Regional Science High School for Region 1

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Regional Science High School for Region I
Mataas na Paaralan ng Agham Panrehiyon ng Rehiyon I
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Regional Science High School I
Latin: Regionalium Scientia Alta Schola
Former names
Dona Francisca Lacsamana de Ortega Memorial National High School Annex
Motto Scientia Et Virtus
Motto in English
"Knowledge And Virtue"
Type Science High School
Established 1994
Principal Dr. Amerfina D. Nelmida
Location Bangar, La Union,  Philippines
Campus National Highway, Ma. Cristina East, Bangar, La Union
Language English, Filipino
Former names DFLOMNHS Special Science Class, SY
(1994-1995 to 1996-1997)
Regional Science High School, SY
(1997-1998 to 2003-2004)
Colors Blue and White         
Nickname RegSci
Affiliations Regional Science High School Union

Regional Science High School for Region 1 (RSHS) is a Magnet school of the Department of Education (Philippines), established in 1994 by virtue of DECS Order No. 69,s.1993. The school has a curriculum that specializes in science and research (different from Special Science Program/Engineering and Science Education Program schools).


The school started with a single classroom consisting of 60 bright students coming from different provinces in the Ilocos Region, with Dr. Igmedio M. Cariaga as Principal. For almost four years, it shared classrooms with its mother school DFLOMNHS located at National Highway, San Blas, Bangar, La Union. Then in July 1998 RSHS moved to its present site at Ma. Cristina East, Bangar, La Union. The RSHS-1 campus was donated by the Municipal Government of Bangar.


Regional Science High School for Region I on October 6, 2012


Date Event
1994 The eleven Regional Science High Schools were established nationwide by virtue of DECS Order No. 69,s.1993.
1998 RSHS-I moved to its own home at Ma. Cristina East, Bangar, La Union
1998 RSHS joined an international competition for Investigatory Projects. Alvin Jay Mostoles, then a third year student, represented the Philippines for its invention "Stone Segregator", in SEOMEO Science Fair, held in RECSAM Penang Malaysia.
2000 RSHS-I joined the National Secondary Achievement Test (NSAT). It ranked 43rd among top performing secondary schools in the Philippines.
2000 RSHS-I had an internet connection, the first public secondary school in La Union to do so.
2001 For the second time to join NSAT, RSHS ranked number 29 all over Philippines
2002 Mr. Rogelio C. Valdez,a Science Project adviser, was nominated as the best Science Project adviser in the 53rd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Kentucky, USA.
2002 RSHS held its Graduation exercises on its own campus for the first time.
2004 A group of RSHS students represented the Philippines in the Future Creation Fair, JIII, held in Tokyo, Japan.
2004 The first National Achievement Test was held. RSHS-I ranked number 10 nationwide.
2005 RSHS-I ranked number 2 nationwide in the National Achievement Test


Admission to any RSHS is a three-step screening given to all qualified elementary students. To be eligible for admission, applicants must be Filipino students who belong to the top 10% of the graduating class and must have special aptitude in science and math. The screening includes two examinations and one interview.


