Enrollment for senior high begins in public schools

Jee Y. Geronimo
Enrollment for senior high begins in public schools
A total of 5,927 public schools will offer senior high school in June

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) opened on Monday, May 2, the enrollment for senior high school (SHS) in all public high schools nationwide.

DepEd has identified 5,927 public schools that will offer senior high school in June. 

In a department order dated April 29, Education Secretary Armin Luistro instructed all schools division offices (SDO) “primarily responsible for the overall conduct of enrollment for SHS” to “ensure that all incoming Grade 11 students have SHS provision.”

Schools, meanwhile, are in charge of identifying and setting up the following:

  • An enrollment center that will receive and process applications and requirements
  • A help desk that will address concerns related to senior high school

“DepEd Junior High Schools which will not offer SHS shall also put up help desks to address SHS-related concerns and advise incoming Grade 11 students on matters related to choice of SHS, and track and strands,” the order read.

What are the requirements for senior high school enrollment?

  • Completion of Grade 10 in a public or private secondary school before June 2016
  • Documentary requirements:
    • Duly-accomplished completed senior high school enrollment form
    • Birth certificate (may be submitted within the school year if not available during enrollment)
    • Report card, Form 138, or any documentary proof of completion of Grade 10 in a public or private secondary school
  • Graduates from private schools that have closed should get a certification from the SDO based on Form 18 Report on Promotion in addition to the documentary requirements above
  • Philippine Educational Placement Test and Accreditation and Equivalency Test passers and graduates from non-accredited private schools who passed the Philippine Validation Test must bring their certificates

Source: DepEd Order 25, series of 2016

Students are also advised to bring their National Career Assessment Examination results during enrollment so they can be guided accordingly on their choice of school, track, and strands.

Luistro directed SDOs and schools to use enrollment data to continuously improve their implementation of the senior high school program, which will be fully implemented nationwide starting June 13, or the opening of classes for school year 2016-2017.

The first batch under the K to 12 program – an estimated 1.2 million to 1.6 million students – will enter senior high’s Grade 11 in 2016 and Grade 12 in 2017.

Under the senior high school program, students can choose from 4 tracks: academic, sports, arts and design, and technical-vocational-livelihood. (READ: Applications until May 6: Who qualifies for senior high school vouchers)

Aside from the 5,927 public schools, another 4,827 private high schools, local and state universities and colleges, and technical-vocational schools will also offer Grade 11 this year. – Rappler.com

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.