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Homeschoolers in College: Raffles Design Institute Manila

Raffles Design Institute Manila is a private college in Makati City, Philippines that offers courses in fashion design, fashion marketing and management, interior design, visual communication and business with specialization. Being part of a global network of colleges and universities, they offer a 2+1 program (two years in the Philippines and one year overseas) for their Bachelor Degree programs.

Justin Seow has been the Director at Raffles Design Institute Manila for the past two years. Prior to that, he was based in their Mongolia campus for one and a half years. He shared some information on their school’s policy and experience with homeschoolers.

There are currently three students enrolled in Raffles Design Institute Manila that were homeschoolers in high school. Did they have any difficulties adjusting to the culture and workload in your school?

“They are doing fine. They had some had issues in the beginning, but they managed to overcome them. The initial problem was communicating with other students. For the home schooled students that we have, they never really had a chance to mix with classmates before, so at first they kept to themselves.
“We talked to the students and provided our phone numbers to the parents for them to call us at anytime if they felt that their children need any help. My student services manager and I are always open to talk to the parents and students anytime. What we do is not exceptionally difficult. What we need is patience and time to listen. Offering our help as much as we can is what we do. And being a small school, we are able to concentrate on the students easily.”

For homeschooled applicants who wish to study college in Raffles Design Institute, do you have any requirements that are different from graduates of regular (brick and mortar) high schools?

“We accept homeschooled high school graduates with local (Department of Education-accredited) and foreign accreditation. Similar to other applicants, we require a copy of the high school diploma and a portfolio. For applicants with foreign accreditation, we also require passing results of SAT, ACT or other international tests for college readiness.”

Are the tuition fees for students with foreign accreditation/diploma different from those with local accreditation/diploma?

“Tuition fees are the same for all accepted applicants.”

Author’s note: This article is part of my personal research on the policies and experiences of various colleges and universities in the Philippines regarding homeschoolers. This article is not a paid feature nor a personal endorsement for the featured school.

Homeschooling for Purpose and Freedom

Oh the adventure...It’s almost time for another homeschooling year. I find myself looking at so many choices: homeschooling curricula, online courses, books, ebooks, etc. I am reading review after review, forum after forum, trying to know the pros and cons of these many options now available to homeschoolers. Soon enough, I am overwhelmed. How do I choose?  How do I know which ones will be best for my children?

And I ask myself again, “How do I strike a balance between finding the programs or materials that will help inspire my children to grow and learn and at the same time allow them to fulfill the requirements necessary to eventually go to university?”  Every now and then, I find myself in this precarious spot – somewhere between fearlessness and safety. I personally prefer a more relaxed, interest-led approach to homeschooling but I am also afraid of “not doing enough,” of not equipping my children for college/university. And from the last time I checked with a university here in the Philippines, homeschooled applicants still need a school-made transcript to apply for admission.

Here I am, a somewhat veteran homeschooling mom for the past seven years, doubting myself again.

Thanks to the growing global support system of homeschooling parents, I’ve found inspiration to guide me and keep me moving forward.

We Homeschool For a Purpose

In her post “Purposeful Homeschooling,” embracingdestinyblog.com author Sara talks about three ways to keep your focus in homeschooling. The third way, “Write a homeschool mission statement,” was a fantastic wake-up call. I had written down a mission statement in 2010, and had made a most recent update some weeks ago. Still, when I start researching online and reading list after list, review after review, article after article, I lose focus and get overwhelmed.  Why hadn’t I printed out our mission statement so my kids and I can see it everyday and be reminded of why we are homeschooling?

We Homeschool To Be Free

When I read Heidi St. John’s blog post entitled “Homeschooling Held Hostage”, I was reminded that I chose to homeschool my children because I wanted freedom. Freedom from the demands and pressures of an industrialized education. Freedom from other people’s judgements and expectations of who my children should be and what they should be doing. And I still want this freedom. I want my children to love learning, not to fear it or hate it. I want my kids to be free to discover and enjoy themselves, to thrive and share their best gifts to the world. I want my family to be free to dream and to dare, to travel and explore.

These women spoke to me at just the right time. I am reminded that whatever homeschool program, approach or material we choose, these should not define and dictate our lives and our learning. These should serve our purpose and give us freedom to fulfill our goals.



photo by: Lauren Manning