Victorino Mapa High School

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Victorino Mapa High School
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Facade showing the name of the School
Soar High Mapa High, Excellence Forever
Location
Philippines 300 San Rafael St.
San Miguel
, Manila
Philippines
Coordinates 14°35′52″N 120°59′32″E / 14.597905°N 120.992108°E / 14.597905; 120.992108
Information
Type Public with Special Science
Established 1923
Principal Dr. Yolanda F. Tolentino
Grades 7 to 12
Number of students approx. 8,000
Medium of language English, Filipino
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue, White          
Nickname VMHS, Mapa
Newspaper The Mapazette, Ang Gabay and Ang Likha
Affiliations Division of City Schools-Manila
Hymn "V.Mapa High School Hymn"

Victorino Mapa High School (Filipino: Mataas na Paaralang Victorino Mapa) (formerly Manila East High School), situated in San Miguel, Manila, is one of the oldest public high schools in the city. It has produced a list of successful graduates in various fields since its foundation in 1923.

Along with Manila Science High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, Manuel Roxas High School, Arellano (Manila North) High School, and Araullo High School, Victorino Mapa offers rigorous Special Science courses to selected top students. The institution is considered as one of the top schools in Manila in terms of its performance in achievement tests and competitions. In 2007, VMHS was named one of the cleanest schools in Manila.

History[edit]

Victorino Mapa High School opened its first classes (Manila East High School) as one of the four schools in City of Manila together with Torres High School (Manila South High School) and Arellano (Manila North) High School in June 1923.

The school has been under the administration of principals since it was founded in June 1923. The three of these were Americans namely, John Carl, Sarah M. England and James Burns. The first Filipino principal was Indolencio Madamba, installed in 1951. In his term, the Parents-Teachers Association was organized and succession of principals took over, after Madamba retired in May 1956.

Student population of VMHS traditionally come from the district of San Miguel, Quiapo, Sampaloc and Santa Mesa consisting of family homogenous in economic and social standards with a few transferees from provinces.

The school once had a biggest student population of 11,481 with a faculty of 488. Victorino Mapa at present boasts of a big and well-equipped auditorium (now known as "Bulwagang Velayo") and a more sprawling gymnasium, an elevator and well-equipped and updated science laboratories, thus is always the venue for many educational, civic, cultural and social gatherings in the city of Manila.

Academics[edit]

Regular Curriculum[edit]

Subjects Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
Science General Science Biology Chemistry Physics
Mathematics Elementary Algebra Intermediate Algebra Geometry Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry
English Language and Communication Skills 7 Language and Communication Skills 8 Language and Communication Skills 9 Language and Communication Skills 10
Filipino Wika, Panitikan, Kayumanggi 7 at Ibong Adarna Wika, Panitikan, Kayumanggi 8 at Florante At Laura Teoryang Pampanitikan, Kayumanggi 9 at Noli Me Tangere Wika, Panitikan, Kayumanggi 10 at El Filibusterismo
Social Studies Philippine History and Government Asian History World History Economics
MAPEH Music (Theory), Arts (Theory), Physical Education & Health 7 Music (Philippine), Arts (Philippine), Physical Education & Health 8 Music (Asian), Arts (Asian), Physical Education & Health 9 Music (World), Arts, Physical Education & Health 10
Technology and Home Economics/Livelihood Education 1. TLE/THE 7
2. Vocational 7 (Ang Likha) Journalism*
1. TLE/THE 8
2. Vocational 8 (Ang Likha) Journalism*
1. TLE/THE 9
2. Vocational 9 (Ang Gabay/Mapazette) Journalism*
1. TLE/THE 10
2.Vocational 10 (Ang Gabay/Mapazette) Journalism*
Values Education Values Education 7 Values Education 8 Values Education 9 Values Education 10

Special Science Curriculum[edit]

The establishment of the Special Science curriculum is spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology- Science Education Institute, with the first batch being accepted in first year high school level in 1969. For the moment, support form DOST has been withdrawn and Special Science classes are maintained by the Division of City Schools in the implementing schools namely Manuel A. Roxas High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, Victorino Mapa High School, Arellano High School and Araullo High School, with the exception of Manila Science High School which is a recognized science high school.

To be eligible for the Special Science sections, applicants must have final grades no lower than 85 in Science, Math and English and 83 in other subjects. They are subjected to examination which includes knowledge of Sciences and use of Abstract Reasoning.

Successful applicants are then provided with elective subjects to fulfill the aim of the program, which is to give the students good grounding in Science, as well as in other subject areas. Thus, students are expected to have more than 11 subjects, all while maintaining good academic standing and participating in extra curricular activities. Students who fail to maintain a GPA higher than the expected minimum grade, which is set by the school, are removed from the Special Science section the following year and are transferred to an appropriate regular section. This is also especially true for those students who receive a grade lower than 80 in any subjects being taken.

Special Science Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
Science 1. General Science
2. Earth Science
1. Biology
2. Research I
1. Chemistry
2. Advanced Biology
3. Basic Physics
4. Research II
1. Physics
2. Advanced Chemistry
3. Research
Mathematics Elementary Algebra 1. Intermediate Algebra
2. Statistics
3. Basic Geometry
1. Geometry
2. Introductory Trigonometry
1. Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry
2. Pre-Calculus and Analytic Geometry
English 1. Language and Communication Skills 7
2. Developmental Reading
1. Language and Communication Skills 8
2. Creative Writing
1. Language and Communication Skills 9
2. Silent Reading
1. Language and Communication Skills 10
2. Speech Delivery and Debate
Filipino Wika, Panitikan, Kayumanggi 7 at Ibong Adarna Wika, Panitikan, Kayumanggi 8 at Florante At Laura Teoryang Pampanitikan, Kayumanggi 9 at Noli Me Tangere Wika, Panitikan, Kayumanggi 10 at El Filibusterismo
Social Studies Philippine History and Government Asian History World History Economics
MAPEH Music (Theory), Arts (Theory), Physical Education & Health 7 Music (Philippine), Arts (Philippine), Physical Education & Health 8 Music (Asian), Arts (Asian), Physical Education & Health 9 Music (World), Arts, Physical Education & Health 10
Computer Science and Journalism 1. Computer Basics, Parts and Windows
2. Journalism* (Ang Likha)
1. HTML, Frontpage, Adobe Photoshop
2. Journalism* (Ang Likha)
1. Basic C++, Turbo Basic
2. Journalism* (Ang Gabay/Mapazette)
1. C++ Visual Basic
2. Journalism* (Ang Gabay/Mapazette)
Values Education Values Education 7 Values Education 8 Values Education 9 Values Education 10

It should be noted that various electives are limited only to Special Science students and are not offered to students of regular sections. Such subjects are the following: Computer Programming, Research, Statistics, Advance Biology (Biotechnology), Advance Chemistry, Speech Delivery and Debate, Earth and Environmental Science, Creative Writing, Pre-Calculus and Analytic Geometry, and Journalism*.

Journalism is the only elective not required for the Special Science students to take, since they are already taking Computer Science. However, those who chose to take it otherwise may participate in various writing contests within the Manila School Division. Selected students may also represent their school at Regional Journalism contests which are conducted throughout the school year. Regular students who wish to take this subject as their elective are free to do so, and could take the class together with all SS students who are taking this also. While all Journalism student submit an article for the school paper on a regular basis, not all could get their articles get published. Those whose articles are not chosen are then responsible for the layout of the school paper and other technical stuff regarding the publishing.

There are only two Special Science sections in Victorino Mapa High School per year level: SS1 and SS2.

Notable alumni[edit]