The K to 12 Academic Track: What You Need to Know


One of the significant features of the K to 12 system is the integration of specialized tracks designed to help students in determining their respective career paths. These four tracks—academic, technical-vocational, sports, and arts and design—are aimed at enhancing a student’s ability based on what he wants to do after graduation.

The technical-vocational, sports, and arts and design tracks will allow students to join the workforce immediately upon graduation while the academic track prepares students for further studies.

The academic track consists of courses that will make college life easier to adjust to in terms of subject variety and, to a certain degree, difficulty. This does not mean, however, that if you take the other tracks, you cannot go to college. If a student chose the arts and design track, for instance, nothing is stopping him from taking up Fine Arts or Interior Design in college instead of working right away. It would still depend on the student. The academic track is simply the track that prepares students for the most common college courses such as business management, engineering, and the sciences.

Upon choosing the academic track, students can choose from four different strands: General Academic; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Accountancy, Business, and Management; and Humanities and Social Sciences. Students may choose their strand in the same way that they decide a course in college. Aside from the 15 core subjects, these strands will add 16 subjects composed of different contextualized and specialized subjects based on the track and strand that will be spread out in grades 11 and 12.

The academic track is the most familiar one because students usually apply to colleges upon graduation from high school. The only difference is that the subjects are now highly specific and specialized. These are but some of the changes brought about by the K to 12 system.

7 thoughts on “The K to 12 Academic Track: What You Need to Know

  1. Shannen Ortega

    Does the strand i’d be choosing have to be related with the college course i am going to take?

    Like if im choosing ABM as my strand, is it still possible for me to choose Culinary Arts for college?

    • Shinji Tsujimoto

      Your college course should be related to your SHS trand.. If not, then you have to take additional subject for certain trand

      • Herbin

        Hi Shinji,

        Thanks for your comment. This is critical to Senior High students since some of them are not yet that sure what to take in college. They might fall into the mistake of taking trand in SHS that is not in line with their college course.

  2. Kath gonzales

    I choose HE-3 techvoc in SHS and in college i will get tourism management, is it ok if its not related?

  3. Christian

    What if I decided to switch to another strand in grade 12? For ex; I am on the line of academic track which is in grade 11 and i’d like to transfer to arts and designs track in grade 12. How is that possible?

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