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General guidelines for the High School Admission Test (HSAT)

Photojournalism students with Dr. Aurelio Vilbar, UP High School Cebu, principal. Photo courtesy of Prof. Kim Bondoc.

Photojournalism students with Dr. Aurelio Vilbar, UP High School Cebu, principal. Photo courtesy of Prof. Kim Bondoc.


A. About UP High School Cebu’s Democratized Admission Policy

The University of the Philippines has adopted a policy of democratized admission for students in the high schools of the UP System. Under this concept, “every high school in UP is a program for helping economically disadvantaged but deserving students gain access to tertiary level education in UP.”

Pursuant to this policy, UP High School Cebu admits Grade 7 students from low-income families. As such, the High School is an experimental laboratory for innovative teaching strategies designed to better prepare these deserving students for access to tertiary education, particularly in the UP System where they can avail of subsidized education through the socialized tuition program.

B. Schedule of Admission Activities

February 27, 2014 – Last day for filing of HSAT application
February 28, 2014 – Giving out of test permits

March 1, 2014 – HSAT (High School Admission Test)

March 10, 2014 – Giving out of official results to each examinee
April 3, 2014 – Pre-enrollment of qualifiers
April 4, 2014 – Pre-enrollment of waitlisted qualifiers

C. Qualifications for Admission

To qualify for the HSAT, an applicant must:

1. be an elementary school graduate by March 2014;
2. not have previously studied in another high school;
3. have an average grade of 85% or better in Math, Science, English/Reading, Civics/Social Studies, and Filipino subjects at the time of filing of application;
4. have a conduct grade of B or its equivalent; and
5. come from a family whose annual gross income is P250,000.00 or less.

D. Supporting Documents Required

NOTE: Submission of requirements and filling out of application forms are done from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. only, from Monday to Friday.

1. Two (2) copies of RECENT 2 x 2 colored or black and white photo with the applicant’s full name written at the back;
2. A certified true copy of grades (signed by the Principal or the Adviser) of the latest grading period (NOTE: A photocopy without the original signature of the Principal or the Adviser will not be honored.);
3. A copy of the annual BIR Income Tax Returns or W-2 of the latest year (2012) for both parents/ single parent;
4. A certification of “No fixed income” from the BIR, if one parent or both parents are not working;
5. A copy of the business tax of the latest year (2012) for those engaged in business;
6. A copy of the contract for OFW parents; and
7. A clear vicinity sketch or map of the applicant’s residence

E. Steps in the Application Process

1. The applicant, together with his/her parent, submits the following to the receiving clerks (Norren or Alice):

  1. complete documents;
  2. long folder; and
  3. fastener

Applicants who are not accompanied by his/her parent/parents will not be entertained.

2. The applicant fills out the HSAT Application Form.
3. A faculty member then a) checks if the application form is properly filled out, b) interviews the applicant, and c) interviews the accompanying parent/guardian.
4. The accompanying parent signs the sworn statement on the HSAT Application Form.

IMPORTANT: UP High School Cebu may refuse acceptance of incomplete documents or improperly filled out forms. Also, it reserves the right to perform a social investigation (SI), if needed, to verify the accuracy and veracity of the information submitted by the applicant.

F. Fees

An application fee of two hundred pesos (P200.00) must be paid by the applicant.

G. Coverage of the High School Admission Test (HSAT)
The HSAT is administered using the English language (except for the section on Filipino) and covers the following subjects:
1. Mental Ability
2. English
3. Filipino
4. Mathematics
5. Social Studies
6. Science

You may download a copy of this document here.

UP High School Cebu now accepts Grade 7 applicants [updated schedule]

February 27, 2014 – Last day for filing of HSAT application
February 28, 2014 – Giving out of test permits

Submission of requirements and filling out of application forms are done from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. only, from Monday to Friday

March 1, 2014 – HSAT (High School Admission Test)

Qualifications:

To qualify for the HSAT, an applicant must:

1. be an elementary school graduate by March 2014;
2. not have previously studied in another high school;
3. have an average grade of 85% or better in Math, Science, English/Reading, Civics/Social Studies, and Filipino subjects at the time of filing of application;
4. have a conduct grade of B or its equivalent; and
5. come from a family whose annual gross income is P250,000.00 or less.

Supporting Documents Required

1. Two (2) copies of RECENT 2 x 2 colored or black and white photo with the applicant’s full name written at the back;
2. A certified true copy of grades (signed by the Principal or the Adviser) of the latest grading period (NOTE: A photocopy without the original signature of the Principal or the Adviser will not be honored.);
3. A copy of the annual BIR Income Tax Returns or W-2 of the latest year (2012) for both parents/ single parent;
4. A certification of “No fixed income” from the BIR, if one parent or both parents are not working;
5. A copy of the business tax of the latest year (2012) for those engaged in business;
6. A copy of the contract for OFW parents; and
7. A clear vicinity sketch or map of the applicant’s residence

Steps in the Application Process

1. The applicant, together with his/her parent, submits the following to the receiving clerks (Norren or Alice):
a. complete documents;
b. long folder; and
c. fastener
Note: Applicants who are not accompanied by his/her parent/parents will not be entertained.
2. The applicant fills out the HSAT Application Form.
3. A faculty member then a) checks if the application form is properly filled out, b) interviews the applicant, and c) interviews the accompanying parent/guardian.
4. The accompanying parent signs the sworn statement on the HSAT Application Form.

IMPORTANT: UP High School Cebu may refuse acceptance of incomplete documents or improperly filled out forms. Also, it reserves the right to perform a social investigation (SI), if needed, to verify the accuracy and veracity of the information submitted by the applicant.

Fees

An application fee of two hundred pesos (P200.00) must be paid by the applicant.

Students learn using apps

High school students from the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) are learning their day to day lessons using android tablet applications.

The students received 40 android tablets worth P10,000 each as part of eUP, UP’s information, communication and technology project to improve teaching, research and public service.

Dr. Aurelio Vilbar, the high school principal earlier proposed the use of tablets for learning.

The devices were distributed in August, said instructor Kim Bondoc, UP High School physics instructor.

“While other teachers use it primarily for the student’s learning, I and Principal Aurelio Vilbar are using it for research,” said Bondoc, who is conducting research on science applications.

The students, Bondoc said have rated the use of the tablets on a scale of 1 to 5 with five as the highest.

“So far, the average rating is an estimated 4. Therefore, students are positive about the use of tabs for lessons,” Bondoc said.

He said his end goal is to enhance teaching and learning.

“They use technology and not the mere pen and paper in their classes,” he said.

Application

Social Science teacher Magnolia Laus is among the teachers who use tablets and the free application Google Earth for her map exercises.

“It is interesting to students because if you access Google Earth, it’s really attractive,” Laus said.

She also said that the three dimensional building feature makes it more valuable.

Students can also create an image of going to any place using the application, she said.

Feedback

But not all students are excited about using tablets.

Karl Bryan Vercede, a junior said he can better understand notes written on the board than on tabs.

“I can see the step by step explanation of the lesson… If there’s a lesson or quiz, the tab might be low on battery causing us to charge it,” Vercede said in Cebuano.

UP High School teachers will continue observing the effect of using tablets.

Contributed by by Carmen Jonahville Matarlo

*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.