Quezon City Science High School

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Quezon City Science High School
(Regional Science High School for NCR)
Mataas na Paaralang Pang-Agham ng Lungsod Quezon
Mataas na Paaralang Pang-Agham ng Pambansang Punong Rehiyon
Instituto Regional de Ciencia
NCR Regional Science High School
Latin: Regionalium Scientia Alta Schola
Motto Scientia Et Virtus
Motto in English
"Knowledge And Virtue"
Established 1967
Type Public Special Regional Science High School
Principal Mrs. Luvie Ocampo
Location Quezon City, Metro Manila,  Philippines
Campus Golden Acres Rd. cor Misamis St. Brgy. Bago Bantay, Quezon City
Language English, Filipino, Spanish, French
Colors Blue and White         
Nickname QueSci, Kisay, Scientia, Xientia, RegSci
Affiliations Division of City Schools - Quezon City
Regional Science High School Union

Quezon City Science High School (or to its students QueSci or Kisay) is the Regional Science High School for the National Capital Region. It is the premier science high school of Quezon City, and is regarded as one of the prestigious sciences triumvirate of the Republic of the Philippines along with the Philippine Science High School and Manila Science High School. It is located at Bago-Bantay, Quezon City, Philippines. Founded in 1967, it was appointed as the Regional Science High School for the National Capital Region since 1998.

It holds the distinction as one of the national leaders in the field of Mathematics competitions, being among the country's most consistent schools in terms of its performance in the DepEd-sponsored MTAP contests the past decades. In 2004, it shot to international acclaim when a group of its student-researchers received the fourth Grand Award in the Intel International Science and Engineering fair held in Portland, Oregon. [1] The school continues to excel in producing quality research papers. It's the home of two of the best secondary papers in the Philippines. It's also renowned as a center of excellence for its Spanish elective. [2]


B. Soriano, the Chief of Special Services, conceived the establishment of a science high school in Quezon City. This idea was announced by Alfredo J. Andal, the City Schools Superintendent in 1967.

July 31, 1967, through a memorandum issued to all principals and head teachers, Mrs. Hermenegilda G. Margate, Mathematics and Science Supervisor, was designated by the City Superintendent of Schools to organize and take charge of the Quezon City Science High School.

At first, the school shared a campus with Judge Juan Luna High School at San Francisco Del Monte; in 1969, the school moved to the present site of the Quezon City General Hospital, formerly the San Jose Seminary.

In 1969, the Quezon City Council through the leadership of the then Vice Mayor Ismael A. Mathay, Jr. donated the present school site, measuring 2.4 hectares under Quezon City Government with TCT# 265553 in Barangay Sto. Cristo, Bago Bantay, Quezon City in 1969.

In June 1999, Quezon City Science High School was declared as the Regional Science High School for the National Capital Region 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).


Every year, graduating grade 6 or grade 7 students take Quezon City Science High School's entrance tests.

Prerequisite: To qualify for admission to Quezon City Science High School (Regional Science High School for NCR)

  • Must be a Filipino Citizen
  • A resident of the National Capital Region or currently studying in an elementary school within the National Capital Region
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Of good moral character duly certified by the school principal
  • A graduating Grade 6 student

To acquire an application form, you must first submit your Grade 5 and First quarter Grade 6 Form 138 (Report Card). However, you must pass the standard grades to attain a form:

  • You must have an average of at least 85 in Mathematics, Science, and English.
  • You must have an average of at least 83 in all other subjects.
  • You must have a weighted average of at least 85.
  1. If you successfully get an application form, you will fill it out and hand them in along with other requirements. You will then be scheduled to take the first screening examination which is an Aptitude test.
  2. If you pass the 75% cut-off, you will then be qualified to take the second screening exam. The second exam is a 'Proficiency Test' focusing on Mathematics, science, and English.
  3. The top 350 examinees will be scheduled for an interview to see how well the passers present and handle themselves.
  4. A medical/physical examination should be done by qualifying students (A copy of your Chest X-Ray and such from another clinic/hospital will be required).

Students should maintain a grade of 85 for major subjects and 83 in minor subjects. If a student fails to meet this requirement, he or she would be put under probation for the following year. If the student still fails to meet the requirements he or she will be asked to transfer to another school in the end of that school year.

