Homeschool Help: Go with a Homeschool Provider or Go Independent

After deciding that homeschooling is for your family, you must now decide whether you want to enroll with a homeschool provider or just go independent.


If you decide to enroll your child with a homeschool provider, you need to choose if you want to go with Dep Ed accredited homeschool provider or home education provider or a school with an international accreditation.  You need to inquire at the school of your choice and follow the requirements set by the school. Please check my post about the different Dep Ed Accredited homeschool providers in the Philippines. Homeschool providers usually will give you their recommended curriculum and you would need to submit grades or other requirements following their timeline. At the end of the school year, you should be able to receive a report card that you can use as a record for your children’s achievement. If you ever want to enroll in a conventional school, you can contact your provider for all documents that your new school might require from your children.


If you decide that you want to take the independent homeschooling route, you just need to make sure that you have a guide like the Department of Education’s Curriculum Guide for each grade level and subject. You can buy curriculum abroad or through local bookstores and keep a record of your child’s activities through portfolios, notebooks, attendance record, books read, grades and other information that schools might need once you decide to enroll your children back to a conventional school. At the end of the school year, your child would need to go to Dep Ed to take some tests. The test can be the Philippine Validation Tests (PVT), the Philippine Education Placement Tests (PEPT) or the Accreditation and Equivalency test (A&E).

My opinion: If you decide to enroll in a homeschool provider, you will have lesser things to think about especially year end accreditation and documents, but it is the more expensive route. I believe that if you are just new in homeschooling, you may enroll so that they can help you establish structures and routines  in your homeschool more easily. If you are the type of person who needs structure, go with homeschool providers, but if you want more freedom, go and be an independent homeschooler! As you reach your 3rd or 4th year, you may wish to research more about going independent. Being an independent homeschooler can give you more flexibility and freedom on how you want to approach your homeschool days, and of course, since you will be dealing directly with Dep Ed eventually, you must be prepared for a more tedious experience as well.


Homeschool Help : Accredited Homeschool Providers

Note: This post is updated as of March 13, 2018. 

If you are considering homeschooling in the Philippines, you might be wondering about accreditation of your child’s homeschooling endeavor with the Department of Education. Well fear not, since there are a number of accredited homeschool providers in the country where you can enroll your child.

Angelicum College Home Study Program
(Year Round Enrollment)
Address: 112 M.J. Cuenco St. Sta. Mesa Heights Quezon City, Philippines
Contact Number: (2) 732 4243,

Blended Learning Center Manila
(Alternative Learning System,)
Address: #56 Lantana cor New York Sts. Cubao, QC
Contact Numbers:  (2) 410 3912, (0906) 295 2265,(0926)401 6141,(0917) 621 2167, (0998) 531 7949
Facebook: http://www.facebook/blendedlearningcentermanila

Bright Young Minds
(You can choose your own curriculum either DepEd accredited or U.S. curriculum)
Address: Unit 304, Venture bldg. Prime Cor. Market St. Madrigal Business Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Contact Number: (2) 774 3747, (0920)417 3070, (0917)817 0321
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CAL Academy International
Address: President Villa, West Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa City
Contact Numbers: (2) 655 9121,( 0947) 718 8282 

Catholic Filipino Academy
(Catholic Homeschool using local textbooks, June to March calendar, Pre-school to High School)
Address:8th floor Obispado de Cubao, 41 Lantana Street, Cubao, Metro Manila, Quezon City, 1109
Contact Numbers: (2) 721 1088, (0915) 668 8577
Email: Preschool –, Elementary –, High School –

Colegio de San Juan de Letran Home Study Program
Contact Number: 4042958 loc. 214

GSL Connections Homeschool Hub
Address: Dipolog 
Contact Number: (0939)6063838

Gopala Learning Haven
Address: Silang Cavite 

Contact Number: (0906)377 3357

Harvest Christian School International
(US based program with year-round enrollment, DepEd accredited program with prescribed local books or Open Curriculum, Preschool to High School)
Address: 24-B Tres Borces Street, Mabolo, Cebu City, Philippines 6000 
Makati Virtual Office : Level 22, Tower One and Exchange Plaza, Ayala Triangle, Ayala Avenue Makati City
Contact Numbers: (32) 232 9608, (32) 231 0208, (32) 514 6063, (0943)270 5616, (0921)589 8232
Email :

Homeschool Global
(Christian Homeschool, Open Curriculum, with US Accreditation, Pre-school to Highschool)
Address: 2nd floor Ayala Malls 30th Pasig City 
Contact Numbers: (2) 234-0432, (2) 502-7027, (0917) 800-8257
Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 8am-12pm; 1-3pm

