Homeschool Success Stories
Bill Cosby once said, "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
Homeschoolers understand this well, and don't try to please everyone with their non-traditional choices. They aim to fill the needs of their children, and with that goal, it is very difficult to fail! In fact, success flourishes in the homeschool community, in many shapes and forms.
Success can be measured in numerous ways and is based on individual achievements; but success takes hard work, dedication, and focus -- something that homeschoolers also embrace on their own path to success.
For this reason, many successful actors, athletes and musicians get their education through homeschooling because it offers them the flexibility to pursue their dreams and reach for goals while continuing to get their education.
In past articles, we've talked about famous homeschoolers: actors such as Lindsay Lohan, Raven Symone, and Elijah Wood as well as skater Tanith Belbin and tennis player Alexa Glatch, who have all attended Laurel Springs while pursuing their careers.
However, success does not require fame and achievements aren't limited to the field or the stage or the studio. Homeschooled students who have gone through Laurel Springs have found success in many different areas of leadership, academics, and community service as well.
Each of these students' successes and accomplishments is individual and unique but at the same time there are some commonalities.
These students are able to succeed because of a supportive family and a home education program that is as flexible as they are. By using a program that meets their individual learning styles, in addition to their scheduling needs, these kids can dream bigger, reach farther, and attain more in shorter periods of time.
Their focus and priorities become clearer and they are able to accomplish their goals by structuring their lives to create an environment that is conducive to a bigger picture.
The end goal of any educational institution is to develop critically-thinking, productive citizens that can succeed in life. There is no reason that this has to only take place after high school or college.
Laurel Springs School specializes in customized curriculum, which means every student can learn at their own pace, in a way that works best for them. The school is a WASC and NCAA approved distance learning program, which utilizes live teachers and a learning styles inventory to complement and support its curriculum.
In addition to the flexibility of the curriculum, the program itself allows students to enroll at any time of the year and begin online classes immediately, although all courses are divided into thirty-six lessons over a one-year period. Students can sign on for an entire program or take just one semester, or one class.
Laurel Springs encourages interaction between its students and offers a pen pal program that pairs students with each other from around the globe as well as a student-created newsletter that allows students to express themselves, their talents, and their accomplishments.
Students who are home schooled are successful for many different reasons but perhaps one of the biggest is that they are driven and focused and know what they want to achieve both in the future and the present. Homeschooling, especially in a flexible program like Laurel Springs, allows them to get it all by giving them the time to take charge of their dreams.
As Arnold H. Glasow said, "Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."
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