SIS History

From living room classes to the online world

Starland International School began as Starland Kiddie School (SKS), established in May 2001 by Teacher Jean Dumago-Descallar’s determination to share her God-given talents and passion for teaching.

Starland, or ‘Star of the Land’ started in a tiny living room, where Teacher Jean enthusiastically and single-handedly taught 20 Nursery and Kindergarten pupils reading, writing and arithmetic.

The year 2005 saw the number of pupils grew to 387 and it was time for SKS to expand. This paved the way for the Cubao and the Caloocan branches to open, and SKS, which was then already offering a complete elementary level course as well as first to third-year levels of High School, became known as Starland Academy Incorporated (SAI).

Academic Year 2006-2007 was a landmark year for SAI. As answer to inquiries from foreign learners who wanted to enroll, Korean, Chinese and Arab nationals were welcomed into the Starland family after being accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign learners.

By January 19, 2007, Kamias main campus with complete Preschool, Elementary and High School courses together with Caloocan and Cubao branches and more than 1,400 learners, what we now know as Starland International School (SIS) came to be.

SIS opened its doors for Preschool and Elementary-level pupils in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte, the first of its Mindanao branches, on June 16, 2008.

On June 14, 2010, SIS-Caloocan began offering first and second year high school levels. The third year and fourth year levels of high school were added in the academic year 2012-2013. To accommodate parents’ requests, SIS-Cubao began offering the complete secondary course during the said academic year.

In 2011, SIS started catering to local and overseas learners through online schooling. We started with one-on-one approach to learners who migrated to another country and would like to continue being a learner of Starland followed by learners who are in the entertainment industry and learners of foreign nationals who would like to learn the English language.

In 2013, SIS-Butuan started accepting enrollees for the first and secondary courses. The complete secondary course was offered the following year. SIS welcomed the fifth branch in Cagayan de Oro. This is the second branch in Mindanao, which initially catered to Preschool and Grades One to Three in the same year. In 2014, SIS-Cagayan de Oro Branch offered the complete secondary course.

In 2014, the fifth SIS branch and the third to open in Mindanao welcomed Preschool and Grades One to Six pupils of Davao into their halls. SIS-Davao has offered secondary courses beginning June 2017.

The sixth SIS branch had opened on June 19, 2017. It is first campus in the island of Cebu located at Hawaiian Marigondon Lapu-Lapu City.

On July 8, 2019, the seventh branch and first campus in Northern Luzon located along Patul Road, Barangay Rosario, Santiago City, Isabela, was inaugurated.

From the humble 20-pupil living room, Starland International School has grown to eight campuses with more than 2,500 learners, and the desire to reach more learners with the cherished aspiration of providing quality education and holistic development continues to be at the heart of the school’s mission.

Having ten years of experience in online schooling, a world-class remote learning curriculum has enabled Starland International School to continue reaching learners in the Philippines and beyond. Today, success is measured by a growing Starland community of alumni achievers and a community of learners that are being prepared as the next generation of leaders, through a curriculum that balances academic learning and values that are inculcated as life lessons.