FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

Will any SHS subject in APC be credited to college?

Currently, there are no guidelines provided by CHED and DepED regarding crediting Senior High School (SHS) subjects to college subjects. Most college programs also do not have new approved curriculum, with the exception of IT which will be implemented in 2018. APC SHS however has already prepared possible crediting but we still have to wait for the guidelines coming from CHED and DepEd; if there will be crediting, re-enrollment will be under a CHED/DepEd guideline. As far as we know, GE subjects cannot be credited.

For APC, using its right to Academic Freedom, its SHS specializations are designed in such a way that certain subjects could be credited for college, although not 1:1 crediting. This will be decided within the School level e.g. SoCIT, SoE, SoM, and SoMA. A student’s performance in the subject, course & degree program to be enrolled in, and the over-all behavior are subject to the School’s evaluation.

What happens to students in APC after Gr. 12?

APC designed its Senior High School Program in such a way that students have two (2) exit points: either the student goes to college to finish a degree or go to work. Also, the APC Career & Placement Office assists in endorsing graduates to APC’s industry partners for work.

Is the APC SHS Program at par with other institutions?

Applying all the best practices in the College, including maintaining strong partnerships with various industries where the SHS graduate could apply in, the APC SHS Program is not just at par with other academic institutions offering Grades 11 & 12 but also offers more windows of opportunity. Built by industry stalwarts SM and IBM, APC is a Microsoft Showcase School which means all its graduates receive the benefits of APC’s formal academic partnership with IT giant, Microsoft. APC started offering SHS in 2012 and graduated students are already hired in various industry partners.

How long should SHS subjects be?

APC follows DepEd’s prescribed number of hours per subject. Each subject requires 80 hours of classroom instruction per term. APC reviewed the distribution of subjects across six (6) academic terms, as well as the start and end of classes.

What student activities & organizations can students participate in?

SHS and college students are encouraged to join one to three (1-3) student organizations. These provide them opportunities to develop various skills holistically. Among these organizations are Dance Company, Strings, Teatro Fileo, and Speaks. SHS students are also welcome to join RAMPage, APC’s official paper publication. Activities such as College week and School week are among those that students can participate in. Students are encouraged, and are given equal opportunity, to participate in many and different co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in and outside APC.

Are there enough qualified teachers for the SHS classes?

APC ensures that every class is handled by a qualified & competent teacher. Teachers handle only subjects that are in their field of expertise. A substitute teacher takes charge of the class in the absence of the subject teacher.

What reference books or SHS Textbooks can students use?

APC maximizes its use of electronic tools in the classroom e.g. Microsoft OneNote. References are available in the library. Teachers provide notes via OneNote and email. Other reference materials such as session guides and online resources are also made available and accessible to students.

What is APC’s Grading System?

The APC Grading System for both SHS and College can be found in the Student’s Handbook.
Click this link. The Senior HS grading system follows the one's prescribed by DepEd. Since we are trimestral so you will expect grades every term so thrice a year. We will stick to Mid-term and Finals. Every term subjects will be different.

Are you going to offer scholarship to deserving Gr. 12 student next year

As of now, there is no scholarship offering for Grade 12

Teaching methods must be effective to the students especially the ones who are slow learners, teachers need to guide them if they really understand and learn throughout the lessons without any pressure

The teaching methods used in Senior HS follow APC's Outcome-based education and Project-based learning. Teachers' discussion encourages and elicits student's participation; students are exposed to several group/team dynamics which are usually collaborative in nature; Practical and hands-on applications are implemented especially in subjects that highly require technical skills (e.g. contextualized/applied subjects, Sciences, and Oral communication); students' learning outputs such as projects, proposals, research and presentations are common other than the usual paper-pencil learning activities

Our teachers possess patience and industry when it comes to the students. Due considerations are also duly implemented. We understand that every learner has a different learning style so we also diversify teaching strategies where your chiildren can possibly learn best.

School policy / Attendance

Policy on Dress Code, violations and on tardiness and absences are highlighted in the program. Details of school policies and guidelines are discussed in the Students' Handbook

Excessive absences may result to a failing grade which autpmatically require repeat of the subject
Absences with valid reasons (sickness, death in the family) can be considered excused upon submission of an excuse letter stating the reason for absence.

