The homeschooling alternative: Homeschooling in the Philippines
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With nearly 10 weeks left in the current school year I find myself at a crossroads. I am thoughtfully considering moving my son, Motito, to a new school for the next year school year. For reasons I won’t explain here I have become regrettably dissatisfied with the way things are going in his current school. I have shortlisted a couple of schools that meet mine and my son’s requirements, and while the plan appears best-laid so far, there’s just one other thing: I’m thinking maybe I could homeschool instead.
I’ve been reading a lot about homeschooling, and I like what I’ve learned so far. Homeschooling is educating one’s child outside of a public or private school. Homeschooling takes place primarily inside the home, but learning is not confined to its four walls. Many parents teach their own children, while some employ the services of a part-time or full-time tutor. What I find most appealing about homeschooling is its flexibility. Parents can choose the curriculum that best aligns with the family’s means, goals, and values. Education can be individualized according to the strengths, interests, and learning style of the child. Homeschooling families can recreate the school environment in their homes if they want to, or march to the beat of their own drum and unschool altogether.
The right of parents to educate their own children is protected under Section 1(2) of Article XIV (14) of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which states that the State shall, “Establish and maintain a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels. Without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children…” As a matter of fact, the Department of Education is mulling expanding the use of so-called alternative delivery modes, which include the Home Study Program, to ease congestion in public schools.
There are three ways by which families are homeschooling in the Philippines. One is by enrolling in a DepEd-accredited homeschool provider. Here, homeschoolers follow a set curriculum, but they are free to enhance and expand as they see fit. This route is generally regarded as the most “painless” way to homeschool, as it means the
homeschooled student’s accomplishments are officially credentialed, and he/she can enroll in a regular school or college with the same ease enjoyed by non-homeschooled students. The Catholic Filipino Academy, The Masters Academy and Victory Christian International School are some of the popular homeschool providers with DepEd accreditation. Also worth considering are the Home Study programs of Angelicum College and The Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
Another approach taken by Filipino homeschoolers is to enroll in an international homeschool provider, usually a United States-based one, like the Kolbe Academy Homeschool or the Seton Home Study School. Curriculum materials are sent via post or electronically. A student is issued official grade records and transcripts, which would come in handy should the parent decide to transfer the child to a regular school. The student might still need to take the Philippine Validating Exam to be considered for enrollment in a regular school.
The third option is unschooling, also known as child-led learning or natural learning. As the name implies, the unschooling approach follows the natural interests and aptitudes of the child and does not rely on a pre-defined curriculum or use a formal lesson structure. I admire the brave and dauntless families who go the unschooling route, as they exercise utmost flexibility in educating their children. There is a price for this freedom, though, and it mostly involves dealing with the DepEd bureaucracy. The student must take and pass the Philippine Validating Exam in order for all of his/her hard work to be credited. The exam may only be taken once, generally as a requirement for transferring to a regular school or college. Additionally, parents must also compile and submit a portfolio of records and materials to prove that they have been truthfully homeschooling their child. The portfolio can include answered textbooks and worksheets, quizzes/tests, samples of finished projects, and photos of the child in field trips or engaged in hands-on activities.
Different reasons motivate families to homeschool. The three most commonly cited reasons for homeschooling are dissatisfaction with the quality of education in schools, a desire to give religious and moral instruction that aligns with the family’s values, and concerns about the negative social environment in schools. Whatever your reason for considering homeschooling, remember that it is a huge commitment and often requires a significant adjustment in the family’s daily life. If you wish to know more I highly recommend Smart Parenting’s FAQ and tips on homeschooling in the Philippines written by homeschooling advocate Teachermama Tina Santiago Rodriguez and how-to guide on choosing a program for your child penned by novelist and poet Justine Camacho-Tajonera. Additionally, I encourage you to check out the blogs of real-life homeschooling families in the Philippines to get a feel for the daily triumphs and travails of educating your own children at home. Among those I follow are Truly Rich Mom, Beyond the Silver and the Gold, And These Thy Gifts, Teach With Joy, The Mommy Journey, and The Nanay Notebook.
Hi!im mrs.bea villar.ive chosen to unschool our son since 2010.as he just wasnt absorbing any of the lessons in school nd school just became a chore.i knew it was time to take him out of school.i dont ever want him to think that learning is boring.he last attended school whn he was 11 now he’s 15.he’s thinking of going bac to a regular school because he’s into basketball and want to join a varsity.i was wondering if you have heard of deped placement test?and will this help my son transition back to a regular school?
