Finishing strong: College Prep for Students; Training for Adults
A letter to parents of college-bound students
After 16 years of homeschooling — and surviving the college-application process — we realized that parents who are homeschooling through high school have formidable needs.
Fear and trembling. Homeschooling through high school is a daunting challenge. It is also an awesome responsibility. The stakes are high. Mistakes and missteps can prove costly.
As parents consider high school, options are limited, choices difficult: Option A: Hire tutors? — Option B: Enroll in a bunch of AP classes? — Option C: Enroll in public school? — in private school?
Limited support. As we weighed our choices, we encountered limited help from any quarter:
- lots of general advice but very little concrete guidance;
- good information here and there, a number of valuable resources, but each was like a gem in a mountain of gravel — difficult to find, easily misplaced;
- no help with prioritizing or maintaining perspective — the mountain of tasks involved (not to mention their dizzying variety) was driving us crazy;
- high school-level courseware that we found increasingly dispiriting — with students' intellectual curiosity routinely sacrificed in favor of test prep.
We eventually managed to figure things out. Our son not only got accepted at his number-one school — he got into the honors program and was awarded a full scholarship for tuition, room, and board. He's performing well (Dean's list) and feels he's landed in exactly the right spot.
But crossing the finish line was a herculean task — and an intense learning process. We found ourselves wanting to share what we'd learned with like-minded families.
This website. This site was created for parents facing all the challenges of homeschooling through high school. Our aims:
- For parents — help them navigate the minutiae of curriculum choices, record-keeping, and applying to college;
- For students — provide challenging high school content geared not to taking AP exams, but to building skills critical to college-level work.
We're convinced that homeschooling through high school can provide terrific preparation for college. Although some standardized test prep is necessary, we hold fast in the belief that high school content should be engaging and should enlighten the mind. Our aim should be to produce well-educated young adults of character.
We have also been motivated by another conviction: if you can do it, we think homeschooling through the high school years can help cement your relationships with your kids.
And that's a cause worth fighting for.
— Diane & Roy Speed
Just add yourself to our contact list here.