Senior High

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What is Senior High School?

  • Senior High School (SHS) covers the last two years of the K to 12 program and includes Grades 11 and 12. In SHS, students will go through a core curriculum and subjects under a track of their choice.

Will SHS mean two more years of High School?

  • Yes. These two additional years will equip learners with skills that will better prepare them for the future, whether it be:
    • Employment
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Skills Development (Further Tech-Voc training)
    • Higher Education (College)

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

  • Not necessarily.
    • Senior High School “completes” basic education by making sure that the high school graduate is equipped for work, entrepreneurship, or higher education. This is a step up from the 10-year cycle where high school graduates still need further education (and expenses) to be ready for the world.
    • SHS will be offered free in public schools and there will be a voucher program in place for public junior high school completers as well as ESC beneficiaries of private high schools should they choose to take SHS in private institutions.
    • This means that the burden of expenses for the additional two years need not be completely shouldered by parents.

Will SHS ensure employment for me?

  • SHS cannot guarantee employment; but it creates the following opportunities:
    • Standard requirements will be applied to make sure graduates know enough to be hirable.
    • You will now be able to apply for TESDA Certificates of Competency (COCs) and National Certificates (NCs) to provide you with 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.
  • Entrepreneurship courses will now be included. Instead of being employed, you can choose to start your own business after graduating, or choose to further your education by going to college.

Source: http://www.deped.gov.ph/k-to-12/faq/senior-high-school