Welcome to Faith International Academy’s admissions page. We are delighted that you are seeking a Christian, international education in Davao. You can see the flowchart for the admissions process and other helpful information below.

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Visa Requirements


Students enrolled at FIA are expected to have the proper legal documentation for residing in the Philippines. Various types of visas are acceptable, but those with a tourist visa must have additional documentation. Students below 18 years old with a tourist visa are required to apply for a Student Study Permit (SSP). The family is responsible for the cost, but FIA can assist with the process.




All families at FIA are classified as one of three categories, as determined by the definitions below. In situations where there is sufficient documentation, but category status is unclear, the Executive Team will make decisions based on the documentation and other circumstances in each case.


Category I (children of families in ministry)
The student is the child of evangelical missionaries, full-time pastoral staff, full-time Bible/seminary students, or tentmakers.


Category II (guest student)

The student is the child of full-time Christian workers or NGO Workers (evangelical mission statement), guests students, children of alumni, and former students. Guest students and children of alumni are students who have never been part of the FIA community and who do not meet the criteria for Category I students.  Such students must be recommended and sponsored by a member of the FIA missionary community. These students will be approved by the Administration on a case-by-case basis. Mission-minded Christian students with strong academics will be the main members of this category. Guest students must enroll in full-time study for complete semesters up to a maximum of one year.

Former students are defined as students who have previously been enrolled as regular admission students but whose parents have since repatriated long-term to their home country. These students may return to FIA subject to approval by the Administration, compliance with the home life policy, and must enroll in full-time study for complete semesters up to a maximum of one year.


Category III (business and diplomatic student)

The student is the child of diplomat/embassy workers, business workers, and secular NGO workers. These are children of non-missionary parents who are willing to sign an agreement to cooperate with the distinctives of our program on a space-available basis.



FIA gives preferential acceptance to the children of families in Christian ministry. This is in keeping with our purpose statement.


FIA allows a limited number of students from those families engaged in endeavors other than Christian ministry to be accepted. Parents of Category II and III students must support the values within the Faith International Academy Statements of Faith and of Unity. All students, both full- and part-time, will be required to take Bible and attend all Chapels intended for their grade level regardless of their category.


If a class becomes too large to accommodate, it may be closed to new Category II and III students.

  • For grades K-5, the Executive Team will consider capping the class sizes at twenty students if the applicants are from Category I or seventeen students if the applicants are from Category II or III.
  • For grades 6-12, the Executive Team will consider capping the class sizes to twenty-five students if the applicants are from Category I or twenty students if the applicants are from Category II or III.
  • FIA also reserves the right to combine classes when deemed necessary due to staffing.


It is in the best interest of a student to be present starting with the first day of the school year and to complete the school year with his/her class. Students who miss more than 15 days in one semester may be denied credit or considered for retention.


Taken from the Student-Parent Handbook (Temporary Absence of Parents) FIA expects its students to live with their parent or legal guardian while enrolled at the school. FIA does not provide a boarding program. If a FIA student is in Davao without parents for 30 days or less, then a temporary guardianship form must be submitted to the school and approved by the administration. This form is available in the Academic Office. For guardianship longer than 30 days, a face-to-face meeting of the parents and administration is required. Requests for guardianship for students in grades 6-12 may be refused and permission for living with a guardian may be rescinded if the school determines that the living situation is not in the best interest of the student or the school. FIA defines a guardian as an adult over the age of 25 who lives in the home on a daily basis providing ongoing support and care for the physical, emotional, and academic needs of the student. The guardian is responsible to serve as the liaison between the school, the student, and the student’s parents. The school must be aware of the living situation of its students; a student’s enrollment can, and in most cases will, be revoked if the school finds that he/she is not living with parents without school administration approval.

FIA admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, financial aid programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs.