There are specialized Secondary Schools created to respond to the goals, aspirations, and needs of a community and its members. These schools may be mandated by law or be determined by the Department of Education (DepEd).
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List of DepEd Specialized Secondary Schools for Specific Purposes
Regional Science High Schools (RSHS)
Regional Science High Schools (RSHS) are separate schools designed to provide a more intensive and advanced secondary education program for science-inclined and intellectually advanced learners with the objective of fostering critical thinking through the problem-solving approach. The RSHS have enriched science, mathematics, and English curricula in addition to the existing Secondary Education Curriculum.
Sports Academies for students who are gifted and talented in the field of human kinetics and sports may be organized for each region or province. Guidelines for the creation of these academies are in development. The curriculum development process and the preparation for the provision of the curriculum support system unique to the needs of athletes and sports professionals will be included in these guidelines.
Schools for Arts and Design
Schools for Arts and Design for students who are gifted and talented in the disciplines of arts and design may be organized for each region or province. Guidelines for the creation of these schools are in development. The curriculum development process and the preparation for the provision of the curriculum support system unique to the needs of artists and design professionals will be included in these guidelines.
Rural Farm Schools
The Rural Farm School (RFS) program aims to provide a facilitative and experiential learning on the core subjects of the secondary education curriculum with focus on agri-fisheries, designed to address the needs of learners in rural, agricultural, and fishing communities. It targets learners who are children of farmers and fisherfolk in the locality. It also gives priority to Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) beneficiaries or farmers who had received certificates of land ownership. The implementation guidelines of the program will be discussed in detail in another issuance.
Multigrade Secondary Schools
To ensure that their learners are provided with complete basic education, some secondary/integrated schools continue to implement the Multigrade Education Program. These schools typically have fewer enrollments and are usually found in rural and remote communities. Following the setup in elementary level Multigrade Education Programs, learners from various secondary grade levels are grouped as one class, which is handled by one teacher. Provision of adequate learning resources and environment is essential to ensure that standards of the secondary curriculum are met. Policy guidelines for multigrade secondary schools will be developed and released as a separate issuance.