Hello, Mrs. Villar. I tip my hat to you for taking on the responsibility of educating your son. As for the DepEd placement test, I’m afraid I am not the authority on that one. The DepEd website has information about the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) . According to the latest information on the DepEd site, registration for this year’s PEPT starts in August 2015 and the tests will be conducted on November 15, 2015 (Luzon) and November 22, 2015 (Visayas and Mindanao). The Philippine homeschooling community often mentions the Philippine Validating Test but I don’t see any reference to it on the DepEd website. Perhaps it is the same as the PEPT, or I’m horrible at Googling. Your best recourse is to contact the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC) as they would know which type of exam your son will need to take and the requirements that must be submitted. Good luck!
National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC)
2/F Mabini Bldg., DepEd Complex, Meralco Ave., Pasig City
(02) 631-6921 | 631-2589 | 631-2571 | 631-2591
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
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what are the requirements for parents who want to homeschool their own children themselves? just like what i have seen on tv.
The Department of Education requires that the parent is a college graduate. I suggest you read the Homeschooling FAQ from The Master’s Academy and this useful list of accredited homeschooling providers in the Philippines from homeschooling mommy Chris.
Hi! I am currently homeschooling my preschooler independently. Do you know of a group of independent homeschoolers? I would love to join on so we could share tips and stories.
Hi, Marie. You can check out the following Facebook groups: Homeschoolers of the Philippines and Homeschooling Philippines.
Hi! I am Lizette Choa. I just want to ask if parents who homeschool their kids are interested in letting their kids learn second language, e.g. mandarin? thank you very much!
Hi, Lizette. Because homeschooling allows both the parents and their children to devote more time to varied pursuits, I’d surmise that many homeschooling families have, at the very least, considered second language instruction. And I can’t think of a more useful second language to learn than Mandarin.
Hi, we are planning to homeschool our kids here in the UAE under an accredited program in the Philiippines. They are from regular schools back home at grades 3 and 5 lasT school year. My questions are: a) Is there an online accredited assessment system where they can be asessed in the UAE rather than going back home? b) When does home school year in the Philippines start? and c) what are the requirements for enroling kids in a program. Thanks for thre help
Hi, Pet. I’ll try to answer to the best of my knowledge: (a.) I’m not getting a clear understanding of the “online accredited assessment system” that you’re referring to. If your kids completed grades 3 and 5 in the Philippines, and you plan to homeschool them in the UAE through an accredited PH-based homeschool agency, then you don’t need to have their previous/last education accredited. All you have to present is their Form 137 (report card)/Form 138 (pupil’s permanent record) and fill out an application form provided by your intended school. On the other hand, if you are referring to an online system for accreditation/equivalency assessment for enrollment in PH schools, then there is no such thing. All accreditation/equivalency/validation tests are conducted/taken onsite in the Philippines only. (b.) the school-year starts in June in the Philippines, although a few schools have started adopting an international academic calendar, which means starting the school-year in August. (c.) requirements for enrolling kids in a PH-based homeschool program vary by school, but generally they include the report card, birth certificate, and application form. I suggest you contact the schools themselves and inquire. Here’s an updated list of accredited homeschool providers in the Philippines from homeschooling Mommy Chris. Good luck!
Hello this is the Mother of my child,can I ask if how’s the process of alternative homeschooling ….. Because she stop for 1 year in high school….
Hello. If you are considering homeschooling for your daughter in order for her to catch up, I suggest you start as soon as possible. You can research the Internet for DepEd-accredited homeschool providers, or you can “unschool” her, i.e. teach her at home without the benefit of enrolling in a homeschool provider. Either way, her “alternative education” will need to be accredited by DepEd through the Accreditation and Equivalency Exams.
Hello! Good Evening! I just want to ask if my daughter is still available for enrolling this month in a homeschool for a highschool student? Because she also stopped recently due to her asthma. Hope you reply back.
Hello, Jaky. Only the homeschool provider can decide on this matter. I suggest you look over this updated list of accredited homeschool providers in the Philippines (from the website of homeschooling Mommy Chris), make a shortlist, and contact the schools that you will be considering. Good luck!
