Senior High


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.