St. Joseph’s School of Mactan is an institution of learning, owned and administered by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Mother of God, Philippine South Province (SFIC-PSP) as a non-stock, non-profit corporation. It is an integral part of the SFIC Educational Network System in the Philippines and an instrumentality of the SFIC-PSP.
St. Joseph’s School of Mactan – St. Francis Building
St. Joseph’s School of Mactan – St. Clare Building
St. Joseph’s School of Mactan – MTVM
St. Joseph’s School of Mactan – Mater Dei Auditorium
As a Catholic School it is at the service of the Church and the Earth Community as it provides excellent programs and services to form the youth to become God-loving, evangelizing, and responsible members of an Earth Community of just and lasting peace.
As a Philippine School, it situates itself within the prevailing socio-eco-political, cultural, technological realities and relationships not only in the country but also within the Region and the world as a whole.
As an SFIC–owned School, SJSM, continues the mission of its founder, Mother Teresia Van Miert, who “was deeply moved by the needs of the times in which she lived,” and “steeped in the Gospel and in the life of St. Francis, discovered ways to alleviate the sufferings of the people in her surroundings; there was no Catholic education; there was no adequate care for the sick and the aged; many were jobless, beggars and tramps. She led the Sisters of the Congregation in the task of teaching and in alleviating physical and social needs.
As a member of the SFIC Educational Network System, it shares a common Vision, Mission and Core Values with the other member schools. Sharing of human resources and expertise, information, materials on the latest trends as well as issues affecting the schools are regularly done among the member schools. The membership of the school corporations concerned meets annually to deepen ties among themselves, give school updates and for formation purposes.
St. Joseph’s School of Mactan – SFIC Convent
St. Joseph’s School of Mactan came into existence from a desire of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Mother of God to move in the Spirit of the Foundress, Mother Teresia Van Miert. True to her commitment to the Church and her mission, Sister Teresia’s followers decided to extend the Congregation’s apostolate in the Visayas and Mindanao.
The Provincial Chapter of 1992 resolved to establish a community in the South which would serve as an anchor house for the sisters assigned in the Visayas and Mindanao. Cebu was chosen as the possible site for the anchor house. With the help of generous persons known to the Sisters, the Congregation soon acquired some property in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City for the purpose. Two Sisters were assigned in 1993 to conduct a survey of the area to determine more or less what the evangelical needs of the people were.
Education emerged as a priority among the families residing near the chosen site. In response, St. Joseph’s School of Mactan (SJSM) was incorporated and registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 11, 1995. As an institution of learning, SJSM aims to help the youth under its care grow through an integral formation with Christ as the center, within the present-day social, economic, political, ecological, and cultural context.
The ground-breaking ceremony was held on December 11, 1993. Even as construction of a building was underway, the first Sisters lost no time in preparing to launch the education apostolate for the children around them. The required Government Permit for the Pre-Elementary and Elementary Course was applied for and granted by the then Department of Education, Culture, and Sports. On June 6, 1994, SJSM was inaugurated with a Eucharistic celebration. Classes started in SY 1994-1995 with a Preparatory Elementary Course with an initial enrolment of seventeen (17) pupils. SJSM continued to grow and four years later, on May 27, 1998, Government Recognition for Pre-Elementary and Elementary Programs was granted, twenty-four pupils graduated on March 30, 1999. The Secondary Education Program commenced with thirty-nine (39) students in the year 1999-2000. Government Recognition was granted on July 1, 2003.
On August 23, 2000, SJSM was officially recognized and accepted by the Archdiocese of Cebu. It was accepted to membership of the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines on September 20, 2001.
To be assured that it was rendering quality education in line with its Vision and Mission, SJSM submitted itself to the accreditation process of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). Thus after several survey visits, the PAASCU granted SJSM accreditation status for a period of three years on June 21, 2010; a certificate granting Level I Accredited Status to the School’s Integrated Basic Education Program was issued on June 28, 2010 by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), Level II Re-Accredited Status for a period of five years in November 2019 by the PAASCU on November 25, 2014 and by FAAP on January 29, 2015, respectively.
Since June 2005, the School has been included in the Education Service Contracting Program of the Department of Education through the Fund Assistance for Private Education. The Bureau of Immigration also gave authorization to the School to accept foreign students subject to the compliance of all existing rules and regulations of the Department of Education.
As part of the SFIC Educational Network System, the School was represented in the strategic planning of St. Joseph’s College wherein the enrichment of the Vision, Mission, and Core values was a major achievement. These Vision, Mission, and Core Values was adopted by SJSM from June 2010 to March 2015. Last March 28-April 1, 2015, there was a joint triage planning by the Administrators of St. Joseph’s School of Mactan and St. Joseph’s School of Toril, together with the Provincial Superior of the Philippine South Province wherein a re-crafting of the Vision, Mission and Core values of the PSP schools was done. They thus served as the framework of the School’s thrust, plans, programs, and activities.
As it moves to its twenty-five years of presence in the city, SJSM continues to give integral formation to the youth of today within the context of the present realities.