San Antonio de Padua College implemented the K to 12 Curriculum which started in grade 1 and grade 7 students (first year) enrolled in the school year 2012 – 2013 in accordance with DepEd Memorandum No. 158, s.2011. This was discussed during the 2012 In-Service Training (INSET) for Grade 7 Teachers of Private Schools last May 7 – 9, 2012 held at LYCEUM of the Philippines – Calamba Campus attended by the Director for Academic Affairs and high school principal, Prof. Ma. Mimie M. Castillo with the assigned grade 7 subject teachers namely Mr. Marco Leonil M. Banay for Mathematics, Mr. Darren Ruiz for Science, Mrs. Merly Lobusta for Aralin Panlipunan, Ms. Annalyn Etang for Filipino, and Ms. Jennifer P. Frajenal for English.
Mrs. Joan D.C. Gomez also attended a seminar for K to 12 Curriculum in grade 1 last May 28 – 31, 2012 at Lagos del Sol, Cavinti, Laguna.
K to 12 Curriculum covers a thirteen-year decongested program of studies starting from the kindergarten plus the grade 1 to grade 12. Thus, instead of the old ten-year program, there will be two additional years after the current four-year high school program which will be called Senior High School. This will focus on the enhancement of skills to better prepare students for work and for higher education.
The new curriculum is a standard-based curriculum wherein lessons, activities, and assessment tools are based on standards (content and performance) provided by the Department of Education. Content standards focus on what the students should know, do and understand while performance standards focus on what understanding should the students transfer to life situation in the form of products or performances, or through performance tasks.
Unlike the old curriculum wherein grades are computed according to weighted percentage of quizzes, mastery and unit exams, performances, participation, theme/experiments, and behavior, K to 12 Curriculum Assessment and grading is divided into four levels – Knowledge (15%); Process or Skills ( 25%); Understanding(s) (30%); and Performances (30%). But what must appear in the report card is the equivalent level of proficiency abbreviated as follows: B for Beginning which covers the numerical value 74% and below; D for Developing, 75 – 79%; AP for Approaching Proficiency, 80 – 84%; and P for Proficient, 85 – 89%; and A for Advanced, 90 and above. Honor students shall be drawn from among those who performed at the Advanced level.
At present, SAPC is planning intensely to address the challenges of the K to 12 transition. At the same time, the school leaders and curriculum planners are drafting the school’s improvement plan to maintain and upgrade the quality of education that it is committed to deliver through the plan.