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




Networking for home-educators

The following links provide avenues for getting answers from and interacting with other homeschoolers of high-school students:

  • Homeschooling Toward College Yahoo Group (HS2Coll). Their mission is providing a forum to discuss preparing for applying to college:
    • high school courses, materials and curricula;
    • homeschooled graduates now in college; particular colleges;
    • standardized tests and other topics related to homeschooling teenagers.
  • Homeschool to College Yahoo Group (Homeschool2College). Their mission: To offer a forum to discuss preparing the child for high school course work. This hub also contains links to many sources of free information. Among the topics discussed:
    • selecting books, curricula, or programs including personal reviews by users;
    • selecting extracurricular activities including sports and music and driver's ed;
    • identifying potential colleges;
    • the treatment of homeschoolers by various colleges;
    • completing college applications;
    • preparing for and taking standardized tests;
    • preparing and submitting transcripts;
    • financial aid;
    • homeschooled students who made the transition to college.
  • CLEP Prep Yahoo Group. Their mission: To offer a forum for home-educators to learn how high school students can accumulate college credits using the CLEP (College-level Examination Program). CLEP allows students to test out or gain college credit by examination. Homeschoolers use independent study to prepare for specific college content. CLEP tests are administers at local colleges nationally.
  • HSLDA Homeschool Thru High School. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association offers a number of resources for educating oneself on the intricacies of homeschooling high school including curriculum recommendations, college search tips, information on college financing, and much more. You do not need to be a member of HSLDA to use this site. HSLDA endorses a Christian worldview.


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Online Writing Course 2018–19

Logical Communication

Two semesters of online classes
Two classes per week

Instructor: Roy Speed

Traditional approaches to writing are often wrongheaded — students, for instance, are routinely asked to write essays before they've actually read any. Students in this course, by contrast, read closely and analyze dozens of essays by outstanding writers — and then begin to write their own. In addition to enhancing students' appreciation of the essay form, the aim here is twofold: 1) Students learn to write clear, correct English prose. 2) They learn to control in their writing the logical flow of their ideas.

Note: This course serves as a precursor to our course Essay Writing & Appreciation.

Prerequisites:  Students in this course should have a strong command of English fundamentals — i.e., grammar, usage, and punctuation.

Honors Literature 2018–19

Novels by Women

Two semesters of online classes
Two classes per week

Instructor: Roy Speed

Students in this course will read great works from around 1800 to the early 20th century—all by women. Along the way, they learn a good deal about human nature, relationships, deceit, and self-deception.

Prerequisites:  Students must be reading at an 9th-grade reading level or better. Our College-Bound Intensives on Shakespeare are ideal preparation for this course.

Training for parents

Homeschooling the
College-Bound Student

Live & online
Instructor: Diane Speed

Your one-stop-shopping resource of informationThis 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 much, much more.

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


College prep for students

Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

Ten online classes

Instructor: Roy Speed

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. As one of our College-Bound Intensives, 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;
  • dissect difficult passages included in standardized tests.

For my daughter, the most helpful part of taking this class was reading through parts of the play, line by line, with Roy's guidance every step of the way. Through this experience, she has begun to understand how to read Shakespeare and has been inspired by him to read many of Shakespeare's plays on her own.

Vicki B.


College prep for students

History & Literature of
the Middle Ages

Live & online

Returning in 2018-19
Mondays & Thursdays

Instructor: Roy Speed

Le Morte d'Arthur: GuinevereThis is a year-long online course in close reading of medieval texts. The emphasis is England and English literature, but a great deal of what the students learn about this period will be applicable to other European societies and cultures.

The "Medieval Millennium" extended from roughly 500 to around 1500 ad, encompassing a huge swath of British history. English literature of the period spans everything from Anglo-Saxon poetry and the epic poem Beowulf to The Canterbury Tales and Malory's Morte Darthur. This course provides historical perspective, traces the development of the English language, and takes students on a deep dive into the most important literature of the period.

Prerequisites:  For most students, Roy Speed's Shakespeare courses will prove adequate preparation.


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