Regional Science High School Union

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Regional Science High School</big>
Established 1994
School type Public
Number of Campuses
(as of 2006)
17 (one per region)
Population (as of 2005) RSHS 1- 295
RSHS 2- 343
RSHS 3- 483
RSHS 4a- 494
RSHS 4b- n/a
RSHS 5- 270
RSHS 6- 726
RSHS 7- 488
RSHS 8- 126
RSHS 9- n/a
RSHS 10- n/a
RSHS 11- n/a
RSHS 12- 245
NCR RSHS- 1045
TOTAL 5178+x
Ranking 1 (1999)- RSHS NCR(47 (1999)- RSHS Region 1
1 (2000)- RSHS Region 3
27(2000) RSHS Region 1
10 (2004)-RSHS Region 1
1 (2005)- RSHS CARAGA
2 (2005)- RSHS Region 1
5 (2006)- RSHS CARAGA

Regional Science High School Union (RSHS-Union)- is a specialized system of public secondary schools in the Philippines, established during the 1994-1995 school year. It is operated and supervised by the Department of Education, with a curriculum heavily focusing on math and science.

In the past ten years since its creation, RSHS has developed a worldwide reputation as one of the best high schools in the Philippines, public or private. It attracts an intellectually gifted blend of culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse students.

Almost 80%of RSHS graduates go on to four-year colleges; many attend University of the Philippines and other highly selective colleges and universities.



Regional Science High School was established during the school year 1994-1995 by virtue of DECS Order No. 69,series.1993. RSHS-Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Bicol and Cordillera were among the eleven RSHSs instituted during that year.

During the School year 1999-2000,Quezon City Science High School, Science Development National High School (SDNHS), was converted to RSHS for NCR and Western Visayas, respectively by virtue of DECS Order No. 58, series 1999 in consonance with R.A. 8496 (An Act to Establish the Philippine Science High School System and Providing Funds Therefore).

On October 3, 2002, Gusa National High School (RSHS-annex), Gov. Leopoldo Lopez Memorial Science High School and Alabel National Science High School, was identified as RSHS for Regions X, XI and XII, respectively, pursuant to Dep. Ed order no. 48 s. 2002.

On November 3, 2004, Bansud National High School, in Oriental Mindoro, was conferred as RSHS for Region IV-B (MIMARO), by virtue of Dep. Ed. order no. 60 s. 2004, making it the 17th RSHS.


Location of Regional Science High Schools

Regional Science High School Union comprises 17 campuses nationwide. RSHS's are formerly annex of public secondary schools, while some are already established as specialized science high school prior to establishment of RSHS in 1994.

Below is the a list of RSHS's and their mother school or former name.


Currently, there is no unified logo for Regional Science High Schools. Each RSHSs has its own logo.

Admission and Retention

Main article: RSHS Guidelines

Admission to RSHS

Students who belong to the upper 10% of the Grade VI graduating class and who have been recommended by their respective principals are qualified to take the entrance examination.

Selection will be done in three stages and is conducted by the school. The first stage is the administration of standardized mental ability and aptitude test. The student applicant must belong to the 40 percent of the first stage of examination in order to advance to the second stage.

The second stage is the proficiency test in Science, English, and Mathematics. The stage qualifier should obtain at least 75 percent proficiency level in order to advance to the last stage of the selection process.

The last stage is the interview of the student and parents. It would be conducted by the RSHS screening committee. The interview shall be rated in accordance with a prepared rubric and shall be an integral part of the score obtained by the student.


A student should obtain a final average grade of at least 85% in English, Mathematics and Science, with no grade lower than 80% in any of these subjects, in any grading period, and a final grade of 83% in the rest of the subjects. If the Student failed to meet the latter grade requirement will put him or her in probation for a period of one year.

There were plans before of increasing the cut-off grade in Science, Math, and English subjects from 85% to 88% and the rest of the subjects from 83% to 85%, however this wasn't implemented due to some circumstances.


Only students who have maintained the grade requirement set for RSHS shall be allowed to transfer laterally, that is, from one RSHS to another.Transfer from general high school to the RSHS is not allowed in any school year.



Regional Science High Schools implements a curriculum which is different from Regular High Schools (which uses RBEC curriculum), Science High Schools other than RSHS(which uses ESEP curriculum) in the Philippines and Philippine Science High School(which implements curriculum prescribed by DOST).

The curriculum consists of four levels, which is two years of general studies, followed by two years of a student-chosen major. Students apply for majors in sophomore year, and take four semesters of major classes throughout junior and senior year.

