By KERRY TINGA
The forthcoming school year will be quite a new experience for many students, particularly senior high students at La Salle Green Hills (LSGH).
Since its establishment in 1959, LSGH has been known for its preeminent private Catholic school education. Their alumni include public servants, business tycoons, and entertainers, all male. That is soon to change as the LSGH administration will be welcoming their first female students in the upcoming school year.
In a letter addressed to the greater Lasallian community dated May 12, LSGH president Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC said that a limited number of female students would be accepted for senior high school, Grades 11 and 12, in schoolyear 2020-2021. The first 20 female applicants will be offered a tuition subsidy.
The 60-year-old institution has stressed that it stands by its mission to be learner-centered and service-oriented in the pursuit of social change. As one of the last all-boys school in the country, the shift toward a co-educational environment can be seen as a long time coming. While the practice of single-sex education was the common tradition when the institution was founded, the current social climate arguably favors an education in an atmosphere of diversity.
In 2016, Ateneo de Manila High School, previously an all-boys school as well, welcomed female students in their first senior high school batch after the shift to K to 12.
In light of the current pandemic, the LSGH administration has also announced that there will be no tuition fee increase, and miscellaneous fees will be reduced. They are also offering the option of paying tuition through monthly installments in order to ease the burden of bills.