ATENEO DE Iloilo-SMCS has officially received its government permit this late June from the Department of Education (DepEd) for its Senior High School (SHS) set to start in school year 2016-2017.
Signed by DepEd OIC Regional Director for Western Visayas Ma. Gemma Ledesma, the certification (technically signed May 27, 2015) allows Ateneo to offer two strands in the Academic Track, namely, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM).
As a matter of requirement in granting permits, DepEd compels schools to present its plans for the SHS which includes curriculum, instruction, personnel, and facilities. Ateneo is one of the few private schools in the region, so far, who passed the screening and were eventually given such Provisional Permit to Operate the SHS Program. (Herman Lagon)