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Courses for homeschooling high school

For families in CT, NY, and NJ

Coursework for homeschooled teens

The appeal of close readingThe Blend is our lineup of year-long courses with high-school-level content. — We call our program "The Blend" because most of our courses integrate two forms of instruction:

  • one on-site class each week in Bethel, CT;
  • one class online later that same week.

The Blend is everything I imagined
homeschooling at this age could be,
but I couldn't do it myself. I tried.
The Blend is an answer to prayers.

—Mom of 15-year-old
daughter, homeschooler

We have many families traveling 90+ minutes for their students to attend The Blend — not just from CT, but from parts of NY state, from New Jersey, and even from western Massachusetts.

What The Blend offers

Here at The Blend we provide:

  • structured high- to honors-level high school content
    — math, science, history & literature, and more;
  • study skills, organization skills, collaboration and communication skills, & technology skills;
  • a supportive, inclusive atmosphere;
  • a disciplined approach to learning in a group;

What's more, we extend a warm welcome to all homeschool philosophies.

The challenge

We are new to homeschooling. My son attended a prep school in Fairfield County, and I was concerned about its method of teaching: rote short-term memory, with a focus on studying for tests — no real conceptual learning.

The Blend is so different, and Diane and Roy are great educators! My son has developed a love of learning. The courses have great context — thought-provoking and interesting. I sometimes eavesdrop on the history online courses as I find them so interesting. The environment is very inclusive and supportive, which has been wonderful for my son who is 16 years old. I will be enrolling him in the Blend once more as I am so impressed with the level of education he receives there.

—Karen R.

Homeschoolers of teens often search for relevant coursework that is both rich and fulfills requirements for high school. In addition to content, homeschoolers seek regular gatherings so their teens can form peer groups, learn critical communication skills, and exchange ideas.

What they find is limited options:

  • organized classes that mimic school;
  • organized activities that meet social needs, but not academic needs;
  • online classes;
  • AP classes;
  • college classes.

So HS College-Bound launched The Blend in order to meet teens' real needs.

A different approach

To view our class schedules and 2017-18 calendar, please go to Class schedules.

The approach we're using at The Blend yields significant benefits to our families:

  • High standards. The expectations for our students are high on every front—not just with academics, but in the respectful way our students communicate and collaborate with one another, in the way they organize their projects and assignments, and in all their dealings with instructors at The Blend.
  • A learning peer group. Among our students, learning seems to be "cool," and the students are rightly proud of their projects and research and of the knowledge and skills they acquire.
  • To learn more or attend an Open House,
    write to us at info@hscollegebound.com.

  • Flexibility. Because we provide in-person instruction just one day each week—with all other sessions held online—families are able to cut down on their students' travel time. Also, all our online sessions are recorded, so that if a student must miss such a session, catching up is easy: the student simply watches the recording.

Our plans for the 2017-18 school year

In 2017–18 we are running two levels of The Blend — the Green Blend and the Blue Blend.

See above right for our lineup of course offerings (each course title links to more information on that course). Or you may download a brochure containing our complete course descriptions — just click on the image at right.

 

OUR PROGRAM FOR 2017–18

Now open for enrollment

The Green Blend: Tuesdays on-site


The Blue Blend: Tuesdays on-site


Online courses


The Gold Blend: Returning 2018–19


The Blend is a perfect segué into college life, both academically and socially. Academically, the excellence has not diminished in the three years my daughter has attended. More importantly, she has been exposed to opposing viewpoints, which has given her the opportunity to define her own, to argue respectfully, and to get along with people who think differently. This is not a superficial education of check boxes and political correctness. All of her teachers (Roy, Diane, and Monica, in her case) delve deeply, whatever the topic.

—Michelle S.
Homeschooling mom

 

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