With the arrival of K-12 I’m sure many mommies are looking for Senior High School (SHS) options for next year. As early as last year Bastian and I already discussed academic track options. He had taken his National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) in August of 2015 and learned where his strengths were.  The NCAE exam is a big hep in helping your child realize where they excel and what their strengths are.

If you’re not familiar with academic tracks these are the program offerings in SHS that students will be required to choose from and take for the 2 years of SHS. Unlike college or university where you can change your course once you’ve chosen a track you’ll have to finish it. If you want to change academic tracks you’ll have to redo the year. Deped has presented 4 academic tracks:

Academic Track:

  • Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • General Academic Strand (GAS)

Technical Vocational Livelihood Track

Sports Track

Arts and Design Track

Not all SHS however, offer all these tracks. Case in point UST only offers the 4 Academic Tracks, Sports and Arts and Design leaving out the Technical Vocational Livelihood. There are some SHS offering Martitime Specialization.

The general idea is 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 including communication skills, reading and writing, Filipino, literature, mathematics, science, etc. The applied track subjects target the same competencies, but contextualize the content to suit each track and strand.

Get a complete list of senior high schools at (http://www.deped.gov.ph/k-to-12/shs).

University of Santo Tomas

With all this in mind and the still unfamiliar opportunities of SHS we looked into learning our options. Bastian was advised by a friend currently enrolled in UST to take SHS in a reputable school where he could possibly continue on to university. UST has already listed the requirements for the next school year and they are also providing an orientation on Program Offerings for academic year 2017-2018.

This will be on September 10, 2016. If you would like to learn more about their SHS program just send a private message on their Facebook page, USTofad (https://www.facebook.com/pages/USTofad) and let them know what orientation schedule you’d like to attend.

Orientation schedules:

09:00 – 11:00am
02:00 – 04:00pm
Room 102, Tan Yan Kee Building

Expo for Higher Education

Another event you shouldn’t miss to find out even more information about SHS is the Expo for Higher Education. It will be the first annual exhibition for universities, colleges, senior high schools, graduate and vocational schools, creative art institutes, etc.

Exhibit dates: October 21, 22 & 23, 2016
Exhibit hours: 10:00am to 7:00pm (ticket counter closes at 6:30pm)
Admission fee: P 100.00 (Discounts available for groups of 10 or more)

To learn more about the expo visit (http://www.expoforhighereducation.com/).

We’re pretty much just starting on our senior high school journey but the orientation and expo will be a good start. We’ll be applying to UST and I’ll share how the process goes which will hopefully make it easier on you mommies for when you have to start thinking about SHS.

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