Senior High School Strands (Academic, TVL, Sports, Arts and Design) – which one is right for you?

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 ,

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