Online curriculum includes individual subject tutorials as well as complete distance learning programs. Take classes over the internet, from home, at your convenience. Some of these are Christian while others are secular, but I've tried not to include any virtual academies that use public school funding.
AeroScholars consist of two online aviation high school courses. Both courses use the textbook, Aerospace the Journey, published by the Civil Air Patrol, along with educational video, 3D animations, interactive questions, and other multimedia learning tools. The courses correlate to NSTA National Science Standards and may provide high school credit. Students can also earn college credit from one of the nation's top aviation colleges! They will participate in exciting video and interactive activities, pilot an aircraft as an EAA Young Eagle, visit an Air Museum through a virtual tour, explore aviation career opportunities, and even receive a complimentary EAA Student Membership with all its benefits! Tuition includes the accompanying textbook, course materials, and multimedia CD.
Alexandria Tutorials is an educational service providing instruction for students in subjects such as Writing the Essay, The History of Christianity, Grammar Essentials, Five Weeks with Plutarch, and Great Books - all approached from a classical and Christian perspective.
Alpha Omega Academy Online
Alpha Omega Academy works personally with parents and students ensuring a quality, Christ-centered education. Students do their schoolwork at home on the computer using Switched-On Schoolhouse
multimedia curriculum, then transfer their daily assignments to the Alpha
Omega Academy internet site where it is graded by qualified teachers; students
and teachers communicate via e-mail built into the curriculum.
Ambleside Online - FREE!
A free curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used. While Ambleside Online maintains high literary standards, the curriculum uses as many free online books as possible. There is no cost to use this information or join the email support group.
A reasonably priced, accredited correspondence school serving high school students in the entertainment and sports fields, as well as missionary, diplomatic, and industrial personnel and their families. In addition, many public and private high school and evening school students are enrolled in the Independent Study program. Choose from a wide variety of college prep or general high school courses.
Art of Eloquence University
Art of Eloquence offers online audio courses that teach effective communication skills from a Christian perspective on various topics such as Sharing Your Faith and the Language of Leadership. You can access the class on your schedule and begin at any time because each class automatically starts over again when it is finished. Class enrollment is good for anyone living in your home; no need to pay extra for additional students! Simply pay a one time-fee and you can continue to attend as long as you want!
Art Instruction - FREE!
Online fine art instruction in drawing, painting, pastel, charcoal, and lessons in color theory, space and composition. There are now four drawing exercises: Contour Drawing, Mass Drawing, Gesture Drawing, and Mechanics of Drawing; four design lessons; Painting I: Stretch Canvas; Painting II: Materials; and Painting III: Limited Palette Still Life; a Pastel Lesson; and 18 Artist Profiles, as well as a Glossary of Art Terms, descriptions of Modern Art Movements, an art FAQ, and five essays: What Is Art About?, Getting Discouraged, Artmaking I and II, and The Correct Way to Make Art. All of these lessons will remain free to everyone. Additional courses can be accessed for a small fee. Members have other benefits such as receiving constructive critiques of their work by Nancy Doyle, a professional artist.
The Art Window - FREE!
Online art instruction for students, teachers and anyone interested in experiencing art at any level of competence. Web pages are curriculum-based with content illustrated by high school student works.
BBC Languages - FREE!
Audio and video courses for beginners and intermediates in 36 languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Urdu, Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, and more!
Bean Counter’s Accounting & Bookkeeping Tutorial Site - FREE!
For high school students to adults, this is an excellent resource with lots of free online accounting and bookkeeping courses and lessons. Bean Counter's interactive accounting tutorials explain financial accounting principles and concepts in layman’s terms. Educational and entertaining!
Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music offers free music lessons that you can download, share and trade with your friends and fellow musicians. Browse by topic and instrument.
Biography Maker - FREE!
An interactive, online curriculum that walks children through all the steps of creating an effective, accurate, well-written biography.
Blueprint Education (formerly Phoenix Special Programs and Academies)
Since 1969, the goal of this Arizona-based non-profit organization has been to offer distance learning courses and high school diploma programs that are fully accredited and meet graduation requirements. Students may take courses to make up classes or accelerate the educational process in order to graduate early. Each student learns at his or her own pace through an open-entry/open-exit system. Note: Blueprint Education is a a private tuition-based distance learning school, but they also operate Hope High School Online which is a publicly funded charter school.
