Cagayan de Oro-based school Little Me Academy will launch the Academe Philippine Online High School (APOHS) tomorrow, October 23rd, 5PM at the Centrio Mall Activity Center with TJ Monterde as special guest. APOHS is the first online open high school in the Philippines, catering to learners in grades 7 through 10.
APOHS has partnered with a Japan-based, e-learning platform called QUIPPER, which gives learners a challenging and engaging digital curriculum that is also aligned to Philippine’s K-12 Basic Education Curriculum.
Little Me Academy’s Chief Education Officer, Teacher Ram Olandesca, noted that a large percentage of high-school age students and a considerable number of adults lack access to high school education due to several personal limitations, including location, work, and physical ability. “It is difficult or nearly impossible for the traditional, brick-and-mortar classroom to accommodate these learners,’ Teacher Ram said. “But in an online learning environment, these limitations – from location to physical ability, from availability to age – are overcome.” The school’s online structure ensures accessibility and flexibility for Filipino students, allowing them to complete coursework in any place and at any time.
Although the program appeals to independent learners and builds on student freedom, instructors remain an integral part to the curriculum. Specially trained instructors and counselors provide daily reminders, check-ins, tutoring, live instruction and corrective feedback.
Additionally, a strong sense of community and connections are made possible through mandatory, weekly online meetings and in-person meet-ups. “With this,” Teacher Ram said, “the APOHS learner gains not just the intellectual profits of a high school education, but the social and emotional growth of a complete high school experience.”
APOHS students have the freedom to complete their 100% online coursework wherever they are in the world, ensuring accessibility for Filipino students from around the globe. Because lessons are modular, learners can work whenever they want and at their own pace. This is helpful for students who have fallen behind, optimal for those who want to get ahead, and accessible for any Filipino learner.
“Filipinos seeking high school education come from all sorts of backgrounds – local talents engaged in outside pursuits, children who frequently travel with their families, housebound or working students, and so much more,” noted Teacher Ram. Such situations can make it difficult for these students to be accommodated in traditional classrooms; however, in an online learning environment, limitations arising from location, physical ability, availability, or age are overcome.
“The faculty and staff at APOHS are highly qualified educators passionate about teaching, having undergone rigorous training for years at Little Me Academy,” enthused Teacher Ram. “Little Me-an teachers are known throughout CDO for their dynamism, creativity, and outstanding communication skills. They’ll bring that and more to the online school setting with tutoring, live instruction, corrective feedback, daily reminders, and check-ins.”
Socialization is also taken into account at the school. Personal connections and communications are made possible through mandatory, weekly online meetings and in-person meet-ups. “With this,” Teacher Ram said, “the APOHS learner gains not just the intellectual profits of a high school education, but the social and emotional growth of a complete high school experience.”
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