Homeschool of Asia Pacific
(US based program with year-round enrollment or DepEd accredited program with prescribed local books June to March calendar, Pre-school to High School)
Address: Level 5 Richville Tower, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa
Contact Numbers: (2) 809 4742 or (2) 809 5412 loc. 10, (917) 855 1316 (915)549 3883
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm


International British Academy
(Elementary students only)
Address: Gen. Aguinaldo Hi-way, Anabu ll-D, Imus, Cavite

Contact Number: (046) 471 5922

International Christian Academy Elementary Home Schooling
Address: 4505 Extra Extension Street Fourth Estate Subdivision, Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Contact Number :820-4521, 820-4524

Kairos Homeschool Academy
Address: 45 Gov. Pascual Ave., Potrero, Malabon City 1475 (near Monumento)
Contact Number: (2) 448 2504

Kids World Integrated School, Inc.
(Under Alternative Learning System, Open Curriculum, Elementary level, Follows DepEd School Year)
Address: North Greenhills Association, Johnson Park, San Juan Metro Manila
Contact Number : (2)726-6563, (2)631-9842

New Era University
(Preschool to High School) 
Address: No. 9 Central Ave., New Era, Quezon City 1107, Philippines
Contact Numbers : (2) 906-6327 (0917) 315 7531
Email Address : or

Peniel Integrated Christian Academy of Rizal

(Open Curriculum, Preschool to High School, June to March school year )
Address: Phase I, 42 Burgos St. Vista Verde Executive Village, Cainta, Rizal, Philippines
Contact Numbers: (2) 682 7942, (0936) 182 1391

Proverbs Ville Christian School
Address: Km. 7 Central Park Road, Bangkal, 8000 Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Contact Number: (082) 298-03-23, (0922)815 0016, (0922)815 0017

The Learning Place Homeschool
(Open curriculum, Preschool to High School, Year round enrollment)

Address: 10966 Kanluran Rd.Faculty Hills, UP Los Banos Laguna
Contact Number: (049) 5368316
Email :

Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow – Home Education Program
(Christian Homeschool using PACES of School of Tomorrow, USA, Accepts Elementary to High School Enrollees, Enrollment is all-year round)
Address:SOT Blvd., (former MJS Ave.) Levitown Executive Village, Brgy. Don Bosco, Parañaque City
Phone: (2) 822 9663

Southville International School and Colleges 
(Innove Education Solution – blended learning) 
Address: 1281 Tropical Ave Cor. Luxemborg St. BF Homes International Las Pinas City
Contact Number: (2)829 1675, (2) 8256374, (0917) 8532450

Westfields International School
(Open curriculum: Elementary to High School)
Address: 21-2 Friendship Highway, Cut-cut, Angeles City
Contact Number : 045-887-4966

Note: For further information, please contact the schools directly.

Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom: Lynden Tablante


The last mom to be featured on our series Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom is someone I’ve met personally when I was just beginning my homeschooling journey, Ms. Lynden Tablante.



Hi Lynden! Thank you for agreeing to be featured on my blog. Please share something about yourself for our readers. 

I am a home schooler mom, home keeper, mission partner and helpmeet to my husband Dennis who is an engineer by education, an academician/school administrator (Malayan Colleges Laguna) by profession, and a Sunday School Teacher/Home Cell leader /church deacon by vocation.  Prior to homeschooling,   l used  to hold a managerial position in the Treasury and Investments Department  of a local universal bank.  We are blessed with three kids – Paolo Miguel (13 years old), Aliya Magaret (10 years old) and Sean Andrew (6 years old).  We started homeschooling in June 2009  and we are well on our 5th  year now.

Why did you choose to homeschool  your children?

In a planning seminar I attended during my working years in a bank, we were asked by the facilitator to complete the sentence “I want to be the best ________”.  I remember jotting down the word “mother” in the blank, passionately so, as I was pregnant with my first baby then.   Surprisingly, all working moms in the group gave the same answer!  It was the facilitator’s comments afterwards that struck me and stayed with me through the years. He said, “If you want to be the best mother, then you ought to be in your homes!”  I did not yield immediately to God’s prodding then.  I waited for the string of promotions to come – and so they did, one after another.  Lulled by the allurement of financial stability and empowerment,  it took me more years before I realized I already had  three kids growing and spending more time without me ( and vice versa).  In my personal quiet time, God’s words in Matthew 8:13  “Go back home” were as darts piercing my heart and soul.   The still, small voice reverberated more loudly and clearly as days went by.  Hence, my decision to resign from work and be a fulltime mom after 17 years in the corporate world.