Calvert School Online
Calvert School has been educating children since 1897. Calvert Interactive is their premier online learning program featuring live classes taught by a Calvert Online Instructor for Sixth through Eighth Grade students. In addition to the live, interactive classes covering math, grammar, reading, and composition, students have access to pre-recorded lectures for science, history and geography. These lectures, delivered by a Calvert Online Instructor, reinforce your instruction in the home and allow for greater pacing flexibility.
Captive Thought Tutorials
Small, interactive, live online classes offer a rigorous but enjoyable study of English literature, inspiring students to love the written word and to seek to understand it in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are designed for motivated, homeschooled high school students who enjoy reading and can work independently.
Christa McAuliffe Academy
Christa McAuliffe Academy is a fully accredited, year-round, K-12 diploma-granting, online private school. Students may enroll anytime, study at their own pace, and earn credit for courses as they are completed. CMA accepts transfer credits from homeschool students as well as students from public and private schools. Christa McAuliffe Academy uses Platoweb and NovaNET NOW as core curricula for grades 7-12. They are self-paced online tutorial-type programs using rigorous instructional content. Students focus on completing one course at a time, but may switch to a second course temporarily for variety or when waiting for assistance from the mentor. In addition to each online course, students must complete a practical application component.
Christian Courses - FREE!
Classes are offered on the Old and New Testament, Bible Basics, Know What You Believe and much more! Courses designated as Certificate Program Courses and Institute of Theological Studies courses require the payment of a course enrollment fee. All other courses are offered free of charge. Certain free courses may suggest the purchase of a textbook(s) or other materials in order to enhance the learning process. The only free course that requires the purchase of a textbook is Foundations of the Christian Church. For all other courses, the textbook is a helpful supplement to your learning, but not required. ChristianCourses.com is now offering validated certificate study programs and Continuing Education Units. The courses remain tuition free for students who do not require course completion credits or a formal, printed certificate.
Christian Writers Guild
Now you can take e-mail correspondence courses with a professional writing mentor! They offer a “Page” curriculum for kids 9-12, while the “Squire” class teaches youth ages 13 and up. The Page or Squire programs can serve as creative writing classes for homeschooling students. Each 10-month course is packed with 20 engaging lessons sure to challenge and strengthen the aptitude of any budding writer. At a pace of just two lessons per month, these e-mail correspondence courses are a manageable addition to other academic and extracurricular activities.
Classical Liberal Arts Academy
William Michael, a high school classics teacher and homeschooling father of six, is the author of the Classical Liberal Arts curriculum. He offers classes in his home state of North Carolina, and has designed distance learning courses that provide a full year of classical instruction for only $75.00. This one-time fee includes all study materials, instruction, grading, assessment, record-keeping, and communication. Families registering for more than one course receive a 10% discount for each additional course. Study materials are provided electronically by e-mail or download (but can be obtained in printed format for an additional fee). Great Books for assigned reading may be read online or borrowed from a library. Courses include: Classical Grammar (Latin and Greek), Classical Logic, Classical Rhetoric, Great Books (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern), and SAT Prep.
Colorado Free University
Despite the name, these online classes are NOT all free. Nevertheless, there are some good ones to choose from such as online Writing Classes, Business Skills Development Classes, Desktop Computing Classes, Home and Small Business Classes, Paralegal Certificate Training, Technical General and Microsoft Classes, Technical Web Classes, as well as online Spanish classes including: Spanish for Teachers, Spanish for Healthcare, Spanish for Customer Service, Spanish for Real Estate, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Spanish for EMS and Fire.
Since 1994, CompuHigh has provided an online accredited high school diploma program and courses. CompuHigh seeks to provide a supportive, challenging, and alternate learning environment. Students are encouraged to be in charge of their education, giving them the opportunity to develop creativity, independence, responsibility, time management and critical thinking skills. We emphasize mastery of all academic courses, allowing students to view themselves as capable of achieving their educational goals. Compuhigh offers 3 programs to suit the need of homeschoolers, students who need extra credit, or a full online high school diploma curriculum.
Connexions - FREE!
The Content Commons contains educational materials for everyone — from children to college students to professionals — organized in small modules that are easily connected into larger collections or courses. Connexions modules are like small "knowledge chunks" and collections are groups of modules structured into books, course notes, or other uses. Their open license allows for free use and reuse of all content. Browse by subject, popularity, title, author, etc. Subjects include Arts, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Science & Technology.
