Taylor Made Science

Searching for a homeschool college-preparatory science program? Taylor Made Science has you covered with secular, lab-based science courses that promote science literacy and critical thinking skills. Prepare your student for college and for life!

About Taylor Made Science

Taylor Made Science offers a series of live, interactive, online science courses designed to prepare students for success in science at the university level. The series includes a year of preparatory middle school science and eight high school science courses, all at the Honors or Advanced Placement level.

Zoom class sizes are kept small to allow more one-on-one interaction between students and teacher. And, although the classes only meet once a week, the teacher is available between classes to every student by appointment through Zoom and through email at any time. Students can also set up safe online study sessions with classmates through the Canvas Learning Management System.

All science courses are hands-on with students completing real science labs as a part of their live online class experience. A lab supply kit is provided to each student. During class students complete their own hands-on work while collaborating with their lab group in Zoom breakout rooms, with the teacher available to help when needed.

For a list of available science courses with descriptions of each, please see the course descriptions page. To find out when courses will be offered, please see the schedule page. You may also want to look at an overview of suggested science pathways based on student college plans. For information about cost and payment options check the tuition and fees page.

Meet The Teacher

All Taylor Made Science classes are designed and taught by Cheryl Taylor. Cheryl has a Masters in Secondary Education with a specialization in Science Education. She is a certified secondary science teacher with 35+ years of classroom teaching experience. She has taught a variety of science courses including: Middle School Science, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, AP Biology, Aquatic Science, Geology, Forensic Science, AP Environmental Science, and Anatomy & Physiology at the community college level. For the past 12 years she has worked exclusively with homeschool science students.

Feel free to contact Cheryl with any questions. References are available upon request from the parents of former and current homeschool science students.

Try a Free Class

I want parents and students to be comfortable with the level and the format of my science classes before they register. There’s no better way to determine if a class will be a good fit than taking it for a spin!

In order to give students a hands-on experience I have put together an introductory class on the Scientific Method, with sections adapted for different levels of science and math experience. Students will get to meet the teacher and work with other students as they complete a fun lab using household supplies. For more information and to sign up, see the free class page.

Whatever your homeschool situation, provides the support you and your child need to succeed. offers a personalized online homeschooling curriculum for grades 3-12, as well as homeschooling for college credit.

Parents start by creating a self-paced, customized learning path for their child by choosing unlimited classes across all grade levels. Our all-in-one homeschool curriculum does the heavy lifting through lesson planning, teaching, automatic grading and progress tracking while you focus on supporting your student. Whether you’re homeschooling for the first time, are a veteran homeschooler, work full-time or just want to provide your students with a subject area expert, has what you need!

Your student will learn by watching fun, engaging video lessons that use maps, graphs, pictures and illustrations to link ideas with concrete examples and show step-by-step problem solving. makes it possible for homeschoolers to learn from highly qualified, experienced teachers (who hold a master’s degree or higher), while still being in the comfort of your home. also allows your student to learn in a safe environment while still practicing social distancing. Parents don’t have to choose between safety and a quality education. With, you can have both.

Founded in 2002, began creating an online learning platform that would provide students with an affordable, high quality education to help them achieve their educational goals. By studying pedagogy (researching the best way to convey knowledge and skills in a way that a student can understand, remember and apply), we found that students learn best when information is given in short, bite-sized lessons and when students can see and hear the lesson content at the same time. Lessons on were designed to meet the needs of 95% of students who are visual and auditory learners. The other 5% are kinesthetic learners who have the time needed to engage with the material in different ways after watching the video lesson. continues to be the expert in online learning by offering core classes, elective classes and literature study guides, as well as courses, study guides, flashcards and test prep for dual credit, end of the year exams, state testing and popular exams such as PSAT/SAT/ACT and CLEP/AP. takes away the need to research and pay for different curriculums by offering homeschoolers everything in one place and for one price. provides a self-paced homeschooling curriculum, allowing your student to spend as much time as needed to master concepts. Instead of spending hours on busy work, allows your students to customize their learning by only using the learning tools they need to succeed. Homeschoolers have access to:

