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All online courses are not created equal.

Our online classes are not "asynchronous" —
our instructors interact with students in real time.

Online Courses for 2021-22

Live classes — Now open for registration

View our weekly schedule OR our annual calendar     

The wave of COVID brought a tsunami of online courses,
most of them slapdash, mediocre, and, for students, stultifying.

Do not confuse our online courses with such mediocrity. We have
been delivering live, interactive, online courses since 2014 — years before the first wave
of COVID and "Zoom fatigue" — and our experience with instructional design
is long and deep. We deliver online experiences that students find
profound, moving, intellectually challenging.

You should accept no less.

— HS College-Bound


Honors Chemistry With Lab

Homeschooling Fundamentals - Getting startedIn this year-long, honors-level class, each student acquires both a deep understanding of chemistry and an appreciation for its real-world applications. Each week comprises live lecture and live discussion enhanced by graphics and PowerPoint presentations. Students perform labs under the instructor's guidance and are provided with lab materials and worksheets to be completed at home.

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Honors Physics With Lab

Homeschooling Fundamentals - Getting startedHigh school and even college courses often "teach" physics by requiring that students memorize and apply formulas. Students who are whizzes at math or good at memorization excel in such classes; the rest are left confused. — Our instruction in Honors Physics takes a different approach: our students begin by experiencing for themselves specific physical phenomena and exploring their underlying principles. Then and only then do they delve into the mathematical conceptualization of those principles and their algebraic applications.

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Science Intensives

Homeschooling the College-Bound StudentOur online science intensives are eight weeks long; each delivers in-depth, focused study of a particular topic in science, and they all include labs. Each is a standalone course that may complement nicely your at-home science curriculum. But you may also combine two or more intensives in whatever way suits your student's interests and needs. — You can even fashion a robust year-long science course complete with labwork.

Instructor Diane Speed will deliver intensives on the following topics:

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Corresponding anglesGeometry

In geometry, many students discover a new and practical application for the algebra they've already learned. They may also recognize for the first time the beauty and power of logic: students in this class create chains of reasoning, building knowledge from just a few givens.

Equally important, when solving geometric problems, students practice skills important for understanding the world:

  • deductive reasoning;
  • spatial understanding;
  • problem-solving.

Along the way, they strengthen a variety of mental muscles like visualization and sustained concentration.

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Homeschooling the
College-Bound Student

Your one-stop-shopping resource of informationLive & online

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 much, much more.

The thing I liked best about this workshop: The workbook! Having all the information presented by Diane also on paper where notes can be added is so valuable! That's the true treasure from this workshop — it can be referred to repeatedly through high school years and when applying to colleges.

—Jacqueline B.
Homeschooling mom

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.

—Homeschooling mom



Charlotte Brontë, 1816-1855Novels By Women

This year-long study features great works from around 1800 to the early 20th century — all by women.

The primary activities in this course:

  • close reading of the novels on our reading list (see here);
  • in-depth, live discussion of those readings;
  • writing two substantive essays of literary analysis.

All works are introduced with a historical perspective.

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History & Literature of the Middle Ages

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.

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The Writer's Guide to Grammar

The Writer's Guide to GrammarThis weekly online class is taught by the author of The Writer's Guide to Grammar. It provides complete training in English grammar, usage, and punctuation — but with a twist: Roy Speed emphasizes the topics that writers actually need to know. He teaches grammar principles not for their own sake, but as requisites for important writing tools — as keys to perceiving both:

  • how our language works;
  • what makes writing effective.

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Logical Communication

Logical Communication workbookAt the heart of effective writing is the ability to develop and sustain a clear train of thought. This acclaimed year-long writing course is designed to help students develop the missing skills — the writing tools and know-how needed to organize and express their ideas. To better understand the essay form, students they not only produce and revise their own essays; they read closely and analyze dozens of essays by really fine writers.
Please note: This course serves as a precursor to our course Essay Writing & Appreciation.

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Essay Writing & Appreciation

Advanced Writing ProgramThe emphasis of this course is writing essays that produce insight: those fleeting, intuitive leaps and connections we all make at some point — magic glimpses of understanding, and even wisdom.

Students in this course are trained, first, to notice and record their own observations and insights; second, to explore them in the form of essays. For inspiration, they not only read and analyze splendid essays by fine writers; they maintain a commonplace book of their own observations.

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Shakespeare Intensives

Romeo & Juliet — Ten online sessions

Romeo & Juliet (1968)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 takes students to an advanced level of reading comprehension and analysis. It strengthens the skills needed to tackle sophisticated material across the curriculum and even dissect difficult passages included in standardized tests.

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Hamlet — Ten online sessions

Shakespeare's HamletFor students, Hamlet can seem daunting — it's Shakespeare's longest play, with dark themes, complex ideas, and difficult verse. This course makes the play accessible and, in ten online sessions, reveals the play's deepest secrets. This course in close reading provides an in-depth study of the play some consider Shakespeare's greatest.

Prerequisites:  Students should already have some familiarity with Shakespeare. Our own College-Bound Intensive on Romeo & Juliet is ideal preparation for this course.

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Macbeth — Seven online sessions

Macbeth (1971)It may be his shortest tragedy, but Macbeth is packed with some of Shakespeare's most compelling imagery and finest verse. This series of seven sessions is for students who already have some familiarity with Shakespeare and seek greater depth. The emphasis is on close reading, and students also become familiar with 1) Shakespeare's sources for the play, and 2) the most interesting movie versions.

Prerequisites:  Students should already have considerable familiarity with Shakespeare. Our own College-Bound Intensive on Romeo & Juliet is ideal preparation for this course.

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Twelfth Night — Eight online sessions

Twelfth NightThis new online series comprises eight sessions on one of Shakespeare's finest comedies. Twelfth Night satirizes unrequited love, mocks sanctimony and snobbery, and celebrates the simple pleasures of ordinary life. This course serves as an introduction to Shakespeare's comedy, and it is also a course in close reading — students become acquainted with Shakespeare's vocabulary and verse and get practice in important skills, like annotating the text.

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