Constitutional Law Online
Constitutional Law Online, taught by Michael Farris, Chairman and General Counsel of HSLDA and President of Patrick Henry College. If you've always wanted to learn more about the history and background of our legal system from a biblical perspective, or if you're looking for a good U.S. government class for your home schooled students, then this class is for you. The 18-week internet- based course follows Mike Farris' textbook, Constitutional Law for Christian Students, and uses a computer-based audio CD-ROM to deliver the "classroom" lectures. The syllabus, posted on the class home page, lists the reading and listening assignments for each week and offers a flexible schedule for homework. Every two weeks, students can participate in a live chatroom discussion - hosted by Mike Farris - to ask questions and discuss the material. Twice during the class, students will submit essay exams for grading.
A certificate of participation will be awarded to all students at the end of the class.
Online Costume, Fashion, and Sewing Classes since 2001. All classes include a subscription to the Online Costume Research Library with over 3,600 webpages of antique fashion books, catalogs, magazines, photos, and a Fashion Color Database.
Creation Science Textbook Online Edition - FREE!
The complete online edition of In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood, by Dr. Walt Brown. It can be read online or printed out at this website; just use the links at the left to navigate through the outline of the entire book. A fascinating science text for teens and adults!
Debra Bell's Online Advanced Placement English Course
This class is equivalent to an introductory, college level composition course, approved by The College Board.
Dígame en Espanol
Online Spanish program offering Spanish I and Spanish II to both adults and home-school students on the high school level, in a virtual classroom setting via the internet. When a homeschooler successfully completes Spanish I and Spanish II with this program, he/she will be credited two Carnegie units and qualify to take the CLEP exam for Spanish.
In this online drivers ed course, you will learn at your own pace and get everything you need to become a confident driver including the most up-to-date safe-driving information. Fun and easy-to-follow interactive modules help you learn better, stay interested, and reinforce material so you remember. State-specific practice test questions based on real DMV tests ensure that you're prepared and ready to pass your permit exam. Teens can get in the fast lane with an easy-to-understand teen drivers ed course, and the flexible online drivers education format is also perfect for adults
who have never driven or for experienced adult
drivers who simply want to brush up on
their driving skills.
The Easy Essay - FREE!
This is a free site that can teach almost anyone how to organize an essay in just 5 minutes! It's ideal for SAT, ACT, FCAT or essay exams, reports, business communications, speech organization, and any situation from elementary education to post graduate work where you need to logically prove an idea.
E-Learning Center - FREE!
Over 50,000 pages of online content in the core subjects of Mathematics, English, History and Science for Grades 1 through 12. All material is provided on the Internet with audio and video. Curriculum text can be printed from the Internet and includes Lesson Plans (Preview), Instruction with example and Practice Exercises, Problems, and Tests which will be questions usually used in standardized tests such as the SAT. Links to compatible web sites are provided at the end of each Instruction. These links connect visual learners (like dyslexics) to subject-related visual material and games and kinetic learners (who need to see things in motion) to animations and other moving graphics. The links also allow fast learners and others to explore any subject of interest in greater depth.
eTAP (the Electronic Teaching Assistance Program) is headquartered in Laguna Beach, California. It's been on line since the year 2000 and has been growing steadily, thanks both to its content and its affordability.
Children ages six and up can learn exciting subjects through hands-on activities and guided, online support. Edventures.com was named one of the "Top Ten Teaching Sites for the 21st Century" because of its use of innovative, informative, interactive project-based learning. Subject areas include: Art/Creative Constructions, Physics/Mechanics, Chess, Electricity, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Computer Programming and the Internet. (For the Engineering and Architecture classes, you will need a large supply of Legos!)
English Tudor School
Providing expert instruction in language arts for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade homeschoolers in a live, interactive, real-time online environment. Includes grammar, literature, and writing (using the Writing Strands curriculum). The instructor is a Christian homeschool mom with a B.A. in English Education. Tutoring is also available.
Forest Trail Academy
Forest Trail Academy offers over 100 online courses covering core subjects and many electives. Each one-year course contains 36 weeks of lessons, with a four to five-hour workload per lesson (totaling approximately 144 class hours). A semester course contains 18 four to five-hour lessons.
Free Education on the Internet - FREE!
No books to buy, no hidden fees! Complete courses and tutorials for more than 120 different vocational and academic disciplines.
From Stargazers to Starships - FREE!
