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-aged students:

  • Homeschooling Toward College (HS2Coll). This forum used to be a Yahoo Group; it's now on Io. The group's mission is to provide a forum for discussing how to prepare your student for college and college applications:
    • high school courses, materials and curricula;
    • homeschooled graduates now in college; particular colleges;
    • standardized tests and other topics related to homeschooling teenagers.
  • The Well-Trained Mind Forum: High School and Self-Education Board. Many knowledgeable parents chime in on this highly active board. Veteran homeschoolers are assigned badges according to the quality and number of their posts over the years, so it's easy to recognize voices of experience.
  • 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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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.

—A homeschooling mom

To ask a question about the program
or to register, contact Diane Speed:
Tel. 203.942.6155


Shakespeare Intensives

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.


Online Writing

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.

Summer Shakespeare Intensive

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Eight online classes

Instructor: Roy Speed

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 is primarily a course in close reading — students become acquainted with Shakespeare's vocabulary and verse, but equally important, they acquire the skills involved in deciphering a difficult text, e.g., annotation.


College prep for students

History & Literature of
the Middle Ages

Live & online

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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