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Online Homeschooling Programs

Online Schools

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Online schools provide courses to take on your computer over the internet as either a complete grade-based or interest-based curriculum.  You must have fast, reliable internet access to best utilize these online courses. Some require specific software. One of the many advantages to using an online school or curriculum is the access to grading, reporting, and portfolio building. Get more information here about homeschool programs and distance learning programs. To find out more about homeschool classroom technology visit this article, 9 Amazing Benefits of Technology.

About Online Schools

Online Learning Readiness Questionnaire

Before enrolling in an online course, you should first assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment. We like this simple questionnaire from Penn State University. Your answers to the survey questions will help you determine what you need to do to succeed at online learning. Post-survey feedback will also provide you with information on what you can expect from an online course.


Bridgeway Academy
Bridgeway Academy has been offering customized homeschool solutions for over 30 years. Their academy comes with full personalized curriculum, accreditation, advisor support, community involvement and more. They also carry Independent Study products include curriculum kits, customized curriculum, individual textbook or online classes.

Oak Meadows
Discover the joys of child-centered, nature-based homeschooling! Oak Meadow, a leader in secular homeschooling since 1975, provides a progressive education for independent learners K-12.  Enroll in our accredited distance learning school for teacher support; or use our curriculum independently.

American School
American School offers accredited middle school and high school courses in print and online formats at an affordable cost. Full-year programs, full diploma programs and individual subjects are available and tuition is all-inclusive. Facebook Page: American School.

A new approach to education that takes advantage of today’s technology. It’s a convenient online program that combines education with interactive fun for children, preschool to eighth grade.

Abacus Educational Services
Traditional and online classes for homeschoolers and homeschooling parents. Classes offered in Monrovia, CA and Online. All major core subjects are covered, including English through college entrance level and math through calculus.

Accelerate Academy
Personalized, flexible and accredited online academy offering both full time and individual course options for students in grades K–12. Engage with our rich, interactive curriculum facilitated by certified highly qualified teachers. Call 800-280-1170.

Clonlara School Home Based Education Program
An accredited, comprehensive program for early-, middle-, and upper-elementary, and secondary students. Our “adults graduating” program serves adults who never received a high school diploma. They also have a completely online program called “Whitmore School.”

Discovery K12
We offer a Non-Common Core, traditional, secular curriculum using today’s cutting-edge technologies from pre-k through 12th grade. Use our curriculum in any way you like, part-time or full time. Go by our schedule or yours. Free for students. Minimum charge per year for the parent to receive reports for all their students.

Global Student Network
Finally, a fully aligned curriculum that’s ideal for the homeschool student. This curriculum was developed by a leading public school district to National Content Standards and is delivered entirely over the internet.

Internet Academy
Mentioned in the October New York Times article about the flexible learning environment created for online homeschoolers.

Laurel Springs
For over 25 years, Laurel Springs School has partnered with families like yours to support their homeschooling efforts. Our personalized approach to learning provides students with a plan that supports their individual strengths, and our learning model allows students to engage in lessons when it’s most beneficial for them.

We have complete grade programs as well as individual courses in Language Arts, Math, Science, History, Art, and Music. We provide planning & progress tools as well as engaging materials. Discounted if you are an “early bird.” This is a public school program and the creation of William Bennett.

My Schoolhouse
Interactive lessons in math, spelling and reading comprehension for K-6 students.

NorthStar Academy
A community of learners in an online school. It uses the internet to link students with other students and accredited teachers who provide 100% of the students’ instruction and marking.

Open University of Washington
Free online courses for high school students. A sample of courses: Shakespeare, HTML, Civil War, and more. Must be over 13 to register.

Orion High School
Today, over 96% of our students have gone on to top colleges and universities in the USA, Saudi Arabia, and around the world, such as UT Austin, UCLA, MIT, and others. Take a moment to download our digital dashboard to see how we doing.

Universal Class
A wide variety of classes for young and old. Non-accredited, but you’ll like the pricing and offerings.

Offers full-time distance learning for grades 7-12 with an accredited high school diploma program.

Wolsey Hall Oxford
The homeschooling branch of Wolsey Hall Oxford, a not-for-profit organization and a well-established home-education distance learning provider offering courses in Key Stage 3, IGCSE and A levels. We have students in many regions including Asia, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

WorldWide Independent Distance Education Academy
WorldWide IDEA is an accredited educational institution, providing a private academy open to all home-educated students and a DoDEA Remote Location academy with certain eligibility requirements.

Books to Help Those Offering Online Instruction

Teaching Online: A Practical Guide

Teaching Online: A Practical Guide
by Susan Ko (Author), Steve Rossen (Author)
A practical, concise guide for educators teaching online. This updated edition has been fully revamped and reflects important changes that have occurred since the second edition’s publication. A leader in the online field, this best- selling resource maintains its reader-friendly tone and offers exceptional practical advice, new teaching examples, faculty interviews, and an updated resource section.
Making the Move to K-12 Online Teaching: Research-Based Strategies and Practices
Making the Move to K-12 Online Teaching: Research-Based Strategies and Practices
by Kerry Rice
Written specifically for K-12 teachers, this book covers all aspects of online education. Unique in its focus on K-12 learning, this book shows educators how to transform their teaching as they move from traditional face-to-face classrooms to online settings. Taking into account what teachers know about effective traditional classrooms, Kerry Rice guides the reader step by step through the change showing how familiar concepts, such as setting the tone, building community, course design, lesson planning and assessment, must be re-examined in the context of the online classroom.

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