A complete online high school level course on astronomy, Newtonian mechanics and spaceflight by David P. Stern.
Free High School Science Texts - FREE!
Free physics, chemistry, and mathematics textbooks for Grades 10 to 12. The project was initiated by young South African scientists, and now brings together scientists from around the world who are willing to contribute to the writing of the books.
Free Tech Books - FREE!
This site lists Free Online Computer Science and Programming Books, Textbooks, and Lecture Notes.
Futures International High School
In 1985, Dr. Karen Bishop founded the first Futures High School in Southern California as an alternative to traditional high school. Futures' program is based on the concept of personalized, one-to-one instruction in a nurturing learning environment. The Futures concept was inspired by England's famed Oxford University. Oxford has no classrooms. Students learn by meeting with their professors individually. Dr. Bishop was so impressed with this teaching model that she adopted it for Futures. With the success of the Futures educational community, Futures International High School was founded to extend the benefits of the Futures' concept and curriculum to students throughout the world. Students receive live, one-to-one instruction over the Internet using videoconferencing technology. A secure online course management system allows a student/parent/teacher partnership by providing access to assignments, grades, and progress reports.
GCF LearnFree - FREE!
The Goodwill Community Foundation offers basic math, life skills, and computer training online, giving you the freedom to learn what you want, when you want, absolutely free! You can even earn accredited Continuing Education Units and a Certificate of Completion! For the Spanish version of this website, click here.
Global Student Network
Cost-effective comprehensive online curriculum for grades 2 thru 12 featuring over 90 user-friendly courses with customizable features, and an audio component (that reads text to students) for all courses with
video clips in many lessons. This web-based curriculum is delivered completely via the internet which means no downloads, CDs, or books.
Good Typing - FREE!
Free Online Typing Course with 27 guided lessons to learn step-by-step from the beginning. You can also take a typing speed test. The free online typing lessons are offered in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese.
A K-12 Internet Academy combining the best of several education options - a Christian school, homeschooling, and private tutoring. Instruction is delivered through a combination of online and offline components including e-texts, traditional textbooks, workbooks, and CD-ROM's, plus the use of discussion groups, message boards, audio, video, and e-mail.
Gresham College is an independently funded educational institution founded by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1597. For over 400 years Gresham Professors have given free public lectures in the City of London. Now podcasts and videos with accompanying lecture notes are available on the site as well.
Griggs International Academy (formerly Home Study International)
An accredited, Christian distance education provider offering academic stability in a changing world since 1909. Griggs provides both individual courses and complete programs to students for preschool through university.
Hadley School for the Blind - FREE!
Offers more than 100 distance education courses in different media formats free of charge to those who are blind, their families, and blindness professionals.
Home 2 Teach
A homeschool mom teaches 6-week classes in Creative Writing, Expository Writing, Poetry Writing, and Literary Analysis online.
A File Management & Microsoft Word 3-week online class is also available.
Homeschool Online Creative Writing Co-op
The Online Writing Co-op is an eight week course for homeschool students in grades 9 -12. Karen Lange, creator and instructor of the co-op, is a homeschool mom and freelance writer.
Homeschool Science Academy
Online science classes for 4th-12th graders. Geared toward science-leaning, college-bound students. The class is taught by homeschool Dad, Greg Landry, with a Christian worldview. Tuition covers weekly class / lab time online, one-on-one time by phone or email for questions, the text / lab book, lab kit, coloring book, supplemental materials, etc. There are no additional costs. Courses include:
-- Young Scientist Chemistry (4th-6th grade)
-- Young Scientist Anatomy & Physiology (4th-6th grade)
-- Pre-Chemistry (6th-9th grade)
-- Pre-Anatomy and Physiology (6th-9th grade)
-- Pre-Biology (6th-9th grade)
-- Pre-Physics (6th-9th grade)
-- Human Anatomy and Physiology (9th-12th grade)
-- Biology (9th-12th grade)
-- Forensic Anatomy CSI (8th-12th grade)
-- CLEP / ACT Science Prep (9th-12th grade)
-- Sports Medicine / Exercise Physiology (9th-12th grade)
-- Research Methods / Critical Thinking (9th-12th grade)
Intel Education: The Journey Inside - FREE!
The Journey Inside is a collection of 35 interactive, online lessons for students to complete. The curriculum is divided into six sections: Introduction to Computers, Circuits and Switches, Digital Information, Microprocessors, The Internet, and Technology and Society. Many of the lessons include interactive Flash activities, virtual field trips, and videos demonstrating the ideas discussed.