But ,why homeschool?  That was another feat to battle with. My initial idea was simply to resign from work, manage the household, set up a small business, and let my two older children  continue their studies in a Christian school.  When my husband broached the idea of homeschooling, I was not very enthusiastic about it.  After months of praying, researching, attending seminars and conferences, and digging into God’s Word – I was more and more convinced that the homeschooling path, albeit less trodden and unconventional, is what God wants my family to take.  We took His commandment in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 as our mandate, not an option.  It requires that parentsteach their children to apply all of the Lord’s commandments in every circumstance of life.  Clearly, this is what homeschooling is all about! I cannot just relegate this God-ordained responsibility to anyone or to any institution, no matter how well-meaning they can be.  After all, it will be us, parents, who will be held answerable to God for who raised our children, and how they were raised.

What are you using with your children?

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”— Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (ESV)

“Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.” – Charlotte Mason

  • “Education is an atmosphere” doesn’t mean that we should create an artificial environment for children, but that we use the opportunities in the environment he already lives in to educate him. Children learn from real things in the real world.
  • “Education is a discipline” means that we train a child to have good habits and self-control.
  • “Education is a life” means that education should apply to body, soul and spirit. The mind needs ideas of all kinds, so the child’s curriculum should be varied and generous with many subjects included.

The principles stated above are the guiding principles my husband  and I follow in teaching and training our kids.  As God’s stewards, we agreed to seek His will so we can raise them up in the admonition of God’s Word especially in this time and age that even the approach in education has become so utilitarian.

With the earnest desire to educate our kids at home, we use the following programs and curricula which we know would prepare them in acquiring virtue and would prepare them for life ahead:

Sing, Spell, Read and Write Phonics Program

Sing, Spell, Read & Write uses phonics songs, interactive charts, and games to teach the alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, sound/letter correspondence, short vowel sounds, and blending – in a fun and meaningful way. By the end of Kindergarten students will be reading fully-decodable story books with single-, short- vowel words.

…Using this program, my son learned to read and write with comprehension at age 4.

 School of Tomorrow ‘s Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)

For over 40 years, the A.C.E. program has been the trendsetter in Biblical educational reform. Its philosophy is built on basic principles of the Word of God. Students are taught to see life from God’s point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to walk in Godly wisdom and character. Its learning principles are as follows:

  1. The students must be on a level of curriculum where he can perform.
  2. The student must set reasonable goals that can be achieved in a prescribed period of time.
  3. The student must be controlled and motivated.
  4. The student’s learning must be measurable.
  5. The student’s learning must be rewarded.

 Lving Heritage Academy, the homeschool arm of the Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow, Paranaque City

Accelerated Christian Education® has taken the conventionally styled textbook and divided it into bite-sized, achievable, worktexts called PACEs. Each PACE is similar to a unit in a textbook. Each level consists of 12 PACEs in each subject. PACEs integrate Godly character-building lessons into the academic content, and self-instructional activities are carefully designed to develop thinking skills and create mastery learning.  Since 1970, A.C.E. PACEs have proven to be effective tools for goal setting and for achieving academic excellence.

The Student Programs of Accelerated Christian Education® (A.C.E.) give students opportunities to build character and learn leadership skills outside the classroom.

Student Conventions challenge students ages 8 and older to develop their ministry skills by competing in more than 140 events in categories such as music, speech/drama, athletics, arts, and academics.


Suzuki Method

The Suzuki method, also known as the “mother-tongue approach,” is a method of teaching that stresses the importance of parental influence and involvement. Parents and teachers work together to achieve a common goal. Parents are expected to know each lesson and serve as nurturing teachers at home.

 As in most cases, speaking comes earlier than writing.  Children can be taught to play musical instruments earlier even before they read notes from music pieces.  Reading may be learned later.

 Aside from playing the piano, they play the violin too. We grab every opportunity for our kids to minister through their God-given talents


 Classical Christian Education

Following classical approach, it is important to consider the three important pathways:

  1. Grammar or language acquisition,
  2. Dialectic or critical thinking, and
  3. Rhetoric or written and oral composition.


This is called the “trivium.” The central point at which the three roads of the trivium intersect represents mastery of the skills (language, thought, and speech), and it is at this intersection that the apprentice has the necessary tools to move on to deeper study of knowledge within specific disciplines.

Love for reading is one characteristic of those trained the classical way…

Our kids are always excited to meet the authors of the books they read.

