The best of the best in science and mathematics, that is how graduates from Philippine Science High School are well known of.  Trained and mentored through a specialized curriculum by the premier science high school in the country, no doubt about it, they are indeed the cream of the crop.

Their students’ winnings in different international and local competitions, which undoubtedly brought honor and pride to the country, over the years, is just one proof of this claim.  To name a few of these international competitions are International Math Olympiad, International Junior Science Olympiad, International Physics Olympiad, International Chemistry Olympiad, ASEAN Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey, International Biology Olympiad, among others.

With an already advanced curriculum, this year’s first batch of graduates under the K to 12 program, hurdled additional two years of specialization program that best prepared them for college courses in STEM (science, engineering, technology and mathematics).  For this batch, there were a total of 1,041 graduates.

DOST-PSHS System Executive Director Lilia T. Habacon is pleased to announce the significant and inspiring achievements of the PSHS 2018 Graduates.

On the national level, PSHS – Main Campus again ranked first among high schools with 100 or more applicants (Category A) based on 2018 UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test) Mean T-Score.

For the rankings of the PSHS regional campuses among high schools with less than 100 applicants (Category B) based on UPCAT 2018 Mean T-Score, PSHS Central Luzon Campus (CLC) ranked first; Southern Mindanao Campus (SMC) came in 2nd; Ilocos Region Campus (IRC), 3rd; Bicol Region Campus (BRC), 4th; Cagayan Valley Campus (CVC), 5th; Eastern Visayas Campus (EVC), 6th; Western Visayas Campus (WVC), 7th; Cordillera Administrative Region Campus (CARC), 8th; Central Mindanao Campus (CMC), 9th; and Central Visayas Campus (CVisC), 10th.

Based on the report gathered from its 16 PSHS campuses nationwide, of the 1,043 scholars who took the UPCAT, 948 students or 91% passed the UPCAT and qualified for 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 different 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 scholarship from 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 and SM Scholarships, and Cebu Institute of Technology.

Internationally, 76 graduates qualified in the following universities:  in USA – 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 Massachusets, 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 United Kingdom – Durham University;  in Japan – Nagoya University, Okayama University, Osaka University, and Hokkaido University;  in Singapore – Yale-National University of Singapore;  in Hongkong – Hongkong Polytechnic University;  in Thailand – Chulalongkorn University;  in Abu Dhabi – New York University;  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.  Presently, it 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 (NCE) conducted every month of October.  This year, the NCE will be conducted on October 20, 2018.  Deadline of filing of application is on September 14, 2018.  Application forms can be downloaded at, and are available at DOST Regional and Provincial Offices and PSHS campuses nationwide.  Detailed information on NCE are available online.  (mcro)