International Virtual Learning Academy
IVLA is a California private school, serving students in Grades 3-12 worldwide, through its unique online independent study program. IVLA meets and/or exceeds national content standards and offers high school diplomas, transcripts, and transfer assistance.
Internet Home School
Internet Home School is a fully accredited K-12 online school based in Prescott, AZ. Their unique program offers math, English, science, social science, health, computer science, foreign languages, and art history.
Internet Home School was founded in 1997 for students with special needs, gifted students, and parents who want to be more involved with the education of their children than they would be in the traditional public school setting. Internet Home School provides online teachers for student instruction. Student records are available to parents through a specially designed grade book program.
"Our mission is to provide excellent education through online resources. We dedicate ourselves to finding and developing creative ways to use technology for teaching and learning in an online home-based environment. Our school offers families an alternative to the traditional public education system."
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's OpenCourseWare - FREE!
The JHSPH OPENCOURSEWARE (OCW) project provides access to content of the school's most popular courses. Find individual content listed by topic or view a complete list of content. NOTE: these are for advanced students and certain topics call for parental discretion.
The Jubilee Academy is a complete, parent-led homeschool resource. The parent, as teacher, heads all classes, with guidance from Jubilee staff and the use of parent-password-protected answer keys. While many assignments are graded automatically, others are graded directly by the parents, enabling the parent to have control over their student’s grades, while also providing daily support and guidance to insure their student’s academic progress and success. All homeschool curriculum courses and classes are presented in multimedia-rich environment from a Biblically-based world view.
K12 International Academy
The K12 International Academy is an accredited, private online school that offers the world-renowned K12 curriculum developed by William J. Bennett combining online multimedia programs, classic literature, workbooks, music CD's, videos, art and science kits, and math manipulatives.
Kaplan High School
Through Kaplan, the same people who provide SAT test prep services, students are able to pursue an accredited high school education with the flexibility of working on their own schedule, in the comfort of home or across the country. Students may enroll in the KHS program anytime throughout the year. Full-time students working toward a KHS diploma typically take five or six courses per year. Part-time students may take one, two, or three individual courses to either catch up or to supplement their regular high school program.
Kutztown University - FREE!
Kutztown University's Small Business Development Center offers the largest collection of free business courses available on the web. Course topics include accounting, business plans, finance, government, business law, management, marketing and sales. Comprehensive text, interactive case studies, slides, graphics and streaming audio help to demonstrate the concepts presented in each course.
Laurel Springs School
California-based Laurel Springs private school offers a college prep education with the flexibility of homeschooling. From kindergarten through high school, they provide high quality distance learning curriculum in both online and text-based formats, personalized resources, one-to-one individualized teachers who grade each and every assignment, college advising and placement services, and more. Their commitment to academic and creative excellence is why accredited Laurel Springs has been the leading distance learning program for more than 17 years.
Learners TV: Free Education Online - FREE!
This is a comprehensive site providing FREE audio and video lectures, animations, live timed online tests with instant feedback, ebook downloads, web links, etc. in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, etc. – including whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world. This site will be updated daily to include more free offerings in various subjects.
Live School Math
Online mathematics courses taught live! Pre-Algebra through Calculus classes taught by a mathematician with 10 years experience via a web conferencing system. Excellent with kids, no downloads required to participate. Classes are small and average cost is less than $5.00 per session. Tutoring is also available.
Lone Pine Classical School
Online Latin & Calculus Classes. Latin offers students not only improvement in English vocabulary, grammar, and thinking skills - it's a great advantage in learning French, Spanish, or Italian (3rd-year students should be able to read basic stories in all 3 languages). "Lone Pine Classical School" is the business name registered with the State of Colorado for Karen Karppinen's (sole proprietorship) tutorial service (and for her own homeschooling of her sons). It is not a private or public "school," although Karen used to teach high school. Karen's Latin classes have always done well on the National Latin Exam, earning many awards!
The Lukeion Project
Bring the ancient Greeks and Romans into your home with expertly taught live, real-time online courses and workshops on the Classical World.
Mango Languages - FREE!
Online language learning for free! Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 12 different language courses. Try out any or all of the languages, or sign up to access a complete language course. As an unregistered user, you will only have access to the first lesson in each course. Registration will give you access to additional lessons. It's free (paid for by advertisers) but you must register your name and e-mail address.
