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A woman in the person of Mrs. Virginia Lui, dreamt of founding a school that would showcase the potentials of every child. Ardently committed to her dream, she invited a group of educators namely, Ms. Ester T. Ang, Mrs. Lucita E. Evora, Mrs. Resurreccion S. Cementina, and Mrs. Julieta T. Restor who shared with her the same philosophy of education. Thus, in the year 1995, Colegio de San Ignacio, Inc. came to its existence. The school, having chosen St. Ignatius de Loyola as its patron saint, aims for the total development of the Filipino youth who will live their lives in the service for God and men.

Secundum Voluntatem Dei which means "according to the will of God" is the guiding philosophy of the school.  Its patron saint, St. Ignatius de Loyola, believed that individuals could discern the will of God through prayer, reflection, and the guidance of spiritual directors. Such is the center of Colegio de San Ignacio’s formation and academic program.

The school strives to create a learning environment where every learner is empowered to think deeply, reflective, and with purpose.  It seeks to nurture minds that are capable of discerning God’s will and becoming productive citizens who contribute to the betterment of society. It seeks to inculcate the love for learning that inspires curiosity, innovation, and critical thinking skills.

During its first year of operation there were 58 students consisting of Preschool Levels 1, 2, 3 and Grade One. Teacher Mabel Alcantara-Mamacos, Teacher Kenneth Razo-Mungovan, Teacher Sophia Soria-Malunhao, Siensi Gemma Ong, and Teacher Julie Restor, the Head Teacher, were the pioneering teachers. Along with them were Mrs. Jean Joan Elardo-Senillo, who served as the school’s secretary, Ms. Alma Victoria Bacus as the teacher aide and Mr. Cesar Trajano, as the maintenance-in-charge.

In the year 2000-2001, the school held its first grade school commencement exercises with 24 graduating students with Mr. Lance Gokongwei as the keynote speaker.   The loyalty of the of the grade school graduates was overwhelming that they wanted to pursue their secondary education at the Colegio de San Ignacio, Inc.  This prompted the administrators to offer regular secondary curriculum.   In the school year 2002 – 2003, the school had an overwhelming increase of population (160%).  Through the years, the school has been blessed with the continuous increase of its enrollment.

Colegio de San Ignacio, Inc. has been recognized for its various achievements in the local, national, and international scenes. It has been involved in the Special Student Exchange Programs sponsored by the Department of Education, Rotary Clubs, as well as Study Tour to China. In recognition of these achievements, the school received the Most Effective Private School Award during the school year 2001- 2002.

In the year 2002, the school received its government recognition for preschool and grade school; the high school was granted recognition in the year 2006.  Since, there were Chinese, Koreans and other nationals who sought admission to the school, the administration applied for the school’s inclusion in the Bureau of Immigration List of Schools to accept non-immigrant students.  The Bureau of Immigration granted CDSI the accreditation to accept foreign students in the year 2005. (AAFS NO. FZL 05-003S –M(D)

In June 2016, Senior High School Program was initiated as the school welcomed its first batch of Grade 11 students taking the Academic Track. The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Accounting Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) and General Academic Strand (GAS) were opened.

As a Basic Education provider, the school balances on traditional and progressive approaches to learning. It embraces the traditional emphasis on achieving the learning standards, as it follows set of curricula that is formed around core disciplines. However, it deviates from the sole use of direct instructions as it accentuates on the active role of the learner in understanding and making sense of information while calling for the social construction of knowledge.


Understanding that a foreign language places the learners in an advance position in the global economy, Mrs. Virginia A Lui integrated Mandarin in the academic program. The Chinese Program drives every Ignatian to communicate and connect with others in a greater arena, making them more flexible and tolerant.

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