DepEd issues guides for private schools wishing to offer senior high school

PASIG CITY -- Private high schools and other non-Department of Education (DepEd) schools that wish to offer senior high school (SHS) under the K to 12 Basic Education Program may refer to the guidelines sent out recently by DepEd.

The guidelines are for the national implementation of the senior high school program in non-DepEd schools starting school year 2016-2017 and onwards under Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. SHS (grades 11 and 12) allows students to choose among four tracks – Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts & Design – which are designed to help learners prepare for higher education, employment, or entrepreneurship.
Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said the release of the guidelines is pursuant to Section 30 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10533.“We are sending out these guidelines to help interested private institutions that wish to be a part of this innovative thrust to upgrade Philippine basic education,” he added.

DepEd Memo No. 4 series of 2014 has identified 3 categories for institutions which may wish to offer senior high school.
  • Category A pertains to private schools recognized by DepEd to offer secondary education (Year I- IV) and private schools that have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any accrediting agencies of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP). 
  • Category B refers to non-DepEd schools that have been issued permits by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to offer any training courses or by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to offer any higher education program. This category also includes schools that have been granted at least Level II accreditation by any accrediting agencies of the FAAP. Also under this category are other non-DepEd schools which have been granted at least Bronze accreditation status by the Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission.
  • Category C includes other individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations recognized by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Application to offer SHS will only be accepted by email at addressed to the DepEd Secretary, copy furnished the following DepEd-ARMM emails:,,, 

More information can be obtained from the K to 12 Secretariat at telephone numbers 631-5057 and 638-3703 or email at

BRAC Learning Centers issued DepEd Recognition

The BRAC ADM Learning Centers under the AusAID-funded DepEd-ARMM's Basic Education Assistance in Muslim Mindanao (BEAM-ARMM) is granted recognition by the DepEd Central following review and recognition by DepEd-ARMM. The DepEd Order 19, s. 2014, was issued yesterday April 4, 2014 and signed by Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC. Henceforth, all their Learning Centers and enrollees will now be included in the DepEd's official count through the Enhanced Basic Education Information System (EBEIS) and Learners Information System (LIS).

These Learning Centers are alternative model in the delivery of formal education, and are operated in "gap" areas, or where public schools are absent or hard to reach.

Regional Secretary Atty Jamar M. Kulayan said, this recognition showcases an ARMM good practice or a viable model for improving access to education. As ARMM residents, this makes us really proud!

The number of researches currently undertaken around the BRAC Learning Center model will further validate the its relevance, sustainability, quality and applicability in the Philippine setting, added Assistant Regional Secretary for Programs Noor Saada.

DepEd-ARMM revitalizes SPED Program

Throughout ARMM, there are only two (2) functional facilities on special education - SPED Center in Jolo and SPED Classes in Bongao. To make sure these critical and specialized program is available throughout ARMM, Regional Secretary Atty. Jamar M. Kulayan signed Regional Order 29, series 2014, revitalizing the Special Program in the ARMM.

While the long-term and eventual focus is integration and mainstreaming, key activities shall be undertaken toward this goal including profiling and mapping of differently-abled school-aged children, establishment of SPED centers, identification and training of qualified teachers and trainers, provision of support system, regular monitoring and evaluation, close coordination with DepEd Central and other stakeholders, and undertake resourcing to sustain and expand program if needed.

Following this order, the existing facilities in Jolo and Bongao will be expanded, while new SPED centers will be constructed in Marawi (to service the city and Lanao Sur province), Lamitan (to service the city and Basilan province) and Maguindanao II (to service Maguindanao province).

Target implementing divisions are directed to undertake site identification, coordination with local DSWD office for initial listing and prospective teachers for specialized training.

According to Secretary Kulayan, DepEd-ARMM have both the legal mandate and moral obligation and echoing late President Magsaysay's timeless line, "those who have less in life should have more in law".

"Matuwid na pamamahala tungo sa ARMM sa masagana't mapayapa"

English - "Good governance for a progressive and peaceful ARMM."

Sinama - "Hap pamarinta tudju ARMM na sambu maka salamat"

Bahasa Sug - "Dan mabuntul tudju pa ARMM masambu iban mahatul"

Meranaw - "Mathitu a kandatu sa ARMM ko katagompiya go kalilintad"