The Senior High School refers to the last two years of the six-year secondary education as stipulated in the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, otherwise known as RA 10533.
This Act was approved on May 15, 2013 and took effect on June 8, 2013. The Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority issued on September 4, 2013 the implementing rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Act.
The provisions of the IRR shall primarily apply to all public and private basic educational institutions and learning centers. LBASS is a private school recognized by the DepEd to offer Pre-Elementary, Elementary, and Secondary Courses (Complete Special Science Course), and it is classified under Category A of non-DepEd schools.
Section 6 of the IRR states that the DepEd may allow private educational institutions flexibility in adopting the program provided that they comply with the DepEd-prescribed minimum standards consistent with the Act. The LBASS transition plan from its basic education system to the enhanced basic education program was approved by the DepEd in May 2014, with Grades 11-12 to be implemented in SY 2015-2016 and SY 2016-2017, respectively.
As indicated in its application letter submitted to the DepEd in April 2014, LBASS shall offer the Senior High School Program following the Academic Track, with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and ABM (Accountancy, Business, and Management) as strands.
LBASS embraces a positive outlook that its SHS Program will succeed, just like some of the 54 schools in the different parts of the country that were selected by DepEd in 2012 to start modeling the program. The testimonies of three students who recently graduated from the pioneer schools in Manila and Leyte are featured in the DepEd website. One claimed that she gained confidence and felt that she was ready for college work. The two others had started handling their family business of automotive repairs and had started working for a private construction and development corporation.
The mission of LBASS to produce stewards for a better world will find another avenue of fulfillment through its SHS Program.
The DepEd, as expressed in Section 10.1 of the IRR, shall formulate the design and details of the enhanced basic education curriculum and shall work with the CHED and TESDA to craft a harmonized basic education curriculum for Filipino graduates to be locally and globally competitive. Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said that after graduating from SHS, the learners would be equipped to either continue with higher education or immediately be included in the work force.
LBASS shall follow the DepEd formulated SHS curriculum, but with curricular offerings that will pursue its vision of quality and relevant education with emphasis on science, mathematics, and information technology. Our SHS curriculum has to be imbued with our educational philosophy and core values, giving our SHS the LBASS stamp or “Tatak BelAir Science.”
The standards and principles in developing the enhanced basic education curriculum are laid out in Section 10.2 of the IRR. LBASS shall give premium to the SHS curriculum being:
1. learner-centered, inclusive and developmentally appropriate;
2. relevant, responsive and research-based;
3. gender-and culture-sensitive;
4. contextualized and global;
5. constructivist, inquiry-based, reflective, collaborative and integrative in approach; and
6. flexible enough to be localized, indigenized and enhanced based on educational and social contexts.
The SHS students (Grades 11-12) can choose among four tracks – Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts & Design – to help them prepare for higher education, employment, or entrepreneurship. LBASS is a college preparatory school, and its alumni records show that its students are college bound; thus, it shall be fitting to follow the SHS Academic Track. Likewise, its facilities shall best accommodate the needs of this Track.
DepEd had a previous call for private schools to establish SHS programs that would develop their own locales and to look at the emerging industries in their areas and see what SHS tracks fit best. This was made so that their students could find or create meaningful opportunities where they are. LBASS is situated in an urban community where technology and business opportunities thrive; thus, it opted to offer the STEM and ABM strands.
The LBASS students will become the country’s future scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, or business leaders. Both the STEM and ABM strands are vital to the development and progress of our economy and critical to the collective future of the Filipino people.
To validate its option, LBASS conducted a survey in SY 2013-2014 among its Grade 8 students. The results yielded the highest percentage of choices in the STEM and ABM strands, 43.9% and 24.6% respectively (HUMSS at 10.5%, Journalism at 10.5%, General Academic at 10.5%). The LBASS various stakeholders were correspondingly notified of such results.
The SHS curriculum for the Academic Track includes the core curriculum subjects, the contextualized subjects, and the specialized subjects for the corresponding Academic Strands. According to Education Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Dina Ocampo, the SHS curriculum is something that needs to be further developed by those in the field. She adds that the best curricula are the ones that are contextualized by those implementing them.
LBASS shall localize its SHS contextualized and specialized subjects to promote its concept of practical Science for everyday life, which trains its students to think scientifically and logically. LBASS shall highlight and make its “Green STEM, Green Business, Golden Opportunities” motto the anchor of the learning areas.
STEM literacy is the ability to identify, apply, and integrate concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to understand complex problems and to innovate to solve them. Green STEM means using the different STEM literacies to solve societal problems using practices that are sustainable and have the least impact on the environment.
Sustainable business, or green business, is an enterprise that has minimal negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy - a business that strives to meet the triple bottom line. Often, sustainable businesses have progressive environmental and human rights policies. In general, business is described as green if it matches the following criteria:
1. It incorporates principles of sustainability into each of its business decisions.
2. It supplies environmentally friendly products or services that replace the demand for non-green products and/or services.
3. It is greener than traditional competition.
4. It has made an enduring commitment to environmental principles in its business operations.
Above all, the facilitation of learning shall not be concentrated on theoretical inputs but on immersions and researches, and this is when the partnership arrangements with various entities shall be activated.
Definitely, LBASS shall modify and enhance the intended SHS curriculum of DepEd. One instance is Statistics and Probability, a prerequisite subject to Research in Daily Life 2 for Grade 12, which should not be offered to its incoming Grade 11 students in SY 2015-2016 because they had taken it when they were in Grade 8. This is attributed to the strong and advanced LBASS science and math curriculum.