When parents finally decide to homeschool their children, the next thing that they would decide is whether to go independent or go with a Department of Education (Dep-Ed) accredited homeschool provider. And if they go with the latter, the question they ask themselves would be what provider will they choose then?
Parents have different considerations in choosing a provider for their families. Among these are tuition fee, association with religion (sectarian vs non-sectarian), location of the provider, degree of involvement of the provider (e.g., parent coaching, seminars, provider-led activities like field trip), curriculum (open curriculum vs provider-required curriculum), and number of quarterly requirements (e.g., number of quizzes/exam per subject, portfolio, parent meeting/conference), among others.
That seems overwhelming, but parents may prioritize these considerations based on what is most important for them. For instance, other parents prefer a provider that espouses their religious belief, while others consider the budget, still others would want a fewer requirements to submit every quarter. The choice depends on the parents values, lifestyle, and resources.
I will try to discuss each provider through the lens of this criteria, but I won’t promise that I’d be able to cover everything.
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Catholic Filipino Academy
CFA is the only Pure Catholic Homeschool Provider in the Philippines accredited by DepEd. Founded by the best-selling author and nationwide-known inspirational preacher Bo Sanchez. The tuition fee ranges from 20-25k every school year, with family discounts that varies on the number of your children you’re going to enroll. We are currently enrolled here, so for more information on what it’s like to homeschool with CFA click here.
Location: Obispado de Cubao, Quezon City.
Homeschook Global is the merging of previous two providers — VCIS and The Masters Academy (TMA). It is a Christian school founded by the Christ’s Commission Fellowship (CCF) that has been offering a DepEd accredited international homeschool program since 1999. They offer an open curriculum program, wherein parents have the freedom to choose their own curriculum and academic books for their children.
Homeschool Global is actively involved in their partnership with homeschoolers as demonstrated by their five core programs, namely, Learn, Connect, Equip, Shine, and Learning Plus. You may read more about their programs on their website.
They assign a Family Advisor for each enrolled family. These family advisors are considered veterans as they have been homeschooling for many years. Homeschool Global is also holding cooperatives that provide an avenue for children to enrich their creativity and socialize with children of their age. The coop programs assist parents in meeting MAPEH requirements.
Location: 3rd Floor St. Francis Building, Bank Drive, Cor. Julia Vargas, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City 1550
Peniel Integrated Christian Academy (PICA)
Peniel is a Christian school located at Cainta, Rizal. They have a program that specifically cater to homeschooling families. Homeschooling children are welcome to join the school’s events such as foundation day. Tuition fee is about 15-20k, depending on your child’s level.
Every beginning of the academic year, the head of Peniel conducts seminars for newbie and old homeschoolers. While there are no assigned parent advisors for each family, they are being accommodated and guided by the school’s head.
Academic requirements such as written exams and portfolios can be delivered to the school. Portfolios can be physical such as folders and notebooks and/or soft copies saved in a flash drive. Parents have the option to submit the school grades/cards at the end of the quarter or at the end of the academic year.
Address: 42 Burgos Street, Vista Verde Executive Village, Cainta 1900, Rizal, Philippines
School of Tomorrow (SOT)
SOT is a Christian homeschool program for kindergarten to high school levels that has been provided by the United States-based organization Accelerated Christian Education since 1970. It makes use of the latest computer technology in providing an individualized education with a strong religious background.
Victory Elijah School Systems (VESS)
A DEP-ED recognized school that offers homeschooling from COMPLETE ELEMENTARY (Grade 1 to Grade 6)COMPETE SECONDARY (1st yr. to 4th yr.). Fee is very affordable, the cheapest in the country. It provides training for homeschooling mothers, students and facilitators. For inquiries please call the following numbers: 6325460046 /6324701639/ 6322500064/ 09299577245 or visit at L10B2 Rose Street, Lourdes Subdivision, Mambugan, Antipolo or email
Harvest Christian School International
Is an international Christian School of Cebu City, Philippines offering DepEd accredited international and national homeschool and distance learning programs from Elementary to High School. Website: www.hcsinternational.org
Angelicum College Homeschool Program
Angelicum College has adopted the Department of Education-NCR HSP in 1996, extending education to youth and adults who cannot be physically present in learning environments, which also include cases of those suffering chronic illnesses, those who are employed, or are already married, and even those who have exceeded the normal schooling age but need to complete their secondary education.
Homeschool of Asia Pacific
Homeschool of Asia Pacific (HAP) offers stress-free homeschool programs by the International Academy of Asia Pacific which currently has students from Philippines, China, Indonesia, Switzerland, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
Which provider do I recommend?
If you ask me what provider I recommend, then I’m afraid I won’t be able to answer that. The criteria I mentioned above is highly influenced by our values, priorities, and resources. Despite zeroing in on your provider, know that no homeschooling provider is perfect, each comes with their strengths and weaknesses. What matters is you choose the provider that resonates well with your family’s values, lifestyle, and priorities.
Hope this helps and good luck!