Which Academic Strand to Take in SHS, Based on Your Ideal College Course

In case you feel torn or confused.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Sep 3, 2020
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In 2013, the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 was signed into law, which resulted in the implementation of the new K-12 Curriculum, where high school students will have to take an additional two years to graduate from senior high school. 

Through this, high school students are given an option to pursue one of four tracks: Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts and Design. Students who wish to pursue higher education may opt to take the Academic track, and may further choose from three specific strands: Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), and Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM).

Each strand is composed of related fields that can help prepare students for learning in college, depending on the course they wish to take in the future. If you have a dream college course in mind but are unsure of the academic track you want to pursue, here are the various subjects to expect per strand, according to deped.gov.ph.

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Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM)

Under the ABM strand, students will be taking up courses like:

  • General Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Business Math
  • Finance
  • Applied Economics
  • Organization and Management
  • Fundamentals of Accounting

This strand may be a good starting point if you plan to take up a course in college similar to:

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  • Economics
  • Business Management
  • Accountancy
  • Finance
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Marketing Management

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS)

Under the HUMSS strand, students will be studying for subjects like:

  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Media and Information Literacy
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Philippine Politics and Governance
  • Earth and Life Science
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Social Sciences
  • World Religions

This strand may be a good starting point if you plan to take up a course in college similar to:

  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • International Studies

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)

Under the STEM strand, students will focus on subjects like:

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  • General Mathematics
  • Earth Science
  • Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Media and Information Literacy
  • Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology

This strand may be a good starting point if you plan to take up a course in college similar to:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

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