  • Printable lesson transcripts
  • Fill-in-the-blank transcripts
  • Worksheets of questions without multiple choice answers perfect for discussion questions or short answer responses
  • Online note-taking
  • Flashcards
  • Quizzes
  • Chapter exams
  • Course final
  • Additional activities
  • Projects
  • Experiments
  • Assignments

A favorite feature among homeschool parents is the opportunity for students to continue the learning process through assessments. offers a “watch the correct answer” button beneath every question, on every assessment. After completing an assessment and clicking on the button, students will be taken back to the exact chapter, lesson and the exact place in the lesson where the teacher is teaching that concept. This allows the student to focus on learning by being retaught the concept instead of wasting time searching for an answer or just moving on. Students can be retaught all missed concepts before retaking assessments as many times as needed to show mastery. This process is continued throughout the course, resulting in the mastery of content and greater retention.

Middle school & High School lessons break down difficult concepts into bite-sized chunks of information and are self-paced to fit any student’s schedule. In addition to core classes, also provides electives in Spanish, literature, computer science and dozens more. If you have a middle schooler or high schooler who is behind in math but grade level for other subjects, have them receive the remedial support they need in math, while taking other subjects at grade level.

Parents choose online homeschool courses based on the students’ needs, allowing them to fill in learning gaps and move on successfully in each subject. Gifted students thrive on because they can work ahead and even begin earning college credit when ready. Students with learning disabilities and special needs can work at their own pace and excel with the built-in accommodations that they are familiar with having in a classroom setting. For example:

  • Needing a variety of sensory modes to introduce information – speaking, reading, visual stimulation
  • Having information repeated or summarized at key points
  • Having access to lesson outlines, notes or transcripts instead of traditional note-taking
  • Receiving more time to complete a task
  • Being allowed to take frequent breaks
  • Taking a test or quiz in multiple, shorter testing sessions
  • Chunking of larger assignments (i.e. a project assigned insmaller segments with more frequent due dates) also provides additional homeschool resources that parents can use without needing the time to create them. Homeschoolers enjoy:

  • Writing prompts
  • Essay topics with rubrics
  • Science experiments
  • Lessons
  • Activities
  • Projects
  • Access to over 1,000,000 answered questions
  • On-demand help from expert instructors

With personalized learning, parents get to decide whether their student completes these additional activities and assignments and if their student takes assessments open-book, verbally, paper-pencil, online or not at all. Parents also determine the weight of assessments and assignments and issue a course grade customized for each child.

Popular middle school courses:

  • Earth science
  • Physical science
  • Life science
  • US history
  • World history
  • Spanish
  • 6th-8th grade math
  • Geography
  • PSAT prep
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Egypt 

Popular middle school literature study guides:

  • Holes
  • The Giver
  • Into the Wild
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Stargirls
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Hatchet
  • The Hobbit

Popular high school courses:

  • Environmental science
  • Human geography
  • Psychology
  • ACT/SAT prep
  • Forensic science
  • CLEP or AP prep
  • Comparative government and politics
  • Beginning or intermediate Spanish
  • Astronomy
  • Math for everyday life
  • Programming in C
  • Principles of management
  • Western civilization
  • Science of nutrition
  • Principles of health
  • Physical geology
  • Business math

Check out to learn more, find classes and to sign up. Homeschool advisors are available to help and provide support on the website. The Homeschooling with Facebook group is great for learning all about the homeschool curriculum, finding and choosing classes, as well as finding support from other families.

See for yourself why over 30 million students and teachers use every month. Test drive the homeschool curriculum with a 30-day money back guarantee!

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Hi I’m Delwyn, a professional music teacher with over 40 years of experience empowering budding pianists, young and old, to reach their musical potential. I now want to show you how you could do the same for your children. Giving your children a musical education is one of the great ways of blessing them. It is a gift that keeps on giving throughout their lives. How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is a new online course designed specifically with you, the homeschooling parent, in mind. It comes from a background of teaching my own children (and hundreds of others), just as my parents taught me and my siblings (and thousands of others)! 