Clubs, Electives, and Varsities[edit]

Clubs are not required in the curriculum, however the different clubs are offered to those who are interested.
Incomplete list of clubs:

Handled by the AP Department:

  • Supreme Student Government - The official governing student body of the whole school.
  • Curriculum Year Level (Past) - I, II, III, IV, (Present) - 7, 8, 9, and 10 Officers - The set of officers per batch for a school year.
  • Interact Xientia - The official AP club/QCSHS Debate Society.

Handled by the MAPEH Department:

  • Indak Xientia - The official dance club of the school.
  • Himig Scientia - The official school Choir.
  • Sining Scientia - art club
  • Sports Club - Handles sports-related affairs.

Handled by the Science Department:

  • Young Scientist's Guild (YSG)
  • Young Astronomer's Guild
  • Science Club
  • Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O)
  • Ecosavers Club

Other clubs include the English Club, Filipino Club, ICT Club, and the Math Club.

Electives are classes which a student can choose to complete his/her curriculum. Electives are only included in Curriculum Grades 9 and 10. A student is required to choose one to complete their subjects. Here's an incomplete list of electives offered in both year levels:

Curriculum Grade 9:

  • Basic French
  • Basic Spanish
  • Public Speaking
  • Basic Electronics
  • Consumer Chemistry
  • Consumer Math
  • Analytic Geometry
  • Astrophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Basic Journalism
  • Basic Pamamahayag

Curriculum Grade 10:

  • Advanced French
  • Advanced Spanish
  • Advanced Electronics
  • Zoology
  • Theory of Equations
  • Advanced Journalism
  • Advanced Pamamahayag
  • Public Speaking


  • Basketball Varsity
  • Women's Volleyball Team
  • Men's Volleyball Team
  • Badminton Varsity
  • Boy's Soccer Varsity
  • Girl's Soccer Varsity
  • Table Tennis Varsity
  • Taekwondo


Faculty For Students/Function Rooms Recreational/Sports/Clubs
Faculty Room Library Soccer Field
Science Center COOP/Canteen Covered Basketball Court
Math Center Computer Labs 1 & 2 & 3
English Center Chemistry Lab I & II Volleyball Court
MAPEH Center Physics Lab I & II Badminton Court
Filipino Center Biology Lab Electron
AP Center Speech Lab Banyuhay
Principal's Office Research Lab GPTA Building
Registrar's Office Reading Center Bleachers
Guidance Councilor Conference Hall Island
Coop Storage Room Mini Forest-Park Gazebos
Coop Office Botany Garden Spanish Elective room
Guard House/Waiting Shed Clinic
ICT Faculty Coop Extension
Security Office QueBalls

Quezon City Science High School can be found at the back of SM City North Edsa (Behind Interior Zone). QueSci has a parking lot that snakes around the inside of the campus, 2 gates (Scientian/Golden Acres Road & Misamis St.), and 9 buildings.


Quezon City Science High School was named the Regional Science High School for the National Capital Region. Students also reign in different quiz bees on various subjects throughout the country. Placing and reigning over quiz bees abroad also happens a lot during every school year, especially in core science subject areas (Biology, Physics, Chemistry etc.).

Students also succeed in the field of research. They gain awards locally and internationally throughout every year as they make it to competitions like I-SWEEEP, INESPO, INEPO, Intel-ISEF, and many others.

The school papers also marks the school, being the champion of the whole country in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) in 2001. Awards are still being secured every year. The Electron (English publication) and Banyuhay (Filipino Publication) held the District Press Conference championship title for the 14th consecutive year in 2009. They are two of the best secondary school papers in the Philippines.

The school publications received awards in the recently concluded National Schools Press Conference 2012 participated in by more than 5,000 schools in the country. Banyuhay (The Filipino newsletter) reaped two first-place, one second-place, and two third-place trophies, making it once again the country's Best Secondary School Publication for the Filipino Category. Meanwhile, The Electron was also adjudged as One of the Ten Best Secondary School Papers in the Philippines for the English Category.

