Committed to the pursuit and realization of the school’s Vision-Mission and guided by the Characteristics of Jesuit Education, Xavier University Grade School seeks to help its pupils to acquire certain basic knowledge, skills, experience, attitudes, values and virtues that will prepare them for life’s challenges in the next grade levels. The Profile of the ideal XUGS graduate encapsulates the Objectives of Xavier University Grade School, Ateneo de Cagayan.
At his or her grade school graduation, the XUGS graduate has the following characteristics:
Christ-Centered / Religious
For those belonging to the Roman Catholic Faith, he or she has acquired a basic knowledge of the doctrines of his or her Catholic faith and is continuing to deepen his or her faith anchored on making our Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Model and Friend in obedience, truthfulness, simplicity and openness to what God has in store for him or her. He or She must have completed his or her First Communion, a regular communicant and is regularly availing of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
He or She must have already received the Sacrament of Confirmation. He or She knows the basic Catechism of his or her Catholic faith and is continuing the ability to go beyond catechesis in truly living his or her faith. For a graduate belonging to the other religious denomination, he or she is also deepening his or her knowledge of his or her own faith. A graduate belonging to another religious denomination is also invited to make our Lord Jesus Christ as a Model and Friend.
The XUGS graduate has acquired a level of academic competence characterized by mastery of the basic concepts and cognitive skills at the level of complexity and sophistication commensurate to his or her grade level and age in Christian Living Education (CLE), Social Studies or Araling Panlipunan, Home Economics & Livelihood Education (HELE), Computer, Language, Reading, Mathematics, Science, Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health. He or She has acquired basic mastery of the mathematical concepts and skills especially in manipulating expressions in fractions, decimals and a facility in multiplying and dividing one to two digit numbers mentally. He or She has acquired a facility in reading and comprehension beyond the requirement of the grade six level.
He or She is able to observe closely, makes hypothesis, test hypothesis, interpret data, makes generalizations and inferences. He or She knows the basics of grammar, punctuations and construct sentences and paragraphs in English and Filipino which are sensible and grammatically correct. Appropriate to his or her age, he or she can critically evaluate statements based on grammar and logical sense. He or she can do all these both verbally and in written form. The XUGS graduate is exhibiting a certain degree of self-reliance and diligence academically.
Loving and Seeking the Common Good
The XUGS graduate has acquired a level of emotional maturity which is starting to extend beyond himself or herself. He or She is starting to show care and concern for others and of putting the common good as more important than his or her selfish interests. He is noted for courtesy and respectfulness for everyone. He or She has acquired a certain level of prudence and discretion which makes him or her work well in a group. Above all, he or she is starting to be conscious of his or her sexual identity and is starting to cope with the difficulties related to this.
The XUGS graduate has acquired a certain level of self-discipline. He or She appreciates the value of orderliness and neatness and of doing things in a systematic manner. He or She is starting to exhibit these values not because of external rewards but because of more internal motivation.
The XUGS graduate familiar with the socio-economic issues present in his or her community and is open for discussion on how these concerns can be addressed properly. He is starting to show consideration or concern for others especially the poor and the underprivileged. Starting to be really conversant with the plight of the poor and the underprivileged, he or she has been guided by his or her teachers to view this reality with optimism – he or she knows that the solution is not going to be fast and easy but with God’s grace and help, he or she can contribute in whatever manner, probably in a limited way now as a pupil, but possibly with more effectiveness as he or she finishes formal education and start his or her career in life.
The XUGS graduate actively involves himself or herself in school or community-based activities appropriate to his or her age along ecology like in waste segregation and tree planting, to maintain the balance of nature.
Seeking Total Formation
He or She has developed and is continuing to develop himself or herself not only in terms of academics but in other areas as well: in sports or physical education following the dictum of “mens sana et corpore sano” (a sound mind in a sound body) in awareness and appreciation of wide range of music, in the arts (visual graphic and performing). This total humanistic formation continues to stimulate him or her to become a truly mature individual with mature religious belief and perspective.
At graduation, the XUGS graduate has started acquiring a deeper appreciation of his Filipino identity and is appreciative of the achievements of our past and present national heroes. He or She also cherishes the best of Filipino culture and tradition. He or She is starting to be aware of the need to love his or her country and of being ready to serve his or her country at any moment when needed. He or She knows that in order to be respected by other nationalities globally, he or she has to love truly his community, region and country - the Philippines.
Open for Growth
Believing that education is a life-long process, the XUGS graduate is starting to take a more mature view of learning as not only happening within the four walls of the classroom but as one which is continuously occurring as one socially interacts with others. He or She also is starting to realize that education or learning does not end when one finishes formal education but it extends through the entire lifetime of the person. He or she is starting to live the tenet of being a “contemplative in action” – of being prayerful, alone and in silence, but at the same time, he or she is starting to realize and to experience finding God in everyday life and in every interaction with fellow human beings.