Open High School Program

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The Open High School Program (OHSP) is a distance learning program for high school students who are unable to attend regular classes due to physical, economic and geographical limitations. A part of the Drop Out Reduction Program (DORP) of the Department of Education and funded by the Asian Development Bank, the OHSP was first started in 1998 and is now offered by an increasing number of public schools across the country.


Three Modes of Distance Learning

Despite being a distance-learning program, the OHSP is still considered as a “formal and structured” program with students' learning structured around the eight core subjects (English, Filipino, Math, Science, Araling Panlipunan and MAPEH). Students also take the same exams and other evaluation measures to proceed to the next year level.

There are three ways of distance learning available through the OHSP: modular, Internet-based, and blended technology. In the modular setup, teachers use modules in teaching students on their agreed schedule (except in the case of Marikina National High School, which sets one day of schooling a week, per year level). These modules, which are similar to textbooks, are then taken home by students for self-study.

The Internet-based approach is still under development. It is only implemented in selected pilot schools in Baguio, Cebu and Davao. This approach will only be fully launched after four years, when it has passed evaluation measures. The blended technology approach is then envisioned as a combination of the two other approaches.

These three approaches still follow the same grading system, with OHSP students graduating alongside the students of the regular classes at the end of the school year. Students from other areas can also continue his studies in another school nearer to where s/he resides.


The OHSP is open to all elementary school graduates, high school drop-outs, and Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) passers who are Filipino citizens. Interested applicants for the OHSP must also undergo two tests before being accepted to the program: the Informal Reading Inventory (IRI), to measure reading levels, and the Independent Learning Readiness Test (ILRT) to assess if the applicant's capacity in self-directed learning.

Schools Offering the OHSP

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