Homeschooling in the Philippines can be classified under two groups: those who are enrolled in a DepEd Accredited Homeschool Provider and those who are independent homeschoolers.

So, what does it mean when you say independent homeschooling? Currently, independent homeschooling is a term use if you are not connected to a DepEd accredited homeschool provider (but enrolled in a foreign provider) or not connected to any provider at all.

Most independent homeschoolers have the freedom of open curriculum. They get to choose their own books and materials for their kids. Parents set their own schedule and they do not worry about work submission schedules and deadlines. Most if not all, uses the DepEd K to 12 curriculum as their guides.

Some independent homeschoolers also practice interest-led or child-led learning. This means that they are working and following the child’s interest for their learning journey.

Independent Homeschooling in the Philippines

Celebrating National Homeschool Day 2017 with the homeschooling families of Makati 

Being independent also means, parents take charge of everything. They need to keep track of grades/levels (scheduling for the The Philippine Educational Placement Test, PEPT for validating and accrediting knowledge and skills in academic areas | or consider Alternative Learning System, ALS ), and facilitate the necessary documents and exams (like PVT – Philippine Validating Test) needed when the time comes for the child to enter traditional school or college.

Homeschooling independently may be a practical option, as you need not pay providers and buy required books. However, depending on the choices parents make (for books/ curricula, extracurricular activities, field trips and the like) homeschooling, even independently,  can cost either a little or a lot.

Whether you are considering being an independent homeschooler, or enroll in a homeschool provider, or even thinking of starting your homeschooling journey, there are available support groups you can check and join. We are lucky these days that we have several groups of homeschooling families, whether online or offline, who come together to share information, educational resources, encouragement, and social activities for the children.

Special thanks to a dear friend Laskmi Maluya for providing the information. She is a proud product of independent homeschooling from preschool to high school. She finished college (Education, Major in Early Childhood in Centro Escolar University Mendiola) thru PEPT. She currently homeschools 2 daughters –  one in grade 6 and the other in grade 10 and the eldest, also homeschooled, is now in College.

Related Posts:

A Guide to Common Homeschooling Terms

List of Homeschool Providers in the Philippines

Advantages of Having a Homeschool Provider

 

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  1. Jam says:

    Can you please suggest me some of the independent homeschooler groups here in the Philippines.. been wanting to ask some questions about pvt/pept/als and gather some more ideas on how to successfully homeschool highschool.. thank you in advance.. God bless.

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