Keyboards, orchestral strings, brass, woodwind, guitar, percussion, voice—whichever musical instrument(s) your child eventually takes to, the best foundation for developing all round musicality will be some degree of skill at the piano.

For a variety of reasons, one-on-one lessons with a piano tutor are not an option for many parents. For some, the cost of lessons is prohibitive. For others, remoteness of location means such lessons are unavailable. And, even where there is a local piano tutor nearby, many who choose to homeschool prefer that their children’s musical education takes place in the home alongside other subjects. Many families may simply prefer to keep their children at home.

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is a course that will save you time that could otherwise be wasted using ineffective methods. It could save you thousands in the cost of materials and tutor fees. The content is clearly presented through Powerpoint slides, with voice-over explanations and includes audio tracks and some video demonstrations. All the course material is digitally streamed through a leading-edge education platform. It includes downloadable PDFs of the music used.

Who is it for?

Whether you are an experienced pianist, had a few lessons as a child, have some musical background on another instrument, or have never played an instrument, How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro can work for you and your family as it guides you step by step from the very beginning. It also works for grandparents who want to help their grandchildren experience the world of musical expression, for parents who want to learn to play the piano themselves before teaching it to their own children, or even capable musicians who may have struggled in the past to teach others. 

This course will not take you from middle C to Mozart, but it will show you the basics that need to be covered from the beginning—important steps that might otherwise be neglected. From there you will have a good understanding of how best to guide your child in working through any music tuition material, and how to formulate good practice habits to last a life-time.

A Varied Approach – How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Because we all have different learning styles, How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro provides a varied approach to learning. As well as showing you how to teach the learner to read music and relate that to hands on the keyboard, there is also a playing by ear component, and, of course, musical theory, to give a fully rounded introduction to musical education.

Although many of the pieces are original compositions, designed for the course, the reading component is a blueprint method (tried and true over 3 generations) that gives a lifelong skill applicable to all future music reading on any instrument.

The playing by ear component makes use of ‘Pattern Pieces’—some familiar traditional tunes, and others newly created—which are learned by listening and/or through observation, without recourse to written scores. ‘Pattern Pieces’ teach skills that support reading music, such as fluency, dynamic balance between two hands, etc. without being distracted by the reading process.

“I didn’t have any ideas how to teach someone who struggles to hear differences in pitch. The strategies that you walked us through will be really good in helping my children with this.”

Theory is ongoing through each lesson as staff, notation, key signatures, dynamics, etc. are covered systematically at the appropriate level of learning.

Other features

As well as showing you step by step procedures on how to teach your child piano—engaging eyes, hands and ears—How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro also covers other areas that anyone new to teaching piano would want addressed:

  • The right instrument—What to look for in choosing a piano or keyboard.
  • Learning styles—Discovering what works best for you and what works best for your child, while still making good use of other styles.
  • Practice Plan ideas—Progress comes through practice. A clear plan helps keep practice on track. And fresh ideas keep practice interesting.
  • Reward ideas—Achieved goals should be rewarded. There is a section on good ideas for rewarding progress.
  • Reviews of various piano books—Choosing the right piano books can be difficult. This course includes a review of several well-known piano tuition books.
  • Extra helps—note reading charts, flashcards, speed tests, pulse exercises.
  • Essentials for success—a list of 15 components that together make success inevitable.

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro  

Once you have completed How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro, 

  • You will be better equipped to identify the challenges and pitfalls of teaching your own children piano. 
  • You will know how to avoid pitfalls because you will understand how to identify problem areas of learning and communication that may come up in your particular situation. 
  • You will know how to overcome challenges because you will be resourced with new ideas for tackling them.
  • You will discover the learning areas you find easy and those that need more attention, and also those of your child, who may have different strengths and weaknesses.
  • You will have fresh ideas of how to keep practice interesting and how to mark those learning milestones by rewarding progress.
  • You will have an idea of what to look for in a piano or keyboard, and also which book(s) to suit your needs through our reviews of various piano books in common use.
  • And you will have a grasp of the sometimes intangible elements that lead to your, and therefore your child’s, success.

