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Importance of Choosing the Right Senior High School Track or Strands

Senior High School aims to prepare students before entering college, equipping them with the global skills, competencies, and knowledge needed to achieve successful career paths in the future.

For Grade 10 completers, it means embarking on a new academic journey. It may seem intimidating at first, especially as you decide which strand to take or which school to enroll in, but finding the right track and strand that matches your strengths and skills will surely help ease your nerves to get you going.

Why is it Important to Choose the Right Senior High School Track or Strands?

Senior High School is two years (Grade 11 and Grade 12) of specialized upper secondary education and will require you to pick among different tracks upon enrollment.  Your chosen track and strand will reflect on the subjects you will take.

Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao offers the Academic TrackArts and Design Track, and Technical-Vocational Livelihood (TVL) Track. The strands under the Academic Track are Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). While under TVL, the institution offers Information and Communications Technology specializing in Programming or Information and Communications Technology specializing in Animation.

These different tracks, strands, and specializations are intended for you to determine which paths fit your strengths, passions, and skills. Choosing the right Senior High School strand will help motivate you for your future career. Once you choose a strand you like, studying becomes more enjoyable since the strands are designed and specialized to match your interests. Moreover, it expands your knowledge and skills, while at the same time, exposing you to your chosen field of study in preparation for college.

Tips on Choosing the Right SHS Track or Strands

Before choosing the desired track or strands, make sure to research. Identify possible careers and job opportunities in the future and look into average salary offers. It should help you start visualizing what you want to do, and therefore choosing the right track to jumpstart your career.

Next, consider yourself. Assess strengths, weaknesses, interests, and skills that will help lead you to a fruitful academic journey and, eventually, a successful career. In addition, get advice from school guidance counselors, seniors, or loved ones. People who have been down that path before may help you weigh the pros and cons of a certain track or strand.

Lastly, join virtual orientations held by various schools. Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao holds scheduled virtual orientations about its Senior High School department, tackling the importance of enrolling in SHS, the SHS curriculum, and the career paths for each strand. Check out this video to watch the MapúaMCM Senior High School Virtual Orientation presented by the School Principal.

In summary, your chosen Senior High School strand will help you pursue your passions and jumpstart your careers in the future ‒ which is MapúaMCM’s mission for its Senior High School students. Whether you choose to enroll in ABM, Arts and Design, HUMSS, ICT-Animation, ICT-Programming, or STEM, make sure to keep your goals, motivations, and strengths in mind. Moreover, choose a school that is ready to provide you with a creative and innovative environment and nurture your talents and potentials.

Academic Track


This strand is designed for students who are inclined to pursue college degrees related to business, accountancy, and management programs.


This strand is designed for students who would want to engage in a college degree on liberal arts and education.


This strand is designed for students who desire to pursue college degrees centered on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Arts & Design Track

Technical-Vocational And Livelihood Track


Arts and Design Track prepares students for tertiary education in performative and creative fields. This track aims to harness students’ potentials and develop innovative thinking necessary in modern application. It offers specializations that equip students with competencies in music, media and visual arts, performing arts, and industrial arts.


This course is designed to provide students with the technical skills, competencies in using tools and equipment that allows individuals to interact in the digital world.