Here is the list of homeschool providers in the Philippines for parents who want to transfer their kids from mainstream schools or traditional education to homebased learnings / homeschooling. You can use this blog post as reference (only) in finding the school near you.
Homeschooling is Growing Globally
The number of parents who consider homeschooling as a way to educate their kids are becoming higher around the world. It continues to rise in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, and is getting traction in the Philippines.
For example across the UK the number of students shifting to homeschool has increased by 40% in a span of three years from 2015 to 2017 according to a BBC news report.
In the United States, there are 16 states that have shown significant growth in children receiving a homeschool education. From the spring of 2012 to the spring of 2016, there is an average growth of 25 percent on those indicated states.
Also, based on an estimate, there is a growth of 2% to 8% in the past few years in the student population who are shifting to homeschool overall in the US.
Homeschooling is legally recognized in all territories and states in Australia. Over the years, the country has also shown a significant increase in students’ populations who are receiving home-based education.
In Queensland, there are roughly 1100 homeschooled students in 2013 and has now increased to 3232 in 2018. There are around 3300 students receiving their home education in New South Wales in 2013 and by 2017 it has increased to 4700. The state of Victoria has 3545 homeschooled children in 2013, in 2018 it has increased to 5300.
What is Homeschooling?
Homebased education or homeschooling is a method of learning where students study their lessons at their homes or in places outside the walls of the traditional classrooms.
Usually, if the students are independent, they can study the lessons on their own. However for kids, it is usually their parents and tutors who are in-charged of teaching the children.
There are also online teachers who monitor and communicate with kids through webcams and online applications. There are instances that students only need to go to school to participate in major examinations.
The lessons are based on the curriculum of homeschool providers accredited by the department of education in the Philippines.
In general, Homeschooling is an alternative to the traditional classroom-based school system.
Is Homeschooling Allowed in the Philippines?
Yes, homeschooling is allowed in the Philippines. This is based on the Philippine constitution article 14 section 1 (2) as quoted:
“Establish and Maintain, a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels. Without limiting the natural rights of parents to rear their children, elementary education is compulsory for all children of school age.”
Section 4 (1) of the same article number indicates that the state shall regulate and supervise all educational institutions. As quoted:
“The State recognizes the complimentary roles of public and private institutions in the educational system and shall exercise reasonable supervision and regulation of all educational institution.”
Based on the DepEd Memo number 216 s. 1997 (DECS Memorandum No. 216 s. 1997). Students who are under the homeschool program may transfer to mainstream school. He/she must be accredited first by the department of education.
For additional readings, you can check out https://hslda.org/post/philippines about the legalities of homeschooling in the Philippines.
Why Choose Homeschooling
There are various reasons why parents choose to homeschool their kids instead of sending them to conventional schools.
They want to keep their kids away from some negative school environment such as peer pressure and bullying.
The need to homeschool their kids because the parents are OFW’s. Oftentimes they want to bring with them their children while they work or travel abroad. Based on our experience.
They want quality education for their kids. They probably think that a classroom with a ratio of 35 students to 1 teacher will not be able to give the kind of quality education they wanted.
The child has special needs that a traditional school system will not be able to provide.
Parents want personalized education for their kids to help them learn in their own way and pace. Unlike in traditional schools where teachers move to new topics even though some students are having a hard time catching up with the lessons.
Also, in most cases, the traditional system is standardized. Children’s performance is assessed based on sets of questionnaires and ranked them based on their scores. Those who got lower scores may develop low self-esteem. Worst is it can cause depression.
Parents just want to do hands-on when it comes to teaching their kids everything they need to know from academics, religion, and culture.
There are probably more reasons that are I was not aware of and not able to mention.
For no reason allow me to share with your parents a quote:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Always remember that your child is a genius in their own different way.
List of Schools that offer Homeschooling Program in the Philippines
UST Angelicum College Home Study Program
- Address: 112 Sen. Mariano J. Cuenco Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City, Philippines Zip code 1114
- Contact Details: (02) 871 1745 / Email: ustangelicum.com.ph/
- Enrollment Schedule: Anytime
- Available Levels: Elementary and High School (inquire with the school the specific details)
- Website: www.ustangelicum.edu.ph/Academics/HomeStudy
Colegio de San Juan de Letran Home Study Program
- Address: 151 Muralla Street Intramuros, Manila
- Contact Details: (02) 527-7693 to 97 / FB page: www.facebook.com/letran.edu/
- Enrollment Schedule: According to the FB page, there is no deadline yet
- Available Levels: They offer HSP for elementary students grade 4 to 6, and grade 7 to 10 for junior high school students.
- Website: www.letran.edu.ph
Homeschool of Asia Pacific
- Address: Level 5 Richville Corporate Tower Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa
- Contact Details: (+632) 8809-4742 / Facebook:www.facebook.com/homeschoolofasiapacific
- Enrolment Schedule: Deadline of enrolment is June 15, 2020
- Available Levels: They have two available programs which are the Philippine program, and the US Program. The PH program is open for Kinder up to Grade 10, the US is open for Kinder to Grade 12.
- Website: homeschoolofasiapacific.com
HomeSchool Global Philippines
- Address: The Learning Hub by Homeschool Global 2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, Philippines, Zip Code 1604
- Contact Details: (632) 8 234 0432 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enrollment Schedule: March, June, September
- Available Levels: Pre-School, Elementary, and High School
- Branches: They have branches in Imus Cavite, Baguio, Qatar, Cebu, Alabang, and Quezon City
- Website: ph.homeschoolglobal.com
International British Academy Homeschool Program
- Address: General Aguinaldo Hi-way, Anabu II-D, Imus, Cavite, Philippines
- Contact Details: (+63) 46-471-59-22 / (+63) 46-471-59-24 / Email: email@example.com
- Enrollment Schedule: Flexible enrollment schedule
- Available Levels: Kinder to Year 6
- Website: iba.edu.ph/programme/homeschool-programme
Kairos Homeschool Academy
- Address: 1475 near Monumento, Roon 201, United Evangelical Church, 45 Governor Pascual Avenue, Potrero Malabon, Philippines
- Contact Details: / Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.facebook.com/kairoshomeschoolacademy/
- Enrollment Schedule: Check the website or Facebook page
- Available Levels: Preschool (Nursery, Kinder), and Elementary
- Curriculum Type: Specialized curriculum. It is not individualized but parents can customize to fit their children’s needs.
- Website: www.kairoshomeschoolacademy.com
Victory Christian International School’s Homestudy Program
- Address: 3/F Rodil Building, 326 Captain Henry Javier Drive, Pasig City Philippines
- Contact Details: (02) 775-5705 / (02) 584-6092 / Email: email@example.com
- Enrollment Schedule: inquire with the school
- Available Levels: Early Education (Kinder 1 and Kinder 2), Grade School, and Junior High School
- Website: http://vcishomestudy.edu.ph/
Catholic Filipino Academy (CFA Homeschool)
- Address: 41 Lantana Street, Cubao, Quezon City Philippines, Zip code 1109
- Contact Details: (02) 8721-1088 / (02) 8871-7002 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enrollment Schedule: follows the Philippines school year calendar (June to March)
- Available Levels: Preschool, Elementary, Junior and Senior High School
- Website: https://cfa.edu.ph
Note: I have included the official website, office address, and contact details of the listed homeschool providers in the Philippines. I strongly suggest that you check their website so you can acquire first-hand knowledge of the respective school’s homeschool programs.