Reading aloud, as in any classical education, is a must.  We enjoy every read aloud sessions.

We see to it that learning is not just confined at home, we use the opportunities in the environment to educate them.

We ensure that they are provided the mentors for specialized trainings for arts and music.


How will their life matter? We teach from the Scripture that life is short and that they should use it to glorify God.  To stress the point, we find it fitting to bring them to the cemetery from time to time to show the brevity of life.

Our homeschool journey   allows us to have a disciplined mind to stay on track while honing and perfecting the talents God endowed each one—be it in arts music, sports, writing composition or what have they. 


Are you enrolled in a DepEd accredited homeschool provider or others? Which one?

We are enrolled in Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow’s  Home Education Program  (Living Heritage Academy) which uses the Accelerated Christian Education Program, a comprehensive Bible-based program that serves both the campus-based schools and the homeschools

Until when do you plan to homeschool your child?

From the beginning, we envisioned our children to be homeschooled until 12th grade.  Our 13-year old is currently working on Grade 11 PACES and by 2016; he will have finished his Senior High School.  However, we are yet to see the ramifications DepEd’s Proposed Senior High School curriculum will have on our existing curriculum.  For now, we are prayerfully keeping our options open

Share one lesson you’ve learned over the years about homeschooling.

It is during this phase of my life where I saw the seriousness of modelling Christ to our children consistently – both in words and actions.  It is so easy to lecture, quote verses, and mimic nobility to our children ; but to exemplify these with authenticity in familiar surroundings, under ordinary circumstances, day in and day out  – require supernatural grace and power.  And, oh how many times I failed!  Yet, God is merciful, faithful and true to His promises.  There was never a day where I dared not seek God’s forgiveness for flaws committed, and not also experience the all-sufficient grace He has lovingly provided.  More than homeschooling my kids, I must humbly and honestly confess that this journey has been about me being “homeschooled” by God.  Looking back, I must say “I am what I am by the grace of God. He is changing me, my husband, and each of my three children – from glory to glory!”


a)      Not to impress, but to impact

b)      Not to be the center of attention, but to pay attention

c)       Not to be a supermom,  but a mom with a super-God

d)      Not to be presumptuous, but to be prayerful


Thank you Lynden for sharing your homeschooling journey with us! If you have any questions about homeschooling, please leave a comment and we will try our best to answer your inquiry. 

To read the rest of this series, check Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom.

Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom: Lea Jusi


Our featured mom for the week is Ms. Lea Jusi. She has been homeschooling her kids for 7 years now.

Hi Lea! Can you share something about yourself for our readers?

I am a homeschooling parent and blogger. My daughter is 14 years old and my son is 9. I’ve been homeschooling for 7 years now, since 2007.

Why did you choose to homeschool your child?

I started homeschooling when my daughter went to Primary 1 in Singapore (we lived there 2005-2012). I had met a homeschooling family for the first time in Singapore in 2005, when we had just moved there. I became very good friends with the mom and my daughter became playmates with her youngest son. They were a Finnish family who had moved to Singapore from the US. This very kind lady was homeschooling her 4 kids, from high school to preschool level. They were very nice, smart and friendly people, and had no issues socializing at all. I had a very good impression of homeschoolers after meeting them.

Two years later, my daughter entered Primary 1 (grade 1) in a local school in Singapore. Suddenly, her play-filled world was turned topsy turby. No more time and energy to go to the playground every afternoon because she was too tired from school. When she got home from school in the early afternoon, she would take a nap, wake up to have a snack, do her homework, rest for a few minutes, have dinner, shower then go to bed. She slept early because she had to be up by 5:30AM to get ready for school the next day. There were days when she wouldn’t even see her dad, because my husband would get home later from work and by the time my daughter gets fetched by the school bus, my husband would still be asleep.

I found that the local school was too academically stressful for a 7 year old. During their 20-minute recess, they were “encouraged” to go to the library to play math games. Couldn’t they let the kids enjoy the 20-min break to play outside with their friends?

I started looking into homeschooling and was glad to find that there were homeschooling communities in Singapore, and also several homeschoolers and providers from the Philippines. I gave it a try and never looked back.

What method are you using with your child?

We are eclectic homeschoolers, picking and choosing what we believe works for us. And we are very open to change when we think things aren’t working out for us anymore. My daughter is now a blended learner, taking Math and English classes twice a week in Bright Young Minds Learning Center in Alabang. She learns Filipino, Geography and other lessons at home. She is also very much into football, taking lessons twice a week in Alabang Football School.

