TWO HUNDRED Ateneans will be walking around the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS grounds in their new uniforms as Grade 11 students next school year. One out of ten of them is a transferee. Three out of ten of them will take the ABM strand, while the rest will take the STEM strand. And they will all have their own technology-friendly classrooms in the upper floors of the Ateneo building in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
“This is the likely scenario that will happen starting June 13, 2016 as the new school year starts,” Dr. Herman Lagon, incoming associate principal for Senior High School said, adding, “although they are still considered high schoolers, but they are also being prepared to become astute college students.”
“From the demands of the subjects that they will take to the mature role that they will assume in school, our SHS students will be facing a more challenging task in getting ready for their chosen college courses. This is a tall order, a serious matter that each SHS student must take into by heart.”
High School Principal Rosario Dordas agreed adding: “SHS brings about transitions. Schools are faced with various logistical concerns. In the Philippines, most of the incoming Grade 11 students have to adjust to the fact that they are not yet in college but are presented with a curriculum that is a hybrid of the secondary and the tertiary levels of education.”
“But more than logistics such as curriculum, facilities, and human resources, the school is deeply committed to provide its SHS students the holistic education that is strongly grounded on the ideals of Jesuit education and the vision of the school—‘to form leaders who pursue excellence that is driven by love and service,’ Mrs. Dordas added.