There are a lot of things in life that come in handy sets of two. The philosophy of yin and yang, the moral absolutes of good and evil and the concepts of light and darkness, heat and cold are good examples of this principle at work.
Interestingly enough, one science high school also comes in a dual package. Marikina Science High School, also known affectionately as Marisci, is subdivided into a main building and an annex. Likewise, its application process also incorporates the magic number two. We’ll take a closer look at it in this article.
Standard Issue Screening
The screening process is rather straightforward. It consists of a two-step process involving a written exam and an oral exam (their term for the standard issue face-to-face interview). The first step will test the applicants’ academic proficiency; the second step will gauge how well the students can express themselves when they are placed on the hot seat.
Whenever you apply at a science high school, it is highly recommended that you keep a close eye on your grade school grades, especially in such subjects as Mathematics, Science and English. These are the subjects of interest, though they are by no means the only things that the school will scrutinize.
MariSci’s academic standards for applicants are very similar to those of its fellow schools—it is required that all applicants maintain a minimum average of 85 (or its equivalent) in the three aforementioned subjects, with no grade lower than 80 in all the others.
Applicants must also submit the following:
- Proof of Markina City residency
- Proof of billing (water/electric bills, etc.)
- Postal ID
- Driver’s ID
- Voter’s ID
- A photocopy of Form 138 (the grade school report card)
They will receive the application form after turning everything in.
Application Timetable Lowdown
Like its contemporaries, MariSci’s application process for school year 2010-2011 will begin in the latter quarter of 2010—in November, to be precise. This is when the school will release flyers containing all the information you need to know (dates to remember, requirements, etc.)
When I first got in touch with the school, I was told that the estimated final deadline period for submitting all the necessary documents would fall on the first week of January 2011. The school’s written entrance exam was tentatively set on the first Saturday of that month.
This means that the exam results may be out by the third or fourth week of January 2011. The interview in early February 2011 will follow, the results of which may be revealed around the third week of that same month. After that, all that’s left is to wait for the enrolment period in April 2011.
These may no longer apply in the light of new developments, so please check with the school registrar whose contact details I have listed below.
Sources have informed me that the complete details of the final application schedule should be available by middle to late October 2010. To inquire, simply call the MariSci Registrar’s Office (02) 647-4262 and ask for Miss Nancy Suegay. You may also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who prefer the classic face-to-face inquiries, the Admissions Office is located in the main building of the school, which is itself situated along Mayor Juan Chanyungco Street, Santa Elena, Marikina City (near the city hall). The annex building lies along Panama Street, Greenheights Subdivision, Concepcion Uno.
For more info, please refer to the following: Marikina Science HighSchool Admissions Primer
Ms. Nancy Suegay of the Marikina Science High School Admissions Office