AP Capstone Program & Future Problem Solving Program
The new AP Capstone program is made up of two courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. This message is to inform homeschoolesr about the similarity of the AP course descriptions with another program: the Future Problem Solvers Program (FPSP).
The College Board states that new AP Capstone program will
" ...complement and enhance the in-depth discipline-specific study
provided through AP courses... It
cultivates curious, independent, collaborative scholars and prepares
them to make logical and evidence-based decisions."
FPSP provides in-depth discipline-specific study, the development of intellectual curiosity, and more -- authentic, independent, and collaborative learning.
Although the AP Captstone is not currently available to homeschoolers, FPSP is.
If you are interested in the type of learning described in the link below about the AP Capstone program, you may want to consider the FPS program. The process is not
identical, but the opportunities for growth and learning are very
The AP Capstone program is being piloted at selected schools this year (2014-15) --similar to an IB program. (Note: The IB has not been available to
Future Problem Solvers Program International site:
Future Problem Solvers Program CT site:
High school seniors over the age of 16 have the opportunity to earn college credit through Rasmussen College's Early Honors Program. These college online classes are free in what is called the Early Honors Program.
From the webisite:
The Early Honors Program is a great way for high school students to experience college while still supported by high school staff and mentors, try a course that may not be offered at the high school, or explore a possible future career by taking an introductory course. Contact a high school admissions representative at (888)-5Rasmussen for more information about our programs and how to enroll.
Ambleside online is a free curriculm. It has suggestions for building a curriculum including an amazing list for literature selection. Ambleside is based in the Charlotte Mason method. CM was a turn-of-the-century educator who believed in teaching in a holistic manner (mind, body, spirit) and believed in using living books -- books like biographies, first-person accounts, and such. There are curriculum recommendations through grade 12 on this site.
High School Curriculum: Distance High School, University of Nebraska
This programs all offer a traditional high school curriculum. They offer a general studies track as well as a college bound track, AP coursework, and a nationally recognized high school diploma. One parents shares: My experience with University of Nebraska courses are that they are solid
courses but not particularly interesting or exciting - just a good solid
high school course.
High School Curriculum: Easy Peasy All-in-One High School
A free college-prep curriculum of suggested resources for homeschooling high school. Parents submit materials that employ a variety of free materials. Some parent build resources such as tracking sheets for grades, syllabi, etc. Course subjects include sciences, maths, some foreign language, humanities.
High School Curriculum: Education to Go On-line High School Courses
By North Dakota State University
This site offers on-line high school courses in high school math (algebra I & II and geometry), language arts, and science (biology and chemistry). The courses are nationally accredited. Each semester can be completed in as little as 4 weeks and classes start as low as $299 per semester course.
A complete Homeschool High School Curriculum Laurel Springs School is accredited by
the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and indicate
which of courses (the majority) are approved by the NCAA. Offer an on-line program that is secular, college prep
with a nice range of AP coursework available as well as honors courses.
From a mom who used it:
We were looking for a program with flexibility that was also academically
rigorous. We've found her teachers to be readily available in various ways
(phone, email, skype, IM, on-line classroom) when needed. They also have an
on-line community for the students including various clubs. My daughter has
not participated in any of that, but it is nice that it is available for her
if she chooses. They also provide college advisors, etc.
High School Curriculum: Memoria Press On-Line School
The Online Academy is designed primarily for home school families interested in a classical Christian liberal arts education. Founded in 2006, the Online Academy offers classes in the following subject areas:
Latin, Logic, & Rhetoric
Classical & Christian Studies
Math & Science Studies
Your student will meet once a week for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours in "class": either a text chat or an audio/text chat with their instructor, who asks questions about the material studied the previous week, drills the student individually on relevant course material, and conducts competitions among students to test their knowledge of facts and ability to apply important skills.
After completing weekly self-instructive course assignments, your student takes one or more weekly quizzes over that week's material with our easy-to-use learning software. As soon as the student completes each quiz, the grade is automatically logged to a student gradebook that you and your student can access at any time. Based on the principle of mastery learning, our system allows your student to take the tests as many times as needed to understand the material. The software flags the student's errors and requires them to be corrected, helping your student to learn from his mistakes.
If, during the week, your student has a question or needs assistance, the instructor is available through the course question and discussion forum, by e-mail, and during weekly office hours.
From the website: Scholars Online is a nonprofit educational corporation designed to foster classical Christian education through instruction, guidance, and community using emergent communication technologies. Its founders have been offering online courses to homeschoolers, private and public school students, college students, and independent scholars since 1996. While homeschooled high school students are our primary focus, our courses are open to all who meet the requirements and are willing to participate according to our terms of service.
Classes include: Greek, History and Government, Latin, Literature, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Programming, Science, Writing.
A review from a homeschool mom:
Classes are taught at a high level. They usually use college textbooks
and college-type lectures. They also require college type tests and
work. HOWEVER, they tend to curve the grading scale to handle the fact
that the kids are not in college. So, for example, I think that an 85%
would get an A in at least one class that my son took.
They are Christian, but they teach the evolutionary viewpoint in biology and use
standard, respected, high-level college texts. The science teacher (Christe McMenomy teaches most/all of the science classes)
doesn't seem to give her personal opinion on the matter, but allows
respectful discussion of origins. But, again, the classes teach
On the negative side (at least for me), the classes are entirely text-based. So, you have to be comfortable interacting with the teacher and
your classmates entirely by typing.
High School Curriculum: ThinkWell Distance Learning
This service offers on-line lectures on a variety of courses for grades 7+, including:
Economics and Public Speaking.
You determine the pace at which your student learns. Students watch a ten-minute video and practice with exercises. Thinkwell uses multimedia technology with compelling content to provide a rich and effective learning experience.
VHS, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides online NetCourses to participating schools. Course offerings include a wide variety of high school level courses, including AP and high school level classes for middle schoolers. Students whose schools are not VHS members can enroll in VHS courses on an individual tuition basis. Use link below.
If you have an account with NetFlix, you can send yourself lectures by The Teaching Company - an excellent resource for advanced middle schoolers or high-school-aged kids. Be sure to search for the exact name of the course as it will not be labeled or organized as The Teaching Company. You may also check the professor's name and compare disc titles to be sure you're getting the lecture you want. Note: Netflix does not have all Teaching Company lectures; only a selection.
Netflix will send you one disc at a time. Teaching Company discs contain up to nine lectures on one disc.
A growing library of high-quality online course content for students and faculty in higher education, high school and Advanced Placement. Subjects include: Algebra,
Some of the world's most prestigious universities now offer free science courses online, including Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, UC Berkeley, and more. Read on to find out where you can find these courses and to learn what you can get out of each.
A public service intended to help learners to succeed. How-tos for studying many topics including: Time Management, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Reading, Writing, Math, Preparing for Tests, and more.
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.
All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript formats
Registration is not required
No course credit, degree, or certificate is available.
Courses and lectures are updated frequently and sorted by topic. You may access downloadable materials to support the classes. Lecture and class topics range from economics to science to engineering to polical science.
NOTE: Descriptions of programs and resources have been submitted for your information. They are passed on to you as a service. No endorsement by Classical Kids or its administrators should be inferred.