Senior High (Academic Track)
What is Senior High School?
Senior High School is the additional two years (Grades 11 and 12) in the
K to 12 Program. The two years will be added after the four-year Junior High School (Grades 7-10) program to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle level skills development, employment and entrepreneurship.
When will the Senior High School be implemented?
Senior High School students will take Grade 11 in SY 2016–2017 and Grade 12 in SY 2017–2018. The first batch of high school students to go through the K to 12 Program will graduate in March 2018.
Why do we need two more years in high school?
Only Grade 12 graduates will now be accepted for college starting 2018.
What is going to happen in Senior High School?
Students will be made to choose from any of the specializations under one of the four tracks: Academic, Technical-Vocational, Sports, and Design and Arts.
The Academic track is recommended for those who will proceed to college.
Under the Academic track, the student can choose from any of the four strands: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); ABM (Accountancy, Business and Management); HUMSS (Humanities and Social Sciences); GA (General Academic).
Under the Technical-Vocational, students can choose from TESDA-accredited programs like automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical and the like, as well as non-TESDA vocational programs.
In the Sports track, various skills may be learned to prepare the student for sports-related employment.
For Design and Arts track, the students are prepared for employment and engagements in the performing and visual arts, among others.
Is XU ready for Senior High School?
Xavier University has been preparing for this transition since 2014. Its Center for Integrated Technologies (CIT) has already received approval to offer the Tech-Voc track in SY 2014-15. CIT has partnerships with BMW, Toyota, General Motors and local companies to employ its graduates.
The main campus along Corrales Avenue, including all its improved facilities and resources, will cater to the educational needs of Senior High School students. Beginning SY 2016-17, its existing dynamic faculty, considered experts and experienced in their fields, will be tapped for the new Senior High School programs.
Senior High School Techvoc-ALGCIT
Andrew L Gotianun Sr Center for Integrated Technologies
The Andrew L Gotianun Sr Center for Integrated Technologies (ALGCIT) Senior High School is an endowment from the Andrew L Gotianun Foundation for a three-year residential Tech-Voc Senior High School to competent yet financially disadvantaged youth. The program features (1) quality instruction and learning environment, (2) intensive Jesuit formation, and (3) an extended academic, community, and on-the-job experience. Tuition, matriculation, and other school fees are all covered by this scholarship.
ALGCIT scholars will be housed in modern and safe dormitories and hold their classes in a state-of-the-art building situated inside the Manresa complex. Their new campus provides plenty of experiences and activities for our scholars while they complete their academic requirements and develop their technical skills. Manresa is great for our scholars who live close to historical sites and nature spots, yet desire to experience convenience and accessibility at all times.
The four ALGCIT Tech-Voc Specializations are the following:
- Automotive Servicing
- Computer and Electronics Technology
- Energy and Power System
- Mechanical Design and Fabrication
Xavier Ateneo received the “Operation Permit” to offer the Tech-Voc track in SY 2014-15 for the senior high school program, following the K-12 educational reform. The Center has existing partnerships with numerous local and international companies to employ its graduates. Students who complete the program are also eligible to take the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) National Certificate (NC) examinations for the respective qualifications embedded in each program.
At the end of the three-year program of boarding school, the students are expected to graduate world-ready, with international standard competencies, and spiritual and social commitment the Ateneo way.