Best Online Homeschool Courses for Middle & High School

As homeschoolers move into the middle school and high school years many parents begin to search for online course options for their students.

There are many reasons for selecting online homeschool courses – to help students pursue an academic interest or passion, to introduce students to different teachers and teaching styles, to best fit a student’s learning style or schedule, etc.

As our own children were moving from the middle school to high school years they began taking several online courses for these same reasons. Overall our experiences have been very positive and our students are interested in taking more online courses over the next few year.

There are many reasons for selecting online homeschool courses – to help students pursue an academic interest or passion, to introduce students to different teachers and teaching styles, to best fit a student’s learning style or schedule, etc. Since the world is our classroom, online courses are perfect for middle & high school kids learning at home.

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Since we are beginning to make plans for the next semester we asked some of our friends in the Education Possible Discussion Group to share their favorite online homeschool courses for middle and high school.  Here are their recommendations!

Online Homeschool Courses

Language Arts

Fortuigence – Online self-paced Essay Rock Star course – 5 Steps for your teenager to master non-fiction writing that directly impacts their high school grades, college acceptance, and career so they can excel in life.  Includes 4 essay types – Textual Analysis Essay, Expository Essay, Persuasive Essay, and Personal Statement.

Middlebury Interactive Languages – Digital world language courses for grades K-12. Chinese, French, Spanish, and German are offered.

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History & Geography

Advanced US History with Krista Guardino –  US History: How the United States Transitioned from 13 Colonies to World Superpower. Students will get access to University-level resources and personalized coaching, with the convenience and flexibility of an online class.

Compass Classroom – This multi-sensory, faith-based American history curriculum takes teens from Meso-America through to Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington.

North Star Geography – Online, comprehensive world geography course.

Bright Ideas Press

Math & Science

Mr. D Math – Live, online courses for Algebra, Geometry, ACT/SAT Test Prep and more.

NatureGlo’s eScience – Live and hybrid classes for Marine Biology, Math Art, Rocks & Minerals, Zoology, and more.

Want a Homeschool Friendly SAT Math Prep Course? Just when our family settled into homeschooling high school, the next big hurdle began creeping up on us — college entrance exams! Math has always been a challenge in our homeschool so we knew we would need some extra help preparing for the math portion of the exams. After doing our research we found the most effective option to be a live online SAT math prep course. It has lots of activities to help with mastering the test.

Electives

Blossoming Artists – Online, live, interactive art classes for drawing and painting.

Impact Virtual – Hybrid-Live Classes for Grades 6-12. Course areas include Digital Arts, Coding, Humanities, and more.

Loving Learning Freely – Online Unit Studies (cloud-based eCourses for homeschoolers). Topics offered for art, history, science, and more.

Sparketh – 100+ online art lessons for kids and teens.

Textile Learning – Online, engaging, self-paced courses in Sociology, Media, Theater, Medicine, Personal Fitness, and more.

Thinker Academy – Online course –  Critical Thinking and Study Skills for Teens.

CurrClick

Websites with Courses for Multiple Grades & Subjects

Alpha Omega – Online and digital courses for grades 3-12.

Apex Learning – Online full-time virtual school and individual course enrollment.

CurrClick LIVE – All Classes Affordable and A la Carte. Live, self-paced, and hybrid classes for all grades and subjects.

Easy Peasy All-in-One High School – Free online courses and resources for homeschool families.

Florida Virtual School – More than 150+ free online accredited courses for Florida residents. (FLVS Global is a paid version for non-Florida residents).

FunCation Academy – Offers online live course options, self-paced courses, assessments, tutoring, and more. For grads Prek-12.

Landry Academy –  Online classes for 4th through 12th grade students on a wide variety of standard subjects, several unique electives, week-long summer camps are for 8th through 12th grade students, and more.

Memoria Press Classical Education – Online Academy for grades 3-12.

Northstar Academy – Accredited online Christian school serving grades 4-12, custom-tailored for families around the world.

Potter’s School – The Potter’s School offers a complete curriculum of high quality on-line elementary , junior high and senior high courses, taught from a biblical worldview (including AP and college credit courses).

Schoolhouse Teachers – Over 200 courses covering preschool through 12th grade. Provides homeschooling families worldwide what they need to achieve academic success for a Christian education at their own pace and on their own timeline.

Shmoop –  Free Learning Guides, Online Courses, College Readiness Prep, and Test Prep balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials

Time4Learning – Homeschool curriculum – math, language arts, and more for PreK-12th grade.

Virtual Homeschool Group – Online Homeschool Co-op.  Free courses, volunteer based and donation supported.  By homeschoolers for homeschoolers.

There are many reasons for selecting online homeschool courses – to help students pursue an academic interest or passion, to introduce students to different teachers and teaching styles, to best fit a student’s learning style or schedule, etc. Since the world is our classroom, online courses are perfect for middle & high school kids learning at home.

Tips Before Starting Online Homeschool Courses

As stated earlier, there are many benefits of online classes.  Here are a few more things to keep in mind as you and your student being researching online courses:

We would love to hear from you – what are your favorite resources for online homeschool courses? 

 

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Susan Williams
As a veteran educator I am always looking for new ways to bring learning to life for my family. I enjoy traveling, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping my children explore the world around them. We have been homeschooling for more than a decade and are now entering the final stretch of our homeschool journey with two teens in high school.
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Comments

  1. Thanks for including Online Unit Studies on your list, Susan. Would you like me to send you can image to use in your list?

  2. Delores says:

    There is another online accredited school: Freedom Project Academy. (Caveat: I work for them). It is a great option for parents — students can go full time or just take individual courses.

    Plus, Homeschool Connections offers many, many classes. They also offer an option to not take live courses but have access to previous course videos for one set fee.

  3. Suzanne Doeren says:

    I am signing my son up this year at Center for Lit for a literature and writing class. I am really looking forward to it. They have amazing materials and I have always wanted him to take this class, this will be there year! I have used schoolhouse teachers this year too and a loved it. This is a great list, thanks so much for all the new ones to look into.

    • Suzanne, I would love to hear your feedback about the Center for Lit classes. We have enjoyed used their Teaching the Classics literature materials for many years. I’m excited to learn more about their online courses.

  4. Trena Balakrishnan says:

    My favorite is Classes By Beth Plus which seems to have not made your list. Used them for 5+ years now.

    • Trena, Thank you for that recommendation! We created this list by gathering recommendations like yours – we haven’t actually used all of the courses personally so we have been looking for other families to share their very positive experiences. I’ll find a link and add it here so others can check out the courses too!

  5. What a great list! I’ll definitely be pinning this for future reference.

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