The Start of A Dream
At the turn of the millennium, a school along the National Road in Molino III, Bacoor, Cavite chronicled its birth - Statefields School, Inc.
The Hofileña Family, known and respected in the field of real estate and construction, started realizing a vision on a one-hectare piece of land near Wood Estate Village II, a subdivision which the family developed. They envisioned a school that would be noted for its quality education. Through intensive marketing efforts, an unexpected turnout of 1,200 enrollees marked its phenomenal success and set the pace for others to follow. Starting on its second year of operation until School Year 2015-2016, the school has been able to maintain a population of a little more than 2500 from Preschool to Junior High School. Come School Year 2016-2017, it started offering Senior High School with provisions for 200 or more students to be accommodated in each of Grades 11 and 12.
Creating a Balance
Constant and continuous commitment to provide total quality education through the pursuit of academic excellence has helped Statefields School, Inc. build its name. The school aims to develop life-long learners geared up for global competitiveness, thus making them productive citizens of the country in particular and the world in general. It anchors its curriculum on Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences (Gardner, 1983): believing that intelligence covers not only linguistic and mathematical skills, but also naturalist, interpersonal, intrapersonal, spatial, musical, and bodily kinesthetic intelligences. The school's curriculum blends the development of positive values among its learners, such as, faith in the Creator, love for one's country, respect for self and others, productivity, responsibility and perseverance, concern for others, integrity and honesty, discipline and orderliness, and collaboration and commitment to one's work. 21st Century Skills, initially the 4Cs of creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, and communication and conveying, and later on the additional 4Cs of computing and information, media, and technology literacies, career and life skills, citizenship and cross-cultural understanding skills, and control and coping skills have been incorporated as well in curriculum and instruction. During the SY 2020-2021, curriculum and instruction was further enriched with the integration of Social Emotional Learning and Global Competitiveness to uphold SSI's commitment in the holistic development of its students.
From the beginning, the founders recognized that providing state-of-the-art facilities would greatly complement its academic programs ensuring the quality education it promises to provide.
The school boasts an imposing structure of three five-storey and one six-storey buildings, a large gymnasium and cutting-edge technology and modern facilities.
The newly-refurbished, fully air-conditioned school gymnasium, otherwise known as the Center for Bodily Kinesthetic, Spatial, and Musical Intelligences, houses three rooms on each wing, as well as mezzanine floors on each side. It can accommodate a thousand spectators. There are open courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and native games like “piko” and “patintero”.
The school has three computer laboratories, having updated computer models with LCD screens. They can accommodate 35 to 42 students with a computer-student ratio of 1:1, ensuring that each student is able to get a hand at technology.
It also has six Science laboratories, namely, the Agapito Flores Laboratory in the elementary school, Louis Pasteur Laboratory for Biology and Chemistry and Albert Einstein Laboratory for the Physical Sciences in junior high school, Charles Darwin for Biology, Antoine Lavoisier for Chemistry, and Isaac Newton for Physics in senior high school, and the another three laboratories for the Home Economics and Technology and Livelihood Education classes, suitably named Daza 1, 2 & 3 Laboratories, are available for both the elementary school and junior high school students. Each has a cooking and baking area, complete with appropriate utensils and equipment. Other laboratories include Hertz for electronics, Tesla for electrical, Spence for Computer Hardware Servicing, Nakpil for drafting, Amorsolo 1 & 2 for art, and Celerio 1 & 2 for music.
There are three multi-media centers which are fully equipped with high-tech equipment like LCD projectors, document cameras, and computers. These centers are fully maximized to hold various school and classroom-based activities.
The Learning Resource Center or the school library contains a wide-array of print and non-print materials for preschool, elementary school, junior high school students and teachers, a rich collection of reference materials and instructional resources that students and teachers may use to supplement classroom instruction. One area in the LRC is specifically allotted for the preschool students to give them the opportunity to develop their love for reading even at an early age. The LRC utilizes user-friendly Follett Destiny Software for library automation, to help manage library resources better and tract and ensure more efficiently that all the library resources are made available to students and teachers, etc. There is an area specific for Grade 11 and 12 students where they can conduct research. Adjacent to the LRC is a Student Lounge with WiFi connection. It also has two Online Public Access Computer (OPAC) units in the reading area that allow students and teachers to browse for books and authors. Likewise, twelve computer units are allotted for internet access and research and four tablets for e-reading.
To address the growing needs of the school, the school has provided another gymnasium on the top floor of Mabini building, four Multi-Purpose Halls for smaller assemblies, PE and sports-related activities. A bigger cafeteria, in addition to the existing one, is housed on the new building for exclusive use of Grades 7 to 12 students and faculty and staff members.
While students are inside the school campus, actively learning, playing and performing, the school founders and administrators made sure that safety is also one of the school’s primary concerns. They have built on and enforced the highest standards for safety and security, accompanied by strict policies and procedures that are implemented within the school campus. Among the school’s safety features are its strict standards to maintain cleanliness throughout the school campus; the medical and security staff's emergency preparedness and response; CCTV cameras, exit maps and sprinkler system strategically located all throughout the campus, and the physical padding of posts and corners along the stairways, corridors, and play areas.
In September of 2009, the Center for Educational Measurement (CEM) cited the school’s Founding Principal, Dr. Perla A. Zotomayor as “Principal of Excellence” and Statefields School, Inc. as “School of Excellence”. Zealously committed to quality instruction and services, SSI applied for and was granted Level 1 Accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) in May of 2013. In the same year, SSI received from the Bayan Academy the Excellence in Educational Transformation Award for Outstanding Innovations in Curriculum Design and Development and Learning Methodologies and from the CEM the School Exemplary Performance Award. After the Resurvey Visit in January of 2017, PAASCU granted SSI's Integrated Basic Education Program a re-accreditation for five years up to May 2022. In October, 2018, SSI received the Commitment to Academic Excellence Award from CEM for its students' consistent outstanding performance in achievement tests in Science, Mathematics, and English.
During the School Year 2014-2015, Ateneo de Manila University handpicked SSI to be its Lone Partner School and Testing Center in the province of Cavite. Prior to this, the school has been in partnership with Gawad Kalinga, and in the process has already built and donated twenty (20) houses to poor and deserving residents of Barangay Bagong Silang in Queen’s Row Subdivision in Bacoor City, for the conduct of its Karito Klasrum Project, Wood Estate Subdivision for its Clean-Up Drive, and the Philippine National Red Cross for its biennial bloodletting projects which started in 2009. Lately, the school has forged a memorandum of understanding with Molino Elementary School for its Educarement Program where sixty (60) of its Grade Two pupils were given free tutorial services by SSI’s Grades 9 & 10 students in Mathematics and Reading.
Flexibility during the Pandemic
The third term of SY 2019-2020 was shortly interrupted when the government placed various cities and provinces under the strictest quarantine level due to the COVID-19 global contagion. In response to the challenge of continuing and completing the year despite schools remaining closed, SSI immediately migrated to online delivery of instruction, assessments, and various other services.
For SY 2020-2021, with the intent in mind of being true to SSI's commitment to continuous improvement, Learning Management Systems and a video conferencing platform were utilized in the roll out of 100% Online Distance Learning (ODL) for asynchronous and synchronous learning activities, respectively. The integrated management system and internet connectivity were upgraded to make possible an effective online system for accounting, registration, guidance and other pertinent educational and operational services. As the school year progresses, consultative surveys with stakeholders were administered, SWOT Analysis of programs and procedures were conducted, and strategic planning to improve ODL delivery and prepare for a smooth transition to hybrid and face-to-face learning modalities in the next five years or so.