The best of the best in science and mathematics. That is how graduates from Philippine Science High School (PSHS) are well known of.
Trained and mentored through a specialized curriculum by the premier science high school in the country, there is no doubt they are indeed the cream of the crop.
The PSHS students’ winnings in different international and local competitions, which undoubtedly brought honor and pride to the country over the years, were just one proof of this claim.
To name a few of these international competitions, they include the International Math Olympiad, International Junior Science Olympiad, International Physics Olympiad, International Chemistry Olympiad, Asean Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey and the International Biology Olympiad, among others.
With an already advanced curriculum, this year’s first batch of graduates under the K to12 program hurdled additional two years of specialized program that best prepared them for college courses in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
For this batch, there were a total of 1,041 graduates.
DOST-PSHS System Executive Director Lilia T. Habacon announced the significant and inspiring achievements of the PSHS 2018 graduates.
On the national level, the PSHS-Main Campus again ranked first among high schools with 100 or more applicants (Category A) based on 2018 University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) mean t-score.
In the rankings of the PSHS regional campuses, the PSHS Central Luzon Campus (CLC) ranked first among high schools with less than 100 applicants (Category B) based on UPCAT 2018 mean t-score; Southern Mindanao Campus (SMC) came in second; Ilocos Region Campus (IRC), third; Bicol Region Campus (BRC), fourth; Cagayan Valley Campus (CVC), fifth; Eastern Visayas Campus (EVC), sixth; Western Visayas Campus (WVC), seventh; Cordillera Administrative Region Campus (CARC), eighth; Central Mindanao Campus (CMC), ninth; and Central Visayas Campus (CVisC), 10th.
Based on reports from 16 PSHS campuses nationwide, of the 1,043 scholars who took the UPCAT, 948 students, or 91 percent, passed the UPCAT and qualified to study in the University of the Philippines (UP) in any of its campuses in Diliman, Los Baños and Manila.
Likewise, among those who applied in other reputable universities, 482 graduates qualified for Ateneo University in its campuses in Manila, Naga, Davao, Zamboanga and Cagayan; and 342 for De La Salle University (DLSU).
Likewise, among those who applied for various scholarships, 895 graduates obtained scholarships from the DOST, 209 (still counting) from UP System, 20 from DLSU, 112 from Ateneo, and 35 from other institutions like De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, SM Scholarships and Cebu Institute of Technology.
Internationally, 76 graduates qualified in the following universities: United States-Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Darthmouth College, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hofstra University, John Hopkins University, Michigan State University, New York University, Notre Dame University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, Quinnipiac University, Seton Hall University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of California, University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, University of Massachusetts, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Bringham Young University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Washington, Fordham University, University of Denver and Loyola Marymount University;
In Australia—University of Sydney, Queensland University, Western Sydney University, Bond University and Queensland University of Technology;
In Canada—University of Manitoba, and University of Toronto Mississauga; in Germany—Jacobs University Bremen;
In New Zealand—Otago University; in the United Kingdom—Durham University; in Japan—Nagoya University, Okayama University, Osaka University and Hokkaido University;
In Singapore—Yale-National University of Singapore; in Hong Kong—Hongkong Polytechnic University; in Thailand—Chulalongkorn University;
In Abu Dhabi—New York University; and in Korea—Yonsei University-Underwood International College.
Out of the 75 qualifiers for foreign education, 52 came from the PSHS-MC, 17 from the PSHS-SMC, two each from PSHS-CVC and PSHS-WVC; and one each from PSHS-CLC and PSHS-BRC.
The PSHS System is a specialized public high school system that operates as an attached agency of the DOST. It currently has 16 campuses nationwide. It offers scholarships to Filipino students who have high aptitude in science and mathematics.
Admission to the PSHS is by competitive examination known as the National Competitive Examination conducted every October.
This year, the NCE will be conducted on October 20. Deadline of filing of application is on September 14. Application forms can be downloaded at www.pshs.edu.ph, and are available at DOST Regional and Provincial Offices and PSHS campuses nationwide.