Ateneo Senior High School will be co-ed in SY 2016-2017

March 13, 2015
Fr Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ

13 March 2015

Memo to         :           The University Community
Subject            :           Opening of the Senior High School in SY 2016-2017

I am pleased to inform you of a landmark decision. At its meeting on 7 February 2015, the Board of Trustees approved the opening of the Senior High School (SHS) in school year 2016-2017.

The creation of the SHS is a milestone in our ongoing K-12 Basic Education Reform program. This completes the planned restructuring of our basic education program into six years of grade school and six years of high school. By schoolyear 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).

Moreover, in school year 2016-2017, Ateneo de Manila will begin a senior high school that will be open to the incoming Ateneo grade 11 boys, plus 300 more students from other schools outside the Ateneo High School. The 300 additional new entrants, both boys and girls, will be chosen from public, parochial and select private schools all over the country. In view of our desire to provide quality education and leadership formation for those coming mainly from the public school system, 100 scholarship grants will be offered in the Senior High School to academically gifted but financially challenged students.

Application requirements and other information will be announced in due time and posted on the Ateneo website (

Hundreds of boys and girls from Jesuit schools all over the country were participants in the first ever  Ignatian Youth Camp, which was hosted by the Ateneo de Manila High School in January 2015.

The co-ed nature of the Senior High School is part of preparation for college. I would like to assure the community, including our alumni, that the Ateneo Grade School and the Junior High School remain to be exclusive schools for boys.

Let us continue to pray to God for the grace of openness and courage as we make these crossings in our shared vocation to form our youth, the future of our nation and of the world.

ad majorem Dei gloriam,
Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