High school subjects

We are posting here two report cards we dug up recently: one from our sophomore year and the other from our junior year (click images to enlarge).

Note that the subjects in these cards – also known as Form 138 A – may slightly vary from those of the other students from other sections. The reason is that after our freshman year, we were made to choose so-called elective subjects, on which our section in the two succeeding years would also become dependent.

The first report card came from a II-2 student whose elective was business mathematics. The subjects being taught then were the following: English, Pilipino, Araling Panlipunan, Agham (biology), Matematika (algebra), Mga Sining na Kapaki-pakinabang (home economics for the girls and practical arts for the boys), Youth Development Training (YDT), Sariling Pili (business mathematics).


In third year, this student decided to have statistics as his elective subject. So he was grouped to III-3 and studied the following subjects:  English III, Pilipino III, Araling Panlipunan, Agham (chemistry), Matematika (geometry), YDT, literature,  journalism, and statistics.

When we reached fourth year, this experimentation with this elective thing was scrapped and incoming seniors were then divided into sections on the basis of their weighted average in third year. That’s how we, including this featured student, ended up being together and made to study the following subjects: English IV, Pilipino IV, Spanish, Araling Panlipunan, Agham (physics), Matematika (trigonometry and algebra), YDT-CAT, and journalism. Aside from this, we also had Araling Pansilid Aralan (HRO) and, being “martial law babies”, YCAP (youth civic action program).

Also take note that other classmates opted for practical arts or home economics, instead of journalism. Music subject, meanwhile, was integrated into YDT and religion (remember Miss Chua) was being offered as optional.

Did you also notice how different the grading sytem was during that time? The meaning of those letters are as follows:

  •   O: 93  and above (Outstanding or Pinakatangi-tangi)
  • VS: 87 – 92 (Very Satisfactory or Lubhang kasiya-siya)
  •   S: 80 – 86 (Satisfactory or Kasiya-siya)
  • MS: 75 – 79 (Moderately Satisfactory or Katamtamang kasiya-siya)
  • NI: 70 – 74 (Needs Improvement or Kailangan pa ng higit na pagsisikap)
  •  F: 69 and below (Failed or Hindi nakapasa)

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