What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning is a combination of onsite and offsite learning enhanced by real life experiences, service and community learning, and a highly personalized approach to learning.
The U.S. and Europe's version of blended learning relies heavily on online work akin to the platforms used in distance learning, but in BLC-Manila, this is kept to a minimum and only used when necessary. Instead, we teach our students—through Values Integration in their subjects—to use the Internet only as a support to their lessons and interests, equipping them with responsible search, navigation, and aggregating skills. We highly encourage the use of pen and paper, hard copy books, and healthy face-to-face discussion and discourse.
We also believe that learning is not confined to four walls of a classroom. Our learning center is located in a stately, mid-century house in Barangay Immaculate Conception, Cubao. There are no traditional "classrooms"—instead, there are learning spaces, and well-rounded facilities to stimulate curious minds and hands: a vegetable garden; ducks, fish, dogs; and an outdoor classroom.
Our brand of Blended Learning also takes into account the communities to which the children are exposed to. We believe in working closely together with the parents and caregivers of the child so that school and home are aligned with his or her progress and goals. We also encourage parents to get as involved with their children's school activities as possible—no pressure, but kids get a kick out of seeing their parents during programs, or teaching a class, or giving a talk.
What programs or services does BLC-Manila offer?
PEPT Review (Elementary and High School)
Legacy workshops. These are workshops given by experts or working professionals on a subject matter they're renowned for, or excel in.
What is BLC's approach to learning?
Blended Learning Center provides augmented homeschooling—the freedom, low pressure, personalized experience of homeschool with the benefits of a regular school: a brick-and-mortar environment, peers, group activities.
We are also qualified implementers of Google Apps for Education, a suite of solutions for much more efficient and creative learning and classroom management.
But we are definitely not all tech. Blended Learning Center-Manila has a Personalized Mentoring Approach which uses the C.A.D.I. Method for Personalized Learning.
What curriculum do you use?
We follow the DepEd’s K-12 curriculum.
Are you DepEd-accredited?
BLC-Manila itself is not accredited in its role as an implementer of the DepEd curriculum; our partner school, Headway School for Giftedness (HSG) is the institution that has DepEd accreditation. Hence, your children’s report cards and official DepEd records will be coursed through HSG.
What learning materials do you use in your homeschool program?
We use DepEd-approved material by DepEd-accredited schools Headway School for Giftedness (for elementary), enhanced by reading material and worksheets recommended and designed by BLC for your child’s level and interests. We also have once a week consultation with your child in case he or she needs guidance, or would like to work on hisbooksin a group.
What are the requirements before enrolling in your programs?
Original and a copy of Form 138 or Form 137 (must be sealed upon submitting)
Original and a copy of birth and baptismal certificate.
Original and a copy of medical certificate.
3 pcs. 1x1 ID pictures.
Duly accomplished enrollment form.
Psychological / Developmental Assessment (if any)
Progress report / Developmental checklist (if any)
What is your schedule?
For school year 2018-2019:
Start of Classes: August 14, 2018
Early Bird Enrolment (April 16 –May 15, 2018):
10% tuition discount for single enrollees; with sibling of any number, 15% discount
Sibling Discount (regular period May 15 – July 15, 2018):
2 kids in a family - 5% discount
3 kids in a family - 10% discount
Big Kids Tues. to Thurs. - Academics 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
(Grade 4-6) Friday*- Music, Arts, PE, Theater, HELE, Computer 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Jrs. Tues. to Thurs. - Academics 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
(Grade 1-3) Friday* - Music, Arts, PE, Theater, HELE, Computer 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
K2 (must be 5 y.o by June 1 until end of Aug.) Tues. to Fri. 9:00 am – 12:00 nn
Play and Learn (3-4 y.o. ) Tues. to Fri. 1:00 – 2:30 pm
*enrichment class day
Homeschool ( Grades 1-6)
Homeschoolers Tues. and Thurs. - scheduled consultation (1 hr./parent)
Fri. 8:30 am-2:00 pm - Enrichment (optional)
How many students are there in a class?
Up to 15 students per level (there are different levels—Play and Learn (3-4 y.o.), K2 (5 y.o.), Jrs. (Grades 1-3), Big Kids (Grades 4-6), Peppers (highschoolers in the PEPT+ program)
What if I would like to transfer my child to a traditional school? What should I do?
This would depend on the requirements of the school to which your child is applying. Some schools administer an entrance exam. We can help him or her prepare for that.
We can also provide a Form 138 (Report Card) and proof that they passed the previous grades—provided the child indeed has taken the exams given by our homeschool providers. These are recognized by the Department of Education, the results of which can be used to enter the traditional school system.
Please be guided, however, that we cannot release any official records until the student has fully paid his or her obligations.
Can children with special needs attend BLC?
We'd like to be clear and honest about things—we are not a SpEd school. The teachers are not SpEd specialists. The progress of our high functioning SpEd students is due entirely to the sincere care and personalized instruction the kids receive from the teachers and staff. But again, we do have their limitations, so it's best if the child's options are best discussed with the parents, his therapists/doctors, and the BLC team.
Do you accept students in the middle of the school year?
Yes, but only for homeschoolers (cut-off for every school year is December)
Do you accept homeschoolers from out of town or out of the country?
Yes. Books, worksheets and activities are mailed and emailed for them to do it at their own pace, and a weekly consultation can be held once a week via Google Hangouts or Skype. Shipping of books are charged to the enrollee.
Is there an entrance exam?
How do I enroll my child?
You can come over and fill out the enrollment form, submit the other requirements onsite, and make the required payments.
Overseas and out of town enrollees can make a bank or wire transfer or pay through PayPal. Books will be sent once payment is received.
How can we get in touch with you?
We are located at 56 Lantana cor. New York Streets, Brgy. Immaculate Conception, Cubao, Quezon City.
Our landline and mobile numbers are (02) 814-3969 / 0947-7335740. Our hours and days of operation are from Tues-Fri, 8:30 am-5 pm. We apologize if we aren’t around to receive your calls outside these days and hours. You can also send us a message through our Facebook page, Blended Learning Center-Manila, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.