You can’t be a super parent. Maybe you’ve decided to take on homeschooling your child, but between the demands of being a full-time parent, tending to your home, and now educating your child, you may not have the time or the energy to devote to developing a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum. Luckily, there are numerous resources to help.
Here’s a roundup of some of the top online courses for homeschoolers, as well as some helpful resources:
The Grace Academy
Find a complete curriculum from elementary school through high school with the program, including multimedia courses, lesson plans, and placement testing to ensure that your child is meeting benchmarks. Annual tuition is $2,595, but there is currently a special for early enrollment for $1,695.
Forest Trail Academy
Parents and students can choose among a number of programs: diploma, online courses, individual courses, homeschool, dual credit, and preparation for standardized tests. Parents can choose between Christian and secular options for courses. Tuition varies from $675.00 to $2,195.00 per year, depending on grade level. Classes can also be taken on an individual basis, or as part of a part-time or summer program. Tuition is $350 per class.
k12 offers courses in the K-8 curriculum, high school, and summer courses. There are also textbook recommendations, links for public and private online schools, and more. Tuition varies according to whether one class is being purchased, an entire course, and if there are multiple classes/courses being purchased (which qualified for a discount).
Parents and students can find options for free online homeschool courses, or can access resources to design and follow a curriculum at home. There are even message boards and support groups so that parents and students can get one-on-one help for individual issues/concerns.
Learning by Grace
There are 150 PreK-12 online courses available, either with the aid of an online instructor or without one. Courses have a Christian learning focus. The academy also has a “socialization” center, which allows students to interact with one another in a safe online environment. There is also free placement testing.
This Christian-based curriculum offers achievement testing, transcripts and cumulative records, opportunity for parent comments, required subjects for student level, additional support where needed to meet educational needs, and alternate courses. Tuition varies by plans, and there are payment options and assistance available.
Homeschoolers and adult learns can benefit from the courses offered here. The courses are instructor-led and self-paced, and students have six months to finish a course with the initial purchase. Renewing a subscription will allow continued access to the same course. There are a wide variety of courses. Homeschooling courses include core subjects in addition to animal studies, computer basics, environmental issues and more. Continuing education courses include subjects such as alternative medicine, arts and photography, entrepreneurship, parenting and family, and more. Tuition is by course, and classes range from $50 and up.
The Potter School
Here’s another Christian-focused homeschool program. The curriculum prepares students in grades 6-12 for rigorous work at the college level, and the classes are even up to par to prepare students to take advanced placement exams. There are even courses open for parent enrollment. Tuition varies according to program and number of classes taken.
The Keystone School
Students can choose to enroll full-time to earn a high-school diploma or part-time to supplement traditional or homeschool coursework. There are courses for middle-school and high-school students, as well as advanced courses and credit-recovery courses. Placement testing is also available. Tuition is charged by program or course, and according to whether the courses are taken online or through correspondence.
The Cambridge Academy
This licensed and accredited private school offers interactive multimedia courses with all lesson material included. There are programs for homeschoolers, those seeking their high-school diplomas, and those seeking college-prep courses. Courses are available from kindergarten through grade 12. Tuition varies according to program, but discounts and payment plans are available.
The Jubilee Academy
There are 150 multimedia rich courses available for preK-12 homeschoolers from this online Christian curriculum. There is a socialization center for children to interact with other online homeschoolers, and the program is accredited. Tuition costs $795 for the year, but discounts and payment plans are available.
New Hope Online Homeschooling and Resource Center
The homeschooling program includes support from teachers and counselors, extra tutoring where needed, the creation of a student portfolio, parent monitoring, a socialization center, discussion boards, and more. The curriculum covers kindergarten through 12th grade. Tuition varies according to program.
Global Student Network
The homeschool curriculum is for grades 2-12 and has many courses aligned to national content standards. Students have access to outside resources, including libraries, museums and other educational sites. A yearly license costs $625 and includes unlimited access to unlimited courses.
Homeschool Science Academy
Advance high-school classes and free seminars are available for a range of science disciplines, including biology and chemistry. There is a variable fee for the online courses, but the seminars are free.
Beginning Homeschooling: EHO Lite
This support site offers a number of resources to parents who are either thinking of homeschooling their children or who have just started on the journey. Find information on curriculum, resources, links, support, and more.