Marine Biology Learning Center-Online Science Courses - FREE!
Marine science educational resources brought to you by the Marine Biology Learning Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing insight and leadership to the stewardship of our ocean planet.
MIT Open Courseware - FREE!
Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reflecting almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. This is not a degree-granting or credit-bearing program, but you can work through the materials at your own pace, and in whatever manner you desire. No registration required. High school students and educators should check out Highlights for High School.
Music Theory - FREE!
This course introduces the basic concepts and terms needed to discuss melody and harmony. It is intended for teens or adults with no background in music theory but some familiarity with reading common notation and playing an instrument (or singing). Concepts covered include interval, major and minor keys and scales, triads and chords.
National High School
NHS offers a unique and flexible approach to earning your high school diploma online using computer-based courses. You can transfer credits earned through your home school study to the NHS diploma program.
Net Science Academy
Net Science Academy is an innovative distance learning high school chemistry program with a rigorous, lab-centered focus and a classical bent that exists to provide expert support to homeschoolers seeking a challenging high school chemistry education. It is taught by Dr. William Green, Ph.D., an experienced high school chemistry teacher and Christian homeschooling father who knows the value of independent learning.
Netskills - FREE!
The Online Netskills Interactive Course (TONIC) provides an introduction to the internet, the web and much more that is clear, simple to use and free! Topics covered include: How the internet works, Finding and evaluating information on the web, Using online services and technologies, Creating your own web site. Each section includes practical tasks, links to relevant sites and a quiz allowing users to check their own understanding. TONIC contains over 40 hours of learning material, but automatic tracking allows users to work at their own pace and pick up where they left off. Additional Web Site Development modules provide practical training in the use of web technologies to support and enhance business and community engagement.
NYU's Free Online Textbooks, Lecture Notes, Tutorials, and Videos on Mathematics - FREE!
General Mathematics, Abstract Algebra, Numerical Analysis, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Graph Theory, Linear Algebra & Matrices, Number Theory, Physics, Statistics, Videos, Software, and more from New York University.
Northstar Academy & Homeschool
A Christian on-line school custom-tailored for home schoolers and families living overseas, offering both teacher-led and parent-led options for grades 6-12. Earn a diploma while studying at your own pace.
Arizona-based educational on-line service offers self-paced home study
lessons for grades 4 - 12; more than 1200 lessons in 150 subjects;
on-line discussion forums & interactive writing activities; internet
access, score-keeping & progress records; download free software and try
out their service.
Old-Fashioned Education - FREE!
A Christian homeschool curriculum for grades 1-12 using free resources, literature and texts available on the internet. Most of the books were published
before 1923 which means they are now in the public domain. Each grade level includes a 40 week lesson plan and curriculum chart.
Open Culture - FREE!
Get free online courses from the world’s leading universities. This collection includes over 250 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player. See also:Free Foreign Language Lessons, also from Open Culture.
OWL at Purdue (Online Writing Lab) - FREE!
Writing resources and instructional material provided as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue University. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
Oxford Tutorial Service
Oxford Tutorial Service offers college preparation tutorials over the internet in Latin, Great Books, Logic, Rhetoric, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Shakespeare.
Palm Tree Academy
Online Courses in Computer Science.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant - FREE!
A complete curriculum to walk the writer through the details of all phases of writing essays including organization, revision, editing, documentation of sources, and specific instruction in how to write informal, thesis/support, argumentative, and exploratory essays. This complete free mini-course in essay writing was developed by Chuck Guilford, a professor of English at Boise State University.
PASS Curriculum - FREE!
Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes are unique, supplemental materials written by Florida educators to help students in nontraditional learning settings or within the regular school system achieve success in the classroom. The student volumes are presented in an easy-to-understand format for students seeking a standard diploma. These inexpensive, ready-to-use resources in PDF format may be reproduced or used as a workbook. Subjects include: English, Foreign Language, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health.
Online group tutorials in literature for motivated homeschool students.
Physical Geography - FREE!
PhysicalGeography.net contains six main components: Fundamentals of Physical Geography (Online eBook), Understanding Physical Geography (Online eBook), Learning Visualizations, Glossary of Terms, Internet Weblinks, and Search Site. Nested within the pages of this online textbook are links to study guide pages and additional reading pages for each chapter.
Poetry Express - FREE!
