On top of the fifteen subjects in the core curriculum, the remaining sixteen subjects are spread over the 4 Senior High School (SHS) tracks: 1) Academic, 2) Arts and Design, 3) Sports, and 4) Technical-Vocational-Livelihood. Students are expected to enroll in the track of their choice. Each track has its own set of Applied Track Subjects and Specialized Subjects. Each subject in the track will have 80 hours in a semester as well, with a total of 1,280 hours for the Applied Track and Specialized Subjects altogether.
Regardless of which track the student is enrolled in, s/he takes up the Applied Track Subjects. These are geared toward the acquisition of common but critical competencies in SHS, i.e. English language proficiency, research, ICT, etc., but delivered with teaching-learning content and strategies customized to the requirements of each track.
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List of Senior High School (SHS) Tracks and Strands
The Academic Track has four strands:
a. Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Strand
b. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Strand
c. Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS) Strand and
d. General Academic Strand (GAS)
Accountancy, Business and Management Strand
The ABM Strand is for those who plan to take up business-related courses in higher education or engage in business, entrepreneur ship, and other business-related careers.
The subjects for the ABM Strand can be read here.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Strand
SHS students who are inclined toward, or have the aptitude for, Math, Science and Engineering studies can enroll in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strand.
The subjects for the STEM Strand can be read here.
Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS) Strand
Another strand in the academic track is the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) Strand for learners who want to pursue these fields of study at the university level.
It has four Humanities subjects and four Social Science subjects which are listed here.
General Academic Strand (GAS)
The fourth strand in the Academic Track is the General Academic Strand, which has subjects selected from the different strands. This strand is ideal for SHS students who have not yet decided on a particular specialization. This strand, which is also a viable offering in secondary schools with a low student population, allows for electives that may be a combination of related subjects from the other tracks or strands in the SHS curriculum.
The subjects for the General Academic Strand can be read here.
Arts and Design Track
The Arts and Design Track covers a wide range of art forms: Theater, Music, Dance, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, and Media Arts. Prior to enrollment, there is art/creative talent assessment and guidance to gauge a student’s art inclination and aptitude. The track has six general or common subjects that focus on acquiring competencies required for further specialization in the different artistic areas.
The subjects for the Arts and Design Track can be read here.
The Sports Track is for students who are interested in sports-related careers, i.e. athlete development, fitness training, coaching, etc. Table 2.15 shows the subjects in this track.
The subjects for the Sports Track can be read here.
Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) Track
The SHS program has a Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) Track, which has four strands: Agri-Fishery Arts, Home Economics (HE), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Industrial Arts. These are aligned with Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) in Grades 7-10. Each TVL strand offers various specializations that may or may not have a National Certificate (NC) equivalent from TESDA. The time allocation per strand specialization is based on TESDA Training Regulations-Based Courses and is only indicative since the standard time allotment of 80 hours per semester per subject will still be applied. Therefore, each strand specialization must be designed to fit into the 80-hour blocks of time.
Technology Livelihood Education and Technical-Vocational Livelihood Track Subjects may be taken between Grades 9-12. Schools may offer specializations from the four strands as long as the minimum number of hours for each specialization is met. Curriculum Maps may then be modified according to specializations offered by a school. Below is a list of all the Technology and Livelihood Education and the Technical-Vocational Livelihood Track Specializations, their prescribed number of hours, and their prerequisites and sample curriculum maps:
TVL Track: Agricultural-Fishery Arts (AFA) Strand
This TVL component consists of specializations equivalent to qualifications under agriculture and fishery sectors. Students with agri-fishery arts specializations will be able to demonstrate necessary skills/competencies and values on the cultivation of plants and animal production to harvest food and other products using available technologies on farming and on raising, harvesting, and capturing fish and other aquatic resources. Schools that offer these specializations must have adequate facilities for students’ laboratory classes.
The subjects for Agricultural-Fishery Arts (AFA) Strand can be read here.
TVL Track: Home Economics (HE) Strand
This TVL component consists of specializations equivalent to qualifications under garments, tourism, health, processed food and beverages, and social and other community development service sectors. Students with home economics specializations will be able to demonstrate the necessary skills, competencies, and values in taking care of oneself and one’s family, and in providing efficient services to others and to the community.
The subjects for Home Economics (HE) Strand can be read here.
TVL Track: Industrial Arts (IA) Strand
This TVL component consists of specializations equivalent to qualifications under automotive and land transport, construction, electronics, furniture and fixture, metal and engineering, and utilities sectors. Students with industrial arts specializations will be able to demonstrate the skills, competencies, and values in providing repair and maintenance services, installation, manual craftsmanship, and machine safety using available industrial and engineering technologies.
The subjects for Industrial Arts (IA) Strand can be read here.
TVL Track: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strand
This TVL component consists of specializations equivalent to qualifications under the information and communication technologies sector. Students with ICT specializations will be able to demonstrate the skills, competencies, and values in effective application, use, and management of technology in the context of system designing and customer service.
The subjects for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strand can be read here.
CONTINUE READING: List of DepEd Senior High School (SHS) Core Curriculum Subjects