Code of Discipline
Most students, given their developmental limitation, do not yet possess the self-control of mature individuals. This is why, the school, assuming special parental authority, have set norms to help the students evolve into self-motivated, self-disciplined individuals.
For this reason, good order and behavior are emphasized in Ateneo. This is why the code of discipline should not be associated with external punishment. On the contrary, discipline is meant to be a very important tool for developing self-control and good character .It intends to achieve the following:
a. to teach justice, moral and right conduct
b. to develop proper habits
c. to teach respect for order, the law and to authority;
d. to appreciate the value of rules and regulations;
e. to deter students from committing violations in the future;
f. to strengthen character; and
g. to protect and uphold the good name of the school .
1. School Wear and haircut
a. All students are required to come to school in the prescribed uniform.
The complete uniform worn on ordinary days consists of the following:
· a white polo shirt with the Ateneo seal on the left breast pocket
· a name strip and a grade level patch sewn just above it
· plain white undershirt
· a handkerchief and a rosary in the pocket
· a pair of long khaki pants or shorts (for Prep to Grade 3)
· a black belt, white socks, and a pair of plain, low-cut, black leather shoes and
· a school ID card worn around the neck.
Middle School students are required to tuck in their shirts.
b. A gala uniform is prescribed for Mass days and special occasions. A complete gala uniform consists of the following:
· a white polo barong , with the Ateneo seal,
· a pair of black pants,
· black socks and plain, low-cut, black leather shoes.
b. A PE uniform is prescribed for PE classes, intramurals and on certain occasions like fieldtrips and the annual fiesta days . The PE shirt is given to the student during the school year. A complete PE uniform consists of the following:
· a collarless shirt ,
· a pair of blue shorts,
· white socks and rubber shoes.
c. Students are not allowed to bring or wear Jewelry and unnecessary accessories .
d. Every student is required to maintain a conventional, decent, and manly haircut :
· Hair on top may not go beyond the eyebrows when pulled down.
· Hair at the nape should be at least an inch above the tip of the shirt collar.
· Fancy hairstyles or the unreasonable shaving of the head is prohibited.
a. Students must attend all classes regularly. As mandated by the Department of Education, a student who has been absent in excess of 20% of the total number of school days during the school year shall be dropped.
b. Only absences due to valid reasons such as illness are excused. To be excused, a student who was absent must present a valid letter of excuse from his parent or guardian to his class teacher once he returns to school.
c. A student may not leave the classroom or their assigned places during class hours and must be within the AGS compound during free periods. They are not to leave the grounds any time between their arrival and dismissal, without a written permission from the GLC. They are to take their lunch only inside the campus.
d. When lessons are held outside their classroom ( such as in the covered courts, auditorium, or in the club meeting place ) students are to be with their respective section / group throughout the entire period.
e. After dismissal, while waiting to be fetched, students should stay within the Ateneo Grade School Premises. Leaving the classroom or the campus without permission or for an unreasonable length of time is considered truancy .
f. Students who go to or are sent to the infirmary for a check-up or confinement must thereafter present to the teacher, an admit-to-class slip filled out by the doctor or nurse. The re-admission slip must indicate the date and time of his confinement in the infirmary.
g. If the infirmary advises that the student be fetched , they will send a form to the class teacher after which:
· The student's school bag is brought to the infirmary.
· His parents/ guardians are informed to pick him up.
· His parents/ fetchers fill up a form so that a gate pass may be issued.
h. Aside from illness, a student may only be allowed to leave the campus during school hours only under the following circumstances:
i. when there is a written permission from his parents, in which case:
· he presents this to the class teacher,
· the class teacher endorses the letter to the G LC,
· after evaluation, the GLC endorses the letter,
· a gate pass is issued.
ii. When a parent (or parent-substitute) picks up a student. In such an event,
· the parent or his substitute fills up a form and presents it to the GLC
· the GLC endorses the request, after which a gate pass is issued.
iii. When he will have to go outside the school to attend a field trip, academic competition, sports competition or any similar undertaking as a representative of the school in which case a valid letter/ waiver form signed by his parents or by authorized school officials are presented .
