Getting to know the Senior High School Program

What is Senior High School?

Senior High School (SHS) refers to the last two years of the K to 12 Program, namely Grades 11 and 12. Every Grade 10 or Junior High School completer needs to choose the track to enroll for SHS. You can base your chosen track on what you’re good at, what interests you, what you’re passionate about, or the career or college course you want when you graduate.

The four tracks are as follow:

1) Academic

2) Arts and Design

3) Sports

4) Technical, Vocational and Livelihood

Which track will LSQC offer for SHS?

LSQC has been granted permit by the Department of Education (DepEd) to offer the ACADEMIC track. This track was designed to further prepare students for higher education by equipping them with the necessary knowledge, competencies, skills and values.

Which strands under the academic track are offered by LSQC?

LSQC offers all four strands: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMMS) and General Academic Strand (GAS).

What is your basis for choosing the strand to take in SHS?

Students who have chosen STEM for their strand are likely to pursue programs in college leading to a degree in Natural, Physical, Pre- Med and Allied Sciences, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences, Engineering, Statistics, Information Technology and the like. Those who will choose ABM are inclined to take college programs related to Accountancy, Business Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and the like. Further, students who will take HUMSS are likely to pursue college programs related to the strand such as Pre-Law, Behavioral Sciences, Communication Arts, Journalism, Creative Writing and the like.

On the other hand, students opting for GAS have yet to decide on the college program to pursue later. This strand will have selected specialized track subjects under other three strands: STEM, ABM and HUMSS.

Is there a cut-off score for applying in a particular strand?

As per DepEd Order No. 55 series 2016 on POLICY GUIDELINES ON THE NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING FOR THE K TO 12 BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM released June 30, 2016, the following are the criteria for entry to senior high school tracks/ strands applicable to all senior high schools whether private or public. To wit from Section 4: Career Assessment Item no. 1: Test Results Utilization:

“The career assessment results shall also be used for entry assessment to the specific Senior High School (SHS) tracks/strands in all public and private schools. Prior to entering SHS, the aptitude of students in select programs shall be measured in order to ensure that they have the potential to complete the program.

There will be a required cut-off score for students who wish to enroll in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Strand. The Final Grade both in Science and Math in Grade 10 should be 85 and above. Learners should also have at least a percentile rank of 86 and above in the STEM subtest in the career assessment exam.

There will be no prescribed cut-off for scholastic grades and scores in any subtest for those who desire to enter into the Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS) strand, theAccountancy, Business and Management (ABM) strand, and the General Academic Strand (GAS).”

Describe the LSQC SHS Curriculum.

LSQC follows the mandated curriculum designed by DepEd. All schools offering the senior high school program are required to follow. Being a Level 3 PAASCU Accredited school, LSQC has enriched the curriculum to adhere and align this with the school’s mission-vision of educating the next generation of Filipino Christian Leaders equipped with 21st century skills and imbued with the spirit and sense of Gospel Brotherhood.

Further, the curriculum aims to provide and ensure full concentration and preparation of senior high school students towards higher education by meeting the college readiness standards as well as the prerequisites set by the newly revised general education curriculum.

The Senior High School curriculum includes three types of subjects: core, applied track and specialized track subjects. Integrated in these subjects are the 21st century themes and skills: global awareness, financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy, civic literacy, health literacy and environmental literacy. Likewise, students are also taught and empowered with learning innovation skills, information, media and technology skills, and life and career skills. Application of these skills in real-life situations ensures students’ readiness and suitability in ensuring success in a world where change is constant, evolving, and dynamic and learning is perpetual.

Why do some subjects sound like college courses?

Some of the subjects sound like college courses but they are meant for high school students. These subjects will prepare you to learn more advanced skills in college, if you decide to go. They will also develop skills you will need if you want to work right after high school.

Will the grading period for senior high school be the same with junior high school?

LSQC implements the semestral system i.e. four semesters for the entire senior high school. Each semester is divided into two quarters for grading following DepEd order #8 series 2015. A learner shall obtain his/her final rating at the end of the semester.

Note: There is a different set of subjects offered in each semester with pre-requisite subjects being prioritized and strictly followed by LSQC unlike in other senior high schools.


What are core subjects?

There are seventeen core or general subjects (two are electives offered by the school) that all SHS students will take. Two of these are different if under the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand. These core subjects are under Language, Humanities, Communication, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Philosophy, and PE and Health.

