History of Iskwelahang Pilipino

A group of parents and educators established Iskwelahang Pilipino (IP) in 1976 to create an environment where their children would gain opportunities to learn about their Filipino heritage. The school first started at Eliot Church in Newton, Massachusetts with 55 students in its first year. IP was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1981. Then, in 1995, IP moved to 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, Massachusetts – where the school currently resides.

Over the history of Iskwelahang Pilipino, the school grew from its signature biweekly language and culture program for school-age children to include: age-appropriate lessons, a diverse offering of study subjects, a Rondalla Program, Christmas Carolers, a Dance Performance Group, and more! We are a proud, vibrant community comprised of immigrant families, second and third generation Filipino-American families, adoptive, and multiracial families.

We run on a strictly volunteer basis, with most of our faculty and staff being parents and alumni. All of our volunteers have the skills, interest, and commitment to support our school’s mission. Our community members come from diverse economic and professional backgrounds throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Iskwelahang Pillpino is one of the oldest Filipino cultural schools in continuous operation in the United States! We are excited to continue writing the rich history of Iskwelahang Pilipino and hope you and your family can join us!

Iskwelahang Pilipino students sending a congratulatory cake to Cory Aquino upon her election as president of the Philippines in 1986. Taken at Eliot Church lounge, the original IP classrooms.