Dismissal during home room and other subject, difficult for the students to take a ride in going home

Homeroom is only once a week 30-minute session which makes the dismissal time to 2:30PM for STEM and 3:30PM for ABM. The latest dismissal for STEM on some days is 3:30PM while 4:30PM for ABM.
On days with this dismissal time, students may be advised to go home right away to avoid difficulty in taking a ride home.

The class schedule is already adjusted to make the dismissal time earliest possible without compromising the required number of hours for every subject.

When we enrolled/reserved we signed up for Multimedia Arts only to be told on May 31 that it was dissolved so we had no choice but to go for it. So I do hope that you can consider opening it for 2nd sem and Grade 12.

As of now there is only one section of Multi media Arts still with 36 students. The only chance that those few students  to get to that section is when a slot is vacated (e.g. student drops, transfers, shift course). Other than this, it's the management's decision that will be followed.

Continuous class the whole morning (7am-11:30am for Grade 11) - suggest to have at least 15-30 minutes break

The official time of 1.5 hours per session already includes 5-10 minute break. Teachers moderate the class and provide necessary breaks before the start of the nxt class or in between sessions. 

Availability of required books (where to avail/buy in case not able to buy on suggested dates)

We have scheduled a book fair with publishing companies. There are some books available in the bookstore but mostly are sold directly by the publishers.

Periodical examination

The periodical examinations in Senior HS are called midterm and final exams. In a semestral calendar, it's called quarterly exams. Since we are on trimestral, we call it Midterm and Final Exam. Midterm exam is given half-way the term (7th week) and final exam is given on the last week of the term. In the grading system, these major exams make up 25-30% of the student's final grade.

Top ten students(is it per class or by year level)

Top performing students are given recognition every end of the year per strand. Overall top performing students will be recognized during graduation

Wearing of PE uniform during PE class only

P.E. Uniform is to be worn only during P.E. time. Once P.E. is over, they have to change their clothes back to the prescribed clothing.

Prices of food at cafeteria (it should be Lesser like budget meal for the student)

APC Management enforces price regulations on concessionaires, while maintaining the quality and variety of food.

How we keep in touch with you to get feedback about student progress

At any time during the term, parents can keep in touch with the advisers and subject teachers via appointment preferably after the regular class hours, 3:30 to 5:00PM, Monday to Friday. For immediate concerns, you can also reach us through the APC trunkline (flash the APC Contact number). Every end of the term, the Report Card of the students will also be released to the parents on schedule. It also serves as a venue for parents and teachers to discuss the students' performance and behavior in class.

Are you going to offer scholarship to deserving Gr. 12 student next year

As of now, there is no scholarship offering for Grade 12.

School protocol on progress report or report card of students

Midterm grades are released online to both parents and students. Students are provided with their own online account where they can access their grades. Midterm grades are released to parents via texts and/or email.
Final grades for every term are reflected and printed on the Report Card. Report cards are released to parents on schedule.

Where can we get a copy of the Calendar of Activities?

The Collegiate Calendar for each school year and for every term is posted on the APC website. Click this link.
A copy of the SHS Calendar is also posted on the website through this link.

How can parents & guardians be updated about students’ performance?

Each class has an assigned Class Adviser whom parents & guardians could check with regarding their children’s academic performance. The APC SHS program, like the College, follows a trimestral calendar. Each student gets a mid-term grade on the 8th week of the term and a final grade at the end of every term. Midterm grades will be sent to parents via email while final grades will be given to the parents in print during grades distribution. Special cases would be communicated directly to the parents through the class advisers.

Where can we view students’ grades?

Both college and SHS parents receive notice of grades via SMS and may view details of students’ grades on the APC website. Click this link.

How do we know if our students are always attending and not cutting classes?

Teachers and class advisers are closely monitoring the attendance of the students. Regulated lunch breaks and dismissal are implemented to ensure that the students are attending their classes and prevent students from cutting classes. The Discipline and the Guidance Offices also help in monitoring the students’ behavior.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Scholarship grants (for College)

All scholarship grants in the college will be open to APC Senior HS graduates. The list of subsidies and scholarships can be found in the Student Handbook and APC website. You can also inquire at the Admissions Office anytime during ofice hours.

