Aurora Wesleyan High School (AWHS) was founded in June 1963 through the efforts of missionaries and devoted laymen of the United Methodist Church in Maria Aurora led by Rev. Trifuno D. Parong, a former District Superintendent.
AWHS started operating in classrooms and offices made of coco lumber, sawali and nipa erected on a 20,000-squaremeter lot donated by former Mayor Leonardo T. Ong, through the help of American missionaries, Dr. Richard Wehrman and Rev. William Cunningham, and some other Methodist families in the municipality.
At first, AWHS was intended to offer agricultural courses/programs appropriate to the needs of the residents, whose main livelihood was farming. But there was a need for an academic high school in the area anf the local residents requested AWHS to offer such. Thus, AWHS became an academic high school, and was recognized in the province for its academic excellence, extra-curricular activities and other programs, and service to the community.
On March 14, 2000, AWHS officially merged with Wesleyan University-Philippines, (WU-P) Cabanatuan City, and became Wesleyan Universitu-Philippines Aurora. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In June 2001,Aurora opened its college level with five courses: Bachelor of Arts (AB), Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEEd), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC) and Bachelor of Science in Criminology (BSCrim); all duly recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in addition to the existing Secondary Curriculum.
The College of Nursing was approved by CHED to operate with academic integrity in A.Y. 2008-2009.
The High School department had been Accredited Level 1 Status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) through the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities Accrediting Agency, Inc. (ACSCU-AAI) from 2014 to 2017, and was awarded Re-Accredited Status Level 2 in 2016 until 2019 by the same agency.
The Senior High School under the K to 12 Program of the Department of Education (DepEd) was opened with complete academic strands in year 2016: Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), General Academic Strand (GAS), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The programs Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science in Criminology had undergone Preliminary Accreditation also through the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities Accrediting Council, Inc. (ACSCU-ACI) last February 10-14, 2020.
Prof. Estrella C. Buenaventura was WU-P Aurora’s first Executive Director until 2004. Dr. Joaquin R. Bawan, Jr. was assignedfrom 2004 to 2007, then Dr. Corazon T. Cleto from June 2007 to June 2009.
At present, Dr. Estrella C. Buenaventura is the Head for Academic Affairs and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) appointed by University President, Retired Judge Benjamin D. Turgano.