DAGUPAN CITY — The Philippine Science High School System-Ilocos Region Campus (PSHS-IRC) is set to open its doors for aspiring students in Grades 8 and 9 on Tuesday, June 15.
Ronnalee Orteza, PSHS-IRC campus director, said eleven slots have been opened for Grade 8 students, while slots for Grade 9 are still to be determined.
To be eligible for the lateral admission, the applicant should be a Filipino citizen with no pending application as immigrant to any foreign country; should belong to the upper 5% of his class, or should have a grade of 85% above in all subjects, and should have at least a Very Satisfactory (VS) character rating.
The slots will be filled after applicants have been filtered through a Lateral Admission Qualifying Exam (LAQE) consisting of three subjects, namely Mathematics, Science, and Communication Arts (English).
For interested applicants, Orteza said an application form may be downloaded at , filled out with the certification from parents with no pending application for immigration in any foreign country, certification from the school presently enrolled in, a photocopy of the student’s report card with the original copy brought for verification, and two 1×1 photos.
A PHP300 non-refundable fee is also required for processing of the documents.
The forms should be submitted to the nearest PSHS campus. In this case, addressed to JENYFER C. RABANG, Campus Registrar, Philippine Science High School Ilocos Region Campus San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur.
The submission deadline is on July 30, 2021, while the examination will be held online on August 24.
Orteza said filtered applicants will be notified of their eligibility to take the LAQE through an e-mail to be sent by the PSHS-IRC.
Scholars may enjoy the privileges of free tuition fee, free loan on textbooks, and monthly stipend plus living allowance ranging from P500 to P4,000, depending on the scholarship awarded.
“An additional minimum monthly allowance is also given to students to assist them in their online learning”, said Orteza.
Meanwhile, Orteza said they are expecting 580 students to attend school year 2021-2022, as classes start on September 1.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic crippling the worldwide education systems, Orteza assured the learning quality of PSHS students would not be compromised due to their learning continuity plan.
“Kasama po rito ang provision ng learning management system, mayroon po tayong K-HUB, na dinevelop po para sa PSHS”, said Orteza. “There is also a monitored policy setup for the required number of synchronous and asunchronous classes”.
The PSHS-Ilocos Region Campus is the only campus out of the System’s 16 campuses in the entire country with 100% online class capability. Some campuses adopted modular learning, and other forms of blended learning schemes.
So far, Orteza reported only 18 students were given extended requirements until July, as part of their leverage mechanism for the students to comply with requirements and other school work.
On May 24, 86 Grade 12 students graduated from PSHS-IRC. Among them is Dominic Navarro, who recently went viral along with other Pisay students, was offered slots in universities abroad.
He, however, chose to study here in the Philippines, as he lacks the financial capability to further his studies overseas.