“Thank you so much for developing this course. It has given me some really good skills to be able to do a better job teaching my children to play an instrument. I am already able to play the piano myself, but it was helpful the way you stepped through all the basic steps in case parents didn’t play themselves. I actually got a lot out of you going through those steps, because it modeled for me the way I can go through those steps in teaching my children.”

Summing up the course: How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Ever heard someone say, “I wish I never learned piano.” No? Me neither. But I have heard many times, “I always wanted to learn piano, but never had the opportunity.” In this internet age the opportunity to learn is right here, right now—even when finances are a concern, even when living in a remote location, far from the best professional piano tutors. How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is new course designed to give homeschooling parents a solid beginning, so they know how to go about making sure their children are off to the right start in learning piano—the best foundation for their musical journey. 

Check out my Free Course.

If you want to know if you are ready to do this course and explore some ideas around that first, I invite you to join me in my FREE mini course: What Does it Take to Teach Your Child the Piano? The 3 free videos in this training course have been put together to help you think through what it could involve for you and also give a few tips you may find helpful. Click on the link to take you there:


Coming soon: Headstart Piano

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is designed for the homeschooling parent. What about homeschooling students? Is there a companion course for them? Very soon there will be. Headstart Piano is my own online piano course for beginners aged 6 – 12. This has been wonderfully successful with my current pupils in my physical music school, so I’m looking forward to sharing it online. Register your interest now in this course at for notification and early access as soon as it becomes available.


CodeWizardsHQ – Online Coding Classes for Kids & Teens Ages 8 – 18

CodeWizardsHQ is the leading online coding academy for kids and teens ages 8-18. We deliver the most fun and effective live, online coding classes which are designed to give our students the programming knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in a digital world. 

CodeWizardsHQ was created by a father for his daughter and has evolved into a platform that serves kids and teens around the globe. Our mission is to prepare students for success in the digital world by teaching them how to code.

Our magic happens in the classroom where our exceptional teachers use a student-first approach to teach real programming languages like Python, Java, HTML/CSS, and JavaScript. Each of our online coding classes is tailored to engage elementary, middle, and high-school students with a pop-culture themed curriculum that is comprehensive, developmental, challenging, and yes, fun! 

We teach real-world skills using real-world tools and by pairing our proprietary coding platform with a gamified reward system and parental support so that kids and teens want to learn. With 24/7 support through free office hours and direct messaging, students are never far from help. Using our pro-level, kid-friendly coding platform, students will create working web pages and games and build a robust portfolio.

We stay at the forefront as technology advances by teaching tomorrow’s in-demand skills today. Our teachers guide students into the future with advanced classes in emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and virtual reality that you can’t find anywhere else. 

We are parents too, so we’re most proud of our 5-star ratings on TrustPilot and thousands of satisfied students. Today, we boast a 93% success rate (compared to 5% for other online coding classes). At the end of the day, our goal is to provide your child with the fun and rewarding learning experience that we’d want for our own children. 

Program benefits include the following

  • 12 1-hour classes
  • 24/7 Access to our coding platform
  • Code editor software subscription
  • Web hosting & server space
  • Live 1-on-1 teacher help, including weekends
  • Same-day email support
  • Support of our online student community
  • 100% money-back guarantee

Learn more about the Code Wizards HQ program


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American School

American School is your school of choice, offering quality accredited middle school and high school courses in online and paper-based formats at a cost you can afford!  Choose from full-year or full diploma programs, or take individual courses to enrich an existing homeschool program.  American School is accredited by MSA-CESS, Ai and NCPSA, recognized by its home state of Illinois, and has been a leader in distance education since 1897, serving students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world. 

