Welcome to SSAMSt. 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.