Coming on time to all classes, assemblies, exercises, and the like is expected of every Atenean.
a. In the morning, a student is considered tardy if he has not with his class at the start of the Morning Ceremony.
b. For periods after recess and after lunch, he is considered tardy if he is not with his class or group at the stroke of the 2nd bell.
When a student is tardy for class, he must report to his GLC who will issue him an admit-to-class slip after a determination is made of the validity of his tardiness.
4. School Materials
a. Every student must come to school with complete materials for class such as books, pens, notebooks, pad paper and the like. The school will not receive materials forgotten by the students except for money, food and medicine.
b. He is expected to show simplicity of lifestyle in the kind of materials he brings to school. Expensive ball pens, imported notebooks and other such items are discouraged.
c. Bringing materials unrelated to schoolwork (e.g. toys, comic books, play cards, cellular phones, audio-video devices electronic gadgets etc) is also prohibited.
d. b. In the classroom, the students must respect the privacy of other people’s belongings such as his classmates’ schoolbags, water jugs, the teacher's table etc
e. it is the responsibility of the student to see to it that his school materials and the personal possessions he brings to school are kept safe and secure.
5. Off-Limits Areas
For Safety and Order considerations certain places in the grade school campus are designated as off limits. This means that during class hours, students are not allowed to go to these areas on their own and without permission. These are:
· The old Prep Area and Playground ( is off limits throughout the day ).
· Teachers' lounges, workrooms
· Teachers washrooms,
· The administration buildings and offices,
· The stage and backstage of the auditorium.
· The Primary school area is off limits to Middle School students.
· The Middle School area is off limits to the Primary School Students.
· The David Hall and the rock garden are off-limits to students from Prep to Grade- 5.
· All other places outside of the Ateneo Grade School Campus
6. Out of class activities: (Field Trips/Class Nights/ Seminars/ Recollections/ Camping)
Out of class activities are organized, parents are informed by means of an official letter.
a. Students joining these activities should secure the written consent of his parents and submit them to the class teacher on or before the deadline. Students who are unable to secure a written consent will not be allowed to join. The school officials are authorized to refuse to let a student join these activities if the student is deemed to be unfit to join the event.
b. During these events, rules on proper behavior and decorum expected in the classroom should consistently apply as well.
c. The schedules, special arrangements, and other special rules and regulations applicable to these events will be strictly observed. Specific requests for students ( to leave early or to be fetched elsewhere) will only be accommodated if arrangements with the class teacher and the GLC is made ahead of time.
Attention and active participation in and out of the classroom are necessary to create an atmosphere helpful to learning. Every student is expected to behave in a manner becoming of an Atenean by:
1. observing decorum appropriate to the all the various venues where school supervised activities take place such as in the classroom, in extension facilities such as the chapel, in the accredited school transport service, the cafeteria, the ball courts, the pergola, the EMC, the Irwin Theatre, the Blue Eagle Gym, the football field, the swimming pool.
2. making the most out of learning while being attentive, sitting up straight and participating actively. By speaking in a clear voice and by refraining from talking, standing or leaving seats unless acknowledged or granted permission by the teacher.
3. by being honest when taking tests, exams, quizzes or in class work and exhibiting proper test taking behavior.
4. by regarding everyone : classmates, school personnel and visitors included, with courtesy and respect.
8. Respect and Care for Facilities and the Natural environment
To respect and care for the facilities and the natural environment in school is a way of learning to respect and care for the environment . This is why Ateneans should treat the school facilities with care, and should keep the gardens, buildings and the campus environment neat and clean.
a. A student who inflicts damage on any property of the school, such as desks, lockers, doors, windows, bulletin boards, reading materials and the like, will be asked to replace or repair it and he will be subject to disciplinary action. Students who are found to have damaged facilities purposefully will face serious disciplinary action.
b. During recess or lunch, students may eat inside the classroom for a certain period specified by the GLC. Cleanliness and good order should always be observed. The school officials are authorized to forfeit this privilege the student is deemed to be unfit to use the facilities properly.
c. At the beginning of the school year, lockers and desks are assigned each student by the Class Teacher. Students may not change their locker or desk without the permission of their Class Teacher.
d. Whenever a class leaves the classroom for some length of time, the beadle(s) should switch off the lights and the electric fans, and lock the doors. Bags, books and other items should not be left scattered on the benches outside the room or along the corridors.
