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What is Senior High School?

SHS covers the last 2 years of the K to 12 Program. In Grades 11 and 12, students will go through a core curriculum and subjects under a track of their choice.

What will students learn in SHS? What are the tracks?

Studetns may pick a track based on how he or she will proceed after high school graduation. Senior High School covers eight learning areas as part of its core curriculum and adds specific tracks based on the following disciplines:

  • Academic (Business, Science & Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, and General Academic)
  • Technical-Vocational-Livelihood  (with TESDA qualifications)
  • Sports
  • Arts and Design

Will SHS mean two more years of High School?

Yes. These two additional years will equip learners with skills that will prepare them for the future, whether it be:

  • Employment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Skills Development
  • College

Will SHS ensure employment for the high school graduates?

SHS cannot guarantee employment but it creates the following opportunities:

  • Standard requirements will be applied to make sure graduates are hirable.
  • A graduate will be able to apply for a TESDA Certificates of Competency and National Certificates for better work opportunities.
  • Partnerships with different companies will be offered for technical and vocational courses.
  • You can now get work experience while studying; and companies can even hire you after you graduate.

For those who are into entrepreneurship, they can choose to start their own business after graduating, or choose to further their education by going to college.

Is SHS really necessary? If a student choose not to go to SHS, what happens to the student?

The SHS is necessary according to the law. By 2016-2017, all students must go through Grades 11 and 12 to graduate from High School. If the students does not complete SHS, the student is not considered a high school graduate, only a Grade 10 completer.

Will the additional two years of High School mean additional expenses?

Not necessarily. SHS will be offered free in public schools.

For those who would like to take SHS in private institutions, there will be a voucher program in place for public junior high school completers as well as ESC beneficiaries of private schools.

This means that the burden of expenses for the additional two years need not be completely shouldered by parents.

What is the Voucher Program?

The SHS Voucher Program is a way to support public school grade 10 completers who are enrolling in private high schools. A certain amount will be subsidized by DEPED to private SHS to offset the cost of tuition.

All Grade 10 students from public high schools are qualified to receive the full voucher values. Private junior high school completers who are on Education Service Contracting (ESC) grants will receive 80% of the full voucher value. Graduates of private schools and non-DEPEd schools can also apply for vouchers worth 80% of the full voucher value. The actual  amount of the vouchers will depend on the location of the SHS.

Where can I find more info about SHS?

Visit the DEPEd Website or visit the high school nearest to you.




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