In 1989, Frank and Prima Buckley established the main school, Santa Clarita Preschool, located in Santa Clarita, California, U.S.A., in honor of the city’s namesake. This became the first Filipino-American School to serve the community in that area. Until this day it has earned a very good response from stakeholders in that locality and has become the pride and joy of the Filipino-Americans in the State. It has also served as a good example to fellow immigrants.


In 1994, after a devastating earthquake in the county of Los Angeles, the school’s founders started their plan to open a branch in the Philippines. Prima Buckley wished to share her love and fondness for children and her desire to bring to her home country the knowledge and instructional techniques she had learned in Western world. She was very much eager to share with the young Filipinos the most modern and effective approach of teaching and to have fun while learning.

In June 1995, the Founder’s dream came to reality. A rented house in Molo, Iloilo City, Philippines and the name Santa Clarita International School was transformed.

In 1997, the Founders saw a piece of property for sale in Puerto Real de Iloilo, La Paz, Iloilo City that they both instantly fell in love with the place. This property fits their dream of having a school in a very nice and conducive place. The negotiation between the Founders and the concerned party started. 

On June 8,1998, the ground breaking and construction of the building started.

On March 28, 1999, Santa Clarita International School Family officially moved their instructional operations to their new locations.