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K-12 Challenge & the SHS

 

Responding to the government’s mandate of an expanded basic education program, the school began preparations for the transition to the new curriculum.  A task force on Senior High was created by Rev. Fr. Anselm M. Manalastas, OSB in school year 2013-2014 composed of selected administrators and faculty  headed by Prof. Shirley Padua and later succeeded by Dr. Abraham de Castro, IBED Principal.

In April 2016, the Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Senior High School Department as a separate unit from the IBED (K-10) department.   The move was in line with the strategic thrust to position our SHS as a college preparatory program and align it with the course offerings of the CAS.

Dom Clement Ma. H. Roque, OSB, Rector-President led the ground-breaking of the SHS building, the Our Lady of Montserrat Hall on May 14, 2016 together with the distinguished members of the Board of Trustees.   Rev. Fr. Aelred Nilo, OSB, VP Finance & Services took charge of the building project which will be completed and operational by school year 2017-2018.  In the meantime, the monks built a temporary building for the grade 11 students by converting a portion of a covered court which by itself is an engineering feat using the latest building technology.  Additional classrooms and facilities were provided by the CAS and the IBED.

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Heading the new department in this pioneering endeavor is Prof Luisito Padolina as Principal.    The new department formally welcomed its 762 grade 11 students last June 13, 2016.  They were grouped according to their chosen academic strands comprising of 9 STEM sections, 5 ABM, 5 HUMSS, and 1 GAS section.  The teaching roster of 45 full time and part time faculty members came mostly from the college level and the rest from comparator private junior high schools.

With a rich tradition and its Benedictine roots, the SHS is also drawing its strength from the DNA of its IBED and CAS siblings.

 

Today and Beyond

San Beda College Alabang continues to uphold the Benedictine tradition of excellence. Despite its tertiary department’s young age, it has already produced topnotchers in the CPA Board Examinations both in 2005 and 2014. The School of Law has already produced a graduate that landed in the top 10 of the 2011 Bar Examinations. In 2015, the  San Beda College Alabang School of Law was named by the Legal Education Board as one of the top 10 law schools of the Philippines.

The Benedictine education encourages all students to live the life promotes both individual and communal growth with consciousness towards their role to be stewards of creation—indeed, a College in the Lord’s service.

 

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