For a quarter of a century, during the months of April and May, the Ateneo becomes a second home and a learning hub to the best and the brightest in Zamboanga, Basilan, Pagadian, Sibugay, Zamboanga Del Sur, Jolo, and Tawi-Tawi through the Ateneo Senior Summer Program (ASSP).
What used to be a preparatory program for college, the ASSP has evolved to adapt to the k-12 curriculum. Gathering together a select group of young students preparing for Senior High School, the ASSP aims to introduce them to campus life and to have them experience Jesuit Education and Senior-High-Level professors, programs, facilities, and activities.
Modified senior high school courses have been designed to stimulate interest and participation in the unique seminar which the Ateneo offers free of charge. Participants are chosen from those recommended by the principals or counselors of various schools. Tests are administered to all applicants and the most qualified are accepted.
Aside from the core academic courses, there are also special lectures on senior high school level areas of study, classroom lectures, and laboratory activities. There are also opportunities for non-academic activities such as group discussions, immersion trips, and projects initiated by the participants themselves. A diploma-certificate is awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the program.
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This year’s Senior Summer program will run from April 6 to May 20, 2017. The first three days of the program is intended for an introductory course on Personhood.
Participating schools for this year are Ateneo de Zamboanga University Junior High School, AB Simpsons Alliance Evangelical School, Ayala National High School, Basilan National High School, Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Elordino C Coronel-Baluno National High School, Immaculate Conception Archdiocesan School, Loyola High School, Marcelo Spinola School, Marian College, Maria Clara L Lobregat National High School, Notre Dame of Bongao, Notre Dame of Jolo for Girls, Pax High School, St Columban Junior High School, Vitali National High School, Xavier High School, Zamboanga City High School-Main, and Zamboanga National High School-West.
The ASSP is run by the College Admissions and Aid Office with Conrado Balatbat as the Program Director.