JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
La Huerta National High School currently offers the general secondary lower exploratory high school system which consists of 4 grade levels – Grades 7 to 10. (The Senior High School is the name of the upper specialized high school system.) The school implements the two-shift daily schedule, the morning and the afternoon sessions. The flexibility as to which grades will attend the morning or afternoon classes will be dictated by the number of enrollees in each grade level. Eligibility of enrollment to the JHS requires no entrance examination but just the completion of the 6-year elementary program. Since the Department of Education tries to build at least one elementary school and at least one secondary school in every barangay, the implementation of the catchment area is preferred but not mandatory. It follows the curriculum set by the Department of Education for the JHS and teaches the following core subjects:
OPEN HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
La Huerta National High School also offers the Open High School Program or the OHSP. It started to offer the OHSP as response to the nationwide program of the Department of Education to the target elementary school graduates, high school dropouts and out-of-school youths to complete their secondary education. It is intended for those students who would like to pursue further studies and complete the secondary school but are unable to meet the rigid requirements of attending the regular classes. The school arranges a 1-day class meeting on a weekly basis. The program provides printed self-learning modules to be used for their lessons and other school activities.
ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SYSTEM
Another program that is being offered by La Huerta National High School is the Alternative Learning System or ALS. It provides opportunities for those youth and adult learners who have not acquired basic formal education to develop basic literacy and functional skills. ALS is a practical option for those who do not have or cannot access the formal regular schooling. It is a venue where out-of-school youths and adults learn in flexible ways which depend on the learner’s convenience and availability. Its program may consist of non-formal, informal and independent learning which will be managed by ALS learning facilitators and takes place either outside the classroom, in the community, at home or in any place that is appropriate and conducive to learning. The schedule for the learning meeting will be a result of an agreement between the facilitators and the learners.
GO GREEN PROGRAM
Go Green Project aims to improve the school environment and its inhabitants’ well-being to achieve environmental sustainability. Through this project, La Huerta National High School has ensured the involvement of the whole community in addressing various ecological issues and in calling for valuable measures to solve such issues. The program is also a ground to prepare the whole school and the community for any form of natural disaster or calamity. Moreover, the goal of the program is to encourage students to adopt sustainable behaviors in order to improve the environment and make their school and their community safer places to live in.
TechnoKids Computer Curriculum is a collection of projects that can be used to enhance the students’ learning experience by integrating technology into their lessons. Its comprehensive package includes a variety of products and services that will help students create effective and memorable learning environments. La Huerta National High School, being one of the schools to implement this computer curriculum in the Schools Division of Parañaque City, has continued to capacitate its learners to combine education and technology through fun, exploratory, interesting, and engaging activities that teachers develop to prepare these “technokids” for the 21st century careers.
Quipper is a learning platform that contains both Quipper School and Quipper Video. Quipper School offers a system of learning management for schools, and includes a package of learning contents, homework management, and tools of learning progress management, according to the curriculum of each country which uses the LMS. Quipper Video offers an online learning video service.
The city government of Parañaque has been generous to partner with the Schools Division of Paranaque City to deliver the services of the Premium Quipper package and has provided the usage of it for Grade 10, Junior High Schoolers, in support to the “New Normal” learning as an effect of COVID – 19 pandemics.
As one of the recipients of Quipper Premium, teachers and Grade 10 learners have been provided free seminar/workshop on the usage of Quipper as LMS. Materials found in Quipper are all aligned with curriculum competencies of the Department of Education. Quipper is not limiting teachers to create their lessons and activities. In their Quipper Create application, this is possible.
At present, we are hoping for the continuous support of our local government because La Huerta National High School is planning to have classes of pure online learning modality though selected sections of one or two groups only may experience the said modality; others may go on blended learning. If our wish would be granted the tasks of teachers will be lessened. Our gratitude goes to Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez and SDO Parañaque City for giving us the opportunity to experience Quipper Premium.