Definition of K-12
K to 12 refers to the Basic Education curriculum which means Kinder to Grade 12. To summarize the system; – 1 year in Kindergarten, 6 years in Grade School, 4 years in Junior high school and 2 years in Senior high school.
You may take note that what is required here is only one year for Kinder to be able to enroll in Grade I. Some parents opt to enroll their children in preparatory classes as early as their kids turns 2 years old in Playgroup, Nursery then Junior Kinder before Kindergarten proper. This is a matter of parents choice as preparation of their children or advancement of their kids intellectual capacity.
What if my child will not be accepted for enrollment?
Dep Ed’s directive follows – “No school can refuse enrollment of children”.
If your child is 5 years old with cut off on August 31 on that particular school year and is enrolled in Kinder class, then he/she must be issued an LRN or Learning Reference Number.
What is LRN?
The LRN or Learning Reference Number is issued per student which is the basis of the records the school (he/she is enrolled as Kinder) must submit to DepEd for documentation purposes. LRN is also a requirement for students who will enroll in Grade 1. If your child has no LRN then he/she can not be accepted for Grade 1 either in Public or Private school.
Reasons for non issuance of LRN
- A child even with 2 years of prep school but has not reached the age of 5 for the school year enrolled (cut-off is August 31) can not be issued an LRN
- The school you enrolled your child is not accredited with DepEd.
So parents be careful in choosing school for your children. Verify first if it is Registered and accredited with the DepaEd. There are fly-by-night school operating for the sake of personal interest and monetary rewards. It is always good to play safe than be sorry. Your child’s education is at stake.
Source of information: Department of Education
If you have question or suggestions, you may share it with us and will try to answer queries if possible or you may check information at www.deped.gov.ph.
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