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Homeschool Provider: Peniel Integrated Christian Academy of Rizal Inc

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We've been independently homeschooling our kids since they were born. Last year we decided to enroll Little V to a homeschool provider for Kindergarten. I opted to wait till the new school year opens (SY 2017-18) before writing our review of Peniel Integrated Christian Academy. I reckoned it's best to finish our SY 2016-17 to be able to fully reflect and give honest feedback.


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Reasons for getting a homeschool provider

Frankly, we don't know until when we'd be homeschooling our kids. We take things one year at a time that's why when Vito reached 5, we had to reflect and discern if we'd enroll him in a regular school, independently homeschool, or enroll with a provider. With a toddler in the house, no helper, and a part-time job, I knew in my heart that it would be hard for us to send V to a regular school every single day. And I don't have the courage to send him to school through a school bus either.

When we finally decided that it would be best for our son and the family to homeschool, I had to look for a provider because as much as I like to independently homeschool him, we had to consider some factors. These were our reasons to get a DepEd homeschool provider:
  • we don't know if we'd still homeschool after Kinder so we need him to have a Form 137 for ease of transition in case he goes to a traditional school afterwards
  • convenient since I don't have to scan all possible materials, research, and develop a curriculum
  • a sense of being organized because of the school calendar
  • a beta test for us to check if we can homeschool beyond preschool



Our choice

In 2015, we went to Catholic Filipino Academy (CFA) for an orientation and assessment. Apart from CFA, I had zero knowledge on other homeschool providers. As a member of several homeschool groups on Facebook, I've read threads on providers and I felt that Peniel would be the best choice for our family.

One summer afternoon, after a visit to the kids' pedia, we headed to Peniel in Cainta, Rizal. I talked to Ms. Au, the founder and head of the school, and I immediately felt that I found our provider. I really appreciate the honest talk I had with Ms. Au and her team about the realities of homeschool, what they can offer, and tips on what I should do and books to buy before I even enrolled my child.

A few weeks later, I enrolled Little V and got him books.



Process

Cainta is not too far from where we live but with 2 little kids in tow, we had to travel via Uber for convenience and that comes with costs. This and other reasons, meaning tinatamad ako bumiyahe, prevent me from leaving the house often. When I learned that there was no need for me to go to Peniel to enroll or get books, I was so thrilled.

These were the homeschool admission requirements:

1. Report Card from previous school
   *For Independent Homeschoolers - take the acceleration test from Deped (P.E.P.T. / Validating Test)
                              Please contact Deped Central Office (Ultra Pasig)
   *For SpeD student – Evaluation or Assessment of the Developmental Pedia

2. Original NSO Birth Certificate
3. 2 X 2 ID Picture
4. Parents/Tutor's Profile (TOR, Resume, Accreditation(s)
5. Fully Accomplished Application Form


Since we were enrolling V to Kinder 2, we just had to submit numbers 2 to 5.

I submitted all the documents through a courier. Afterwhich, I paid the tuition fee, books, and shipping fee thru the bank and sent them a copy of the deposit slip. They shipped to my house the books, V's school ID, and my ORs a few days later.



Tuition Fees and Books

For Kinder 2, we paid an annual tuition fee plus miscellaneous of less than 15 thousand pesos. They also offer semi-annual and quarterly payments.

You have an option to buy their local textbooks. We decided to get all his books from them and paid a little less than Php2500 for all six books.



Why Peniel is the perfect homeschool provider for our family

1. They offer an open curriculum. One of the reasons why we homeschool is because we'd like to customize our kids' education and having an open curriculum gives us the freedom to tweak and adjust according to our child's interests and pace.

2. Lower tuition fees
Sino ba ng ayaw makatipid? I admit that this is one of the big reasons why we chose Peniel. They are one of those that offer the lowest fees. We reckon that the money we can save from tuition fees can be used to buy other learning materials, tuition for sports/music classes, or tickets for field trips.

3. No quarterly meetings or deadlines
This I really really liked. Taong bahay ako eh. I like being at home and being able to adjust our schedule anytime because, you know, life happens. Kids get sick, family affairs, work deadlines - these can easily get you off track. Portfolios and grades are submitted at the end of the school year instead of quarterly. This gives me and my kids an ample amount of "buffer days" in case of emergencies, or any planned getaways.

