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Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue inside the school campus

Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu, 宿务亚典耀圣心学校 — formerly known as Sacred Heart School for Boys, Sacred Heart School of the Society of Jesus or Sacred Heart School – Jesuits, is a private, Catholic college-preparatory school run by the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus. SHS-AdC is the 7th Jesuit school in the Philippines to bear the name Ateneo. Its curriculum includes a Chinese language program. Aside from providing academic excellence, the school also serves as a bridge between the Filipino and Chinese-Filipino communities through education that accepts not only Chinese-Filipino but also students who have no Chinese roots.


Board of Trustees

Mr. Mario A. King
Fr. Michael I. Pineda, S.J.
School President
 Fr. Primitivo E. Viray, Jr., S.J.
Jesuit Provincial
 Fr. Guillrey Anthony M.  Andal, S.J.
 Mr. William B. Chiongbian II 
 Fr. Aristotle C. Dy, S.J.
 Mr. Frederick D. Go
Ms. Amaya Cristina A. Fansler
Mr. Jack T. Huang
 Fr. Gilbert Emmanuel P. Levosada, S.J.
Mr. Edmun H. Liu
Fr. Jose V.C. Quilongquilong, S.J.  
Fr. Joseph Raymund Patrick. S. Sanchez, S.J.
Fr. Antonio S. Samson, S.J.
Mr. Stephen A. Tan  

School Profile


Old campus on Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City

remember the past

A History of Sacred Heart School - ateneo de Cbeu

The story of Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu is a story of grace. Its experience has been replete with God’s providence, concrete in the generosity of many people.

The school’s existence can be traced back to its humble beginnings when the Cebu Chinese Catholic Association (CCCA) expressed their desire to open a Catholic school for the Chinese in Cebu.[1]  The newly elected president of CCCA, Mr. Jose Yap Bioshe, suggested the establishment of a school to address the growing need for education among the Chinese in the locality. This was presented in 1953 to Father Paul O’Brien, superior of the China Jesuits in the Philippines, when he visited Cebu.

School seal, Vision & Mission Statement

School Profile

Ateneo Hearter

Core Values (7C's)

Other Core Values and Mottos

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam | 愈显主荣

The Jesuit motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG) is a Latin term meaning “for the greater glory of God.” St. Ignatius of Loyola used the phrase many times in the Constitution of the Society of Jesus. However, not only Jesuits are called to live out this motto. All Ateneo Hearters are called to live out this motto in our daily lives.

To live for the greater glory of God is to know Jesus more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow him more nearly. It is to seek God in all things, in all people and in all experiences. It is to devote all of our thoughts, words, efforts, choices, and actions into what we discern gives God greater glory. Since we know that Jesus called us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves, to live AMDG is also to offer our lives in service to others especially those who need the most help. Thus, AMDG covers all aspects of an Ateneo Hearter’s life—in academics, in sports, in arts, in relationships with others, in service, and more importantly, in faith—even after graduation.

Magis | 更的精神

Magis is a Latin term meaning “more” or “better.” In seeking to live for the greater glory of God, all Ateneo Hearters are also called to live our the Magis. This means, we are called to do more and be more for Christ. In our daily tasks, we always push for what we can do better; we are not contented with mediocrity. We seek excellence not to reap rewards but to live for God’s greater glory. We serve others as best as we can, not to be noticed but to show our love for God’s people. We do not compare ourselves with others; rather, we look to Christ our model. With our gazes fixed on Christ, with St. Ignatius we pray for the grace to be generous: to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and ask not for reward. We seek only God’s will in everything. This is what Magis means for us.

Lux Oriens | 旭日东升

Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu’s motto is Lux Oriens. Lux Oriens is the Latin term meaning “Light Arising in the Land of the Morning.” “Land of the Morning” refers to the Philippines from the English translation of our country’s National Anthem. To be an Ateneo Hearter is to root ourselves in love and respect for our country, its traditions, and history. We understand that what we do and how we live affects not just our family, school, and community but our nation and eventually the world. As Ateneo Hearters, we value not just our country’s history but also the special tradition and mission of our school in being a Chinese-Filipino School.

As Ateneo Hearters, recognize that Jesus is the true light of the world and that as His followers, we seek to share His light concretely to others—in acts of excellence, leadership, and service. We share our God-given talents to give greater glory to God. We lead others not for the pursuit of honor or riches but to help build God’s Kingdom. We serve others so that we can share God’s mercy to them. The light we bring to others is not our own but it is the light of Christ.

Thus, Lux Oriens reminds all Ateneo Hearters of our history, our identity, our mission, our goal, and our inspiration.

Accreditation & Affiliations

Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) is accredited by Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), a private, voluntary accrediting association formed by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) in the 1950’s.

Inspired by the missionary spirit of the school’s founding fathers and the Ignatian ideal of the Magis, the school celebrates the 5-year (June 2016 – May 2021) RE-ACCREDITATION STATUS which was granted recently by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).

The school started the accreditation process on January 24-25, 1972 where the High School Department had its preliminary survey visit. The Grade School Department followed with its preliminary survey of PAASCU taking place in February 19-21, 1975. To this day, the School continues to provide quality education recognized by the PAASCU.

Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu is a member of Jesuit Education Association (JEA), Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC), Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), Catholic Educational Association of the Philippine (CEAP), Private Education Retirement Annuity Association (PERAA), and Association for Non-Traditional Education in the Philippines (ANTEP).

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