Subject Area Curriculum Grade 7 Curriculum Grade 8 Curriculum Grade 9 Curriculum Grade 10
Science Earth and Environmental Science; Natural Science Basic Biological Science; Advanced Biological Science Chemistry 9 (Basic Chemistry); Physics 10 (Basic Physics); Chemistry 9 (Advanced Chemistry); Physics 10 (Advanced Physics)
Mathematics Elementary Algebra Mathematics 8-A (Advanced Algebra); Mathematics 8-B (Geometry) Mathematics 9 (Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry); Analytic Geometry; Advanced Statistics Calculus with Linear Algebra
English Grammar, Communication Skills, and Literature Grammar, Communication Skills, and Afro-Asian Literature Grammar, Communication Skills, and Asian Literature Grammar, Communication Skills, and World Literature
Filipino Filipino 7 (Ibong Adarna) Filipino 8 (Florante at Laura) Filipino 9 (Noli Me Tangere) Filipino 10 (El Filibusterismo)
Social Science Araling Panlipunan 7 (Philippine History) Araling Panlipunan 8 (Asian History) Araling Panlipunan 9 (World History) Araling Panlipunan 10 (Economics)
MAPEH Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health 7 Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health 8 Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health 9 Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health 10
Computer Education Computer Education 7 Computer Education 8 No Computer Education [for this curriculum] No Computer Education [for this curriculum]
Research Research 7 (Technical Writing and Basic Statistics) Research 8 (Advanced Technical Writing II) Research 8-A (Intermediate Research in Science) Research 8-B (Advanced Research in Science)
Electives No Electives for this Year Level Advanced Technical Writing; Biotechnology; Botany; Business Mathematics; Journalism I; Pamamahayag I; Drafting Speech and Drama; Technical Writing; Journalism 8; Pamamahayag 8 Creative Writing; Environmental Chemistry; Geology, Meteorology and Astronomy; Linear Algebra; Journalism 9; Pamamahayag 9, Theater Arts; French 8; Humanities; Electricity

Student Opportunities[edit]


Students are provided with original research opportunities in the biological, physical, and social sciences, as well as in field of mathematics and programs that hone students' investigation skills and prepare for academic competitions.


Facilities and resources[edit]

The RSHS for Region 1 campus contains three buildings: the old academic building, a laboratory building, and the administrative building. The academic building houses all the lecture classes of the students and ICT laboratory. The laboratory building houses science laboratories. The Administrative building houses the Office of the Principal, Faculty Office, and School Library.

Located beside the Administrative building, the laboratory building houses the four laboratories: the General Science Laboratory, the Biology Laboratory, the Chemistry Laboratory and the Physics Laboratory.

The RSHS Library supports the students by providing resources ranging from traditional print and microform to electronic subscription e-journals and databases. Located on the administrative building, the library is composed of the General Library, which stores encyclopedias; the Natural Science Section which covers sciences, mathematics and ICT; the Human Sciences Library which covers history, languages and literature, and other fields of social sciences; and the Multi-media and Internet Library.

The school has also one covered court where sports activities and other productions are held. Construction of the facility began in 2001 as part of the project of the 5th batch of SCIons (class 2002).


NSAT and NAT and other examinations[edit]

Regional Science High School for Region 1 is one of the top high schools in the National Secondary Assessment Test (NSAT) and National Achievement Test (NAT). Likewise it also maintains a high passing rate in college entrance examinations from top caliber universities in the Philippines, such as: University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), Ateneo de Manila University College Entrance Test (ACET), De La Salle University College Entrance Test (DLSU-CET), University of Santo Tomas College Entrance Test (UST-CET) and Saint Louis University- Baguio City College Entrance Examination (SLU-CEE). RSHS-1 seniors also showed good passing rate in the Department of Science and Technology Scholarship Examinations.


  • National competitions
    • National Intel Philippine Science Fair[1]
    • Philippine Super Quiz bee Science
    • DAMATHS Olympiad
    • National School Press Conference
  • International competitions
    • Delegate to the SEAMEO Search for Young Scientists, Penang, Malaysia-July 5–9, 1999
    • Delegate to the 53rd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Kentucky, USA – May 12–18, 2002[2]
    • Delegate to the Future Creation Fair, JIII, Tokyo, Japan-August 26–31, 2004[3]


RSHS-1 alumni are called "SCIons" from the word "Scio" (Latin) word which means science, knowledge and to know; "ions" which implies their importance to society; and the word itself "scion" which denotes descendant of Galileo Galilei, the Father of Modern Science.

Roughly one percent (1%) of alumni are in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The rest are in the humanities, journalism, law, business administration, accountancy, medicine, public administration, and the military.

List of Regional Science High Schools (RSHS)[edit]

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