Poetry writing practice. Start with 15 poems you can write right now! As you work with these approaches and techniques, you'll begin to sense how you can slice, dice, and blend them together in poems you make from scratch.
The Potter's School
The Potter's School provides globally accessible on-line courses in which the ideals we value as home educators—a biblical worldview, high academic standards, and timely personal feedback—are honored by a dedicated group of teachers who share these values. We offer a full range of core and elective courses for students in grades 7 through 12. These are predominately independent study classes in which the teacher determines the curriculum, evaluates the students' exams and essays by providing objective scores with constructive feedback, and serves as a resource when students require outside assistance. The class meets with the teacher in a live session via the Internet for 90 minutes each week. The interactive class sessions use audio (everyone can talk to everyone!), text chat, video, slide show presentations, and a whiteboard to enhance the students' educational experience.
Red Oak Academy
K-12 Distance Education over the Internet using Real Teachers and Real Books in Teacher-Led and Teacher-Controlled Textual, Audio, and Video Classrooms. They offer live video and voice communication with teachers and other students in real cyber-school classrooms, and operate just like a public or private school with regular textbooks. Grades are transferable and students receive a bonafide diploma upon graduation from grade 12. The tuition for Red Oak Academy is considerably less than other online private schools. Red Oak Academy has also been around longer than all of the other virtual academies. They started in 1995 when NO other live online K-12 distance learning programs were available and all of the web-based applications needed to achieve virtual schooling were in their infancy. Today they are the only live video K-12 program in the world!
Schola Classical Tutorials
Live group tutorials in the subjects of a classical liberal arts curriculum: the classical languages, the great books of literature and history, and rhetoric. Schola is dedicated not only to the idea of classical Christian education but also to furthering it through the use of low-cost internet technologies available to most families. Families with limited financial and teacher resources can supplement their present programs inexpensively with the classical tutorials offered over the internet.
Schola's tutorials provide guidance for the self-motivated student who understands that the real work of learning takes place in his own study time with a book, a pencil, and an active mind. Their motto is: Schola Optima Studium Librorum - "The best school is the study of books."
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.
S.C.O.R.E. Language Arts CyberGuides
CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. Each CyberGuide contains a student and teacher edition, standards, a task and a process by which it may be completed, teacher-selected web sites and a rubric, based on California Language Arts Content Standards.
Seminary for Apologetics - FREE!
In this online Seminary you will find a large number of free Apologetics, Bible, Creationism, Theology, Ministry and Divinity courses that you can study at your own pace.
Small Business Training Network - FREE!
The SBTN is a virtual campus offering online courses, podcasts, publications and videos to assist with various areas of a business. Courses are self-paced and take about 30 minutes to complete. Topics include: Finance & Accounting, Business Planning, Starting a Business, Business Management, Government Contracting, Surviving a Slow Economy, Marketing & Advertising.
Sound Reasoning - FREE!
This is a music appreciation course with built-in “listening galleries” and an interactive online workbook.
Southern Baptist Academy
K-12 online Christian home school academy offering over 150 online courses for students. Features include: student grade book, transcript, time log, and much more. Now offering single courses too!
Spelling City - FREE!
A great online spelling program that makes practicing for spelling tests fun. Over 35,000 spelling words and eight spelling games, a real person who says each word and sentence, thousands of free spelling lists (or save your own!), a free forum and newsletter with more resources.
Suite 101 - FREE!
Suite101.com offers free, fun, and accessible online learning for a wide variety of general interest courses. Expert authors have prepared interesting, informative and interactive classes about subjects as varied as planting a garden, homeschooling, personal investing, the joy of reading, creative writing, and much more. Most are introductory-level courses. P.S. They are also looking for freelance writers. Check and see if you may be able to offer any of your talents or lesson plans!
An accredited, complete homeschool program and online school for children in grades 3-12. It covers Bible, Math, English, Science, and Social Studies.
Talisker Tutorials offers group tutorials in the subjects of science, and the great books of literature and history.
Tell Me More
The only interactive online language solution. Available in eight languages: Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), English (US), English (UK), French, German, Italian, Dutch. Sign up for a free trial or a customized subscription.
Time 4 Learning
Time4Learning is an online learning system with lessons, activities, printable worksheets, educational games, and assessments for a standards-based curriculum from Preschool to Eighth grade. The focus is on language arts and math with social studies and science provided as well. Time4Learning's educational content is provided primarily by CompassLearning® Odyssey. These materials are known to many under the name: ChildU. Some parents use Time4Learning as supplementary, others use Time4Learning as the primary homeschooling curriculum. View their complete scope and sequence at http://time4learning.com/scope-sequence/index.shtml.
