When it comes to education all families want the best for their children,
which is the reason many families choose homeschooling. However, some
homeschoolers select non-traditional schooling in order to meet the needs of
their lifestyle as well, such as professional athletes and actors.
Laurel Springs is often called the "School to the Stars" because of its pool
of famous alumni, yet their program works for all students. All children are
"stars" in their own right - and the dream of parents is that each child reaches
for and achieves their fullest potential. Many young actors, athletes and
scholars are doing just that - they are turning to homeschooling because it
offers the flexibility to learn while pursuing their dreams, and to pursue their
dreams through learning!
Kristen Stewart, star of the upcoming film Twilight;
Cole & Dylan Sprouse, who are the stars of the Disney Channel series The
Suite Life of Zack and Cody; and Hayden Panettiere, who
plays Claire Bennet in the television show Heroes, have all been
homeschooled in order to pursue their acting careers. What's more interesting is
that they've all chosen Laurel Springs School to meet their demanding schedules
and demanding education goals, and they're not alone (see list below).
Laurel Springs Former & Current Stars
- Cole and Dylan
Sprouse - Suite Life of Zack and Cody
- Chloe Grace Moretz - Dirty Sexy Money
Erin Sanders - Young and the Restless
- Emma Roberts - Nancy Drew
- Taylor Atelian - According to Jim
- Miranda Cosgrove -
- MacKenzee Rosman - 7th
- Raven Simone - That's So Raven
- Dean Collins - 7th Heaven
- Jennifer Love Hewitt - Ghost Whisperer
- Sophia Vassilieva - Medium
- Hyden Panetierre - Heroes
- Erin Sanders
- Zoey 101
- Elijah Wood - Lord of the Rings, Bobby, Eternal Sunshine of
the Spotless Mind, etc.
- Ashlee Tisdale - High School Musical
- Lindsay Lohan - Mean Girls, Drama Queen,
Freaky Friday, Herbie, etc.
- Spencer Breslin - Harold
- Emma Roberts - Mermaids
- Josh Hutcherson - Bridge to Tarabithia
- Isabella Acres - Horton Hears A Who
- Kristen Stewart - Twilight
- Najarra Townsend - Have Love, Will Travel
- Thora Birch - Homeless to Harvard, Slingshot,
American Beauty, Hocus Pocus
- Rachael Leigh Cook -
She's All That, Josie and
the Pussycats, Nancy Drew
- Scout Taylor Compton - April
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
- Kyle Swann
- Devon Werkheiser
- Adam Cagley
- Bow Wow
- Chris Brown
- Jordin Sparks - American Idol winner
- Diandra Newlin
- Alanna & Gennelle Dedek
- Jewel and Blaire Restaneo
- Brianna Haynes
A major concern for celebrity kids is "are they getting a quality education?"
but this is also very true of homeschooling families. Laurel Springs School is
the school of choice for studio teachers and children in film because of their
customizable format, but this adaptability works for all students as well. Not
only do homeschoolers benefit from receiving a quality education, they also
benefit from the ready-to-use format of the school's program and curriculum,
which includes all the basics, such as books, study guides, transcripts and
The school views all its students as special and works with families to
create a program and curriculum that works best for them. They offer:
1. Flexible Study Options
Study options include online and text-based courses offered
through the Aurora course delivery system that allows students to
view and work on lessons at their own online desk.
Teachers and staff work closely with parents, studio
teachers, and students, so that they can connect from anywhere in the
world through the Internet or by fax, phone or mail.
The program allows students to enroll at any time of the
year and begin online classes immediately and students can sign on for
an entire program or take just one semester, or one class.
Laurel Springs School specializes in customized curriculum,
with students completing a Learning Style Profile that measures a
child's talents, interests, and learning environment, as well as
information processing. The profile is used to create the curriculum for
each individual student.
2. College Prep High School Courses
In addition to Honors and AP courses, students can select
one of two College Prep Tracks to follow to prepare for admission to
College Prep Track 1 is in preparation for admission into
moderately selective colleges and requires 4 years of English, history,
and electives, as well as 3 years of math, and 2 years each of
foreign language and physical education.
College Prep Track 2 is a more rigorous course for applying
to highly selective colleges. This program is similar to the other track
but has more demands for science, foreign language, and science labs.
College Counseling is also provided by Enrollment Advisors
to all High School students at Laurel Springs. They'll even help with
recommendations and college applications!
Over 85% of the students at Laurel Springs attend the
college of their choice and many receive substantial scholarships. (The
remaining students usually choose to pursue a career in acting, dancing
or sports, many returning to college after achieving their professional
3. Full Accreditation & Offerings
Laurel Springs is accredited by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is an NISAC and NCAA
approved distance learning program. They have also seen student
matriculation to top colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton,
Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and many more.
Students can develop their own elective portfolio, which
allows for student-designed electives such as research, apprenticeships,
travel, conferences, private classes, religious studies, community
service, and local community college courses.
The school offers transfer credits, dual enrollment, credit
recovery and a high school diploma in addition to Honors and AP classes.
4. Exceptional Student Services with Support and Encouragement
Laurel Springs provides access to student progress so that
parents can take on a
supportive and encouraging role in the process.
A color-coding scheme details which lessons have been
completed, which are in progress, and which are yet-to-be-started.
Teacher comments, updated grades and parent conferences are
offered to help students and families to be aware of areas of strength
and potential areas for growth.
Both coursework and technical questions can be handed
through the online system or through email.
Graduates are also offered a well-deserved prom and
graduation ceremony that celebrate their accomplishments as they head
into their bright and expanding future.
What allow children to achieve their goals in life are a supportive family,
and a home education program that is as diverse and flexible as they are. With a
powerful message and core ideal of "academic and creative excellence," it's no
wonder so many "stars" choose Laurel Springs School as the educational companion
that will help guide them into their bountiful futures.
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or contact them via phone at (800) 377-5890 or (805) 646-2473. More information
and testimonials can be found
on their Website.