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.

Read on to learn more about DepEd Accreditation, Homeschool Programs with DepEd Accreditation, Validating Programs and Unschooling.


What about DepEd Accreditation?
When it comes to homeschooling, this is usually one of the most frequently asked questions. Since the legal compulsory age for school attendance is 6 to 12 years, some homeschooling parents seek DepEd accreditation only when their kids begin grade school. Others only do so when transferring their children to regular schools.  There are also quite a few parents who homeschool all the way through grade school, sometimes even through high school, without seeking DepEd accreditation.

There are two main ways to get DepEd Accreditation for homeschooled kids:

Homeschool Programs with DepEd Accreditation
The first way is to enrol them in an accredited homeschool program. Some of the more well-known programs are the Catholic Filipino Academy (CFA), founded by Catholic lay preacher Bo Sanchez, The Master's Academy (TMA), a Christian school set up by the Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF),  and  the Living Heritage Academy, under  the School of Tomorrow (SOT). The Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila and Angelicum College also offer a Catholic home study program for elementary and high school levels.

The Philippine Validating Test (PVT)
The second way to get accredited by DepEd is by letting your kids take the Philippine Validating Test (PVT) from the Department of Education when transferring them to a regular school. This test is also taken by children who go to regular private schools that have not been accredited by any of the Philippine's school accrediting bodies. It is taken per subject per year level. The drawback is it can be taken only once.

For parents who seek an alternative way to formally assess their children’s education, testing your kids at the Center for Educational Measurement Inc. (CEM) is one option. CEM allows you to test your homeschooled child per subject per grade level while taking the pressure off your child, since its tests are designed to measure academic ability and achievement of students, and not simply to pass or fail them.

The school of life – What is Unschooling?
Some parents who choose to homeschool their kids prefer to do “unschooling” which basically consists of letting the child learn from the “school of life.” Emphasis is placed on learning life skills through actual practical application, for example, basic literacy, entrepreneurship and so on.

Unschoolers usually let their kids learn whatever is most interest to them. For example, if your child loves dogs, you teach them their academic subjects like English, Math and Science based on that particular topic. You can read books about dogs, watch documentaries about dogs, do Math problems involving dogs as subjects.


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  • Guest May 29 2014 @ 04:37pm
    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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