I homeschool my son full time. We use Brain Quest as our spine. He is also enrolled in Minecraft Homeschool, where he builds and plays online with other homeschoolers from around the world.

Are you enrolled in a DepEd accredited homeschool provider or others? Which one?

My kids are currently enrolled with Tennessee-based HomeLife Academy.

Until when do you plan to homeschool your child?

For now, I plan to keep my daughter as a blended learner, enrolled part time in Bright Young Minds, till she finishes high school/grade 12. I also plan to keep homeschooling my son until at least grade school or middle school, and till high school if he also prefers it.

Share one lesson you’ve learned over the years about homeschooling.

Keep your focus on your relationships and your values. Don’t be slave to the busy work. Ultimately, your work is rewarded when you see your children grow up to be kind, well-mannered, joyful individuals.


My son building a buzzer using littleBits circuits.


We were watching a giant Pacific Octopus in Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Thank you Lea! It is inspiring to know that homeschooling until high school is doable! Please visit Lea’s blog at If you have any questions, please leave a comment and we will try our best to answer your inquiry. 

To read the rest of this series, check Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom.

Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom – Donna Donor


Our featured mom for this week is Ms. Donna Donor. I met Donna through Manila Workshops and was excited to learn that she homeschools her only son. Let’s learn from Donna today!

Hi Donna! Can you share some information about yourself for our readers?

I am Donna and a teacher by profession, been teaching English as a Second Language to foreigners for the past 8 years. Been working from home for almost 7 years now. Currently, an Events Director at Manila Workshops.

I only have one son, he is 7 years old. I started homeschooling when he is 3.11 years old, did it independently for two years until I decided to enrol him at School of Tomorrow in 2012. This is now our third year with them.

Why did you choose to homeschool your child?

The reason for homeschooling is at first, a joke. I got the idea from my ex-husband.  He mentioned homeschooling during our normal conversations because “mag-aartista si Kib”.  Then it dawned to me, “Oo nga noh?! Showbiz kids have no normal study hours.”  So I find this reason “cute”.

When I’m already saying my intentions of homeschooling to my mom, I made it into a joke.  I said, “Magiging bayani si Kib, si Jose Rizal homeschooled yun, gusto ko magkaron sya ng monumento gaya ke Jose Rizal.” Sounds funny, isn’t it?!

I also thought ” If I can teach other kids, why can’t I teach my own son, right?!”  It’ll also be a pride on my part if my son learned the basics from me (ehem, ehem).  It’ll also build a stronger mother-child relationship as well.  I also worry about the school environment, the bullying by other kids and adults in school. I’m also lazy going out of the house, if I enrol my son in a regular school, I need to bring him to school everyday. I don’t want to entrust my son to a school service.

 I need a flexible schedule since I ran errands for my parents and having a fixed schedule to and from school will make things difficult for me especially in budgeting time.

Family situation is also a reason why I chose homeschooling.  I am separated from my husband and having an incomplete family may be a source of insecurity of my son especially when the topic in school is about family.


Are you currently enrolled in an accredited home education provider? Which one?

My son is currently enrolled at School of Tomorrow using ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum.

Is it difficult to homeschool a solo child? 

It is as challenging as homeschooling multiple kids…really need to be strict in terms of finishing tasks because he has a tendency to play in-between and jump from one lesson to another..

How long do you plan to homeschool your child?

As to how long, that I cannot answer at the moment. I will leave the decision to my son if he is already ready to study in a regular school or not. But if I were to decide, should he be enrolled in a regular school, I want him to enrol in a Science school so that he will just be focused on studying, but then again, it depends on how his future on modelling will be.

Can you share any tips on homeschooling?

Lessons learned: my bonding with my son is I can say, the best! We are always together, we learn together. The money that I saved from sending him to a regular school was used as our travel fund. I make sure that annually, my son gets to see different places around the Philippines; hopefully, I could have enough budget to spend for an international trip. I believe trips are also good learning experiences for the kids as they can really see the beauty of God’s creation with their own eyes, not just on pictures and TV.


Homeschooling has lots of challenges too. I told my son that he must finish his schoolwork before sunset, but whenever he doesn’t finish on time, I don’t let him sleep until he does, even if it takes until 1am. I don’t want him to be a slacker so I really let him finish his tasks within the day. If he doesn’t finish his work on specified time, some of his privileges are removed (no gadgets, no TV). The parent has to be really tough on this aspect so that homeschooling will be effective.

Thanks so much Donna! 

Read more from Donna from her blog If you have any questions for Donna, please leave a comment and we will try our best to respond.

To read the rest of this series, check Heart and Mind of a Homeschooling Mom.