  • Oral Communication
  • Reading and Writing
  • Komunikasyon at PananaliksiksaWika at Kulturang Filipino
  • Pagbasa at Pagsusuri ng Iba’tIbangTekstoTungosaPananaliksik
  • 21st Century Literature from the Philippines and the World
  • Contemporary Philippine Arts from the Regions
  • Media and Information Literacy
  • General Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Earth and Life Science (ABM, HUMSS, GAS)/ Earth Science (STEM)
  • Physical Science (ABM, HUMSS, GAS)/ Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction (STEM)
  • Introduction to Philosophy of the Human Person / PambungadsaPilosopiya ng Tao
  • Physical Education and Health (HOPE 1-4)
  • Personal Development / PansarilingKaunlaran
  • Understanding Culture, Society, and Politics
  • Franciscanism (CLEd)
  • Robotics (Elective- STEM)/ Foreign Languages (ABM, HUMSS and GAS)

What are applied track subjects?

These subjects,that develop the same competencies, shall be taken by all students regardless of strand using, however, different content based on student’s strand.

  • English for Academic and Professional Purposes
  • Practical Research 1
  • Practical Research 2
  • Filipino sa Piling Larangan (Akademik)
  • Empowerment Technologies (STEM: Computer Programming and AutoCad/ ABM, HUMSS and GAS: Multimedia Arts and Web Design)
  • Inquiries, Investigations and Immersion

What are specialized track subjects?

These are sets of subjects based on specific specializations/ strands. The content and competencies they cover differ based on your chosen strand.

Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Strand

  • Applied Economics
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Fundamentals of Accountancy, Business and Management 1
  • Fundamentals of Accountancy, Business and Management 2
  • Business Math
  • Business Finance
  • Organization and Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Work Immersion/Research/Career Advocacy/Culminating Activity i.e. Business Enterprise Simulation

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) Strand

  • Creative Writing / MalikhaingPagsulat
  • Introduction to World Religions and Belief Systems
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Trends, Networks, and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century Culture
  • Philippine Politics and Governance
  • Community Engagement, Solidarity, and Citizenship
  • Disciplines and Ideas in the Social Sciences
  • Disciplines and Ideas in the Applied Social Sciences
  • Work Immersion/Research/Career Advocacy/Culminating Activity

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strand

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Basic Calculus
  • General Biology 1
  • General Biology 2
  • General Physics 1
  • General Physics 2
  • General Chemistry 1
  • General Chemistry 2
  • Work Immersion/Research/Career Advocacy/Culminating Activity

General Academic Strand (GAS)

  • Humanities 1
  • Humanities 2
  • Social Science 1
  • ABM: Applied Economics
  • ABM: Organization and Management
  • Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction
  • Elective 1 (from any Track/ Strand)- offered by the school
  • Elective 2 (from any Track/ Strand)- offered by the school
  • Work Immersion/Research/Career Advocacy/Culminating Activity

Who teaches in senior high school?

The senior high school faculty is comprised of full time teachers who are selected school administrators and junior high school teachers qualified to teach (seasoned teachers with master’s and doctorate degree or are pursuing graduate studies and part-time teachers who are either industry practitioners or college instructors who are content specialists. (Note: Check the SHS page at the school website www.lsqc.edu.ph/shs for further info.)

Describe the class schedule.

Currently, all subjects have an equivalent of four hours per week for instructional time except for PE, Franciscanism and Robotics with 2 hours per week. The students hold a class in a particular subject twice a week with two hours per session. The earliest reporting time is 7:20am while the latest reporting time is 8:00am. The earliest dismissal time is 12nn and the latest is 4:40pm.There is still recess, lunch and homeroom (LLEAP). The class schedule varies per grade level and per semester depending on the subject offerings.

Currently this semester, class days are from Tuesday- Saturday for LSQC SHS unlike in some senior high schools where the students report from Mondays- Saturdays with 6 straight hours that may either be too early in the morning or dismissed around 7pm in the evening.

Will there be changes in the rules and regulations for senior high school learners?

Realizing the changing needs as well as the profile of senior high school learners, rules and regulations will need to undergo modification as well. These are stipulated in the student handbook for senior high school students.Kindly note though that they are still in high school and are not yet in college.

What are expectations from our senior high school learners?

It is expected that our SHS learners will be able to meet the rigors and demands of the courses/ subjects in SHS. Behavioral expectations will also differ in SHS considering their age as well as the nature of activities that are reflected in the curricular and extracurricular offerings of the school. It is also important to mention here that senior high school students will engage in a more in-depth classroom discourse and community- based research activities to name a few.

