History of Night Secondary School (NSS)
St. Scholastica’s College (SSC) was founded on December 3, 1906 by five (5) German Sisters headed by Sister Ferdinanda Hoelzer, OSB. In a small residential house in Tondo, the Sisters started their educational apostolate with six (6) paying students and fifty (50) in free section. The Sisters labored to enable students to learn and imbibe the Benedictine ideals of “Ora et Labora”, or prayer and work. As they continued the mission of providing education to the poor but deserving children, a free elementary school was put up when the Sisters moved to Leon Guinto Street, its present site. The said free school continued until such time the Sisters no longer saw its need due to the government taking more active role in fulfilling its constitutional mandate of providing primary education. With the opening of more public elementary schools, the Sisters saw their new role – that of providing additional education and training beyond grade school to those who needed it. With this in mind, the Night Secondary School (NSS) was born in August, 1970.
Since its founding, the NSS remains committed to providing secondary education to those who cannot afford it. It has stood steadfast in assisting primarily its own personnel and household helpers of faculty, students, staff and alumnae. Conceived as an adult education program, it caters to working girls/women who are interested in improving their quality of life. With an initial enrollment of sixteen (16) students, the NSS remains open to those interested in pursuing secondary education. Its core of faculty members comes from other units of the schools, and a good number of volunteer-teachers from various schools nearby. All remain dedicated and committed to the Benedictine Sisters’ educational thrust and sensitivity to social justice.
The NSS envisions itself as an academic community composed of:
1. Dynamic and committed faculty members and volunteers from the ranks of in-house SSC faculty/and office staff and professionals recruited from the industry.
2. Students who are economically and academically-challenged but who will become technically competent, well-balanced, Christ- centered girls and young women.
3. Young women who emulate simplicity of life style, compassion and purpose – driven life.
As an integral part of St. Scholastica’s College, the Night Secondary School provides a five-year Secondary Education with vocational, technical, hands-on training to deserving economically –challenged girls and young women from neighboring communities who are unable to pursue Secondary Education.
In pursuance of this Mission-Vision the NSS shall:
1. Create an environment that is conducive to learning and aid the students in establishing a value system with emphasis on integrity, honesty and morality.
2. Continuously evaluate and monitor the progress of students in achieving the expected technical skills and basic knowledge.
3. Continuously review its academic and vocational programs to meet the requirements of the DepEd and TESDA.
4. Provide opportunities for outreach activities for the less fortunate
5. Provide a program for extracurricular activities for values formation and developing social awareness and sense of stewardship for the environment among students and faculty.
6. Tap NSS alumnae to actively participate in the different NSS activities.
At the end of five years an NSS graduate will have become a Christ –centered woman who is:
1. Socially -oriented and critically aware of the present realities and a well-balanced individual
2. Equipped with adequate professional, communication and technical skills
3. Compassionate to others, especially the marginalized
4. Genuinely cares for the environment
5. Familiar, understands and strives to live the Ten Hallmarks of Benedictine Education
The student’s grade in each of the subject area is determined by the combined results of her examinations and class work. The quarterly examinations make up 30% of the final grade and the class standing (comprised of quizzes, long tests, journals, and laboratory reports) accounts for 70% for the first 3 grading periods. For the 4th quarter, the final examination is given a weight of 40% and 60% goes to the class standing.
The grade is computed using the formula: T/2 + 50. This is based on the rationale that part of the student‘s grade is 50% of what she has learned in the previous quarters or lower years. The highest mark a student can attain is 99 and the lowest mark is 68.
To show the exact academic standing of the students, numerical grades and an AVERAGING SYSTEM are used.
1. A grade lower than 75 is a failing grade.
2. Marks are received every grading period. The final mark is the average of the periodical marks.
3. Extra-curricular performance and conduct grades are not included in the computation of the Academic Grades. (However students who excel in these are given recognition at the end of the school year)
4. A student who fails in one of 2-unit subjects is required to earn the lacking units during the summer of the current school year as a pre- requisite for promotion to the next year level.
5. Each student is issued a copy of her periodic grade.
1. All students who have no failing grade in any subject, in any quarter
2. All students who have an average grade of at least 80% in all subjects
3. All students who have an average conduct grade of at least GOOD (85-89) in any of the four (4) quarters
4. Must be a member of at least one (1) organization
1. Has studied in NSS-SSC for at least three (3) years
2. Had been a year-end honor student in her 4th year in NSS, SSC
3. Has been an honor student in the 5th year.
FIRST HONOR 95 – 99
SECOND HONOR 90 – 94.9
THIRD HONOR 85 – 89.9
WITH DISTINCTION 80 – 84.9
Aside from pursuing academic excellence, students are expected to manifest Christian/Benedictine values and attitudes. As such, these become the bases for conduct grades which will be given every quarter to all students.
The BASES FOR CONDUCT GRADES are:
a. Attendance and Punctuality
Always present and punctual in every class or school activities
b. Work Ethics.
Prompt submission of assignments, inherent motivation and readiness in fulfilling assigned duties.
Honest, Courteous, Helpful & Polite in her dealings with others. Clean, orderly and non- disruptive in class
CONDUCT GRADES are reported as follows:
O - Outstanding
VG - Very Good
G - Good
S – Satisfactory
NI – Needs Improvement
P – Poor
This award is given to the graduate who has shown dedicated and consistent service in her co-curricular activities.
1. She must have consistently fulfilled her responsibilities beyond the expected task.
2. Readiness in fulfilling assigned duties.
3. Self-motivated in her service to others.