DepEd to welcome first batch of Senior High School students on Monday

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education will welcome the country’s first batch of Senior High School (SHS) nationwide on Monday, June 13, 2016.

DepEd to welcome first batch of Senior High School students on Monday
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A total of 5,990 public schools, operated and funded by DepEd, will begin offering Grade 11 as part of the K to 12 program's SHS offer for 2016 and Grade 12 in 2017.

These public schools will utilize new classrooms and facilities constructed under the 2014 and 2015 budgets of DepEd or other fund sources, or use available facilities for Senior High School.

In addition, 5,046 private high schools, private and public universities and colleges, technical-vocational schools, and Philippine schools overseas will begin offering Grade 11 in 2016 and Grade 12 in 2017.

Search for a senior high school via its Municipality, School ID, School Name, or search for TVL Specializations being offered on this page: List of Senior High Schools

DepEd: Over 57,000 Senior High School program offerings available nationwide

Incoming senior high school students only have to choose their track based on their interest and skills and they would be better prepared for whichever exit point they plan on pursuing after high school—go to college, develop more skills, start a business, or get employed.

Such is the expectation amid the 28,844 SHS program offerings spread among DepEd public schools nationwide. This is on top of the 28,991 SHS programs also offered by private schools, public and private universities and colleges, and technical-vocational institutions nationwide.

Program offerings available for SHS students to choose from include four (4) strands under the Academic track: Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and General Academic; the Sports track; the Arts and Design track; and various specializations under the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) track.

"What's important to note here is that these programs offer our incoming senior high school students real choices, consistent with the intention of the K to 12 Program, which is to make education learner-centered, inclusive, competence-based, and responsive to the needs of the community,” stated DepEd Assistant Secretary for Curriculum and Instruction Elvin Uy.

The TVL track, for instance, equips students with the skills and competencies that prepare them for employment after completion. It has 86 specializations under its Agri-Fishery Arts, Home Economics, Industrial Arts, and Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) strands. Schools with TVL programs can then offer combinations of various specializations, which students can select from to complete the required 720 hours of specialized training. It is the second most popular track of choice—next to Academic track—chosen by over 40% of the more than 1.3 million Grade 10 completers who registered early for Senior High School last year.

"If the students take specializations under the same strand, they strengthen their competencies in a particular sector; on the other hand, if they take subjects from different strands, it can work, too, because their exposure is more diverse,” added Uy.

In SHS, a student takes fifteen (15) core subjects, seven (7) applied track subjects, and nine (9) specialized track subjects. The core subjects have the same content and competencies for all students. These subjects include communication skills, reading and writing, Filipino, literature, mathematics, and the sciences, among others. The applied track subjects target the same competencies, but contextualize the content to suit each track and strand. The specialized subjects have different content and competencies based on the chosen track, strand, or TVL specialization/s.

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