Brief History of Siena College Quezon City
True to its mission to “participate in the evangelizing mission of the church by proclaiming Jesus Christ and building the Kingdom of God” (Congregational Mission Statement), the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena has zealously established schools throughout the country and abroad. In the mid-fifties, the idea of setting up another school within the compound of the Mother se located in the then rugged fields of San Francisco Del Monte was conceived. It was in Response to the educational needs of the growing country community in the area. At the time, the entire place looked like a God-forsaken country, and it took the unfaltering courage and foresight of Rev. Natividad Pilapil, O.P., the Superior General of the Congregation, to start the construction of the first building along Del Monte Avenue in 1958.
At the opening of school year 1959-1960, Siena College opened its doors to 500 doors enrolled in the grade school, high school and college departments. The courses offered then in the college were Bachelor of Science in Arts, Commerce and Education, Secretarial and Home Arts. Form then on, the Siena College Community of Administrators, faculty, personnel, students and parents grew not only in number, but also in wisdom, grace and in the spirit of service to the larger community. Soon enough, it gained prestige and wide recognition as a reputable Catholic school.
In 1972, responding to the need and demands of the time for a kind of service education that would address the problems of unemployment and school dropouts, Siena College phased out the traditional four-year courses and retained only the Secretarial and Special Home Arts courses. In lieu of these, terminal courses were offered and the ladder-type curriculum was adopted. These courses were offered and the ladder-type curriculum was adapted. These courses were Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Food Technology, Practical Entrepreneurship, Hotel and Restaurant Management, General Clerical Course and Tourism.
At this time, too the grade school adopted the innovative program called Individualized Group-Guided Education (IGGE).
In 1974, fully aware of its responsibility to be an agent of change, Sienna College adopted policies, measures and procedures to improve and upgrade the quality of its service. To insure improvement, the school underwent to self-surveys: one during the school year 1975-75 and the other during the school year 1976-77. The Council on Education of the Congregation conducted theses serves. As a result of these, a strong interest on the part of the administration and staff to apply for accreditation was aroused.
The Education Council of the institution unanimously approved of the plan.
The Year 1977-78 marked more through and rigid operational self-survey using the PAASCU (Philippine Accredeting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities) tools for evalutaion. The three departments of Siena College underwent the PAASCU preliminary surveys during the school year 1978-79. The Following year, the drive for improvement and development was carried on unhesitatingly and after a successful formal survey by the PAASCU, the grade school and the high school departments, as well as the college program of Barchelor of Science in Business Adminitration were granted accreditation for a period of three years.
In 1980, the Congregation, through the General Chpater, approved the program of development for all its schools. This program is Catholic-Systems Development (CS-SD). A very unique and highly systematized program, the CS-SD consists of different phases of continuing development for Catholic schools with ephasis of formation of personnel into other Christ-like operation. Siena College entered the program immediately after its fomation by the Congregation. The Program, as adopted, came to be known as OP-SSD (Order of Preachers-Schools Systems Development Program). The congregational Council on Education facilitated its implementation.
In October 1982, the three departments of Siena College Underwent the first Congretional Evaluation Visit (CEV), which is part if the CS-SD program. It looked into how the school’s instructional program and operations are in consonance with the congregational mission and charism. In February of the same school year, 1982-83, the college and high school departments had their PAASCU re-accreditation visits, succesfully passed it and were given an accredited status for five years. The Grade school had its re-accreditation visit last Augusr 1983 and was also given a five-year accredited status. The three departments were visited and surveyed again during the school year 1988-89 and were again granted accreditation for another five years. The three departments again passed the resurvey visits during school years 1994-95 and 200-2001 succesfully. Being a member of the PAASCU is Recognition and an acknoledgement of the school’s commitment to equality.
Siena College turned forty in 1999 (1959-1999). Inspired by the richness of her history and challenged by the call of the church to respond to the five aims of the Great Jubilee Year 2000, she embarked on a yearlong Ruby celebration with the theme: “Towards New Directions.” Tem institutional programs and projects were conceived in response to the corresponding Jubilee Objectives, the 5Rs: return if the land, rest of the earth, release of the prisoners, recall of debts & recovery of feminine principle, which have been continued until now.
Siena College has committed itself to the task of continuing, with consistent efforts, the work of development and improvement for quality Christian education that will bring to fruitioin its vision, mission and goals. The following new programs were opened in 2003: the Caregiver course to enhance the development of skilled human resources in the health, social and other community development services and the Special Education Program to provide conducive learning environment and facilities for special children. In 2004, the Nigh High School Program wa opened to accommodate the needs of poor public elementary school graduates. The School through its programs has shown deep commitment to the formation and development of a community of disciples who are “maka-Diyos, maka-tao, maka-bayan at maka-buhay.” As a PAASCU member since 1980, Siena College, WC was granted again five-year re-accreditaion status to the three departments in AY 2005-2006
In 2009, Siena College QC celebrated this golden jubilee with the theme “SCQC @ 50: Being Bless… Blessing Others… Moving On.” We culminated the celebration with the theme: ”Prelude to Creating Possibilities” which will challenge and guide us for the coming years.
In its steadfast commitment to keep on the mission of the Church and the Congregation as a partner in the building of God’s Kingdom on earth, the school opened new BSE majors: Math, English, Biological Science, Physical Science and Special Education in 2010-2011.
Guided by the ideals of St. Dominic, St. Catherine of Siena and Mother Francisca Del Espiritu Santo, the school will always be vigilant in pursuing the goals of a truly Christian, Dominican and Filipino Education.