St. Robert's International Academy (SRIA) was established in May 2004 as a TESDA institution offering Caregiver course. The academy was inaugurated in its first location in Magalona Building along Ledesma Street, Iloilo City in May 2004, and occupied the campus until 2006. While in Magalona Building, SRIA expanded to accommodate its growing number of students thus, rented the RBH Building along Lopez Jaena Street. Later in 2006 the academy moved to a much bigger location – the Casa Plaza Building in front of the Iloilo Capitol Building. While a TESDA Institution, SRIA produced the most number of NCII Passers, at 98% batting percentage probably the highest in the region.
In 2010, SRIA established its Basic Education Department and transferred to the Cooper Building in front of Amigo Terrace Hotel in General Hughes Street, Iloilo City. In 2013, SRIA held its first graduation that produced its first batch of elementary and high school graduates.
In 2013, again to accommodate its growing number of students, SRIA once again transferred to the famous GST Building along Quezon Street. It is in GST Building that SRIA reaped recognitions both locally and internationally.
With the massive increase in enrolment, the SRIA Board was forced to look for a much bigger location that features a regular school facility. It was not very long that their prayers were granted. In December of 2016, the members of the Board of SRIA signed the historic Lease Contract with the Vincentian Fathers with no less than the Father Provincial Rev. Fr. Venerando D. Agner CM, signing on behalf of the Vincentian Fathers in the Philippines. The Lease Contract granted a 15 year lease to SRIA with the option for renewal.
The SY 2017-18 was ushered by the Mass of the Holy Spirit held in the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, just a stone throw from the De Paul Campus of St. Robert’s International Academy. The old De Paul Campus was quickly renovated to reflect the Robertine culture: repainting and refurbishing of the façade was immediately done; classrooms and offices were transformed into air-conditioned spaces; the Robertine Champion Hall was functionalized. When the new SRIA campus was inaugurated in June of 2017, the new Father Provincial in his homily stated his satisfaction over the physical improvement of their old De Paul Campus and admonished the President to include the Vincentian charism in the values formation of the Robertines. Dr. Robert Galindez in his part when he delivered his message declared that the new Pedagogical principles of the academy is to transform its Learners into Intellectual Giant, with Giant Hearts – the giant heart is St. Vincent’s role in the Robertine education. In June of 2018, the new Robertine Gym was inaugurated – a living testimony to the Robertine’s supremacy in Basketball and other sporting events.
Sixteen years after the foundation of SRIA as a TESDA school; and 10 years after the creation of the Basic Education Department, St. Robert’s International Academy continues its vision of “Leading the way towards Excellent, World-class, God-centered, and Learner oriented education”. SRIA is the youngest among the private schools in Iloilo City and probably in western visayas but St. Robert’s International Academy is already an ISO 9001:2015 certified, FAPE accredited, and most especially, already a Franchise as developed by the country’s top franchise developer – FranCorp. SRIA also operates its Open High School and MISOSA in Laguna, and in Bangkok, Thailand.
With the franchising opportunity offered by SRIA, Saints Robert and Vincent will help scatter the Robertine seed around the country and abroad.