Timeline

Early 1950s

Davao Archbishop Clovis Thibault enjoins religious groups to go out and educate children “from all walks of life.”

1954

Sr. Elodie Marie Richard (Mother del Annunciacion) and Sr. Oveline Doucet (Sr. Gaetance) – of the Daughters of Mary of the Assumption, or F.M.A., in Campbelton, New Brunswick take up the challenge. First school they organize is the Assumption School of Nabunturan in Compostela Valley Province. It would later be renamed the Assumption College of Nabunturan.

1958

The Sisters open a primary and secondary school, the Assumption Academy of Davao in Agdao, Davao City. It begins as an exclusive school for girls with elementary and high school departments. Opening day enrollees: 170, of which 84 are elementary pupils and 86 are high school students.

1958-1959

Expansion of the Academy's curricular offerings

1961

Granted permission by the then Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports to open College Department.

1963

School is formally renamed Assumption College of Davao (ACD). The college starts with 44 students. Courses offered are Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), Bachelor of Science in Commerce (B.S.C.), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.), Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (B.S.Ed) and Pre-Nursing.

1964

ACD starts accepting boys in the Elementary Department.

1967

Kindergarten program begins.

Challenges presented by pre-Vatican II teachings impact on ACD community. Institution undergoes “profound shift” in approaches to education.

1972

Martial Law is declared. Many Catholic educators and institutions, the ACD included, are politically awakened and radicalized.

1977

High School department undergoes a year-long extensive review involving all stakeholders

1978

College Department closes down for lack of teachers with master's degrees. Institution is then called Assumption School of Davao.

1979

Formal survey report of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) is concluded.

1982

Upheavals in politics and religion throw Daughters of Mary of the Assumption in Davao Region into a state of “soul searching. ” Who are we as educators? What is our common worldview? How may we impart new knowledge to the youth? are some of the questions that pervade the academe.

School's mission statement is re-evaluated, its curriculum re-oriented.

1989

29 Sisters from the FMA dissociate from the congregation to establish the Missionaries of the Assumption (m.a.). With the birthing of this new community, the Sisters were granted the ownership and management of the Assumption School of Davao.

1994

Sunday High School Program (SHSEP) begins; 100 students enroll in the First Year Level.

Anti-junk food canteen policy begins, in favor of natural food and snacks with high nutritional content.

Extension Grade School for Lumad Children begins.

1998

SHSEP all-levels enrolment total 1,391students.

College department is re-opened after a 20-year period, offering AB English, AB Sociology, BEED and BSED. Technical and vocational programs are also introduced. Institution is renamed Assumption College of Davao once again.

2004

New building rises, housing the administrative offices, the SHSEP, and the libraries.

2006

Graduate studies are launched in partnership with St. Scholastica's College in Manila. Also embarked on special graduate studies in Humanities, major in Women Studies.