Philosophy, Nature and Objectives


The Ateneo de Davao University holds that true education consists of the formation of the human person, physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually in the pursuit of his ultimate end, and of the good of the societies of which, he is a member, and in whose obligation, as an adult, he will share. (Vatican II, Declaration of Christian Education)

The high school unit as an integral part of the Ateneo de Davao University Educative system shares in the imminent mission of this institution of learning and formation.


The Ateneo de Davao High School is Filipino in its ideal and aspirations. It believes not only in the molding of the student as a person and in seeking the actualization of individual potential, but also in the preparation of the student for active and involved citizenship in the community he/she lives in. The Ateneo recognizes that the student, even while pursuing his formal education, has duties and responsibilities and obligations to his community, to the country, and to the world. Thus, in the realization of this student as Filipino, the school is guided by a nationalism that believes in the community of man.


The Ateneo de Davao High School as Catholic reflects the profound convictions and way of life of the people who make it up, the students, faculty, administrators and alumni whose vision of life and learning is inspired by the person of Christ. This vision springs from the belief that the Son of God has became man in Christ and has founded a Church to communicate and interpret His revelation in all times and to all people. The intellectual dimension of the Catholic commitment is articulated in the classroom, particularly in religion where man's life is examined with the methodology proper to an academic discipline. This religious commitment has worship dimension that is realized by the forms of liturgy made available on campus. The ethical and moral dimensions are to be realized in individual spiritual growth and in a communal concern for persons, especially through collective endeavors expressing love and service.

Jesuit - As a Jesuit High School, the Ateneo de Davao:

a. offers education in a style derived from the four hundred year tradition of the Jesuits with emphasis on intellectual discipline, moral maturity, action-oriented spiritually, personal dedication to Christ, and individual and corporate loyalty to the church;

b. advocates a view of education that offers uniquely effective opportunity to change and improve the individual and in turn effect changes in the social structures to which he/she belongs;

c. stresses the intellectual development of leaders for the diverse levels of society;

d. favors an open strategy of education; adaptable to circumstance; innovative; flexible, accepting provisional answers in a time of change; self-evaluative;

e. emphasizes individual dignity and witness an abiding personal concern for one another among all, especially on the part of the faculty towards students both in class and out;

f. gives importance to value-oriented education as essential for the complete and fully free person and to integrate development and maturing of moral and spiritual values along with cultural and intellectual growth; and

g. urges the voluntary personal commitment to a common endeavor, based on shared values, intellectual, moral and spiritual.

Secondary - As a secondary school, the Ateneo de Davao High School serves a developmental link in the formation and training of the student from Grade School towards a college or vocational course or initial employment.


The Ateneo de Davao High School's general objectives are expressed in four themes;

1. As Filipino - The Ateneo de Davao High School intends to instill in the student a sense of history and enable him/her to see, accept and rejoice in the fact that the culturally different from any other people. Furthermore, it aims at the participation of the student in the development of the culture of this community and particularly in Southern Philippines and ultimately to the national Filipino culture. Above all, it seeks to make the students realize that they and their land have been given by God as unique gifts to which they should not only be a grateful recipients but also generous developers and sharers with the rest of mankind.

2. As Catholic - The Ateneo de Davao High School strives to train the students to cooperate with the Divine Grace in forming themselves into Christians who are well informed in matters of faith and live by that faith.

3. As Jesuit - The Ateneo de Davao High School aims at developing in the students these Jesuit hallmarks of intellectual discipline, moral maturity, action-oriented spirituality, personal dedication to Christ, filial love for Mary, our mother, and individual corporate loyalty to the Church. Furthermore, as a Jesuit High School, the Ateneo de Davao adheres to the prime educational objectives of all Ignatian Institutions in the formation of Christian men and women for and with others; men and women who cannot conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for all people, is a farce, men and women who will not be overcome by evil, but rather, overcome evil with good.

4. As Secondary - The Ateneo de Davao High School strives to continue the general education started in the elementary and to prepare the students for a college degree course, in compliance with the requirements of the Department of Education.