U-Now - FREE!
The University of Nottingham's U-Now program offers an opportunity for knowledge to be shared widely so as to increase learning opportunities for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to undertake formal qualifications. Some of the more intriguing topics include: Document Skills, Maps and Plans; Dog Examination Techniques; Film in History/History in Film; Historical Skills: Dating Documents, Using Archives, Weights and Measurements; Machinima; Physics in Architecture; Reenactment: Fans Performing Movie Scenes from the Stage to YouTube; Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest; The Anatomy Cook Book: a dissection guide with recipes; Thinking About Dyslexia; Vitamin village.
Great collection of on-line classes for a wide variety of subjects and topics.
University of Southern Queensland OpenCourseWare - FREE!
USC in Australia provides free online access to a number of varied courses including Object Oriented Programming in C++, Creating Interactive Multimedia, Communication, Technology and Policy, Technology and Society, Introduction to Tourism, General Science, Teaching Students with Special Needs, Exploring Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Contexts, career planning, and study skills.
University of Washington - FREE!
Explore a variety of learning in these free online courses presented by the University of Washington Educational Outreach. Course titles include: Greek Mythology; Shakespeare's Comedies; Hamlet; Gulliver's Travels; Heroic Fantasy: Tolkien; The American Revolution, The American Civil War; World War II; History of Jazz: New Orleans; HTML Basics; Energy, Diet and Weight.
Utah Valley State College - FREE!
Free online courses and open educational resources.
Veritas Press Scholars Online
Veritas Press Scholars online classes are offered by some of the best classical Christian teachers in the country.
Since 1995, the Internet's oldest learning community and a pioneer in Web-based education. Topics include: Internet & Tech, Journalism & Writing, Paint Shop Pro & Graphic Arts, Business & Finance, Wellness, and Academics. Some courses are instructor-led or mentored. These classes typically offer interaction through online forums and may require homework. Classes begin in February, April, June, August, and October. Other classes are offered in an Independent Study Program and designed for self-motivated learners. ISP courses require less time and allow more flexibility. Mentored and ISP courses both offer a final exam (optional) and an online transcript of grades. There is a minimal registration fee and you can take up to four classes concurrently. Most courses don't require the purchase of textbooks but a few do.
Western Tradition - FREE!
A video instructional series on Western civilization for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 52 half-hour video-on-demand programs, playable from the site. Covering the ancient world through the age of technology, this illustrated lecture by Eugen Weber presents a tapestry of political and social events woven with many strands — religion, industry, agriculture, demography, government, economics, and art. A visual feast of over 2,700 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art portrays key events that shaped the development of Western thought, culture, and tradition. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.
Wilderness School Institute - FREE!
Offers educational courses and supplements based on interactive, high-level interest material designed around personal interests, as opposed to age groups. Family-affordable online classes cover academics, nature, leadership, and even hands-on workshops like "Building Your Own Canoe." Programs (ranging from free to fee-based) include curriculum resources, individual supplement units, online classes taught by Wilderness School staff, teacher training, counseling, and an online E-Library.
WriteAtHome is an innovative writing education program combining online technology with real writing experts to offer challenging and comprehensive composition classes for middle - high school students.
Individualized writing programs via e-mail for homeschool students in grades 3 - 12.
www.4-writers.com - FREE!
Free online creative writing course.
University Computer Science Courses - FREE!
Free computer training courses, tutorials, books, training guides, computer manuals, course documentation, articles, tips, notes, and help. Learn programming for free - how to develop and write computer programs and applications - all free to browse and study.
Weed Invasion: Plants on the Move - FREE!
Weed curriculum for grades K-12. Literally thousands of invasive plant species have been introduced to the United States, intentionally and unintentionally. Millions of acres of public lands are threatened by invasive weeds. Weeds are also a serious problem for ranchers, farmers, and homeowners. This curriculum is adaptable to any area of the country. By participating in hands-on activities, students will learn why invasive weeds are a problem, how to identify weeds, methods to prevent or minimize the introduction of weeds, how to conduct a weed inventory, and methods of controlling weeds.
Zion Academy of America
An established private school for grades K-12 in which all of its students are homeschooled, this complete distance learning program has been serving families nationwide since 1985.