Accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on October 29, 2002.
PIA started to offer courses for English Language Learners (ELLs) in the introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels alongside the vital recognition of the need to continuously sharpen the teaching skills of its English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, and the undisputable necessity to develop the existing curriculum in order to address the diverse and changing needs of EFL learners.
More than a decade from the time it was established,
Pines now is the home for 350 Filipino employees as well as students from Korea, Japan and Vietnam with a population ranging from 200 to 350 during peak season. In addition, PIA boasts of having its own Pines English Proficiency Test that aims to assess the learning progression of ELLs and to identify their respective weaknesses, thereby giving direction to the Curriculum Research and Development Team of PIA to make adjustments in the current language learning programs, and to develop courses that specifically target the enhancement of language skills crucial in the acquisition of English as a second language.
Moreover, in view of the ardent necessity to upgrade the teaching and learning of EFL,
PIA now offers courses characterized by structured curriculum that allows ELLs to master English skills from level 1 to level 10, plus, special module classes in TOEIC and TOEIC Speaking, TOEFL, IELTS, and OPIc. The meticulous placement of learners from the first to the tenth level based on their varying proficiency helps them acquire skills needed to become more eloquent speakers and effective communicators in general.
On the other hand, through the years,
PIA has evolved into an institution that not only provides quality English education to the Asian youth who come within its bounds, but is also committed to its corporate social responsibility of sponsoring underprivileged but deserving Filipino students to study in the university. Currently, PIA is sending more than 5 scholars to school in 2 major universities in the City, namely, Saint Louis University and the University of the Cordilleras.
Furthermore, true to its commitment of providing quality English Education to the Asian youth,
PIA pioneered in the conceptualization of citywide speech and essay writing competitions for the students of Baguio, dubbed as ESLympics. Initially, ESLympics was created for students in the tertiary level only, enrolled in various colleges and universities within the city. Nonetheless, acknowledging the novelty and the significance of this activity, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan moved for the inclusion of elementary pupils and high school students in the competitions. Hence, on its 3rd year ESLympics was turned into a citywide contest that taps best speakers and writers among elementary, high school, and university students and has now become an annual event in Baguio City solely and exclusively organized by PIA in partnership with the City Government of Baguio.
Indeed, PIA has earned its niche in the EFL industry;
A household name that embodies excellence, success, endurance, passion, and service. Pines International Academy – a name that is synonymous with quality English education.