In response to the demands of this era of robotics and super scientific gadgetry, the then Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) now the DepED envisioned to produce technologically and globally competitive graduates. This formulated the implementation of a Special Science Class Curriculum for advanced and scientifically inclined students.

A brainchild of the Science Education Institute (SEI) under the Engineering and Science Education Project (ESEP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Special Science Program had its pilot implementation during the School Year 1993-1994 at the Ilocos Norte National High School.

To ensure that earners are qualified and truly deserving to be in the program, all prospective first year enrollees are required to undergo rigid screening and pass a DOST prescribed selection test. Grade requirement of enrollees is 83% in English, Science and Mathematics with a general average of 85%. Once in the program, it is imperative for a Special Science Class (SSC) student to maintain a grade not lower than 80% in any subject area and a general average of 85%.

The Special Science Classes (SSC) are under the BEC based Science, Math and Research oriented curriculum. ESEP scholars who attended the Certificate/Diploma Program and other training programs are assigned to teach advance science and mathematics subjects like Earth Science, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry and Calculus.

In cognizant to scientific and technological challenges of the future, Computer Education and Research are offered to special science classes. At the end of their third year, students are required to turn in an experimental thesis duly approved by a designated research panel. For fourth year students, a second thesis should be submitted as a requirement for graduation.

Intensive training via enriched materials, maximum utilization of audio-visual gadgets and laboratory equipment plus unlimited exposure to science-related activities best describe the Special Science Classes.

Today, the Special Science Program of the Ilocos Norte National High School projects an image of excellence and intellectual supremacy as shown by countless feats in numerous contested activities.

As a science-oriented high school, INNHS has become a major feeder school for science and technology degree programs at the tertiary level. INNHS Special Science Program has produced well-trained graduates who have the motivation and the necessary preparation to meet the challenges of a fast changing world.


The Special Science Program envisions producing scientifically, technologically and globally competitive graduates.

  1. Provide an education that is humanistic in spirit, global in perspective, and patriotic in orientation;
  2. Offer curriculum that emphasizes science and mathematics and the development of a well-rounded individual; and
  3. Prepare students for careers in science and technology and contributes to nation building by helping the country attain a critical mass of professionals and leaders in science and technology.

Applicants who belong to the upper 10% of the Grade VI graduating class and who have been recommended by their respective principals are qualified to take the entrance examination.

  • 1st Stage - standardized mental ability and aptitude test - should belong to the top 40% of the first stage.
  • 2nd Stage - 75 % proficiency level in Science, English and Mathematics.
  • 3rd Stage - interview of the applicant with the parents.
  1. Student should obtain 85 % final grade in English, Science and Mathematics with no grade lower than 83 % with any of these subjects.
  2. Final grade should not be lower than 85% in the rest of the subjects.
  3. Failure to meet the grade requirement shall put the incoming Second Year and Third Year student under probation for a period of one year.
Transfer of Students
Transfer of Students

Students from Regional Science High School (RSHS) who have retained the grade requirement set for by RSHS and students enrolled in the secondary schools with the 110 Science Oriented Curriculum may be allowed to transfer to the Special Science Class. For inconsistency of subjects, the student is required to take whatever lacking subject as a back subject during the school year or to attend a summer class to complete lacking subjects.

Grading System
Grading System

There are four (4) grading periods using the averaging method. The numerical system of grading shall be used and grades shall be expressed in multiples of one.

  • Performance-Based Grading System (DepEd Order No. 33, s. 2004)
  • Quarterly Examination 30%
    Written Output 30%
      Content   (20%)
      Mechanics   (10%)
    Oral Defense 40%
  • Special Requirement: RESEARCH
  • BEC with Advance Courses
Advance Courses
Advance Courses:
  • First Year
    • Earth and Environmental Science
    • Developmental Reading

  • Second Year
    • Research I (Eng. for S & T/ Basic Statistics in Research)
    • Intermediate Algebra

  • Third Year
    • Biotechnology
    • Advance Statistics
    • Basic Physics

  • Fourth Year
    • Advance Chemistry
    • Research in Science

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