Incumbent Department Heads[edit]

The following are the incumbent department heads of the Quezon City Science High School (Regional Science High School for NCR):

Department Chairman
Science Rosavilla T. Dacquel
English Nena Sy-Bongon
Mathematics Jasmin S. Casiple
Filipino Imelda A. Hilario
ICT Zenaida G. Damo
MAPEH Hope C. Toledo
Social Studies Carmen R. Awitan
Values Education Erlinda T. Del Mundo


Name of Principal Year
Hermenegilda G. Margate, Ed. D. 1967–1969
Ponciano Salvador 1969–1971
Juanita M. Reyes 1971–1976
Demetrio D. Monis 1976–1983
Norma B. Reyes 1983–1986
Lilia A. Sahagun 1986–1993
Ligliwa F. Caindec 1993–1997
Milagros A. San Juan, Ed. D. 1997–2000
Justina A. Farolan 2000 - 2000
Teresita N. Turla (OIC) July 2000 - May 2001
Josefina Cunanan (OIC) July 2001 - October 2001
Erico Habijan, Ed. D. October 2001 - July 2002
Betty Cuarte Cavo, Ed. D. November 2002 - March 2006
Romulo B. Rocena, Ed. D. April 2006 - November 2006
Proceso T. Lera, Ph. D. December 2006 - September 2007
Zenaida Panti Sadsad, Ed. D. October 2007 - December 2009
Diego M. Amid, Ph. D. January 2010 - April 2010
Zenaida Panti Sadsad, Ed. D. May 2010 – March 2013
Violeta M. Tupas, Ed. D. (OIC) June 2013 – June 2013
Zenaida Panti Sadsad, Ed. D. June 2013 – September 2013
Violeta M. Tupas, Ed. D. (OIC) October 2013 – November 2013
Luvie Ocampo, MA Ed. November 2013 – August 2015

Janet D. Dionio

 September 2015 - present


In 2009, during the sacking of publications supervised by adviser Rex San Diego, several students vented their angst in the Internet against principal Zenaida Sadsad. Several students created blogs targeting the school administration and its anomalous policies [3] These students criticised the partial policies being implemented in the school as well as the administration's oppression towards dissenting opinions. These blogs earned the students sanctions, which took toll when four students were suspended for more than a week.

Image shows Arnel Salvo, Head of Mathematics Department, calling for the resignation of Dr. Zenaida Sadsad

In 2013, a complaint affidavit was filed against Dr. Zenaida Sadsad. The affidavit includes the issues of: 1) accepting student applicants who did not actually meet the grade requirement of QCSHS. 2) openly endorsing Brainworks/Brainchamps Tutorial Learning Center to QCSHS student applicants, with the assurance of guaranteed admission slot in the premiere school. The center boasts of 100% passing rate to the said science high school. 3) leaking out periodical test questions to said tutorial center. 4) threatening teachers who are spreading the issue of the test leakage with a libel suit and removal from service. [4] Dr. Sadsad was temporarily moved to another school on the months of January to March 2010.[5] She resumed office on April until her permanent transfer on September 30, 2013.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


Public Service and Government[edit]

  • Hon. Naderev "Yeb" Saño[8] (Batch 1991), Commissioner of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, with rank of Undersecretary, and Chief Negotiator of the Philippines in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, noted for one of the most powerful speeches in the history of the United Nations when he made an emotional appeal to world leaders to take action on climate change both in the Doha Conference of the Parties in 2012[9][10] and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland on November 11, 2013.[11] He received international acclaim for undertaking a two-week fast during the Warsaw conference in solidarity with people affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).[12][13] Yeb Saño also won the 2013 WikiPinoy of the Year.[14]
  • Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali, Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs of the Department of Education
  • Atty. Melchor Arthur H. Carandang (Batch 1979), Overall Deputy Ombudsman of the Philippines
  • Hon. Enrico Claro R. Delmoro (Batch 1979), Member, Board of Electronics Engineering, Professional Regulation Commission
  • Dennis C. Legaspi (Batch 1979), former Asec. Office of the Press Secretary
  • Nicolas D. Ojeda, Jr. (Batch 1970), Asec, Deputy Executive Director for Cybersecurity, Information and Communications Technology Office, DOST
  • Conrado Legaspi (1972), GSIS scholar, former Assistant Postmaster General, businessman
  • Consul Ambrosio Brian F. Encisio III, Philippine Consulate General, Xiamen, China [15]
  • Mr. Edwin S. Estrada (Batch 1990), Valedictorian, Master in National Security Administration (MNSA) Regular Class 49, National Defense College of the Philippines [16]

Military and Police[edit]

