking of the first building took place on July 16, 1960 on the feast of  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

The people who were given a direct hand in overseeing the construction were Sister Silvana Röder, OSB, Architect Imelda Borromeo-Cancio and Project and Structural Engineer Ben Abastillas.

Construction of the first phase of the physical plant followed immediately. 

Soon after, SSAM was incorporated on January 11, 1961 and the school opened its doors on June 5 with 62 students.

The blessing of the new building was held on August 15, 1961 which coincided with the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, with no less than Cardinal Rufino J. Santos as the officiating priest. In attendance were the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing, as well as Sisters from the Holy Ghost College (now College of the Holy Spirit) , Maryknoll College (now Miriam College), St. Paul College, Immaculate Conception College and La Consolacion College. 

By 1962, there were 328 girls and boys from Kindergarten to Grade 7. And, in 1963, the high school department opened with 18 freshwomen.

Eventually, Grade 7 was phased out in 1979 yet, the student population gradually increased and reached its peak of 3,387 in 1985. This necessitated the hiring of more teachers and staff, the construction of additional buildings and facilities and the upgrading of equipment and laboratories.

As important as these educational initiatives and the institutionalization of support structures was the need to enrich the curricular and instructional programs in order for the school to live up to and concretize its Vision-Mission-Goals (VMG) and the educational thrust of quality and relevant education. The enrollment reached its peak of 3,381 in 1984.

Starting school year 1987-1988, Kindergarten was no longer offered and SSAM became an exclusive school for girls in order to accommodate the additional classroom needs of the fourth grade as it went to a morning and afternoon schedule.  The move caused a temporary decrease in the population. However, to this date, SSAM has a steady enrollment in the Grade School (GS) and High School (HS).

The Sister Irmburg Moenig, OSB Covered Court (SICC) was erected in 1988.

In 1997, a section of the Sister Eleonora Ingelbrecht, OSB Covered Court (SECC) was converted for the computer classes of both HS and GS and music classes of the GS.


Later years saw the rise of annexes, namely: S. Liguori del Rosario, OSB

Annex, S. Irmengardis Kunn, OSB Hall (SIH),

S. Joaquina Santos, OSB Dining Hall (SJDH)

and in 2007, the Music House

and the St. Hildegarde House of Prayer along Ipil Street.

In the same year, the swimming pool was constructed with the assistance of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and was blessed in 2008.

The ramp and a bigger Reference Section of the GS Library were blessed in October 2009.
Additional school facilities were built such as the improved pathways, additional dressing room in the swimming pool area,

GS Sewing Room and HS Shop Room in 2011.  Also, the PTA helped finance the renovation of Gates 1 and 3 pergolas.

The following year saw the rise of the Sister Mary Silvester Marpa, OSB building which now houses the school’s bookstore.

The year 2011 marked the Golden Jubilee of SSAM. The administration together with the SSAM Parent-Teacher Association and the SSAM Alumnae Association spearheaded the festive celebration. The occasion was highlighted with a thanksgiving mass, motorcade, field demonstration, school fair, grand alumnae homecoming and culminated with  fireworks display.

To further concretize the school’s Vision-Mission-Goals (VMG) and the educational thrust of quality and relevant education, SSAM continuous to enrich its curricular and co- curricular programs.  It has earned accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) since 1981. At present, it enjoys the Level III status granted by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP).  With the call of times, in 2011, the K-12 Basic Education Program was implemented from Kindergarten up to Grade 7.  With the program in full swing, SSAM has intensified its preparation for the Senior High School.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on May 28, 2013 to give way for a new building to be constructed with the help of Architect Rosario Encarnacion-Tan, Construction Supervisors Avelina Gabat-Dayrit, Katrina Calaguas-Pastrana, Engr. Jose Romulo Pastrana, Structural Engineer Arnel Nixon Tanazana, Civil Engineer Edwin Baldoza and the Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing assigned in the school community.


It holds the art, music, audio-visual and multimedia rooms, science laboratory, computer laboratories, archives, an auditorium, gymnasium with jogging loop and an Information Technology Office. 

From its humble beginnings, SSAM has striven to offer the Benedictine tradition of education marked by character formation, spiritual growth, and academic excellence as social responsibility to its clientele.




School Directions

School Direction 2017-2018
School Direction 2016-2017
School Direction 2015-2016
School Direction 2013-2014
School Direction 2012-2013