ASSUMPTION COLLEGE OF DAVAO
Vision, Mission and Goals
An institution acknowledged for quality transformative education characterized by active social involvement towards a society that is just, humane, nationalist, democratic, peaceful, faith motivated and interconnected with the totality of God’s creation.
We, the ACD Community, are dedicated to the development of an integrated person who is committed to take part effectively in the transformation and true development of society through a nationalistic, scientific and mass-oriented education. We are also committed to the development of holistic spiritually to sustain our solidarity with the poor. We strive to create a school community that is permeated by the gospel spirit of joy, simplicity and love.
- Development of a comprehensive education towards the fulfillment of the Vision and Mission.
- Re-orientation of programs and activities for the promotion of life-giving values, attitudes and skills.
- Organization of all members of the school community for active response to support a genuine people’s initiative for change
What is an Assumptionist?
A graduate of the Assumption College of Davao possesses the following characteristics:
- Spends time for personal prayer and reflection.
- Translate faith and prayer into concrete action.
- Responds to concrete situations out of faith.
- Strives to live out the gospel values in everyday life.
- Compassionate and strives to live a life for service to the less fortunate.
- Willing to discuss issues, cooperate and work with the people from other religions.
- Conscious of his/ her interrelatedness with the whole of God‘s creation.
- Shows warmth when dealing with others.
- Happy being in solidarity with the poor.
- Practical, thrifty and lives within his/ her means.
- Sees the positive side in and the opportunities behind seemingly desperate situations
- Is in the process of developing all aspects of his/her person: mental, physical, emotional, effective and spiritual.
- Well-rounded and self-disciplined.
- Has become aware of gifts and potentials and is working for their ful
- Hardworking and responsible.l development.
- Emotionally-balanced and mature.
- Gender sensitive
SOCIALLY CONCERNED AND INVOLVED
- Takes the side of the poor, deprived, oppressed and struggling.
- Is genuinely concerned with social issues and events. Strives to be regularly updated.
- Immerses self in social problems, esp. the conditions of the poor.
- Participates actively in the School’s Community Extension program.
- Nationalist and pro-Filipino.
- Participates in mobilizations intended to raise concern about issues affecting the country, esp. the poor
- Involves actively in organizations that work for social transformation.
- Well-informed and has an intense love for knowledge and learning.
- Scientific-minded, i.e., bases judgment on facts and reliable information.
- Has the capacity to discern and analyze independently in order to judge correctness.
- Has the capacity to see interconnectedness of things and phenomena and to make conclusions about them as value judgment for action
A Looking Glass
The Assumption College of Davao has over 200 faculty members, each of whom contributes uniquely to the college by applying his or her area of expertise to teaching, research, and creative endeavors. This work has contributed greatly to the university’s goal of becoming one of the nation’s premier private research institutions.
But two sisters from the Daughters of Mary of the Assumption, or F.M.A., took up the call. Sr. Elodie Marie Richard (Mother del Annunciacion) and Sr. Oveline Doucet (Sr. Gaetance) – of Campbelton, New Brunswick, packed their bags and headed off to Davao to lay the groundwork for setting up a school. By 1954, the Assumption School of Nabunturan in Compostela Valley Province was established. Later, it would be called the Assumption College of Nabunturan
Four years later, in 1958, the Sisters opened a primary and secondary school, the Assumption Academy of Davao in an “ open, swampy and desolate” piece of land in Agdao, Davao City. The academy began as an exclusive school for girls with Elementary and High School Departments. Enrolment was modest, at 84 elementary pupils and 86 high school students.
Shortly after, the school opened its College Department with 44 initial students. This prompted the appropriate name change to Assumption College of Davao.
It was a “conservative and conventional” school, remembers Ms. Iris Milleza who served the institution as directress for almost three decades.
Boys would start populating the Grade School in 1964, and Kindergarten pupils would subsequently begin filtering in. Yet these were not the only changes that would mark the institution of Ms. Milleza’s fond recollection. Towards the end of the decade, social unrest would tear through the fabric of Philippine society. This would heighten throughout the 1970s, during which authoritarian rule would gravely impinge on academic freedom. By this time, social conflict heightened, leaving teachers grappling with new tools to put society in context. Guided by the emerging concepts of liberation theology, approaches to education underwent a “profound shift.” The Sisters defined it as “teachings toward social transformation.”
But even as the world raged outside its walls, the ASD would revise and rewrite its mission. In 1977, the High School Dept. underwent an extensive review, and within two years the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) issued its formal survey report. To this day, the PAASCU continues to challenge the school, which in turn has kept its pledge to constantly improve its services.
In the early 1980s, the Sisters’ orientation towards social transformation assumed a deeper dimension. Undergoing a process of “soul searching” they discovered more progressive approaches to integrating community life and mission. These they found in field exposures and awareness seminars that enabled them to explore social realities and their implications to the impressionable youth.
Sr. Concepcion P. Gasang, m.a., one of the founders the Missionaries of the Assumption, once observed: “It was in 1982-83 that the school underwent a process of reorientation by evaluating the mission statement and articulating the school thrust in light of Philippine social realities.”
Expectedly, the school curriculum was consequently modified. And by 1989, on its third decade, a new religious community was born. This unfolded when 29 members of the Missionaries of the Assumption Sisters bolted the congregation and were granted the ownership and management of the Assumption School of Davao.
Since then, there has been no turning back. A solid history of religious activism and academic competence has secured the institution as one that provides holistic education to the youth. In the early part of the 1990s, the school banned all junk food products from its canteen, a bold directive aimed at encouraging the young to appreciate good nutrition and better health.
It was also around this time when the Sunday High School Program was launched, designed for poor yet deserving children. In 1994, only 100 students enrolled in the First Year Level. After four years, the number climbed to nearly 1,400 students for all year levels.
As more new students began to attend Sunday School, the institution geared up for its 40th founding anniversary. The year was 1998 when it re-opened its College Dept. (it was discontinued in 1978 when it did not have enough teachers with a masters’ degree) and was renamed Assumption College of Davao (ACD). This time, ACD offered degrees in English, Sociology, and Education. It also put out full courses in Computer Programming, Computer Secretarial, Computer Technology and Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Only four years ago, the ACD blessed itself with a new building. Housing a number of administrative offices and other facilities, the building epitomizes the rich history and maturity of the school. Today, enrolment continues to climb steadily. Our teachers represent some of the most competent and committed mentors in the industry. In partnership with the St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, ACD offers graduate studies in Humanities, major in Women Studies.
It is a long way from Archbishop Thibault’s call for vocation over “swampy and desolate” Agdao. And his vision for true education continues.
ACD School Logo
- Logo of the MA at the center of the sail shows the continued inspiration the congregation gives the school.
- Cross on top of the sail signifies how a strong faith in God and its salvific message continues to be the motivation of the school.
- Colors blue and white depicts the Marian character of the school, that of being hopeful, joyful and simple.
The seal thus tries to depict the following elements of the school’s mission:
- Its being Filipino and nationalist
- Its journeying with the Filipino people for social transformation
- Its being inspired by the m.a.’s
- Its being motivated by faith
- Its Marian character
- Its Mindanaoan character
- Its being a community of men and women committed to the school’s mission