For most of its long history, American School focused on helping students graduate from high school.  Offering courses in grades 9-12 is still a primary focus of American School.  To that end, American School offers a general high school diploma program and a college preparatory diploma program.  As of January 1, 2021, each program consists of 5 units of credit per year for a total of 20 units of credit required to earn a diploma.  The general high school program is designed for students who wish to join the workforce or attend a community college after graduating from high school, while the college preparatory program is designed for students who plan on attending a four-year college or university after graduating from high school.  In each program, students can choose between online or paper-based courses, which ensures that they will learn in the course delivery method that is best for them.  Curriculum is from some of the leading textbook publishers and curriculum providers, and all course materials are written to specific standards for a particular subject or grade level.  Tuition for the entire 20-unit high school diploma program is $3600.  Monthly payment plans are available, and tuition includes all course materials, grading of exams, and access to the online student center, where students and parents and retrieve academic records, monitor course progress and receive additional assistance.  If students have homeschooling credit for certain subjects, they may take comprehensive examinations at an additional charge.  If they pass comprehensive examinations, they will receive credit for taking those courses at home.  If students have credit from an accredited school, they may send American School an official transcript for evaluation.  Most, if not all, credits earned at an accredited school will transfer to American School and count toward the 20 units of credit needed to earn American School’s diploma, the main exceptions being band, choir, physical education and driver’s education. 

More recently, American School added courses in grades 6-8 to better serve middle school students.  Similar to the high school diploma programs, as of January 1, 2021, each year of middle school consists of 5 units of credit—1 each in English, math, science and social studies, plus an elective—at a cost of $900 per year, or a total of 15 units of credit for $2700.  Again, curriculum is from some of the leading textbook publishers and curriculum providers, and all course materials are written to specific standards for a particular subject or grade level.  Monthly payment plans are available, and tuition includes the same benefits given to students in a high school diploma program.  American School’s middle school program has been a success so far, and it’s only going to get better in 2021 and beyond!  

Some students and families may be satisfied with an existing homeschool program but may wish to add courses for enrichment.  American School is proud to offer its courses on an individual basis.  As of January 1, 2021, most individual subjects cost $300 each for a full unit of credit and $250 each for a half unit of credit.  Select courses cost $200 each for a full unit of credit and $150 each for a half unit of credit, while select advanced courses cost $400 each for a full unit of credit and $350 each for a half unit of credit.  In addition to core subject areas such as English, math, science and social studies, American School offers elective courses in business, career and technical education; fine arts; and world languages powered by Rosetta Stone.  For select high school students, American School offers select AP courses, with enrollment in AP courses available from approximately July 1 to August 31.  There is no limit to the number of individual courses a student may take, and American School accepts enrollments in individual subjects throughout the year.   

In its 124-year existence, more than three million students have taken American School courses.  These include athletes, entertainers, authors, artists, and business leaders, but American School treats every student with equal importance.  You’ve already read about American School’s curriculum and cost, but American School also offers caring student service and impeccable credibility.  Staff members assist students via phone and email during regular business hours, and all emails sent after business hours receive a reply within one business day.  American School instructors provide constructive feedback on every exam they grade and encourage students to work at a pace that is comfortable for them.  In many ways, American School students work in a classroom of one, a safe environment where they can learn in their own way and in their own time, but they are never alone.  American School staff members are happy to assist every step of the way.  Outstanding curriculum, affordable cost and caring service help American School achieve credibility from three accrediting bodies, and that accreditation ensures that American School courses and diplomas carry the same merit and value as courses and diplomas from traditional schools.  American School students go on to attend colleges and universities across the United States, and American School awards several scholarships a year to its graduates to help them defray the cost of continuing their education.

American School accepts enrollments year-round and would be happy to serve you or someone you know.  Most students receive course materials within a week of enrolling, often sooner.  Check out or call 708-418-2800 for more information and to begin the enrollment process.  You can also look for American School on Facebook and Twitter!  Choose American School for courses in grades 6-12.  You’ll be glad you did!   


RightStart Mathematics

RightStart Mathematics and Why Learn Math

Joan A. Cotter, Ph.D.