As there will be more provisions and privileges accorded to SHS learners, much responsibility and accountability will be required from them as well forming part of their training and preparation for college and in their career life.

Will there be graduation after Grade 10?

No. With SHS, students will graduate from high school at the end of Grade 12. However, there will be the moving up ceremony for junior high school completers. A student who finishes Grades 7- 10 will be called a junior high school completer who shall receive a certificate in a ceremony or program to be organized by the school.

Can I go straight to college when I finish Grade 10?

No, because the law now prescribes SHS as part of compulsory basic education. Once fully implemented in School Year (SY) 2016-17, you will need to go through it in order to graduate High School.

What if I don’t want to go to SHS? What are the benefits of SHS?

You’ll need to finish SHS to complete your basic education. Otherwise, you’ll be a Grade 10 or Junior High School completer and receive a Junior High School completion certificate.

Graduating from SHS may lead to Employment, Entrepreneurship, Higher Education, and Middle-Level Skills Development. These are the options a senior high school graduate may choose from.

When will major awards for students be given?

The major awards such as the St. Francis of Assisi Award, St. Lawrence of Brindisi Gold Cross Award, Alfonso Yuchengco National Discipline Award and Gerry Roxas Leadership Award shall be conferred during the high school graduation at the end of Grade 12. Likewise, the Loyalty Award shall be given to Lourdesians who have achieved full residency in LSQC i.e. until senior high school (Grade 12).

Will there still be annual recollection/retreat and SAP activities for SHS learners?

Yes, as this forms part of their spiritual formation and that these activities are integrated with other subjects. The Grade 12 students will have their three-day and two-night retreat. The SAP activities are integrated with other subjects or the LLEAP student organizations.

Will there be enough space and facilities for senior high school learners?

The school will not be granted permit to operate SHS if the school initially did not have enough space and facilities. LSQC was granted permit to offer STEM after having met the requirement of having four fully equipped Science Laboratories. Next school year, there will still be additional classrooms to be used for the growing enrolment of the senior high school. There is also a separate discussion and research section for SHS students in the library, an extension library and a newly-constructed weights room in the High School gym for PE courses of SHS students. Even without an additional building or huge space, LSQC can accommodate all incoming senior high school students next school year.

Is there a change in the school uniform for Grades 11 and 12?

Yes, the current new uniform of SHS students is being worn by the Grade 11 students. Senior high school students will also don the new PE shirt. Furthermore, senior high school students are allowed to wear the proper civilian attire every Friday.

What would the clubs or organizations be like in senior high school?

Senior high school students are not allowed to join junior high school clubs or organizations anymore. There are home or strand-based organizations students are required to join. Under the Lourdesian Leadership Empowerment Activities Program (LLEAP), senior high school students are accorded the experience of being part of student organizations patterned after college orgs as form of preparation for them for the latter.

Is shifting of strands allowed in SHS?

Shifting of strands is allowed after one school year specifically at the end of Grade 11. Details regarding the shifting policy are stipulated in the Student Handbook for SHS students. It is advisable that students avoid shifting as this would mean extending semesters or school years and not being able to graduate on time.

I’m still not sure what track or strand to take.

Your teachers, parents, and guidance counselors can help you choose your track. You can base your choice on your interests or aptitude. Your choice will also be affected by the schools that offer your chosen track.

Why aren’t all tracks or strands available in all schools?

Schools decide which tracks or strands to offer based on resources, population, or what the local community needs. It is possible that your chosen track or strand may not be offered in your current high school.


Will LSQC accept students from other private or Non-DepEd schools? Public schools?

Yes. Grade 10 students from other private schools may already apply for Grade 11. Moreover, Grade 10 students from DepEd or public schools may also apply as LSQC accepts SHS voucher program grantees.

Again, it would be noteworthy to mention that Grade 10 completers from private schools who are Education Service Contracting (ESC) grantees automatically get a voucher. Completers from private schools who are not ESC grantees may also apply for a voucher.

The Senior High School Voucher Program of DepEd provides financial assistance to students for their tuition fee in SHS. Details may be found at the DepEd website or you may visit the Office of the High School Social Action Program Coordinator at the LSQC High School Department.

Which track will LSQC offer for SHS?

LSQC has been granted permit by the Department of Education (DepEd) to offer the ACADEMIC track. This track was designed to further prepare students for higher education by equipping them with the necessary knowledge, competencies, skills and values.

Reference: DepEd’s Senior High School Student Primer (http://www.deped.gov.ph/k-to-12)