The school offers a highly accelerated curriculum for math,science and information and communications technology and a custom-made curriculum tailored for the school in the areas of the English & Filipino language,Social Studies, and humanities, with required courses and a wide selection of electives. Students have an opportunity to do independent research, and many compete in the annual Intel Science Fair.

The basic science courses includes earth & environmental sciences,astronomy, biology, chemistry, and physics. First year students tackles astronomy and earth science. Biology, Chemistry and Physics is introduced during second year. Sophomores tackles the areas of botany, inorganic chemistry, and mechanics. Zoology, organic chemistry, thermodynamics and geology is being studied by juniors. Seniors have human biology, analytical chemistry and electricity, electronics, electromagnetics, and vectors, and environmental science.

In mathematics, students takes up elementary mathematics, elementary and intermediate algebra, plane and solid geometry, and probability and statistics during freshman. Linear algebra, analytic geometry, plane and spherical trigonometry, and statistics in research were taken during sophomore. Differential and integral calculus and Differential equations, and Advanced Statistics are learned by juniors. Seniors tackles advanced topics in mathematics.

Students takes a four year English course. Grammar and composition is tackled by freshmen and sophomores, while journalism, and speech and drama are included in the junior and senior course respectively. Technical writing is also included in the freshmen English course. Philippine literature, Asian Literature, World Literature, and Contemporary literature are taught during freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years, respectively.

Information and communications technology (ICT) is also a part of the curriculum. Freshmans, learns about computer fundamentals, digital design, and programming. Sophomores undergoes a computer programming and applications course. Digital signal processing is learned by juniors. Data communication and networking is a part of the senior year.

Four years of Filipino language and literature are required. Sining ng Pakikipagtalastasan (communication arts) courses are studied by freshman and sophomores. Juniors tackles, pagbasa ata pagsulat sa ibat ibang disiplina (reading and writing in different disciplines) while seniors learns about retorika (rhetoric). Included in their panatikan (literature) course are Ibong Adarna, Florante at Laura, Noli Me Tangere, and El Filibusterismo, which are tackled during freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years, respectively.

Social studies and History classes are required. Philippine History, Asian History,World History, and Life of Jose Rizal are taken up by freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, respectively. Sociology, geography, economics, and political science are learned during freshman, sophomore, junior and senior, respectively.

Health and Physical Education courses are also required, with many activities to choose from.

Music Arts, PE, Health (MAPEH)

MAPEH subject is considered as an elective course. A student can freely choose among these four disciplines (Music, Arts, PE, Health) to study.

Academic Programme

Science 1-
Physical Sciences
3 Biology 1-
Botany and Zoology
5 Biology 3-
5 Biology 4-
Human Biology
Science 2-
Earth and Environmental Science with Ecology
3 Chemistry 1-
Organic Chemistry
5 Chemistry 2-
Analytical Chemistry
5 Chemistry 3-
Physical Chemistry
Math 1-
Business Mathematics and Probabilities
3 Physics 1-
Mechanics and Thermodynamics
5 Physics 2-
Electricity, Electronics, and Electromagnetics
5 Physics 3-
Basic Communications and Optics
Math 2a-
Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
5 Math 5-
5 Math 6-
Advanced Mathematics
5 Math 8-
Math 3-
Geometry (Plane, Solid, Analytic)
5 Statistics 2-
Inferential Statistics
3 Math 7-
5 English 4-
Play Production
Math 4-
2 English 2-
Business Communications and Journalism
5 English 3-
Public Speaking, Argumentation and Debate
3 Literature 2-
English 1-
Grammar and Composition and Developmental Reading
5 Math 2b-
Linear Algebra
3 Literature1-
Classical,Modern and Contemporary Literature
1 ICT 4-
Data Communications and Networking
Research 1-
Technical Writing
3 ICT 2-
Computer Programming and Applications
3 ICT 3-
Digital Signal Processing
3 Research 3-
Investigatory Project
ICT 1-
Computer Fundamentals, and Programming
3 Research 2-
Principles of Science& Technology Research
2 Research 3-
Experimental Science & Technology Research
2 Filipino 4-
Panitikang Pilipino
Statisctics 1-
Elementary Statistics
3 Filipino 2-
Pagbasa at Pagsulat sa Iba't Ibang Disiplina
3 Filipino 3-
3 History 4-
Life of Rizal
History 1 -
Philippine History
3 History 2-
Asian Civilization
3 History 3-
World History
3 Social 4-
Political Science
Filipino 1-
Sining ng Pakikipagtalastasan
3 Social 2-
- Social 3-
3 Music, Arts, PE, Health 3
Music, Arts, PE, Health 3 Music, Arts, PE, Health 3 Music, Arts, PE, Health 3 Elective/Field of Specialization 18
Elective 3 Elective 6 Field of Specialization 9
Major Subjects Minor Subjects Electives </small>


