Ateneo de Manila starts K-12 compliance by creating the Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS)

April 22, 2013

University President Fr Jett Villarin SJ announced that the Ateneo de Manila University has created an Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS) in compliance with the K-12 reform prescribed by the Department of Education (DepEd).
In a memo issued April 20, Fr Villarin said “we have been taking significant steps toward the K-12 reform at the Ateneo de Manila.”
“Building on extensive work and consultation done by various committees, revisions in the Basic Education curriculum have been made and the Enhanced Curriculum will begin to be implemented this coming school year 2013-2014 along with necessary changes in the time allotments for the different subject areas to support the implementation of the curriculum,” he added.
Fr. Villarin added that the Enhanced Curriculum requires special attention to Grades 7 and 8 during the transition years. Thus “a Transition Management Team for Grades 7 and 8 has been appointed to serve as the leadership and management team for these levels during the crucial transition years.” This work of this team is expected to last for up to three years.
Grades 7 and 8 will now form the Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS) which was actually a proposal made by the Basic Education Steering Committee, the body tasked to supervise the K-12 reform for the Ateneo de Manila. Of course, the Basic Education Committee of the Board of Trustees was consulted regarding this move.
“This designation is consistent with the plan to move eventually towards a 6-year high school formation program for our students,” Fr Villarin said.
Starting this coming school year (2013-14), basic education at the Ateneo de Manila will consist of the Primary School (Grades 1 to 4), Middle School (Grades 5 and 6), Junior High School (Grades 7 and 8), and High School (1st year to 4th year).
However, Fr. Villarin said “these 'cuts' are by no means carved in stone and a firmer determination of these transition points will require further study. The study of the 'cuts' will begin this coming school year and interventions will be implemented during the transition years as necessary.”