9. Waste Reduction
The school advocates waste reduction and waste segregation. Waste management measures are implemented by the school. These are to ensure that the value of respect and care for the environment is developed and exercised by the students.
a. Students keep food items in reusable food containers.
b. Students segregate biodegradable from non-biodegradable waste items.
10. Form Letters to Parents
Close communication between the school and the parents helps in the students’ learning.
When letters or notices are sent to the parents through the students, the students have the responsibility to notify their parents or guardian as soon as possible. If there is a response or return slip attached, this should be brought back to school the following day.
Official documents such as report cards, letters to parents and the like should be handled with care.
II. The Merits /Demerits and the Star /Bar System
One formal way of evaluating and reporting a students progress in the area of behavior and discipline is through the Star /Bar and the Merits /Demerits System. This mark indicates the student’s growth in self-discipline, his contribution to the class and his observance of school rules.
For the student of the Primary Level, the star-bar system applies while for the middle school student, it is the merit-demerit system that is used. Please refer to "Chapter VII on Policy and Guidelines on Honors and Awards."
Merits and Demerits
1. Earned merits and demerits cancel out each other on a one-to-one correspondence. All merits and demerits shall be carried over to the next school year.
2. Demerits shall be imposed in the following manner.
a. One demerit for every official warning from the Grade Level Coordinator.
b. One demerit for each "D" mark in deportment.
c. Two demerits for every day of benching.
d. Three demerits for every day of suspension.
3. A student shall be allowed a maximum of 25 demerits during his stay in the Grade School.
4. At the end of the school year, all demerits shall be carried over to the next school year.
5. Official action on demerits are as follows:
a. The Grade Level Coordinator sends an official written notification to parents each time a demerit is imposed on a student.
b. When a student accumulates ten (10) or more demerits, he is immediately placed on probation.
c. A student is placed on strict probation as soon as he accumulates fifteen (15) demerits. The parent/ guardian sign a written agreement with the Assistant Headmaster for Student Affairs.
d. When accumulated demerits reach twenty (20), the student is immediately placed on Final Warning status. The parent/guardian signs a written agreement with the Headmaster.
e. A student with twenty-five (25) demerits is disqualified from admission the following school year.
f. Beyond twenty-five (25) demerits, the student is automatically dropped from the roster of students and is disqualified from admission the following year.
The Ateneo Grade School Student is expected to act in a responsible manner at all times.
This includes owning up to the acts that he has committed that are considered opposed to
the values of the school and against the rules and regulations that have been set forth.
Thus offenses committed by the students are subject to disciplinary sanctions by the
teacher, or the GLC .
Penalties imposed range from the most minor form, jugging, to the most serious: dismissal from the Ateneo. In certain cases ( as will be indicated by an * ) a
corresponding sanction is applied for the offenses. In other circumstances, the appropriate
sanctions will be determined by the school based on an evaluation of the nature of the act
, the actual damage inflicted, and the circumstances surrounding the act.
The following acts are considered to be offenses by the school:
Offenses against Order
1. Tardiness *
On the 3rd instance - Class teacher gives a warning.
On the 5'" - Class teacher sends a notification slip to the parents.
On the 6th - the GLC gives a warning On the 10th - One bar/demerit
On the 12'" - One day benching for middle school students
On the 1 5th - Grounding/suspension
3. Bringing unnecessary materials to school
4. Misbehavior while under the supervision and custody of the school (this includes places like the school bus, or in out of classroom activities like camping and recollections.
5. Violation of rules on haircut, gala attire and uniform
6. Violation of rules on off-limits areas
7. Failure to submit an excuse letter after an absence.
8. Other offenses similar or related to those mentioned above.
Offenses against security
1. Smoking, including the possession of cigarettes
3. Possession /ownership of a deadly weapon( s) while in school. The possession/ownership of ordinary objects and school materials can fall under the category of "deadly weapons" if misused and/ or abused. Examples would be a blade, a drawing compass, a penknife, a razor, scissors, a toy gun, a letter-opener, a hammer, and the like.
