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Form 138 in the Philippines – Meaning and Uses

What is form 138?

Form 138 (Report Card) is a document that shows the academic performance of the student in a given school year. It’s a report that details the level or percent performance of the student in each subject.

Why do you need Form 138?

A student needs the form 138 for reasons such as transferring schools and scholarship applications etc… It is a necessity for schools and admissions office to get a handle of your academic performance. At the end of the school year, Form 138 is a required document for a learner enrolling to the next grade level as it also indicates the learner’s promotional status… In the absence of definitive protocols, the process of requesting and releasing of official school records of learners varies per school.

How does one get access to Form 138?

This form has to be acquired from the office the school and then one must request for the class advisor or principal/headmaster of the school to fill up the paper. If your child is going to transfer schools, apply for scholarships or if you just want to see their academic performance throughout the years; it is best to have soft copies of each form 138 per year level.

What is the difference between Form 138 and Form 137?

Form 138 (Report card) is what we give to the parents and the students to reflect their performance on the said grading period and grade level. Whereas Form 137 is the Permanent Record form which is only tangible by the school enrolled and/or the school the student will be transferring to.

Who fills up the form?

The form is filled up by the advisor in the class, corresponding subject teachers and the principal. Once these are done and signed, the form is now ready for sending of applications etc… from Year 1-10 the form will be accessible annually, but for year 11 and 12 it will be accessible after every term. It should be the schools duty to release these forms to the students periodically, as it is vital to monitoring the students performance throughout. If your school does not provide these on a regular basis you must ask the principal or headmaster to do so.

Students should always be aware of their grades and their performance and how it’s written down in the admission forms etc… as most schools base admission on academic performance via the ability to “grow academically”, extra curricular activities and permanent records. If your child is in the graduating years of 11 and 12, having access to these documents every term is a good thing, as it can determine which subjects need improvement and which need maintaining.

February 7, 2021 / by / in , ,
Senior High School Strands (Academic, TVL, Sports, Arts and Design) – which one is right for you?

When choosing a Senior High School, you will have to decide on two things namely a (1) Track and (2) Strand.  Don’t worry though! This guide will make it very easy for you to decide.

There are four Senior High school tracks namely:

  1. Academic
  2. Technical-Vocational-Livelihood
  3. Sports
  4. Arts and Design

Each track will have different strands; we will be going through the details of each track and strand in this guide.

Track 1: Academic

This track will most likely appeal to those who are interested into pursuing a college education and obtaining their Bachelors degree. Students do not have to worry about choosing specific strands, as currently there is no college that places requirements on a specific Academic strand for a particular college course.


  • General Academic (GA)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMMS)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM)

Track 2: Technical-Vocational-Livelihood

This track was prepared for those who immediately plan to enter the workforce after graduating college. In many provinces, there is great demand for those who are knowledgeable in Agriculture. In other provinces, there may be several PEZA Industrial parks which offer manufacturing jobs available to Senior High school students.


  • Agri-Fishery Arts
  • Home Economics
  • Industrial Arts
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Track 3: Sports

This track equips students with sports-related, fitness and health knowledge. This track was designed for students who would like to pursue their goals in the athletic and fitness industries.

Track 4: Arts and Design

This track provides students opportunities to express themselves in the performing arts and design fields. This track may appeal to students who would like to pursue their more creative activities.

Senior high school students should not worry about choosing a particular track, as most colleges do not take into account the track you have chosen when you apply for college.

How do you choose a track? Honestly, I believe in setting goals towards the end-in-mind. If your goal is to become a famous scientist, then the academic strand is right for you. If you want to be a ballet performer, then choose the Arts and Design track.

While many people believe in “following your passion”, be wary that passions and priorities do change over time. It is best summarized in this article which references a Stanford research paper. It may make students happy to perform interpretative dance, but if that career choice does not turn into a consistent job, it may make you feel bad in your 30’s when more “sensible” choices are moving forward with their lives with settling down with houses and families.

Ultimately, we only get one life and it is our goal to make the most of it and enjoy it to the best we can.

July 6, 2019 / by / in ,