Dear Carolinian students of the Basic Education Department!
Welcome to the University of San Carlos Basic Education for this School Year 2023-2024! You are about to begin one of the most exciting chapters in your student life, and we would like to commit to making your “Carolinian experience“ a meaningful and rewarding one.
You may be wondering why the USC Basic Education is considered a special place. This is because you are now housed in a campus peculiarly your own: the ABM and STEM strands are at the Mango Avenue (North) Campus, while the HUMSS and Arts and Design Track as well as the Kinder to Grade 10 levels are in the J. Alcantara St. (South) Campus. The Montessori Academy stays in their usual campus. We made it a point that this school year you will be comfortably located in these campuses. Despite the odds during this transition period, Basic Education students deserve to be in these campuses for you to develop depth of character, promote traditions, experience diversity, and resolve your commitment to academic excellence. The beautiful natural surroundings will surely contribute to making this truly an exemplary learning environment. We want you to enjoy the campuses and take full advantage of everything we can offer you and, in so doing, become active participants in every school community activity.
You will be part of a campus community that promotes the USC’s Vision of “A world where the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace,” living in a society where citizens are competent, noble in character and community oriented:
What they know, they apply justly and honestly,
What they do not know, they seek to learn,
What they do not have, they endeavor to acquire,
What they have, they share.
I feel that you have already demonstrated your capacity to initially thrive here at the USC Basic Education with your success in your entry as a new student, and the consistency and prominence shown by our continuing students. Your learning journey here will be facilitated by a team of dedicated and competent educators from the different campuses who will surely help you accomplish your educational goals.
As a student of the Basic Education, I enjoin you to familiarize yourself with the school’s guidelines and policies to ensure a healthy, safe, and productive environment for you to learn, work, and play in the coming years of your student life. I encourage you to thoroughly read the handbook provided for you and to reflect on its content. Attend relevant orientations facilitated by our able faculty and staff members. Take advantage of the information that addresses your needs and concerns, especially if you require support or are looking for opportunities for involvement on campus or in the community.
Lastly, let me share with you the USC motto: Witness to the Word, and the USC slogan: Education with a Mission. It is my deepest aspiration that as you continue in your educational journey, you will imbibe the graduate attributes of Catholicity and Mission acquired through Scientia (professionally competent and skilled), Virtus (noble character and are value-driven) and Devotio (dedicated to social transformation).
I wish you all the best in your educational journey.
Fr. Alfonso A. Araceli, SVD
Director, Basic Education Department
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