Saint Francis of Assisi College had its beginnings in 1981, when the husband-and-wife team of Dr. Evangeline Oñas-Orosco and Dr. Arturo Agapito Orosco, Sr., opened a two-classroom preparatory school in Talon III, Las Piñas City to provide affordable quality education for young children. By 1983, the school’s popularity was such that a two-storey, full elementary school building had to be constructed to meet the needs of the surrounding community. The opening of the high school department quickly followed in 1986, ensuring placements for SFAC graduates at the secondary level. At the same time, two new campuses were established, one in Taguig City, and one in Los Baños, Laguna.
In 1989, the tertiary level in SFAC came into being offering several courses both in degree and non-degree programs. New campuses have since been added: the Pamplona, Las Piñas campus in 1990, the Bacoor, Cavite campus in 1994, the Alabang, Muntinlupa campus in 1996. In the same year, 1996, Saint Anthony School of Las Piñas came under SFAC supervision and management. Dasmariñas, Cavite campus opened in 1999. The Biñan campus, in Laguna opened in 2006. In 2010, the Los Baños campus was renamed Saint Anthony School of Los Baños, named after the patron saint of the locality. The 10th campus, located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna accepts enrollees starting S.Y. 2012 – 2013. In line with corporate branding moves, the Pamplona campus, being the smallest campus, moved its operation to the main campus in 2014.
Dr. Arturo O. Orosco, Jr., succeeding his mother as school president in 2012, steered the school system into a brand where bayanihan spirit cultivates the deep heritage of the school. Bold moves and decisions are continuously being made to meet the new leadership’s branding innovations and to meet the founders’ objective of serving more communities, and societies, at large.
Today, Saint Francis of Assisi College offers complete education from preschool up to the graduate level of education.
In its more than two decades of existence, SFAC, recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), has pursued programs of instruction grounded on academic, cultural and sports excellence and tempered by Christian and Franciscan values exemplified by its patron, Saint Francis of Assisi. The Bureau of Immigration has granted SFAC the authority to accept foreign students.
A rich and responsive curriculum, a corps of well-trained, experienced and caring teachers, dynamic administrators, and an atmosphere conducive to excellence — all make up the lifelong learning experiences at SFAC.
To keep abreast with the rapid growth and changes in the educational trends in the country and elsewhere, SFAC established its Center for Excellence in Academics, Research and Training Services (Centrex) which serves as the standard-setting entity of its academic operations. Committed in providing a value-laden, excellent education, the Centrex focuses on seven (7) areas: Curriculum Development, Textbook Evaluation, Institutional Examinations, Review of Academic Policies and Procedures, Faculty Training and Ranking, Organization/Leadership Development, and Institutional Research. The Centrex ensures that uniform standards are observed and maintained in all SFAC campuses. Aside from the Centrex, a Central Office (C.O.) and a Central Purchasing (C.P.) unit likewise guarantee the operational stability of SFAC for the benefit of its employees, suppliers, students and other stakeholders.
Saint Francis of Assisi College (SFAC) is a hub for progressive and holistic education, guided by the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi that empowers learners with a solid academic foundation enriched by physical, spiritual, and cultural advancement.
In line with this vision, SFAC is fully committed to:
1. Deliver relevant, well-designed quality education from the Basic Education to the Graduate level, through its corps of highly-trained faculty;
2. Nurture an ideal environment that hones students for academic success, molds them in cultural awareness, and prepares them for sustained participation and leadership in sports and athletics;
3. Incorporate a values system in the curriculum that promotes love of God, family, and country;
4. Integrate time-honored Filipino values in the pursuit of personal advancement.
SFAC is guided by these core values:
COMMITMENT there is a commitment by each and every member of the Franciscan community to the vision set forth by the Institution;
OPPORTUNITY there is a constant desire to seize the opportunity to become better members and leaders of the community, as well as contributors to nation- building;
RESPECT there is an utmost respect for one’s self, peers, and co-stakeholders in the Franciscan community;
EXCELLENCE there is a drive to always make effective use of talents and skills in order to produce outputs of the highest quality.