UST Angelicum College started out as an educator's simple dream to break free from the traditional educational system. When he was an elementary student at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Fr. Rogelio Alarcon, O.P had already begun toying with the idea of a school that would cater to the individual needs of each student and discard the traditional concept of grading.
But it would be years later before his idea would take serious shape. He started to expound on the system without grades, without failures while making comparative studies on the different systems of education while studying at the UST Graduate School.
In 1972, a few months after he was appointed first Provincial of the Philippine Dominican Province, he was able to convince some educators and the Province to put up a non-graded school. It was to be called "Angelicum" after one of the Dominican houses of studies in Rome and its whole existence would be justified by the nature of each individual child. Its philosophy would be "to do what is best for the learners."
In May of 1972, the Ministry of Education and Culture granted permission for the operation of this unique school. It was opened after one month of relentless activity which involved looking for a building, recruiting teachers, enrolling students, getting classroom materials, and arranging for school services.
On July 5, 1972, Angelicum School was born: six classrooms and a small library all housed at the Dominican seminary; 315 young boys under the care of 9 creative, responsible and experienced teachers who were willing to undertake a paradigm shift. It carried out the embodiment of the Dominican ideals of charity, justice, and fortitude. Angelicum became the first non-graded school in the Philippines.
In the second year of its existence, Angelicum's enrollment doubled. The first floor of the St. Dominic Building was finished in time to house the fast growing populace.
In 1974, girls were accepted to meet "the need to normalize the environment." A total of 220 enrolled in the Nursery to YS 5 Levels. Likewise, the St. Martin Building was then ready for the learners.
In 1977, St. Antoninus School opened. It offered services to children in need of special attention. Ten years later, it was renamed Special Education Department (SPED). Its operation was suspended in 1996.In 1977, St. Antoninus School opened. It offered services to children in need of special attention. Ten years later, it was renamed Special Education Department (SPED). Its operation was suspended in 1996.
Angelicum expanded beyond Quezon City. Two branches were established: Angelicum Tehran, Iran and Angelicum Jaro, Iloilo. But due to the religious war in Iran, Angelicum Tehran was closed in 1979.
In 1978, Rev. Fr. Norberto Castillo, O.P. became the director of the school. The number of students continued to rise and the school gained wider acclaim in the country's educational system. On May 11, 1979, the school library was named Fr. Ed Lumboy Memorial Resource Center in honor of Rev. Fr. Ed Lumboy, one of the school's resident priests who died in a vehicular accident.
Rev. Fr. Hilario Singian, O.P. succeeded Fr. Castillo in 1982. During his term, the St. Vincent Covered Court was completed. After one year, Fr. Singian was replaced by Rev. Fr. Juan Ponce, O.P., who became director for four years. The St. Tomas Building was constructed during this period. In 1987, Rev. Fr. Honorato Castigador, O.P. replaced Fr. Ponce. In 1988, the directorship of the school was given to Rev. Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. The St. Martin Building was renovated in his term. The old cafetorium was expanded and an additional cafetorium was finished in 1991.
In 1994, Rev. Fr. Rogelio Alarcon, O.P. came back to be the seventh director of Angelicum. Indefatigable in the pursuit of his principles and ideals, he brought back the real essence of the non-graded system. The modular approach was adopted. In 1995, the College Department was opened and the school was renamed Angelicum College in May 1996. In August of the same year, recognition of the Home Study Program was granted. The swimming pool and a new Computer Laboratory were constructed and the Computer Program was extended to the YS 1 to YS 11 learners. The improvement of the football field was also done during this period.
On its Silver Anniversary in 1998, a musical play KULAYDOSKOP was presented. More than 3,000 learners from the Nursery to YS 11 Levels participated in the play which showcased the country’s heritage.
In January 1999, Angelicum College formally launched the Re-entry Education Agenda for the Poor (REAP) Program, which was attended by no less than the President of the Philippines at that time, His Excellency President Joseph E. Estrada.
In the year 2000, the new college building was inaugurated in the presence of the former Quezon City Mayor Ishmael Mathay, together with Rev. Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa Jr., O.P., former Provincial and Chair of the Board of Trustees.
On October 2002, Rev. Fr. Hilario Q. Singian Jr. O.P. was installed as the 8th Rector of the College. During his term, the third floor of the St. Martin Building was constructed which housed the Home Study Program. Renovation of the St. Vincent Covered Court was also completed.
Fr. Singian ended his term in 2004 and Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, OP succeeded him in June 2004. Improvement of facilities and offices was done like the air-conditioning of all the classrooms at St. Dominic Building and St Thomas Building. Renovations of all offices at the St. Martin Building (octagonal) were also done. He spearheaded the launching of the Solid Waste Management and the rehabilitation of the AC Football Field. In May 2008, Fr. Dagohoy was transferred to UST as one of the administrators of the UST Hospital. Fr. Ferdinand L. Bautista, OP succeeded him and was installed on June 12, 2008 as the 10th Rector and current President of Angelicum College.