The CCF Life Academy Foundation, Inc. is now officially recognized as an educational institution of international character with the signing of Republic Act No. 11638. Senator Win Gatchalian, sponsor and co-author of the measure, says the law expands opportunities for Filipino learners and their families to access international education.
“Recognizing CCF Life Academy as an educational institution of international character is a step closer in realizing a vision that I strongly support: to make our country a regional hub for education that will attract foreign students. For our country’s learners, this means more opportunities for a world-class education that will also develop their Christian values,” said Gatchalian.
Founded in 2013, CCF Life Academy seeks to foster academic excellence, Christian character, and servant leadership among its students. The school also aims to develop internationally-minded individuals. The International Baccalaureate program, which is considered the gold standard in pre-college international education, is included in the school’s senior high school program.
The law enables the school to continue carrying out its educational program, improve its standard of instruction, and meet the special needs of the foreign temporary resident community for quality education.
While CCF Life Academy can accept applicants regardless of nationality and in accordance with its own eligibility standards, rules for admission, and grade placement, the law provides that no single alien nationality shall consist of more than 30% of the entire student population in a given school year. Exceptions, however, apply in cases of foreign diplomatic personnel or other foreign temporary residents.
The law also provides that while CCF Life Academy can employ its own teaching and management personnel from other countries or nationalities, the school shall give priority in hiring locally qualified teaching and management personnel. The school also remains under the supervision and regulation of the Department of Education (DepEd).
As of School Year (SY) 2020-2021, CCF Life Academy’s student body was composed of 603 students at the preschool, elementary, junior, and senior high school levels, 13% of which were foreign students from six different countries.
The measure’s co-authors include Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Joel Villanueva.