Open High School Program
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
National Capital Region
- Bangkal National High School
- Benigno Aquino National High School
- Gregorio Perfecto National High School
- Rizal High School - Main
- Ramon Magsaysay High School - Cubao
- Quezon City National High School
- Lagro National High School
- Commonwealth High School
- San Nicolas National High School, Ilocos Norte
- Isabela National High School, Isabela Province
- Olongapo City National High School, Olongapo City
- Dasmariñas National High School, Cavite City
- Quezon National High School, Lucena City
- Lipa City National High School, Lipa City
- Occidental Mindoro National High School, Occidental Mindoro
- Panitian National High School-Española, Palawan
- Camarines Norte National High School, Camarines Norte
- Sagay City National High School, Sagay City
- Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City
- Don Pablo Lorenzo National High School, Zamboanga City
- Camiguin National High School, Camiguin
- Davao del Sur National High School, Davao del Sur
- New Society National High School, Gen. Santos City
- Agusan National High School, Butuan City
- Baguio City National High School, Baguio City
- Malabang National High School, Lanao del Sur
- BCNHS pilots Open High School Program - Sun.Star Network Online
- Up to 6M drop out of school - Manila Times
- Bureau of Secondary Education Website
- Project DORP: DepEd catches dropping out students - DepEd Website
- DepEd opens high school doors to open education - Smart Schools Program site