The Philippine government mandated K-12 basic education program. Ateneo de Davao, implemented the program starting in school year 2012–2013. The Basic Education Units at Ateneo de Davao University are as follows:
The Grade School Unit is situated along with the high school unit. In addition, the department provides the student body with many support services. It is an elementary school for young and qualified students.
The grade school’s Student Development Center provides integral development programs. Subsequently, it helps in the holistic formation of the student. The Grade School Instructional Media Center (IMC) is the information center of the Grade School Department.
Junior High School
The Junior High School Unit of the Ateneo de Davao University is a Catholic preparatory school for young students. Moreover, the Junior High School Unit has its main library housed on the second floor of the administration building. The academic curriculum includes individual analysis of the student, information and career development, individual counseling, and the conduction of psychological educational classes regularly. There are also other unique support services in the Junior High School unit.
Also, as part of the Jesuit educational tradition, the Junior High School provides religious formation programs. For example, the Christian Service and Learning Program (CSLP, formerly called CSIP). It sends students to different communities in order to immerse in the environment and reach out. Furthermore, the academic curriculum also includes a CLE (Christian Life Education) program. The 4-year CLE course aims to produce an Ateneo graduate who projects the Jesuit values of being men and women for others and who will actively serve as catalysts for social transformation while living life with an informed Christian perspective.
The Junior High School classifies its students into honors (St. Francis Xavier) and general sections (St. John Berchmans (General section in 7th, 9th and 10th Grade while acting as an honor’s class during 8th Grade), St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Francis Borgia, St. Peter Canisius, St. Edmund Campion, St. Noel Chabanel (7th Grade), St. John de Brito, St. Peter Favre, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Joseph Pignatelli, St. Bernardino Realino (7th Grade), St. John Francis Regis).
All entering 7th Grade are equally put into regular sections. Starting 8th Grade, they will academically evaluate the students in order to determine the composition of the honors class of the batch. In fact, their curriculum is more advanced and rigorous than that of the regular sections. An example of this is in the math curriculum in which additional competencies are added like analytic geometry (8th Grade level), trigonometry (9th Grade level), and calculus (10th Grade level).
Senior High School
The Senior High School covers eight areas based on four disciplines similar to college courses which are Academic (Business, Science & Engineering, Humanities & Social Science and General Academic strand), Technical Vocational Livelihood (focusing on TESDA specialised subjects). Indeed, these areas allow students to pick their chosen track where they can enhance their skills and talents.
Furthermore, the Ateneo Senior High School offers a Pre-college Track focusing on three strands namely STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), ABM (Accountancy, Business and Management), and HUMSS (Humanities and Social Sciences). As a matter of fact, this will help the students for both college life and the corporate world.
About Ateneo de Davao University
The University was the fourth higher education institution (HEI) in December 2009 in the Philippines to be granted institutional accreditation.