Links & Resources

Home School Legal Defense Association
Legal assistance, state by state info, and a high school section with advice on topics such as transcripts, curriculum choice, extracurriculars, sports, military, internships, financing college, and more.

National Home Education Research Institute
This organization produces high-quality research on home-based education, serves as a clearinghouse to distribute this research, and educates the public concerning the findings of all research on home education.

College Board
First stop for general SAT and AP Exam preparation info, college search help, and general college preparation tips.

AP Central
Essential site for learning about the Advanced Placement Program and how to conduct courses. Be sure to become thoroughly familiar with the AP Course Audit section of this site if you plan to design your own courses.

Information on preparation, registration, and scoring for the ACT Test, as well as tips on college and career planning.

The Common Application
Standardized college application used by more than 600 institutions.

Student Aid on the Web
Official federal financial aid site including applications, estimated family contribution formulas, and more.

One of the most popular and useful sites for searching out scholarships of all types.

Congressional Award
Prestigious national award to encourage youth achievement in volunteer public service, physical fitness, personal development, and expedition/exploration. A worthwhile goal for homeschoolers to aim for.

President’s Volunteer Service Award
Another well-respected award recognizing students and families for hours of volunteer service.

Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society
The first honor society established exclusively for homeschooled students, now a national organization with more than 280 chapters.

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers
Online high school courses, including approved AP courses, as well as a helpful online magazine with encouraging articles to homeschooling families from homeschooling families.

Institute for Excellence in Writing
Top-notch writing instruction and resources for elementary through high school, including Advanced Communication Series, High School Essay Intensive, Student Writing Intensive, Teaching the Classics, and more.

Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
A highly practical site for writing resources, instructional material, tips and guidelines for high school and college essay writing, detailed MLA formatting guides for research papers, and more.

Home Science Tools
An excellent source for lab science equipment from microscopes and dissection supplies to chemistry kits and physics gadgets.