4. Membership in organizations or fraternities banned by the school*. The sanction is outright separation
5. Possession of prohibited drugs*. The Ateneo considers the possession of prohibited drugs a very serious violation, as it is both physically and morally harmful. Thus, the sanction for such is outright separation Any student found to be in possession of, actually taking or using, buying or selling, giving or trafficking barbiturates, hypnotic amphetamines, suppressants, marijuana or other dangerous/prohibited drugs in the University premises or its extension facilities, or during school activities, is subject to expulsion from the school. The school deems all these substances physically or morally harmful. Any student found guilty of such an offense can be meted outright separation from the school, even if he has not reached the maximum 25 demerits.
Offenses against persons
1. Bullying acts, malicious name-calling, fighting, inciting fights, inflicting physical harm.
2. Gross disrespect, insubordination, disobedience to teachers, superiors or school officials.
Offenses against property
1. Vandalism, wastage, damage, mutilation, or destruction of property and the environment* In addition to a sanction that can be imposed, depending on the circumstances and gravity of the offense, the offender will pay compensation to the school or person involved for damages.
2. Stealing or extortion
Offenses against truthfulness and honesty
1. Passing off someone’s work as one’s own
2. Providing untruthful information when asked.
3. Tampering with or falsifying official school documents and the deliberate non- delivery of important communication to parents
4. Cheating and dishonesty during exams, tests , quizzes or class activities. Which is defined as , but not limited to talking unnecessarily, whispering, calling the attention of others, looking around, looking at the work of others, using unauthorized notes , making ones work visible to others, behaving suspiciously.
The lowest rating in the examination or quiz, is given to the offender. A sanction may be imposed depending on the gravity of the offense.
Offenses against public values
1. Possession and/ or passing of pornographic or indecent literature
2. Using facilities and technology such as the internet to display and pass on hurtful offensive and indecent information to other members of the school.
A jug is a corrective measure meted for the infraction of class rules and the violation of certain school rules. It may take on the form of writing or copying materials assigned by the teacher or the GLC.
Offenses Punishable with Jug
a. Classroom misbehavior or the disturbance of classes.
However, the sanction may be raised to a warning or benching, depending on the gravity of the case.
b. Failure to perform an assigned task.
c. Improper behavior during flag ceremony, the Morning Prayer, the Holy Mass, assemblies and the like.
d. . No excuse slip after absence/tardiness. A student who consistently fails to bring an excuse slip is referred to the GLC.
A warning given by the GLC to a student translates to an automatic national demerit. The student's parents are informed of the infraction after which the offender is no longer entitled to a warning for any offense.
Offenses Punishable with Warning
a. Bringing unnecessary materials to school. The second offense is meted benching or a two-day suspension.
b. Bullying acts and malicious name-calling. The second offense is meted benching or one to three days' suspension depending on the gravity of the case.
c. Dishonesty in any form. The penalty may be raised to one to three days' suspension depending on the seriousness of the case.
d. Uniform code and haircut violation. Penalty may be raised to benching or suspension depending on the case.
e. Misbehavior aboard the bus and accredited carpools.
The second offense warrants benching or one to three days' suspension.
f. Improper use of classroom or school facilities.
Second offense merits benching or suspension.
Reparation shall also be required for any damage caused.
g. Tampering with or falsifying official school documents and the deliberate non-delivery of important communication to parents. These are considered violations of trust. Depending on the gravity of the case, the penalty may be raised from benching to one to two days' suspension.
h Tardiness. Habitual unexcused tardiness of ten times a quarter or more shall mean a national demerit, benching or suspension, depending on the circumstances.
i. 3 times late - Class teacher gives a warning
ii. .5 times late - Class teacher sends a notification to parents.
iii. 6 times late - GLC gives a warning.
iv. 10 times late - GLC confers with parents. The student is given one national demerit.
v. 12 times late - GLC gives a benching.
vi. 15 times late - GLC gives a suspension.
