The description of St Joseph International Academy Kumbalam
St. Joseph International Academy (SJIA), Kumbalam, sponsored by Valiyavila Foundation, a charitable Trust, was inaugurated on June 16, 2002 by Rt. Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Kollam, Kerala State, India. It is an English Medium Residential and semi-residential school following the ICSE syllabus. It started with two kindergarten classes with 51 students. It was housed in an antique looking house with 3 rooms. The first registrations were done out of a Veranda of a neighbor’s house.
While the classes were going on, we finished the current monumental school building. The first floor of the new building was blessed by Fr. Stanislaus M. Fernandez SDB, of Valiyavila House, on May 28, 2003 together with Fr, Sepherin, Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Church, and Kumbalam. The school was inaugurated by Sree Alexander IAS (Retired) and Minister in 2004. At that point, we started up to 5th standard classes at a stretch to secure NOC from Kerala Govt. with a total of 155 students. Then we went up a standard each year and in the school year 2008-2009 we graduated the first 10th standard students with 100% pass, though we had about 9 students who were rejected by other schools due to possible failure. SJIA, Kumbalam obtained NOC from the Kerala Govt. on May 27, 2003 and ICSE provisional affiliation on April 17, 2007. ICSE Board in New Delhi offered permanent affiliation to St. Joseph International Academy on March 16, 2010. Our affiliation No. is KE09/2010.
On feb.2, 2010, the Executive Committee of the Council approved our school in Kumbalam for permanent affiliation and introduction of Science and Commerce Streams of ISC Classes (+1 and +2). WE cater to about 400 students up to 11th standard. For the last 8 years we had 100% pass result for the 10th students and in 2015 – 2016, our result was phenomenal. Out of 29 students, we had 10 distinctions, 16 first classes, 3 second classes.
Our Founder and main Leader is Dr. Joseph D. Fernandez, who spent over 50 years abroad and spend most of his time in the field of education in Massachusetts, USA for 24 years. His vast knowledge and experience, together with his total and full time dedication to the development of the school is an asset to our institution.
We believe in the slogan: “ALL STUDENTS CAN LEARN.” In this time, where all schools are shooting for 100% pass and related advertisement, where academically poor students are given T.C. to another school with pass marks in the 8th, we take those students with pride and work with them individually and help them to score high marks in the final exam of the 10th. Some of them are in the Medical schools now.
That St. Joseph International School will produce at least one hundred (100) socially responsible leaders for India – leaders who are driven by moral character and sound principles that help alleviate Indian social evils such as bribery, greed, duplicity, selfishness etc…… leaders who will work with untiring commitment to improve the Indian social conditions without fear of social, personal and political consequences which leaders will be from all walks of life to go and fertilize the whole of India like the rivers that flow freely and fertilize fully all plains of India. These leaders will be named “Messengers of Social change. MSc.”