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Homeschooling in the Philippines: FAQs and Tips for Parents

Facts and tips for Filipino parents interested in educating their children in the comfort of their own homes.

homeschool“Really, you teach your child at home?” (Sometimes complete with disapproving look)

“Homeschool? What’s that?” (Occasionally raised eyebrows accompany the question)

“Umm...won’t he become anti-social?” (With a know-it-all flair)

“Bakit sa bahay lang siya magaaral? May problema ba siya?” (“Why is she going to learn at home? Is there a problem with her?”)

“Don’t you need an education degree to teach your kids?”

The above remarks are just a few of the usual reactions that most parents get when they tell someone that their child is being homeschooled. This is even more true in the Philippines, where homeschooling has become known as an acceptable form of education only in recent years.

This article hopes to share some facts and tips that will be of help to Filipino parents who may be considering homeschooling or are already homeschooling their children.


First things first: Is it legal?
Knowing one’s legal status as a homeschooling parent is one of the most important steps you will need to be a successful homeschooler, according to Vicki Brady, mother of 7 homeschooled children, and author of “The Basic Steps to Successful Homeschooling.”

Based on the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, a U.S.-based non-profit advocacy organization “established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms”, homeschooling is considered LEGAL in the Philippines.

As stated on their website, Article XIV, Section 1(2) under the Philippine Constitution, states that the country will “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…”

Under the last phrase, it is stated that “Without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children,” religious groups, mission boards, and families can branch off from public education to create their own private education.

Since homeschooling is considered legal in the Philippines, this gives parents who are considering alternative education options for their children more peace of mind. i.e. they won’t have to worry about being charged with “child negligence”, which sadly has happened to some homeschoolers in the United States, despite the fact that it is legally accepted in all fifty states.

Click here to learn more about DepEd Accreditation, Homeschool Programs with DepEd Accreditation, Validating Programs and Unschooling.

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  • Guest 3 months ago
    With regard to ur statement > In fact, many real-life homeschoolers testify that homeschooling actually makes their children more sociable vertically (i.e. among their peers) AND horizontally (i.e. with people older than them).> seems like u got the directions mixed up.
  • [email protected] Jan 07 2013 @ 07:05pm
    I so love the idea of homeschooling my two children. Thanks for the inspiration. I am a solo parent who's a low income earner as I feel guilty earning more while losing time for my kids. I am most of the time left helpless seeing my kids learn so little academically in school yet seem to suffer and worst, acquire more of the negative stuff from what the majority expect and believe to be the best and only place where education could be obtained. For almost two years now, I've been searching for answers and drawing strength to be able to decisively assert that I can and that I actually am the best person to teach my children just so I could ensure they end up to be good men. It's only now that I am somewhat completely understanding how I can homeschool my children despite our economic and personal circumstance. Hope to hear more about this as I've tried inquiring personally to DepEd but the people I spoke with didn't seem to have ready and sure answers rather on my three attempts in a row, asked me to come back later time but due to my busy schedule as a full time mom and sole bread winner, I chose to search online and finally found this. Thanks very much. I might still need though to make follow-up inquiry through them regarding this matter to pursue it next school year.
  • Guest Jun 18 2012 @ 07:47pm
    Is it too late if your child is already high school?
  • Lucille Raymundo Jun 12 2011 @ 12:43pm
    I'm all fired-up to homeschool by Grade I son. Therefore, I'd like to know if you have any suggestions as to the best books I could begin with, and where to find them? I'll be in Manila next week to shop. Thanks. Your article is a fantastic source of information covering almost all of the issues and concerns that homeschooling DIY will entail. Many thanks again.
  • mjcatipon May 24 2011 @ 03:25pm
    im gonna homeschool my kids next year. the Philippine school system is so obsolete. I feel like I'm teaching my kid all over again after school.
  • jadetvm Mar 28 2011 @ 05:12pm
    No, it isn't too late for your kidst to shift to homeschooling. You can talk it out with them. If they're open with the idea, then the better. Do educate yourself about homeschooling. It's a wonderful world really. There are so much pros than cons. Just do your research first. It isn't so hard with information just at your fingertips.
  • Guest Feb 28 2011 @ 07:13pm
    Is it too late if your kids are already 8 and 10 yrs old this coming school year? They will be Gr3 and 5 by then..
  • Leonora Catapang Oct 09 2010 @ 09:21pm
    mganda tlg mrmi kng mtutunan n bgo
  • leonora catapang Oct 08 2010 @ 02:40pm
    mganda nga to ksi ms ntutukan ang mga bta,ms gusto ko nga ito s totoo lng,lalo gusto nla mdgdgn p ang high school pwede din tong solusyon
  • Ron Oct 07 2010 @ 01:23pm
    Nice article. I agree with homeschooling but not the actual parents teaching their children :) - must hire a qualified and certified teacher with proper syllabus.
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