4. Online transactions
Dahil Taong Bahay ako at allergic ako sa traffic, I shop online, work online, ergo, I prefer doing transactions online. And with Peniel, I can do just that. We don't have to visit the school to get books, school IDs, or even register my kids. We visited the school twice only: when I inquired (which you can actually do over the phone or via email) and when V had his graduation photos taken.

5. Support when you need it
Even though we don't have quarterly meetings or a school-organized coop, we get enough support from the provider. We are always informed of any upcoming school activities that our child can join and coops in our areas. Peniel responds to all my homeschool queries and they call me at home for any immediate concerns.



Overall Assessment

Peniel is a great homeschool provider for those who'd want the freedom to navigate in their own homeschool journey while their child is enrolled in a DepEd accredited institution. Kapag may nagtatanong saken if OK ba ang Peniel as a provider, I frankly tell them na kung ang preferred nyo ay step by step support wherein you get coached and checked quarterly, and have coops, then it may not be the best provider for you. Ako kasi, mas gusto ko yung ako ang bahala on how I run our homeschool. Our schedule, our curriculum, our grading system. Yung tipong parang independent homeschoolers pa din kami.



School Year 2017-18

We are still called to homeschool this school year. Since I don't have the time and courage to independently homeschool our Grade 1 student, Little V is still enrolled with Peniel this year. We are so satisfied with our partnership with our provider that we took advantage of the Early Bird Registration last January and saved 4k pesos in tuition and miscellaneous fees.

We opted not to get all the books from Peniel this year. Instead, we got a mix of used and new textbooks and workbooks.


Check out Little V's graduation:

Will we still homeschool after this school year? I dunno. We take this journey one year at a time. We might choose to homeschool still, or maybe our family would benefit if the kids go to a regular school. Whatever happens, we will always take in consideration what is best for our kids.


Peniel Christian Academy of Rizal Inc.
http://www.penielintegrated.edu.ph/
Address: 42 Burgos Street, Vista Verde Executive Village, Cainta 1900, Rizal, Philippines
Phone: +632 682-7941
Mobile: +63 936 182 1391
Email: penielintegratedca@gmail.com
Facebook Pages: facebook.com/PenielIntegratedChristianAcademy

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14 comments

  1. I would love to hear from you! Let me know your thoughts below :)

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  2. So glad to hear another great feedback. Ni-rerecruit nyo ata ako!!!!

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  3. Hi! For kinder 2, if all things are done online, what about interview or any sort of assessment test before admission (if there's any?)

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    1. Hi! Thank you for visiting my site and for your question. In our case my son did not undergo any assessments. Not sure though for this school year. You may have to directly contact Peniel to be sure :)

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    2. Thank you! I'm so sold to enrol at Peniel for next school year. Will contact them soon. :)

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  4. Hi! Same question. Sila na ang nag asses na Kinder 2 yung child mo? Thanks!

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    1. Hi! Thank you for visiting my site and for your question. Same sagot na lang sa taas. Hehehe. :) In our case my son did not undergo any assessments. Not sure though for this school year. You may have to directly contact Peniel to be sure :)

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    2. Bale nag base sila sa age? Since 5 yrs old is Kinder? Then 6 for Grade 1? Meron bang nursery sa Peniel or they suggest na mag start ang bata atleast 5. Sorry, ang daming question.

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    3. Hi Rish! If I may answer, with all due respect to Momma kat, kasi I've been following her blog and she mentioned in one of the posts that they were told by Peniel to wait til his son turns 5 to be eligible for kinder 2. She independently homeschooled for kinder 1 (age 4).

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    4. Hi, Nagback read nga ako sa blogpost ni Mommy Kat 😊 Thanks!

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    5. Thank you, MrsDee :)

      Just let me know, Rish if you have other questions. Pwede din PM on my Facebook page :)

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  5. Naexcite na tuloy ako mag-5 yrs old eldest ko. We we're advised by Peniel to wait until next yr to enroll. I think Peniel will be a good fit to our family's lifestyle as well.

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