The daring attempt of putting up a school was conceived and inspired way back before its opening in 1982.
t all started from small dreams. With one’s several years of experience of administering other schools during their pioneering stages, came the promise of success in the eventual establishment of one’s educational institution. Notwithstanding the risk of competition, Mrs. Cresencia O. Castro, the founder of St. Jude Learning Center pursued her dreams with no edge over the more established schools except the determination of putting up a future educational landmark.
Then the inevitable occurrence took place. The opening of SM Baguio has rendered the area of St. Jude Learning Center and its environs a commercial business district. What used to be a spacious playground for the school has become the site of many commercial buildings. With the steady decline on enrollment brought about by the absence of the Great Outdoors for games and recreation, Mrs. Castro had to do something or face the fear of eventually losing her flock of pupils.
In the close proximity? St. Jude Learning Center, along Leonard Wood Road, majestically stood a new and flourishing academic institution named Yeun Soo Elite International School. Sadly, Yeun Soo Elite International School only had Korean Nationals for its students. It needed to beef up its enrolment to include Filipino students. Mrs. Castro immediately took notice of the scenario on the possible merging. With school facilities of International Standards at Yeun Soo Elite International School, coupled with the 21 years of exemplary performance that St. Jude Learning Center has been giving to Filipino children, the merging was considered to be the best option for the two institutions.
?These Trail-blazing activities that Mrs. Castro and Mr. Beltran had were met with some resistance and doubts. But the two educators were resolute at meeting all odds heads-on with the singular purpose of making a difference in the lives of the children through quality education. Little did they know that they were destined to become the missing piece of the puzzle.
So February 12, 2009 marked the merging of the two schools through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the major players: Mr. Soo Won (James) Lee and Ms. Yeun Hwa (Snow White) Lee of the Yeun Soo Elite International School and Mr. Pacifico Castro Jr. and Mrs. Crescencia Castro of St. Jude Learning Center and Mr. Adolfo Beltran of the merged schools.
Now, the tradition of excellence beautifully inscribed for St. Jude Learning Center can now continue at St. Jude Internation School (SJIS).