Chances are, you’re familiar with this process: you pay the fee, fill out the application form at the high school of your choice, send in the proper documents, take the test, and then cross your fingers and await the results.
Still, there are some schools who have modified the general custom somewhat. One such example is that of the University of the Philippines’ Integrated School (henceforth referred to as UPIS). Allow me to show you why this is the case.
The UPIS Application System
The UPIS school system is the U.P. College of Education’s lab school, so it understandably differs from that of other schools. For one thing, you are normally not allowed to apply for the high school straight away.
In fact, you’d better start off (literally) early because the only allowed entry point is the kindergarten level. Sorry, UP High School hopefuls, but you’ll need to be patient with this one.
Note that I said “normally”—there are exceptions even to this exception. For example, lateral entrants may be accepted if they’re children of returning U.P. staff members. There was also a special case last February wherein the UPIS accepted fourteen high school freshmen.
Thing is, this was only done to fill in some vacant slots left by students who chose to enroll in other schools, as well as to recruit more varsity players for the UPIS basketball team.
UPIS Application Requirements
With such a system, you may be thinking that the application process is just as stringent for the kindergarteners. Well, you’re right: student hopefuls will be ranked according to their performance on a mental ability test, and the school will only select the top one hundred test takers. Take note that sixty of these one hundred kids will be progeny of U.P. personnel.
There are other requirements, besides: the child must be within the five-and-a-half to six-and-a-half-year-old range by enrollment time. They shouldn’t be previous UPIS test takers, either.
The school’s application form will specify what other things you’ll need to submit, if any. As of last year, the fee was set at three hundred fifty pesos.
UPIS Important Dates
January-February 2010: estimated application period for school year 2010-2011
March/April 2010: estimated entrance exam period for school year 2010-2011
May 2010: estimated release of entrance test results school year 2010-2011
As of the time of this article’s writing, the UPIS Admissions Office has no specific dates for school year 2010-2011 yet, only approximations. The folks have informed me that the exact dates of testing will only be determined upon the student’s application to the school, so it’s a good idea to check back with them often.
[***Important update: Please find the schedule of the 2010 UPKAT at the post, UPIS Important Dates for 2010.]
There’s a lot more to the UPIS than what I’ve mentioned here. If you have more questions about the institution and its unique system, schedule or application process, feel free to visit the official website for more information.
Alternatively, you may also call the school at 9297797. If you absolutely must talk to the school folks in person, though, just drop by the campus along Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.