I had a reader ask me through Facebook what options are available for homeschooling high school, which are accredited and that the student can work on independently online.
I’ve spent a lovely month perusing many, many sites to find you what, in my opinion, are the 5 best places to consider. Without further ado, here they are:
North Star Academy
This one came up frequently in a high school discussion group I’m part of. I was not familiar with it but after reading through the site and hearing what people had to say about it, have added it to this list. It is a Christian company, so you may want to factor it into your decision.
I did find it difficult to locate tuition costs without waiting for a catalog to arrive or downloading an entire catalog, which bugged me. Eventually I located a link at the bottom which showed me costs ranging from $550 for a single course to $3210 for a full year.
This is a Waldorf-inspired curriculum but has been tied to more traditional educational standards. If you want a thorough, gentle approach to learning (Waldorf and Charlotte Mason parents in particular), this may be the right fit for you. Their catalog is sitting on my side table right now and it is well laid out, visually appealing and very detailed. They also offer summer and travel opportunities for students!
Their prices for online courses start at $730 for a single online course to $1500 for science courses (presumably because of the supplies included).
This is the online arm of Calvert Education. What appeals to me (besides Calvert’s reputation for rigorous teaching) is that the transcripts and diploma are attractive and professional looking, unlike some other sites I saw. If your child wants to go on to post-secondary education, this might be a good option.
Laurel Springs Academy
I have met quite a few families who use this. The reports I have herad indicate that it is thorough, academically advanced, and has great instructor feedback. I found their costs to be among the lowest of the bunch (prices range from $990 for a year of college prep to $1540 for a year of AP courses).
Forest Trail Academy
This is a new one for me, but their website is the easiest that I navigated and they provide lots of course information. It was also voted one of the top 100 education websites of 2015. Their prices are high ($250 a month or $2950 for a year) but I am leaning towards giving this one a try with my own daughter for her last year of high school, a couple of years from now. All courses are aligned with Common Core standards.
Have you used any of these for high school? Do you have others you’d recommend? Please share in the comments so we can all learn more! And keep your high school questions coming so I can research them!