How much does the SHS tuition cost?

SHS costs Php50, 000 per school year. This is half of the average APC college tuition, and scholarship is already included/built in. (Tuition is subject to change without prior notice)

Are there available scholarships in APC?

APC does not offer merit scholarships; only financial assistance. SHS students are guaranteed college admission in APC with the same financial aid given in SHS e.g. students from public schools are given public school subsidy when they finish SHS and go to college in APC.

Is the use of vouchers from DepEd extended until the completion of Gr. 12?

DepEd’s voucher program covers the 2-year SHS Grades 11 & 12. All Grade 10 completers from public high school and ESC private high schools of 2016 are automatically granted with a voucher. Other grantees were granted by DepEd directly via online application. The 2-year voucher program only applies to grantees who pursue and finish SHS in two (2) consecutive years.

APC SUPPORT SERVICES

Can APC provide a Shuttle Service beyond Magallanes?

APC allotted a day in May 2016 for parents/guardians to sign-up with an APC-accredited School Service Operator. However, since the required number was not met, it did not materialize. But with more interested parents and guardians, APC is willing to reschedule the activity for parents to sign up. APC, however, waives its accountability as to any arrangement between the operator and the parents/guardians.

Following is the School Service Company which was accredited by APC last summer.

High Level Transport Corporation
Contact Person: Zenaida "Zeny" San Pedro
Contact Nos.: 0921 4864228 / 0922 8694214 / 475-6293 / 842-1815

How secure, safe, and prepared is APC for disasters?

APC has very secured premises. A closed circuit television (CCTV) system is operational within the College building and its immediate perimeter. Security is 24 hours, 7 days a week, as well. The Building Administrator is in touch with security all day, all week. APC also has a special arrangement with Barangay Magallanes in terms of roving Makati Policemen and roving village guards along Lapu-Lapu and Humabon Streets.

Regular fire drill/earthquake drill, security and contingency plan in case of untoward incident

APC has very secured premises. A closed circuit television (CCTV) system is operational within the College building and its immediate perimeter. Security is 24 hours, 7 days a week, as well. The Building Administrator is in touch with security all day, all week. APC also has a special arrangement with Barangay Magallanes in terms of roving Makati Policemen and roving village guards along Lapu-Lapu and Humabon Streets.

APC security is in the school premises 24/7. The Building Administrator also looks after the maintenance of the facilities and conducts fire and earthquake drills regularly. APC actively participates in metro-wide/nationwide disaster preparations, being a member of the Magallanes community.

New asphalt/cement road infront of APC/strong>

Humabon side parking lot is owned by Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI), which the Magallanes community (APC being part of it) uses for free. Negotiations with ALI for APC to use and maintain the parking lot (a usufruct agreement) is ongoing.

Where can students & guests park?

APC community members may use the three (3) - level basement parking and Humabon side parking.

Can the potholes along Humabon Place be repaired?

Humabon side parking lot is owned by Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI), which the Magallanes community (APC being part of it) uses for free. Negotiations with ALI for APC to use and maintain the parking lot (a usufruct agreement) is ongoing.

Are the meals in the APC Cafeteria not too pricey?

APC Management enforces price regulations on concessionaires, while maintaining the quality and variety of food.

Can the APC Cafeteria accommodate all the students during their lunch break?

Differentiated lunch breaks are designed to accommodate all the students’ lunch breaks. Marshals are also deployed to regulate the overstaying students in the cafeteria during lunch breaks.

Can APC students have a uniform to lessen clothing expenses?

APC, being a bridge of the academe and the industry, teaches its students early on to learn and have a sense of professionalism, starting with the clothes they wear. It enforces a strict Corporate Attire policy from Mondays thru Thursdays. Students may dress casually on Fridays & Saturdays. They need not spend on expensive clothing but are encouraged & taught to invest in quality business clothes that they may still use during their internship and on their first few years of employment.

Can APC classrooms accommodate all its students?

APC has enough classrooms for all its students. Most classrooms have standard-sized chairs and desks while some have standard armchairs.

Are the student lockers safe?

