Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School de Calarian or simply known as ICAS de Calarian, is a school that envisions a holistic formation and academic excellence; a school that founded globally-competitive students, that are now successful people that are thanking this institution for giving them the knowledge and strength to struggle to this hard and competitive life. And now the institution celebrates its 20th year after it was founded.
As a known school for academic and holistic matters, many people ask the same questions. When was ICAS de Calarian founded? Who were the first school directors and staffs that helped to build and develop this school? What were the developments and progress this school has made? These, are some of the questions that people frequently asks and in this article you will know all about it.
ICAS de Calarian was first known as Western Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School or WICAS as an extension to Immaculate Conception Elementary School or ICES that was located at La Purisima Street, Zamboanga City. It was built around 1993 with the first school director, Msgr. Edwin A. Sebastian and was given the support and blessings by the Archdiocesan School President, late Archbishop Francisco R. Cruces, D.D.
The institution was situated at a sprawling 7,500 square meters and started with only 150 students and 5 faculty members handling two sections in First Year, Kinder I and II, and Grade I respectively. The administrative line-up of personnel was completed during the school year 1996-1997 when Mrs. Dolores R. Cruz was appointed head of the school. At this time, the curriculum was being completed for both Elementary and Secondary Department.
In year 2000, there was a big change in the institution. Dra. Frances Romelia Mae M. Chavez took the reins of the school as principal when Mrs. Dolores R. Cruz returned to her former assignment at ICES. Rev. Fr. Jonathan A. Duka became the school’s second School Director. In May 2003, another...