Challenges for the college-bound student
Resources for Parents of College-Bound Students

"The object of education is to prepare the young
to educate themselves throughout their lives."

— Robert M. Hutchins
American educator & philosopher

 

Finishing strong: College Prep for Students; Training for Adults

A letter to parents of college-bound students

After 15 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


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Upcoming

 

College prep for students


Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

Ten online classes

Instructor: Roy Speed

Roy Speed has a wealth of information at his fingertips, as well as a vibrant teaching style that I believe capable of garnering the attention and intrigue of any student. As a freshman in college, I use the skills he taught me in high school every day. The texts I must read demand an aptitude for active reading and critical thinking. Roy taught me how to read difficult texts, analyze what I had read, and express myself clearly on paper.

Matt W., student

These online sessions provide an in-depth study of this play as well as the historical, cultural, and literary background needed to bring the play to life. This course is designed to take students to an advanced level of reading comprehension and analysis, enabling them to tackle sophisticated material across the spectrum of the college curriculum and dissect difficult passages included in standardized tests. Space is limited.

 

Training for parents


Homeschooling the
College-Bound Student

Now an online series!

Instructor: Diane Speed

This program addresses the principal concerns parents have about homeschooling through high school — everything you need to know about the high school curriculum and credits, standardized tests, transcripts and record-keeping, applying to college, pursuing scholarships, and more.

I feel so much better prepared and excited in this journey of college preparation for my twin daughters.

Jenny C.

Terrific. Full of information. The materials were so thorough. I now have a plan of action. Also, this workshop is inclusive: No matter what type of homeschooler you are, you will understand better how to prepare your student for college and present him or her in the best light.

Joni C.

To ask a question about the program
or to register, contact Diane Speed:
Tel. 203.744.2321
Email: dspeed@salientcomm.com

 

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