School Feature: PWU-JASMS QC

PWU-JASMS QC recently opened its newest campus, about 5 kilometers away from its old site on EDSA. The opening of the school marks a new beginning for an institution known for its caring educational environment and unique approach that allows students to learn in a way quite opposite to the traditional classroom learning which most of us are familiar with. The so-called JASMS Way is associated with a progressive education based on the idea of “learning to be free” as envisioned by its founding director Doreen Barber Gamboa.


Jose Abad Santos Memorial School or JASMS serves as the basic education institution of Philippine Women’s University or PWU, the first college for women in Asia. This readily explains the name PWU-JASMS. JASMS traces its beginnings in 1933 when a nursery class opened at PWU in Ermita Manila through a collaboration between the PWU President Francisca Tirona Benitez and Doreen Gamboa who brought extensive experience in working with children with her. Houses not damaged during World War II temporarily served as classrooms at some point, including the house of the late Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos when the PWU building was burned. When PWU’s basic education department was established in 1949, it was named after him as a tribute to a hero who sacrificed his life for the country.

The original JASMS in Quezon City was established through the efforts of then Philamlife Assurance Company President Earl Carroll in 1956 through a temporary site. It was in 1958 that the school actually occupied its 4-hectare campus in West Triangle Homes. A legal dispute with STI resulted to an agreement wherein JASMS will only occupy the campus until the closure of school year 2016-2017.

This gave birth to the new PWU-JASMS QC Campus which is now located at: 51 Congressional Avenue cor Villa Socorro St. Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City.

PWU-JASMS QC Education Programs

PWU-JASMS offers pre-school, grade school, high school, and senior high school education.

    • Preschool
      • Nursery – 3 years old to 4.5 years old
      • Junior Kindergarten – 4.5 years old to 5.5 years old
      • Senior Kindergarten – 5.5 years old to 6.5 years old
    • Grade School/Elementary School
      • Grade 1 to Grade 6 – 6.5 years old to 12.5 years old
  • High School (PWU-JASMS Manila)
    • Junior High School
      Grade 7 to Grade 10 – 12.5 years old to 16.5 years old
    • Senior High School
      Grade 11 and Grade 12 – 16.5 years old to 18.5 years old
      Academic Track

      • • Accounting, Business, and Management Strand
      • • Humanities and Social Sciences Strand
      • • General Academic Strand
      • • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Strand

      Arts and Design Track Track
      Technology-Vocational Livelihood Track

      • • Agri-Fisheries Strand
        • ◦ Food (Fish) Processing
      • • Home Economics Strand
        • ◦ Bread and Pastry Production
        • ◦ Caregiving
        • ◦ Cookery
        • ◦ Food and Beverage Services
        • ◦ Front Office Services
        • ◦ Tour Guiding Services
        • ◦ Tourism Promotion Services
        • ◦ Travel Services
      • • Information and Communications Technology Strand
        • ◦ Animation
        • ◦ Computer Programming


The JASMS Way is revolutionary especially in our educational system that tends to puts emphasis on numerical grades and provides approval to traditional methods of teaching. Competition for grades, homework extending over the weekend, and teachers practically ramming information down students’ throats are unheard of. In a JASMS campus, students are encouraged to learn in a democratic environment. Many parents and former students have provided testimonials that there were no difficulties encountered when the time to shift to traditional schools came.

My Say

Most of the schools have already started the school year 2017-2018 but PWU-JASMS QC is happy to inform the public that it is still accepting applicants in time for opening of classes on August 14, 2017. This is certainly good news for parents who are still looking for a good school to enroll their child in, specifically for pre-school.

Schools have an important role in developing good leaders and citizens. They are the parents’ ally in making sure that children grow up to be productive and responsible adults. It makes sense to know what your child’s school offers.

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