The Quezon City government has extended its assistance to the students, parents, teachers, and staff of the Colegio de San Lorenzo (CDSL) community after the school’s sudden closure on August 15.
To recall, CDSL announced its permanent closure on Monday, August 15 due to financial issues brought about by the pandemic and lack of enrollees over the past academic years. The decision, however, was made when the private catholic institution already accepted new enrollees.
In a press release, the QC government announced that it will “coordinate with other schools, colleges, and universities where affected students can transfer with their credentials credited” on August 16. Mayor Joy Belmonte said the LGU will also assist CDSL teachers in looking for new jobs through its public employment and service office.
Belmonte also mentioned in an interview with GMA’s Balitanghali that 717 students from nursery to grade 12 and 652 college students are affected by CDSL’s closure. To add, 172 students are supposed to graduate this coming academic year.
“We will facilitate ‘yung mga mag-aaral para makapag-aral sa iba’t-ibang paaralan dito sa lungsod and we are coordinating with different schools already,” Belmonte added.
Meanwhile, here is a list of schools that opened their doors to the CDSL community, as of this writing.
Department of Education spokesperson Atty. Michael Poa said in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source that it has received a formal offer from Thames International to help the CDSL community. “What we’re trying to do now is to remedy the situation to help the students,” he added.
Thames International announced that it’s offering scholarship opportunities to displaced grades 11 and 12 students. This includes partial scholarships where Thames will “match CDSL tuition” fees and deferred payment of tuition until the refund is collected.
“We are heeding the call of Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City, Philippines to help our fellow institution in its time of need. We are offering the following to students/parents of Colegio de San Lorenzo,” Thames International wrote on Facebook.
Enrollees may contact [email protected] and Thames International’s official Facebook page for more details.
Thames International is located at 86 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Quezon City
Quezon City University
Quezon City University (QCU) president Dr. Theresita Atienza said in a statement per Philippine News Agency that the institution will “welcome the college students of CDSL and we will help in crediting their classes and helping them have a smooth transition to our university.”
Additional details on tuition fees and admission are yet to revealed, as of this writing.
Quezon City University is located at 673 Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City
Trinity University of Asia
Aside from Thames and QCU, Belmonte said in a Balitanghali interview that the Trinity University of Asia is willing to accommodate CDSL students affected by the closure. However, details on tuition fees and admission are yet to be released.
Trinity University of Asia is located at Cathedral Heights, 275 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave, New Manila, Quezon City
UST Angelicum College
The UST Angelicum College announced in a Facebook post that they are willing to offer scholarships, low downpayment, and “a seamless admission process” for displaced CDSL students.
The institution added that it will accept pre-school, grade school, junior high school, senior high school, BA Communication, BS Information Technology, BS Entrepreneurship, and BSBA Human Resource Management students.
UST Angelicum College is located at 112 Sen. Mariano J. Cuenco, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City
University of the East
The University of the East’s K to 12 campus announced on Facebook that “it is ready to accommodate” CDSL students from nursery to Grade 12. Applicants may enroll for “as low as P3,000 downpayment,” as mentioned on Facebook.
Students and parents may contact 8735-5471 for more inquiries.
The University of the East K to 12 campus is located at Recto Avenue, Sampaloc, Manila.
St. Claire School
St. Claire School is currently accepting “siblings, honor students, and incoming grade 7 students.” Admissions and other enrollment details are yet to be released.
Incoming applicants can visit www.stclaireschool.edu.ph or call 0956-355-2888.
St. Claire School is located at 26 Masbate St., West Avenue, Quezon City.
Acelina School, Inc.
Acelina School, Inc. said that CDSL’s closure is a threat to the affected students’ learning and is thus willing to help in accepting them.
In a statement, the school said, “During these times when education and its stakeholders are extremely challenged, the closure of one educational institution serves as an impending threat to the continuity and recovery of learning and the whole educational system.”
They added that they want to offer the learners “a refuge in the pursuit of quality basic education amidst the development.”
Acelina School, Inc. is located at NAPOCOR Village, Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
Villagers Montessori College
Villagers Montessori College is also opening its gates for the displaced students from pre-school to college levels.
“As school administrators ourselves, we express our sadness to this sudden decision. We know how heavy this may be to the owners, administrators, employees, and students,” the school’s statement read.
“We are willing to accommodate and offer our help, in any way we can,” it added.
Villagers Montessori College is located at Brgy. Sangandaan, Project 8, Quezon City.
College of St. Catherine Quezon City
The College of St. Catherine is also willing to take the affected students under its wing.
They were endorsed personally by CDSL and they are currently welcoming new students and cross-enrollees from pre-school to college levels.
The entrance examinations will be waived and the students don’t have to worry about the requirements immediately as they will be accepted upon completion at a later time.
The College of St. Catherine in Quezon City is located at 362 Quirino Highway 1408 Quezon City.
National University Nazareth School
NU Nazareth School has also formed a team to ensure the smooth transfer of the displaced CDSL students.
In a post, they listed that they are offering scholarships, lower tuition fees, extension of requirements submission, free internet, and a free Microsoft 365 license.
NU University is located at 272 Plaza Sta. Teresita St., Sampaloc, Manila.
Philippine Women’s University (PWU) - JASMS
The Philippine Women's University Jose Abad Santos Memorial School or PWU-JASMS located Quezon City is also offering their services to students of CDSL affected by the closure.
“We will open our doors to the families of the students who need a second home where they can open a new chapter with the PWU-JASMS family,” the school announced Wednesday.
Potential students can contact the school at 89206316 or 89269566. .
PWU-JASMS is located at 51 Congressional Ave. corner Villa Socorro St.