In reference to DepEd order No. 25 S. 2006, the following are amendments to enclosure no. 1 of Dep. Ed order no. 49 s. 2003 entitled " The 2003 Curriculum of Regional Science High Schools"

a. Mathematics Curricular offerings effective school year 2006-2007

  • Mathematics III(elective)- Analytic Geometry
  • Mathematics IV(core)- Calculus
  • Mathematics IV(elective)-Analytic Geometry

b.Mathematics Curricular offerings effective school year 2007-2008

  • Mathematics III(elective)- Analytic Geometry
  • Mathematics IV(core)-Calculus
  • Mathematics IV(elective)- Linear Algebra

Previously Values Education was taught in RSHSs in freshman and sophomore levels, however the subject was removed from the RSHSs curricula in 2003. The subject was replaced by Technical writing & intro to statistics in freshman curricula and Statistics in Research in sophomore curricula.


The RSHS faculty comprises educators who are well qualified in the subject matter they teach. Many hold advanced degrees in their field, and have taught or are capable of teaching at the college level.

Most teachers are approachable and willing to help students in any way possible. Students can speak to their teachers before and after class, or schedule a conference with their teachers during lunch or a free period.


Each of the 17 Regional Science High Schools, are given by the government an allocation for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) separate from other public high schools in the Philippines.


Students of RSHSs receive a monthly stipend from the local government of its respective region. This montly stipend is intended to support the academic expenses of the students such as research projects. Stipend of students vary from every RSHSs.


Roughly seventy percent (70%) of alumni are in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The rest are in the humanities, journalism, law, business administration, accountancy, public administration, the military and religious ministry.

RSHS Achievement Test

Pursuant to DepEd memorandum 23 series 2007, the RSHS Achievement Test is administered by the Curriculum Development Division of Bureau of Secondary Education and Department of Education. The test administered were Calculus, Chemistry, Research, and Analytic Geometry. Being the youngest RSHS and only on its second year of operation, Bansud NHS-RSHS annex MIMARO administered the achievement test to its second year students. The test subjects administered in BNHS-RSHS annex MIMAROPA were Geometry, Technical Writing, Botany and Business Mathematics.

RSHS Congress

RSHS Congress is an annual meeting of different RSHSs which started in 2004.

On January 23-28, 2004 the 16 RSHSs conducted the first RSHS Congress at RSHS for NCR (Quezon City Science High School), with the theme: " RSHS: The Epitome of Excellence".

The Congress aimed to 1. provide effective medium for the promotion of science culture among RSHS students, 2. formulate strategies to sustain quality delivery of quality science and mathematics education in RSHS, 3. encourage research and development, 4. provide a venue for intellectual and social interaction among participants and local scientists/experts, 5. create pockets of excellence among RSHSs.

The Second RSHS Congress was hosted and held at CARAGA Regional Science High School, last January 29- February 4, 2006. The Congress theme was, "Making Giant Strides in the Delivery of Science Education".

The Third RSHS Congress was held at RELC, Catabangan, Zamboanga City and Hosted by RSHS Zamboanga Peninsula. It was conducted from February 5-9, 2007. The theme of the congress was "Promotion of Strong Science Culture". This congress served as a venue for sharing the best practices among teachers and school heads of RSHS, dissemination of research findings, and enhancement of student's scientific inquiry and mathematical skills as well as higher-order thinking skills.



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Philippine Science High School System

MainIlocosCagayan ValleyBicolWestern VisayasEastern VisayasCentral VisayasSouthern MindanaoCentral Mindanao

Regional Science High Schools


Engineering and Science Education Program

NCR Public Science High Schools:
Provincial Public Science High Schools:
Baguio (Science HS)BatangasBulacanCagayan (Science HS)CebuKawit (Science HS)La Union (Science HS)Lipa CityBulacan NagaNegros OccidentalPines (Science HS)Puerto Princesa CityRaja SolimanRizalUbay
Private Science High Schools:
Lorma College- Science High SchoolMalayan High School of ScienceSLC- Science High SchoolUB Science High School

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