Each APC student is assigned a locker all throughout their stay in APC. Students have to provide their own padlock and are accountable for the contents of the locker assigned to them. CCTVs are in operation 24/7 in the corridors where lockers are situated.

Can a shuttle service waiting shed be provided by APC in Lapu-Lapu?

This may be considered and planned out.

My kid claims that there is not enough seats at the cafeteria, what do you plan about addressing this?

Aside from the two lunch schedules, we are planning a different seating arrangement by providing smaller tables to accommodate more students especially during lunch break.

What are your guidelines on the use of your APC shuttle service?

Please refer to the shuttle bus guidelines on this link

Is it possible to allow a “pass through” at Pasay City South High School (PCSHS) instead of passing by the side of the Villamor Air Base?

We will have to ask PCSHS as they are one of our feeder schools as well as the barangay.

How do you manage the security within the college?

Within the area, we have close coordination with Barangay Magallanes and police detachment; they do their rounds twice a day, morning and afternoon. We also have 12 security guards during daytime, plus a very efficient CCTV system in place.

Is it possible to assign a security personnel along the road to Villamor?

As much as we want to, this area is beyond the area of APC but we can coordinate this concern with the barangay.

Will a car pool arrangement be possible or a school bus service if they are APC accredited?

It is possible to reopen discussions made previously with service operators, contact details can be provided to parents who would want to initiate and firm up a mutual agreement with them directly.

DISCIPLINE

Child protection committee (CPC) policies and guidelines

Our school is a small community that is very manageable in terms of monitoring. We have roving guards in to ensure that students are safe on campus without any chance of harm. If there are complaints of being wrongfully treated, we immediately do whatever it takes to protect our students to the best of our ability.

Disciplinary procedure

Students undergo interviews with the Guidance Counselors to identify any problem/concern with regard to family, interpersonal relationships and academics. Students are also welcome to approach the guidance counselor anytime. For minor offenses, we call for the students to resolve the issue right away.

For major offenses, we call for the student to accomplish disciplinary inquiry form to file a report, if the student is a minor, we call for the parents, explain the nature of the offense, its sanction, and implement it. This is found within the Student Handbook.

Bullying and threatening/strong>

We take it seriously in APC. As a matter of fact, we only have two chances of committing such and the student will be expelled. We are proactive on acting with cases of this nature that's why the number of cases is very minimal like two or three cases only in the entire year. Also, we make sure that the students are to serve the sanction they are given right away.

Inform the parents any irregular doing/activities of the concerned student ( Informing the parents of wrongdoing)

Part of our protocol is to inform the students' parents right away of any wrong doing and irregular activities their children are engaged in. We do not tolerate such incidents.

GMRC, self responsibilities, vices and gambling, peer pressure - values formation

Although GMRC is not part of the curriculum, it is integrated in all subjects. Teachers are to inculcate values to the students. We have seminars and special sessions that discuss matters like this for the entire academic year.

Uniforms for student

APC, being a bridge of the academe and the industry, teaches its students early on to learn and have a sense of professionalism, starting with the clothes they wear. It enforces a strict Corporate Attire policy from Mondays thru Thursdays. Students may dress casually on Fridays & Saturdays. They need not spend on expensive clothing but are encouraged & taught to invest in quality business clothes that they may still use during their internship and on their first few years of employment.

IMMERSION

Preparing future APC graduate professionals

The External Relations Unit (ERU) is in charge of identifying, managing and strengthening APC’s partnership with more than 200 industry partners. Vast and equal career opportunities for all APCians are available because of this. The Alumni Office and the Career and Placement Office, both under the ERU, work hand-in-hand in posting job ads and ensuring that graduates are aware of company vacancies that are suitable to interns and graduates. Job ads are regularly posted on several media sites: APC website, APC Facebook Page, and APC Twitter Account.

Prior to graduation, the Internship Office oversees placement of students within APC's industry partners, giving additional competitive edge to all APC students in terms of marketability and employability, even prior to graduation.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES OFFICE

Events for Senior High School (field trips, dance, contests, etc.)

Dep Ed Memo No. 47 Moratorium on DepEd Educational Field Trips and Other Similar Activities