Benching is a penalty imposed by the GLC for the serious violation of school rules and classroom discipline. Two national demerits are given for every day of benching imposed. The student is grounded, which means he is not allowed to participate in regular school activities. Instead, he reports to the GLC who assigns him various tasks. The duration of the benching depends on the seriousness of the offense.
An offender who is benched will automatically receive a deportment mark of C for the quarter in the appropriate category. Quizzes missed on that day will be determined by a correction factor.
Offenses punishable with Benching
a. Conduct unbecoming of a gentleman. The penalty may be raised to a suspension or dismissal depending on the gravity of the offense.
b. Curfew violation during special school activities like class nights, camping, etc.
c. Defiance of school authority rules. Examples include gross disrespect, insubordination, or disobedience to teachers. superiors or any other school personnel. Depending on the gravity of the case, the penalty may be raised to a five-day suspension.
d. Fighting and inciting fights. Depending on the gravity of the case, the penalty may be raised to one to three days' suspension or dismissal, when injury is inflicted.
e. Gambling. Gambling for money or Its equivalent is contrary to the academic values espoused by the school. Similarly, card games and card trading are banned. Depending on the gravity of the case, the penalty may be raised to one to three days' suspension.
f. Off-limits and no loitering area violation. The second offense merits suspension.
g. Possession/ ownership and/or the passing around of indecent/pornographic materials/literature. Depending or me gravity of the case, the penalty may be raised to one to five days' suspension.
h. Tampering with notices. report cards or lockers.
i. Unexcused tardiness. A student who is already in school and is late for a class is considered guilty of unexcused tardiness.
j. Vandalism. damage, mutilation or destruction of property. The penalty may be raised to a suspension of two to four days. and possibly, d1smissal, depending on 'the gravity of the offense and the extreme or toe damage caused. Reparation or restitution will also be required.
Grounding involves disallowing the student from play during recess and lunch, and depriving him of certain privileges like participation in the Grade Level Sportsfest.
The GLC imposes a suspension for serious offenses or the habitual violation of school rules and classroom discipline. A suspended student is separated from his classes/ classmates and is barred from entering the classroom for a period lasting from one to five days, depending on the reason for the suspension. The parents/guardian of the suspended student may be called to confer with the GLC to impress on them the gravity of the situation and to set the stage for a change of attitude and earnest reform on the part of the student.
An offender who is suspended will automatically receive a deportment mark of D for the quarter. For missed quizzes 011 the day/days of his suspension he gets a score of zero.
Offenses Punishable with Suspension
a. Academic Dishonesty. An additional penalty entails being conferred the lowest rating during examinations and a zero in all quizzes during the days when the suspension is served.
b. Bringing, taking, and/or possessing alcoholic and related beverages in the school premises or extension facilities, or during school functions. The penalty is one to four days' suspension depending on the gravity of the case.
c. The possession/ownership of a deadly weapon( s) while in school. The possession/ownership of ordinary objects and school materials can fall under the category of "deadly weapons" if misused and/ or abused. Examples would be a blade, a drawing compass, a penknife, a razor, scissors, a toy gun, a letter-opener, a hammer, and the like. Depending on the gravity of the case, the penalty may be raised from one to five days' suspension, and possibly, to dismissal from the school .
d. Driving any kind of motor vehicle inside the campus. Depending on the gravity of the case, one to four days' suspension may be imposed.
e Possession and ownership of explosive materials.
Exploding materials in school is banned. Where the explosion causes damage or injury, restitution or reparation shall be required. The penalty may be increased to dismissal depending on the circumstances and/or the gravity of the damage or injury caused.
f. Forgery. The act of presenting a document with a fake signature is considered forgery. One to two days' suspension may be imposed.
g. Physical Assault. Depending on the gravity of the case, the penalty may be raised to a suspension of one to three days', or dismissal from the school.
h. Smoking and/ or the possession of a cigarette and/ or any smoking paraphernalia. One to four days' suspension may be given depending on the gravity of the case.
i. Theft/Extortion. Theft involves actually taking or stealing, or assisting in the acquisition of materials belonging to someone else without his consent. A duly authorized school personnel has the right to search students, their personal belongings and their lockers with the permission and in the presence of the GLC. Restitution or reparation shall be required for damage caused. The maximum penalty is' dismissal. .
