THE UNIVERSITY’S two high schools again bested other secondary schools in Manila in the National Achievement Test (NAT) taken by fourth-year students last March 5.

UST Education High School (EHS), the University’s laboratory high school, topped 18 schools in cluster three, or schools with 100-199 examinees, after posting an average score of 65.91 percent.

EHS got the highest scores in four subjects, namely: Critical Thinking (71.5%), English (79.40%), Filipino (70.25%), and Math (59.89%). It placed second and third in Araling Panlipunan (70.09%) and Science (47.03%), respectively.

EHS had a total of 108 examinees this year. Last year, EHS belonged to cluster four, or schools with 55-99 examinees.

“EHS plans to maintain such performance by identifying weak points, giving emphasis on the least mastered skills, and by motivating the students to maintain our current rank,” Principal Loreto Sauz said.

Meanwhile, UST High School (USTHS) bested the only other school, Paco Catholic School, in cluster one, which groups schools with more than 400 examinees.

USTHS, which had 438 seniors, topped in English with a mean score of 44.18, Filipino with 36.36, and Critical Thinking with 12.99.

“To promote effective communication skills and the love for reading, we administer the Test of English as a Foreign Language Junior Test, a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers, and we have the ‘Drop Everything and Read’ or DEAR time across disciplines,” Marishirl Tropicales, USTHS principal, said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

“Critical Thinking is also a component in our Christian Living Education subject which could probably explain the excellent score of our students in this area,” she said.

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The NAT is administered to graduating high school students every March by the Department of Education. Bianca Kristin A. Taray


  1. I thought Ms. Tropicales was the EHS principal not HS’s? Well it’s been a while since I had news about them anyway. =)


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