The Ateneo de Manila University’s Senior High School (SHS) will now be accepting female students for next year’s academic school year 2016-2017.
In a statement last Friday, Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, said that Ateneo’s SHS will be open to current Ateneo grade 11 boys, as well as 300 more students, both boys and girls, from other schools.
“The 300 additional new entrants, both boys and girls, will be chosen from public, parochial and select private schools all over the country,” wrote Villarin.
“The co-ed nature of the Senior High School is part of [the] preparation for college,” he added.
Villarin also stated in his statement that the Ateneo Grade School and Junior High School will continue to remain exclusive for boys.
Out of the 300 students, 100 scholarship grants will be offered to “academically gifted but financially challenged” students accepted into the Ateneo SHS.
The changes are in accordance with the K-to-12 Program of the Department of Education, in which two more years are added to high school.
To clarify Ateneo’s restructured education program, Villarin said that, “By school year 2016-17, the Ateneo High School will then be composed of four years of junior high school (grades 7 to 10) and two years of senior high school (grades 11 to 12).”