Mathematics is one of the greatest tools we humans have inherited. Math is given to us both as a dedicated brain area and as a legacy from society. Galileo understood the importance of math when hundreds of years ago he said: “The great book of nature can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written. And this language is mathematics.” Math enables us to understand the cosmos and the atom; to build bridges, tunnels, and skyscrapers; and to determine through statistics which treatment is most likely to cure an illness. 

Also, mathematics is necessary for the arts; some examples are musical scales, drawing in perspective, and repeating patterns. Mathematics has even been defined as the science of patterns. A person becomes a mathematician, not because they enjoy arithmetic, but because they see the beauty in mathematics. And math is not necessarily utilitarian. One of its 200 branches is recreational mathematics, with magic squares as an example. There is something for everyone to enjoy, even those who do not necessarily feel that math is their strong point.

The field of mathematics is expanding exponentially, doubling about every seven years. Many times a mathematical innovation initially seems to have no practical use. Take the case of imaginary numbers, which involves square roots. We know the square root of 1 is 1 since 1 × 1 is 1. But what is the square root of –1? It can’t be 1 because 1 × 1 is 1 and it can’t be –1 because –1 × –1 is not –1, but 1. In the 17th century, a few mathematicians thought the whole idea was so absurd that they referred to the square roots of negative numbers as imaginary numbers, labeled either i or j. Today imaginary numbers have an important role in AC (alternating current) calculations and are used accordingly.

The ancient Egyptians used math, including the Pythagorean theorem, to survey their land annually following the Nile River flooding. They also needed math for their constructions and for astronomy. They were interested primarily in the practical applications of math.

The ancient Greeks, on the other hand, approached mathematics, especially geometry, from a philosophical perspective and devised a rigorous deductive approach for proving theorems, or propositions. Each step in proving a theorem is based on one of three rationales: axioms, universally accepted truths; definitions; or previously proven theorems. Subjecting theorems to diligent explanations at every step of a proof has become the cornerstone today of all mathematics, not only geometry. However, we no longer insist, as did the Greeks, that all geometric constructions be done with only a straightedge and compass; drawing board equipment and computer programs are a welcome addition.

Euclid compiled and wrote the 13 books of Elements around 300 B.C. Amazingly, Euclid’s Elements has undergone about a thousand editions, including translations into numerous languages, and remained a textbook for over 2000 years. No other textbook can rival that! 

In the Middle Ages, the trivium composed of grammar, rhetoric, and logic, was the introductory topics studied. Coming next was the quadrivium, which started with Plato, and included arithmetic (number), geometry (number in space), music (number in time), and astronomy (number in space and time). Every educated person was familiar with Euclid’s Elements. Abraham Lincoln carried a copy in his saddlebags, which he studied at night by lamplight.

Most high school students study Euclidean geometry, where they are introduced to proofs. A good math program prepares students for this next chapter in their mathematical education by requiring learners to justify their thinking whenever practical. Uncertain about the concept of proof, students sometimes fail to realize that a proven theorem applies in all cases. It must.

Incidentally, mathematicians do not use the two-column structure, where statements are in the left column and reasons are in the right column. This arrangement is practiced only in introductory high school geometry classes. Mathematicians use ordinary prose to discuss the validity of each step.

Just as we do not limit our reading vocabulary to words having a practical use, we must not limit mathematical topics to what we judge our children will need in the future. Even Bonnie, age 13, understood this. After learning about the Golden Ratio she commented, “It is just one of those things in life that makes you feel satisfied to know.”

Despite the human brain being programmed for mathematics from infancy and the long history of humans being involved with mathematics, almost half of the people in the U.S. have a fear of numbers. They have no shame admitting having low math skills. Sadly, those harboring math anxiety are less likely to become our coders, engineers, researchers, and so forth. Until recently, immigrants filled this gap. Today a real shortage exists.

Of course, the real question is why are our children developing math anxiety. Preschoolers invariably do enjoy math, so the problem occurs later. Researchers have found some answers including: using flash cards and timed tests, having a teacher who harbors a dislike for math, believing the myth that a “math mind” is needed, and treating math as though it is a collection of rules to be practiced and memorized. This is causing many children to feel overwhelmed and therefore feeling inadequate when approaching math.

