Philippine High School for the Arts

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Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) is a public, non-secular, non-profit special school founded on June 11, 1977 through Presidential Decree (PD) 1287. In 1990, under Executive Order 420, the school was converted into a regular government agency attached to the Department of Education (DepEd) and implemented its program in consultation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It is located at the National Arts Center owned by the CCP found in the premises of University of the Philippines in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna.


Nature of the School

The Philippine High School for the Arts is a public high school for gifted and talented adolescents. It combines the secondary education level program with a special curriculum that recognizes and develops highly talented and exceptionally gifted artists for the preservation, enhancement and promotion of Filipino Cultural Heritage.

PHSA aims to develop the potentials of young artists, its faculty and staff as cultural workers that are capable in achieving programs that are focused on the development and enhancement of the Filipino people's artistic and cultural traditions as well as the commitment to serve the majority of Filipinos. The school also provides its students the opportunity to develop their social skills alongside of pure academic and artistic trainings.

The school continues to innovate programs that directly address the socioeconomic, political and cultural realities in the country, in line with its firm belief that the artist plays a big role in nation-building.

Vision and Mission

The school has vision and mission that drives them in producing art loving citizens and enhancing the gifts of Filipino children. They envision, "A national center for excellence and leadership in arts, research, training and support programs (ARTES)." And this vision is supported by their mission which is, "To develop artistically gifted and talented students by implementing a special secondary education curriculum and support programs committed to the conservation and promotion of the Filipino artistic and cultural traditions."


Basic Education

The PHSA follows the basic subjects based on the Department of Education curriculum which it include, English, Mathematics, Science, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan, and Physical Education and Health. The school also offers a special subject called the Research in the Arts or Rita.

Art Education

For the Art Education, the PHSA implements a special curriculum on arts apart from the basic education subjects from the Department of Education. These are the following:

  • Creative Writing which includes Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting and Journalism both in English and Filipino.
  • Dance which includes Classical and Modern Ballet, Folk Dance, Improvisation, Composition and Staging.
  • Music which includes theory, Composition, Solo instrument, Ensemble, Chorus, and Solo voices.
  • Theater Arts, Acting, Stage Management, Technical Theater, Theory and History of Theater, Dance Theater and Directing.
  • Visual Arts which includes Visual Perception, Sculpture, Photography, Art Appreciation, Materials and Techniques and Computer Art.

During School Days

The students studying at the PHSA enjoy free tuition and boarding and apply for specific fields in Filipino arts. The artist-scholars spend their four years in the school mastering their chosen art. Their day starts at five in the morning, have their breakfast before going to their classes by seven. Their classes for the basic subjects begin from morning until lunch. They have 16 full-time instructors and 25 visiting masters. After dinner, the students stay until ten or eleven in the evening rehearsing, writing and all other activities for their exhibits, performances and recitals in school.




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