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The Jacinto P. Elpa National High School continues to achieve excellence in different subject areas and aspects of human endeavor. It also continues to follow up its numerous alumni who are now successful in their respective chosen career here in the Philippines and abroad. Every year, the school tops competitions both academic and co-curricular activities may it be sponsored by the DepEd, NGOs and LGUs due to its linkages with internal and external stakeholders. NCEE highest ratings in the province come from this school. In Schools Press Conferences, the school has always been a placer due to a well prepared school paper and well trained student writers. In 1991-1992, one student named Glenn P. Plaza was awarded “The National Writer of the Year” for garnering the highest points in the National Secondary Schools Press Conference ‘92 held at Naga City, Camarines Sur.

Since then, JPENHS went a long way though. It now stands, proud on a sprawling, 4 hectares land area, that make up the entire school plant. It has four separate campuses, as buildings are scattered within the periphery of the provincial government compound on a rolling terrain in the capitol hills. The campuses are all secured with fences and gates where security guards are deployed in all year levels, except at the back of the second year level which is an open space of the Gregorio P. Murillo Sports Complex. It has five (5) buildings in the first year, five (5) in the second year, seven (7) in the third year and three (3) in the fourth year. Holding classes somewhere else is now a thing of the past because all classes are already accommodated inside the classrooms. The library provides reading materials of all sorts making it convenient for students to do research work. For many times it became either the venue or host of different seminars, trainings, athletic meets, academic and co-curricular competitions in the division and regional levels.

JPENHS is one of the biggest schools in the province of Surigao del Sur. Its increasing enrolment each year is attributed to the presence of feeder schools with big enrolment. The poblacion alone has five (5) big Public Elementary Schools. In addition, students from other municipalities also enroll here in spite of the presence of an old private school, Saint Theresa College due to free tuition fee.


In 1988, JPENHS became the Cluster Head servicing schools during the onset of financial empowerment to secondary schools. Later, it was picked as Division Leader School in 1989. In 1992, the school became recipient of the Philippine-Australia Science and Mathematics Education Program (PASMEP) in which the school received laboratory equipments, tools and different learning materials in Science and Mathematics.

In 1995, the school was also a recipient of the State-of-the-Art building, the Learning Resource Center, a joint project of the USAID-LGU which is granted to some selected secondary schools all over the country. It has a well equipped Science Laboratory, Science Library and Computer Laboratory. It implements the Special Science Curriculum similar to the Philippine Science High School which qualifies it to be one of the ESEP Schools of the country.

Another educational program that benefited the JPENHS is the Philippine Australia Project for Basic Education (PA-PROBE) or Program for Basic Education, a joint project of Australia and the Philippine Government conceived to improve the teaching of Science, Mathematics and English. It was introduced in 1999 with seven (7) other satellite secondary schools within the province.

Of the four campuses the Third Year campus is more endowed than the other three because the physical improvement is evident. A two (2) new two-storey-four-classroom buildings has been occupied. The buildings are from the SEDIP and from the school program of the DPWH. Classroom shortage in the third year has been solved. The covered court is located in the third campus. Because of this covered court, the school has been spared from using government facilities outside the campus like the social hall and the municipal gymnasium during big programs and important school-gatherings.

Another achievement of the school is for having been chosen as the Division Center for Excellence in Home Economics year 2005-2006. It is a flattering distinction the school has earned. Hence, the TLE teachers are thoroughly mobilized to answer the challenges to justify this great undertaking and hopefully could make a name in the Division of Surigao del Sur.

Today, Jacinto P. Elpa National High School has three curricular programs, namely: Revised Basic Education Curriculum (RBEC), part of which is the Night High School for working students, which is considered as the general secondary education; Special Science Curriculum (SSC/LRC), which focuses on excellence in English, Science and Mathematics, and the Technical Vocational Education (TVE) Curriculum, now on its third year of implementation, which prepares the graduates for job placements if he/she passes the TESDA validation.

For school year 2009-2010, there are seventeen (17) sections in the First year, sixteen (16) sections in the Second year, sixteen (16) sections in the Third year and fourteen (14) sections in the Fourth year inclusive of the three curricula. To sum up, there are sixty three (63) sections. With these its population rose to approximately 3,486 students, where students are compressed with 53 to 60 students per section. Unfortunately, the large student-population in each classroom is no longer conducive for learning.

With the overflowing populace, the school needs more classrooms thus reaching to a point of borrowing other government lots like the lots owned by the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Hospital occupied by the Fourth year campus and the Special Science Curriculum with the Learning Resource Center at its height comprising 18 classrooms, a faculty room and two Science Laboratory rooms; and the GSP, which the school occupied 15 classrooms for the First year including a faculty room. Also the two rooms formerly used by the Bureau of Lands are occupied by two section of the First year.

SCHOOL YEAR 2009 – 2010

For school year 2009-2010, the enrolment rose to 3,486, with 1,649 males and 1,836 females. Today we have a teaching staff comprising of 115 teachers, 26 of which are males and 89 females plus 11 members of the staff. JPENHS has 63 classrooms, 4 Science Laboratory rooms, 1 Library, 2 Computer Laboratories, 1 Civil Technology room, 1 Electricity room, 1 Drafting room, 2 Garment Trade rooms, 2 Culinary Arts room, and 2 Home Economics rooms, all of these are used as classrooms. We now have 8 Faculty rooms, which are, two in first year, two for second year, one in third year, two in fourth year and one faculty room for the Night class advisers and Coordinator. Furthermore, there are numerous offices for different departments, namely: the Finance office, Planning Office, Supply office, PTA Office, Student Government office, Records office, Guidance Office and the Principal’s office.

Indeed, Jacinto P. Elpa National High School has already gone a long way and it continues to soar to its greater height of excellence in order to fulfill its commitment to God and humanity in the province of Surigao del Sur, i.e., as manifested in the school’s Goals, Vision, and Mission.