RightStart Mathematics was written to develop future generations who are confident in their mathematical abilities. This program emphasizes visualization skills over counting or rote memory, games over flash card drill, place value to the thousands over memorizing counting words to 100, problem solving with thinking over key words, linear fractions over circles, and geometrical constructions over learning definitions.

Down through the centuries, people believed learning Euclid’s math produced logical thinking; that assumption has not been proven. But, we do know that early mastery of number sense predicts better reading and math proficiency years later.

And yes, a person who was taught math poorly can relearn and finally understand as they teach and become one of those who say, “I wish I had learned math this way.”

Stanford Online High School (OHS)

Stanford Online High School (OHS) is a highly selective independent school offering courses for grades 7–12, where dedicated instructors help talented students worldwide pursue their passions in real-time, online, seminar classes.

Expect the Extraordinary
Stanford OHS creates a worldwide learning community of diverse, intellectually passionate students and teachers. Through vibrant seminars, the rigorous curriculum challenges students to reason analytically, think creatively, and argue critically.

How It Works
Stanford OHS places students by ability – not age or grade. Students have the flexibility to explore other academic and extracurricular endeavors with options to enroll full-time, part-time, or single course.

Our seminars, averaging 12 in a class, allow students to engage in every aspect of a course using real-time discussions where teachers and students are highly interactive with each other. A rotating camera maximizes engagement as students see and speak with classmates and instructors during the seminar. Instructors work with students in a lively setting that goes beyond the capabilities of brick-and-mortar classrooms. Students engage by raising their hands to speak to instructors and peers, marking up onscreen class materials, and collaborating in small groups.

An Innovative Curriculum
Our curriculum offers discipline-specific knowledge along with broadly applicable skills: an understanding of evidence; strategies of criticism and persuasion; facility with the analysis of data; and critical listening, thinking, and reasoning. Our four-year Core Sequence challenges students to write, reason, and engage in argumentation through study of human nature, science, science history, political theory, and philosophy.

Scholarly Instructors
Our instructors, of whom 65% hold Ph.D.s, are distinguished by their expertise in their academic disciplines; by their passion and skills regarding the teaching of highly talented students in a demanding, interactive online environment; and by the high expectations they have for their students and for themselves. Their innovative pedagogy, developed to make optimal use of all available teaching tools and technologies, turns students’ varied locations into a virtue and ensures that everyone is fully present and participating in each seminar.

Supportive Community
Our supportive environment fosters independence, strength of character, and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge while students cultivate lasting friendships. Academic Advisors support the educational experiences of each student, helping them to chart their academic paths. Counselors ensure that students’ academic, social, and emotional developmental needs are met. College Counselors provide individualized support for graduating students and community-wide workshops about the college process. Additionally, the Writing & Tutoring Center creates an academic community of confident writers through labs, workshops, and individual sessions with peer tutors or staff.

How to Apply
To learn more about Stanford OHS, visit Please note the following application deadlines: January 16, 2019 for Round 1 and March 15, 2019 for Round 2.

Oak Meadow

What is Oak Meadow?
Founded in 1975, Oak Meadow offers an affordable, well-rounded, complete education for children in kindergarten to grade 12. Families use our progressive, experiential homeschooling curriculum independently or by enrolling in our accredited, teacher-supported, distance learning school. You can create your own rhythms for learning and integrate your child’s education into your family’s lifestyle.

The Oak Meadow curriculum is built on strong academic standards that can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of the developing individual. We understand that students learn in different ways—some by doing, others by listening, still others by seeing or reading. The curriculum is print-based to reinforce solid reading comprehension and study skills. Technology is thoughtfully integrated through the grade levels.

About the Curriculum Materials
When you purchase their curriculum materials, you receive everything you need to homeschool your student for an entire school year. Curriculum materials may be purchased as a package or individually. Craft kits and lab kits for grades K to 8 may be purchased separately. Lab kits are included with High school lab course materials.