Hi gud day!just wanna ask if you are open for enrolling this month for grade 10,and what is your requirements for enrolling…hoping for your reply..thanks
I suggest you contact Peniel Integrated Christian Academy of Rizal at 6827941/ 09361821391 or thru FB/FB messenger @PenielIntegratedChristianAcademy They are very responsive to messages.
Hi i want to know of accredited home school for k12 near marikina area my son is in level 12 and he wants to drop out can you suggest dep ed accredited home school provider that are affordable also
Please don’t let your dear son drop out of school. I highly recommend Peniel Integrated Christian Academy of Rizal in Cainta where my son is enrolled. They are DepEd accredited and offer reasonable tuition rates. You can message them on Facebook: Peniel Integrated Christian Academy of Rizal Inc. or call up 6827941/ 09361821391. They are very responsible to inquiries.
Gud day po admin, I just want to ask if you have an idea what subjects are included in PVT? Specialy in home schooling they don’t have Filipino and Makabayan subject. So if that two subject are included so sad for them.
Hi, Ker. Please read this blog post from Teach With Joy regarding the Philippine Validating Test (PVT). According to the said post:
“Subjects of validation tests are Science, English, Math, Filipino, and Araling Panlipunan (for Grade 1 & 2, no Science)
Filipino and Araling Panlipunan are given in Filipino (Tagalog), all else are in English
To pass validation level, child cannot fail 2 or more subjects; passing mark is 75%
Cost of PVT is P100 per level per child Results of PVT are given about 1 month after, depending on discretion of DepEd NETRC (so pls ask to clarify).”
Hello there! I want to unschool my son, he is a grade 5 student, he was bullied and he is afraid of his teacher/adviser. Is homeschooling be the best alternative for this?
I suggest you talk to your son about it. Some parents choose to homeschool to remove a child from an excessive bullying environment.
Good day admin. I am residing here in italy.I wanted to ask if there is a possibiity that i can enrol my daughter in home school,Grade 9..
Hello. You can start homeschooling your child any day that your child and you are ready. I suggest you contact the homeschool providers personally to find out their requirements.
Hi just wanna ask something are these schools avail home schools in nueva ecija . I hope you reply . Thank you
You can homeschool from anywhere. Choose the homeschool provider that is right for your needs.
Hello, i’m very dissatisfied with my school. I’m currently in the 9th grade here in Cavite. I feel like my school is only hindering me from reaching my full potential. I really think that home school is the best way to get my education. I’m not really learning anything in my school. I want to convert to home schooling but we’re currently having financial trouble. What do I do?
You’ll have to speak to your parents about it and see if you can come up with a workable plan that satisfies all parties concerned. Home schooling can be cheap if you DIY, i.e. choose not to enroll in a home school provider. Remember that you will still need to pass the ALS Accreditation & Equivalency Test or Philippine Educational Placement Test, whichever case may apply to you.
Hi i would like to apply my son for home school programs. He has a depression due to his condition. He had retinal detachment and went through operations. He don’t want to go to school because he thought that he will no longer have any opportunities and no future at all. I talked to him sincerely and he told me that he’ll try to go to public schools.. but only after 3 weeks he started to pretend to go to school though he’s not. His teacher already informed me about it and I would like to home school him. He is 15 years old and I’m really concerned about him. I hope you could help me out. We are from Navotas City. Thank you.
I suggest that you homeschool him. The blog post has listed several accredited home school providers in the Philippines. Each provider may have their own set of requirements. Please contact them for guidance. Good luck.
Hello! I have a son who in in autism spectrum disorder -high functioning. I am planning to homeschool him. he is interested in finishing schooling however due to some fears which started 2 months ago sometimes he exhibits tantrum episodes that disrupts other students. By the way he is in a regular school and belongs to the star section ( equivalent to a higher level than a regular grade 6 class). Do they offer homeschooling even at this months? Since we know that most starts in the month of june? I am a working mommy but i have my mom who is a retired teacher to help me. Thanks..
Hello, Haydee. My son is enrolled in a DepEd-accredited homeschool provider and following a DepEd curriculum, which means our school-year is synchronized with DepEd’s calendar. I’m not aware of any homeschool providers who accept enrollments in the second quarter, but it’s possible that they exist. I suggest you join Facebook groups of homeschoolers in the Philippines and post your query there: Philippine Homeschoolers Association and Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands are the most active ones. Or you could inquire at Homeschool Global . Good luck!