On October 23rd, Little Me Academy will launch the Academe Philippine Online High School (APOHS), the first online open high school designed for Filipino students in grades 7 through 10. This is an effort to provide high school education to the thousands of out-of-school, high-school age Filipinos who lack access because of location, disability, age, finances, and other factors.
As of last year, it was confirmed by the Philippine Statistics Authority that one in every ten Filipinos aged 6 to 24 is an out-of-school youth, which translates to around 3.9 million kids. The APOHS aims to address a large portion of this number that lacks a high school education through its 100% online, accessible, affordable, and highly flexible online learning platform.
This is made possible through a partnership with QUIPPER and a supportive faculty consisting of Little Me Academy’s instructors. QUIPPER, a Japan-based e-learning platform, ensures the highest quality digital curriculum that is rigorous, engaging and aligned to Philippine’s K-12 Basic Education Curriculum. Meanwhile, Little Me’s community of specially trained instructors and counsellors help keep students on track with daily reminders, check-ins, tutoring, live instruction and corrective feedback.
Aside from out-of-school youth, the APOHS aims to serve as the ideal flexible learning option for Filipinos from various other backgrounds, too. “These include local talents engaged in outside pursuits, children who frequently travel with their families, housebound or working students, and so much more,” said Little Me Academy’s Chief Education Officer, Teacher Ram Olandesca. “It is difficult or nearly impossible for the traditional, brick-and-mortar classroom to accommodate these learners. But in an online learning environment, these limitations – from location to physical ability, from availability to age – are overcome.”