  • Rear Admiral (ret.) Amable Tolentino Batch 68
  • Police Director Cesar Elenzano, Batch 68
  • Brig. Gen Francisco Vila, former Deputy Commander, Central Mindanao Command, Batch 69
  • Lt. Gen. (ret.) Raymundo Ferrer, former Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) commander. (honorary batch 72)
  • Brig. Gen. (ret.) Nicolas D. Ojeda, Jr. (Batch 70), former Chief, AFP Modernization Program Management Office. PMA Mathematics Awardee, PMA Class 1977
  • Maj. Gen. (ret.) Nathaniel C. Legaspi (Batch 70), former Commander, 2nd Air Division, Philippine Air Force, PMA Class 1976
  • Police Chief Supt (ret.) Emmanuel D. Ojeda (Batch 72), former Deputy, Western Mindanao Director for Integrated Police Operations
  • Maj. Gen. (ret.) Nonato Alfredo Peralta Jr. (Batch 1974), former Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army
  • Police Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., The Chief, Directorial Staff (TCDS) of the Philippine National Police.
  • Police S/Supt. (Col.) Manuel R. Gaerlan (Batch 1979), one of the most bemedalled cadet in the history of the Philippine Military Academy. PMA Class 1985 Valedictorian
  • Major. Arvin C. Acosta (Batch 1998), Gold Cross Medal ("an award for exceptionally brave deeds", 2nd highest medal in military) Awardee Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • 1st Lt. Alfonso Irriberi (Batch 2006), Class Baron Philippine Military Academy Class of 2010
  • DTCS (Dental Technician Senior Chief - U.S. Navy Ret. Nov 1972 - Nov 1998) Reulito P. Gonzalez (Class of 1968 - Pioneer Class). Currently teaching Navy Junior ROTC at Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA since January 2000.

Alumni who have returned to teach in QCSHS[edit]

  • Jose Ramon Mariano S. Lorenzo (Batch 1979), Math Teacher and one of the country's top quiz champions and author of the Brain Blitz quiz book series
  • Rex Arcadio R. San Diego II, Ph. D. (hc) (Batch 1986), former Journalism Adviser, consultant for UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for Values Education (UNESCO-APNIEVE)
  • Fritzie Sandoval, (Batch 1993), Math Teacher
  • Jayson D. Zabala, (Batch 2008), English Teacher


  • Guerrero "AG" Saño (Batch 1992), famous environment and peace mural artist,[17] and founder of Dolphins Love Freedom movement, he is responsible for the ubiquitous environmental and peace murals all over the Philippines. AG was recently awarded with The Artist category in the Rappler Do More Awards 2013.[18] He was also cited for his heroism in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda when after surviving the onslaught, he helped gather the bodies of the dead.[19]
  • Micaela Papa (Batch 2006), news TV correspondent at GMA-7
  • Sue Prado (Batch 1998), award winning Indie Actress 2009 Urian Best Supporting Actress (Himpapawid)
  • Buenaventura "Butch" Maniego, Jr. (Batch 1979), veteran sportscaster and a well known basketball analyst and writer
  • Miro Valera (Batch 1995), vocalist of OPM band Stonefree
  • Jayson Reggie T. Obos, Melanie C. Melchor, and Trina G. Napasindayao, winners of Fourth Grand Award (Team Category, Environmental Science, 2004) at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Fidel M. Navarro (Batch 1972), bachelors and masters degree in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of two(2) Swiss companies.


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  2. ^ Article in WikiPilipinas
  3. ^ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view/20090124-185356/QC-Science-High-actions-vs-blogging-hit
  4. ^ http://www.rappler.com/nation/39952-quezon-city-science-high-school-corruption-principal
  5. ^ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/protest-be-held-vs-anti-blogger-principal
  6. ^ http://manilastandardtoday.com/2013/09/27/review-center-allegedly-favored-exam-leak-rocks-school/
  7. ^ http://www.bulacan.gov.ph/newsarticle.php?id=1346
  8. ^ WikiPilipinas. "Article in WikiPilipinas". Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpI-PD6weG8
  10. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/dec/06/philippines-delegator-tears-climate-change
  11. ^ The Daily Conversation. "One of the Most Important Speeches in History". Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  12. ^ BBC (11 November 2013). "Typhoon prompts 'fast' by Philippines climate delegate". 
  13. ^ ABS-CBN (20 November 2013). "Support yeb sanos hunger strike snowballs". 
  14. ^ WikiPilipinas. "WikiPilipinas: Past 10s". 
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  16. ^ http://www.fsi.gov.ph/fsi-researcher-tops-mnsa-class-49/
  17. ^ Rappler.com. "AG Saño: A colorful world". Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Rappler.com. http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/domoreawards/44817-achievers-recognized-do-more-awards. Retrieved 3 January 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Rappler.com. http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/typhoon-yolanda/43898-ag-sano-tacloban-dead-story. Retrieved 3 January 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)