Each coursebook includes weekly lesson plans for a full year, with a variety of assignments, activities, and readings. The K-8 coursebooks include assignment checklists, planners, materials lists, and learning assessment rubrics to track student progress. High school coursebooks provide assignment summaries, learning objectives, and prompts to help students explore topics in more depth.

The lesson plans are flexible, allowing both homeschooling and enrolled families to adapt the material to meet their student’s interests and abilities. Teacher manuals and other supplementary materials are available for further guidance and enrichment.

View sample coursebook lessons and Teacher Manual pages on Oak Meadow’s website.

Using Oak Meadow Independently

Elementary (K-4): Purchase the curriculum and follow the weekly lesson plans for a comprehensive experience, or adjust the lessons to fit your child’s individual needs, interests, and skill level. The curriculum in each grade covers all subjects and is written to the home teacher, and the resource material provides guidance to help you teach your child successfully.

Middle (5-8): As the home teacher, you will continue to oversee the weekly lesson plans, but the curriculum is now written directly to the student, allowing the child to increasingly take more responsibility for completing the work. At this level, you can purchase a full package or select individual subjects. Teacher manuals are available for each subject for parents who would like additional guidance.

High School (9-12): Motivated, independent students can follow the course materials on their own or, with their home teacher’s guidance, customize lessons to match their interests and learning goals. Teacher manuals are available for most courses. Oak Meadow offers a recommended course schedule for a typical college prep academic program, or students can also take individual courses to complement other studies.

Enrolling in Oak Meadow Distance Learning School
Elementary (K-4): While the parent of an enrolled student is the primary teacher for the child, the Oak Meadow teacher supports the parent in the teaching process, including customizing lessons as desired. The teacher reviews your child’s work on a regular basis and completes written assessments. Semester- and year-end narrative evaluations become part of your child’s official cumulative record maintained by the Oak Meadow registrar.

Middle (5-8): Students may enroll fully or in individual subjects in the middle grades. Parents shift from their role as primary teacher and the student now receives one-to-one teacher support. As in the early grades, teachers suggest supplemental activities to accompany the lessons and can help adjust the curriculum to your child’s specific needs and interests.

High School (9-12): Enrollment in our high school program provides more structure than homeschooling, one-to-one teacher support in each course, and an accredited transcript. Students may enroll full time and earn an Oak Meadow diploma, or take individual courses for enrichment, credit recovery, or transferable credit. We offer creative ways to earn credit, such as our Life Experience Elective Credit, Advanced Study Project, and dual enrollment. College counseling is included with tuition.

For more information:
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Special Learning – Special Needs Homeschool Curriculum


Special Learning is passionate about its Global Mission: To improve the lives of 70 million people in the world living with autism. They have spent years developing, improving and putting together world-class resources to help your child achieve a better quality of life.

Aside from a thoroughly designed special needs homeschool curriculum for children with autism and other special needs, parents around the world can choose from an extensive library of training and educational materials suited to fit all need levels, from early intervention through adolescence and adulthood:

  • Learn how to use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – from Basic to Advanced
  • Learn treatments to address specific problem behaviors
  • Learn how to use ABA to teach new skills – like toilet training
  • Download their social stories curriculum to teach basic social and life skills
  • Use their flashcard curriculum to teach language and communication skills

Special-Learning provides quality resources, training, virtual consultation and supervision to individuals who provide direct care to those with special needs.  By leveraging technology, they deliver a comprehensive array of special needs homeschool curriculum, autism intervention and ABA educational solutions to parents, educators, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and other professionals who provide care and support to the special needs population, no matter where they live or work.

With their online Autism and ABA Training, virtual BCBA supervision and consulting, ABA curriculum & teaching materials, and independent learning tools, they help transform the lives of people living with autism and other developmental disabilities attain their highest level of independence.

We want to walk with you throughout the whole journey, so please contact us if you have request for additional training areas or suggestions for ways to better meet your needs. We are here to help!

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