Truancy involves leaving the classrooms for an unreasonable length of time, or leaving the campus without permission. A student whose absence is NOT authorized by his parents or legal guardian is considered TRUANT. Depending on the gravity of the case, one to three days' suspension may be imposed.
Expulsion/Dismissal is the most serious of all penalties. A student who is expelled or dismissed from the school is debarred from all private and public schools. (Cf. Amendment to paragraph 146, subparagraph (a) and (c) of the "Manual of Regulations for Private Schools," first edition, 1995). Hence, a student is expelled or dismissed only if he commits an offense that merits separation from the Ateneo or after
probation was attempted but failed to effect the desired improvement on the part of the erring student.
Offense punishable with dismissal/ expulsion:
Membership in Fraternities.
Fraternities or societies that are secret in nature foster loyalty to the group, whether rightly or wrongly. In principle, they run contrary to moral values and the school order. Consequently, membership in such groups is, cause for dismissal from the school.
The illegal possession/ ownership / use of prohibited or dangerous drugs.
Any student found to be in possession of, actually taking or using, buying or selling, giving or trafficking barbiturates, hypnotic amphetamines, suppressants, marijuana or other dangerous/prohibited drugs in the University premises or its extension facilities, or during school activities, is subject to expulsion from the school. The school deems all these substances physically or morally harmful. Any student found guilty of such an offense can be meted outright separation from the school, even if he has not reached the maximum 25 demerits.
V .Due Process in Disciplinary Cases
Procedures related to student discipline are meant to ensure rationality and order for the members of the Ateneo Grade School. The Ateneo recognizes and protects the rights of students to due process but student disciplinary proceedings are not criminal proceedings and are not subject to the rules of court.
Due Process in Minor Cases.
a. The GLC decides on cases deemed as minor. The decision must be based on substantial evidence.
b. The sanctions for minor infractions are writing extra lines or jugs, a deprivation of privileges.
c. For more serious infractions:
i. Warning - issued by the Grade Level Coordinator.
ii. Grounding - issued to Primary School students
iii. Benching - issued to Middle School students
Due Process in Major Cases
The procedure followed in imposing a suspension is as follows:
a. The GLC investigates the case. The student is called to give his side. The GLC confers with the class teacher and other people concerned.
b. The GLC sends for the parents to notify them of the suspension. The suspension Starts on the day after the conference with the parents/guardian. The suspended student reports to the GLC to do whatever work may be assigned him.
c. The notice of suspension shall either be posted on the grade level bulletin board or announced to the grade level concerned (Grades 4 to 7).
d. Non-school days, Sundays and holidays (foreseen or not) are not counted as part of an offender's period of suspension.
e. Upon his return to school, the student must report to the GLC for re-admission.
The procedure observed is as follows:
a. The class teacher submits a written report to the GLC of the grade level concerned stating the nature and the circumstances of the offense, including any evidence or materials relevant to the case.
b. The GLC then conducts an investigation of the case during which the student is called to give his side.
c. The GLC submits a report of his findings to the Headmaster.
d. The Headmaster convenes the Disciplinary Board . The Disciplinary Board is an ad hoc Body convened by the Headmaster whenever a disciplinary case involving penalties like expulsion, dismissal or the mandatory withdrawal of a student from the Ateneo is being contemplated.
The Board performs the following functions:
1. It reviews the facts of the case as presented by the GLC.
2. It ensures that due process has been observed in the investigation of the case.
3. It affirms whether or not there has been a serious violation of the Code of Discipline of the school.
4. It recommends appropriate action to the Headmaster.
e. The Board shall evaluate the case and submit its recommendation to the Headmaster for review and approval. The Headmaster makes a decision and forwards it to the President of the University.
Ateneo is a Peace Zone
The Ateneo campus has been declared a Peace Zone. The Ateneo Grade School subscribes to the advocacy of a gun--less society. In this regard, bringing any type of gun to school is strictly prohibited.