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List of DepEd Senior High School (SHS) Core Curriculum Subjects

The Core Subjects in the Senior High School (SHS) Curriculum ensure that all learners will be equipped with competencies required for specialization studies in their chosen SHS tracks. These subjects are contiguous to the K to 10 subjects and are responsive to the College Readiness Standards and New General Education Curriculum for Higher Education formulated by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED). Every subject in the Core Curriculum is compulsory and has a time allocation of 80 hours per semester except for PE and Health, which have 20 hours per semester. However, a maximum of 2 Senior High School (SHS) core subjects may be substituted with equivalent subjects with the approval of DepEd.


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List of Senior High School (SHS) Core Curriculum Subjects

Oral Communication

This subject covers the development of listening and speaking skills and strategies for effective communication in various situations.

Reading and Writing

This subject covers the development of reading and writing skills as applied to a wide range of materials other than poetry, fiction, and drama.

Komunikasyon at Pananaliksik sa Wika at Kulturang Filipino

Ito ay pag-aaral tungo sa pananaliksik ukol sa kalikasan, katangian, pag-unlad, gamit at paggamit ng Wikang Filipino sa mga sitwasyong komunikatibo at kultural sa lipunang Pilipino.

Pagbasa at Pagsuri ng Iba’t-ibang Teksto Tungo sa Pananaliksik

Ito ay pag-aaral sa proseso ng pagbasa at pagsuri ng iba’t ibang anyo at uri ng teksto na nakatutulong sa pagbuo at pagsulat ng sistematikong pananaliksik.

21st-century Literature from the Philippines and the World

This subject covers the appreciation and critical study of 21st Century Literature from the Philippines and the World encompassing their various dimensions, genres, elements, structures, contexts, and traditions.

Contemporary Philippine Arts from the Regions

This subject covers various contemporary art practices of the region where the school is located. It aims to provide students with an appreciation of a broad range of styles in the various disciplines with consideration for their elements and principles, and engage them in an integrative approach in the study of the arts. It also aims to broaden the students’ mindsets so that they could acquire the necessary creative tools which open opportunities in the pursuit of individual career goals and aspirations.

Media and Information Literacy

This subject introduces the learners to a basic understanding of media and information as channels of communication and tools for individual and social development. It also aims to develop the learners’ creative and critical thinking, and encourage them to be responsible users and competent producers of media and information.

General Mathematics

This subject covers the following competencies: how to solve problems involving rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; how to solve business-related problems; and how to apply logic to real-life situations.

Statistics and Probability

This subject covers the following competencies: how to find the mean and variance of a random variable; how to apply sampling techniques and distributions to estimate population mean and proportion; how to perform hypothesis testing on population mean and proportion; and how to perform correlation and regression analyses on real-life problems.

Earth and Life Science

This subject is designed to provide a general background for the understanding of Earth Science and Biology. It presents the history of the Earth through geologic time. It discusses the Earth’s structure,

composition, and processes. Issues, concerns, and problems pertaining to natural hazards are also included. It also deals with the basic principles and processes in the study of Biology. It covers life processes and interactions at the cellular, organism, population, and ecosystem levels.

Physical Science

This subject covers the study of the following: evolution of our understanding of matter, motion, electricity, magnetism, light, and the universe from ancient times to the present; applications of physics and chemistry concepts in contexts such as atmospheric phenomena, cosmology, astronomy, vision, medical instrumentation, space technology, drugs, sources of energy, pollution and recycling, fitness and health, and cosmetics.

Personal Development

This subject facilitates students’ awareness of the developmental stage that they are in, in order to better understand themselves and their significant persons as they make important life and career decisions. The course consists of modules, each of which addresses a key concern in personal development. Using the experiential learning approach, each module allows the students to explore specific themes in their development.

Understanding Culture, Politics, and Society

This subject uses insights from Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology to develop students’ awareness of social and political dynamics, and sensitivity to cultural differences; provide them with an understanding of how society works; and engage them in the examination of the country’s current human development.

Introduction to Philosophy of the Human Person / Pambungad sa Pilosopiya ng Tao

An initiation to the activity and process of philosophical reflection as a search for a synoptic vision of life. Topics to be discussed include the human experiences of embodiment, being in the world with others and the environment, freedom, intersubjectivity, sociality, and being unto death. Ipinakikilala ng kursong ito ang gawain at mga pamamaraan ng pamimilosopiya bilang isang pangkabuoang pananaw sa buhay. Pinagmumunihan dito ang pagkasumasakatawang-diwa ng tao, ang iba’t-ibang larangan ng pakikipamuhay sa mundo at sa kapaligiran ng tao bilang malaya, nakikipagkapwa at sumasalipunan, hanggang kamatayan.

Physical Education and Health Quarter 1 – Exercise for Fitness

This subject on exercise for fitness enables the learner to set goals, monitor one’s participation in aerobic and muscle- and bone-strengthening activities, and constantly evaluate how well one has integrated this into one’s personal lifestyle. It consists of an array of offerings learners can choose from.

Physical Education and Health Quarter 2 – Individual, Dual, and Team Sports

This subject comprises individual, dual, and team sports in competitive and recreational settings. It consists of an array of offerings learners can choose from.

Physical Education and Health Quarter 3 – Philippine Dances

This subject includes rhythmical movement patterns, the promotion and appreciation of Philippine folk dance, and indigenous and traditional dances, as well as other dance forms. It consists of an array of offerings learners can choose from.

Physical Education and Health Quarter 4 – Recreational Activities

This subject is associated with outdoor, natural, or semi-natural settings; it enables learners to move safely and competently in these settings while creating a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting their sustainable use. It consists of an array of offerings learners can choose from.

Senior High School (SHS) Core Curriculum Subjects Time Allotment

Learning AreaSubjectNumber of Hours per Semester
LanguageOral Communication80
Reading and Writing80
Komunikasyon at Pananaliksik sa Wika at Kulturang Filipino80
Pagbasa at Pagsusuri ng Iba’t-ibang Teksto Tungo sa Pananaliksik80
Humanities21st-century Literature from the Philippines and the World80
Contemporary Philippine Arts from the Regions80
MathematicsGeneral Mathematics80
Statistics and Probability80
ScienceEarth and Life Science80
Physical Science80
Social SciencePersonal Development80
Understanding Culture, Politics, and Society80
PhilosophyIntroduction to Philosophy of the Human Person / Pambungad sa Pilosopiya ng Tao80
Physical Education and
Quarter 1- Exercise for Fitness20
Quarter 2- Individual, Dual, and Team Sports20
Quarter 3- Philippine Dances20
Quarter 4-Recreational Activities20


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