General Policies

  1. The UPIS maintains a student population of 100 students per grade level.1
  2. The only entry points to UPIS are Kindergarten and Grade 7, both via admission tests.2
  3. No one shall be admitted via Presidential discretion.2
  4. UPIS accepts 100 students at Kindergarten. Grade 7 admission on the other hand is dependent upon the number of vacated slots by UPIS Grade 6 students.3

Kindergarten Admission

  1. Kindergarten applicants should be 5 to 6 years old by August. There will be a gradual adjustment in the age requirement to achieve this from our previous age requirement of 5 1/2 to 6 1/2: 4
      School YearRequired Birthdates
      2017-201801 January 2011 to 31 March 2012
      2018-201901 April 2012 to 30 June 2013
      2019-202001 July 2013 to 31 July 2014
      2020-202101 August 2014 to 31 July 2015
  2. Kindergarten admission is based on
    • performance in the Kindergarten Admission Test (KAT) and
    • parentage - sixty percent (60%) of qualified applicants must be children of University personnel.5
  3. In case of a tie for the last few slots for children of university personnel, all students with the tied score may be admitted provided the number of admitted students does not exceed 5% of the number of slots allowed. In the event that the number of students with the tied score exceeds 5%, drawing of lots will be done to determine who will fill up the remaining slots up to plus 5%.5

Grade 7 Admission

  1. UPIS Grade 6 students who have completed their academic requirements are automatically admitted to Grade 7.
  2. Only when the projected Grade 7 enrollment falls below 100 does UPIS make a call for Grade 7 applicants.3
  3. Admission to Grade 7 for these applicants is based solely on their rank in the UPIS Grade 7 Admission Test (GAT)
  4. GAT applicants must be currently enrolled in Grade 6 with an average of 85% or better (or its equivalent in another grading system) for three grading periods.

Transferees or Lateral Entrants

As a general rule, UPIS does not accept transferees/lateral entrants. However, the University's Board of Regents has given the UP Diliman Chancellor authority to allow lateral entry into the UPIS of the following students:6

  1. Children of UP personnel who are returning to the University after a study leave or special detail abroad, provided that the study leave or special detail of the parent/s was the reason for the children’s failure to be enrolled at UPIS
  2. Children of Visiting Professors enrolling as special students
  3. Participants in Exchange programs of the University enrolling as special students


Note: UPIS announces/posts (here and on its facebook page) the detailed procedure and requirements for KAT and GAT application every January.


1 CHED Orders Nos. 4 (series of 1996) and 21 (series of 1997)
2 1037th Meeting of the BOR, 31 January 1991
3 1148th Meeting of the BOR, 22 February 2008
4 1322nd Meeting of the BOR, 24 November 2016
5 1171th Meeting of the BOR, 30 May 2003
6 1020th Meeting of the BOR, 25 April 1989