Free and Open Online Courses for High School

Online Courses for homeschooling high school

Reprinted with permission from the blog, Parenting in an Electronic Age

Homeschooling through high school can be tough, for both parents AND students! What do you do if your child needs extra help, or wants additional studies in a specific subject area? What if they want to start taking some college courses at home? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent a great deal of time thinking about transcripts, admissions, student loans and everything else that goes along with high school and college, as well as how much all of that COSTS.

Having said all that, I have something to share with you. It might be shocking to hear, but take a deep breath and continue reading…

Are you ready?

There are free courses available online. Free. Online. Available to everyone.

Still with me? ;)

Organizations like the Saylor Foundation have made college/continuing education courses available for a while, but recently launched open online K-12 courses (Saylor Foundation Launches Open Online K-12 Courses)! Their course selection is limited right now, but they do plan on adding more as they can. Immediately available is an American Literature course, as well as a couple of math courses. Oh, and all of these are aligned to the common core state standards!

In addition to the Saylor Foundation, major universities are opening up certain online courses for high schoolers. StanfordBerkeleyMITDukeHarvardUCLAYale andCarnegie Mellon are just some of the major schools offering free courses right now! From Quantum Mechanics, to Classical Greek Civilizations, to Current Media Studies (and everything in between), there is something for everyone.

These courses would be great for beefing up transcripts (imagine applying to a college or university, already having college level courses under your belt!). They would also work well as a complement to your traditional curricula. If your high schooler is still undecided about what they want to pursue in college, trying out some different courses would be a fantastic way to explore career interests. And one last suggestion as to why you might want your child to enroll in one or more of these courses: keeping their brains engaged and sharp over the summer!

If your high schooler wants to attend a specific college/university, definitely check their course listings and see what they have to offer as dual enrollment or pre-college options.

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June 27, 2013


  1. Remi says:
    Posted January 31, 2017 6:41 pm

    Can i earn high school credit from the courses offfred?

  2. Julisa says:
    Posted May 10, 2016 2:13 pm

    I would like my child to homeschool how do I find out tuition, we moved to an area where the school ranking is very bad in my opinion please help

  3. Ausjanae Morgan says:
    Posted March 15, 2016 1:04 pm

    I need more help than school is giving me & I'm also ELA

  4. Ausjanae says:
    Posted March 15, 2016 12:56 pm

    I would like to do homeschooling because its a lot easier then missing/not going to school. I could just get on my phone and it would be right here with me . I wouldn't have to worry about being late or appsent again

  5. Jamie says:
    Posted December 3, 2015 2:38 pm

    Hi Destiny, you'll have to click through the links in the article above, do your own homeschool with your own records, or look into your local public school online version of homeschool.

  6. Destinee Gonzales says:
    Posted November 27, 2015 9:27 pm

    Hey, i wanted to know where i can apply for online schools ? like just for high school

  7. Jamie says:
    Posted September 24, 2015 10:15 am

    HI Kaylee,
    If you are currently enrolled in a public school, you will need to enroll in an online course that is accredited and recognized by your school (that is, if you want the credit to count toward your required graduation credits). If you are homeschooling, you can choose any of the courses listed on our directory or in our Guides to Teach... Finally, if you just want to take the course simply to gain the knowledge... you can choose any online course that interests you. Just browse our directory right there on our home page or here at our homeschool guides

  8. kalee says:
    Posted September 17, 2015 8:42 pm

    hi i am a current 10th grade student and was wondering if there are any online websites where i can take free high school classes so i can possibly be ahead of the game. i would be doing this on my time after school. is there any way you recommend free online classes for me?

  9. Jamie says:
    Posted September 3, 2015 10:01 am

    Hi Elizabeth, The online classes that we are referring to in this article are classes that you can take at your own pace. They are free and accessible to anyone - and of course - you could take them.

  10. Elizabeth Yahle says:
    Posted September 1, 2015 4:27 am

    Can I do classes online and still be in school ?

  11. joshua lee says:
    Posted July 8, 2015 2:07 pm

    I would like to futher my education and to graduate.

  12. Christopher says:
    Posted June 11, 2015 9:59 am

    Hello I am sixteen and in search of a course that will not only encompass my recklessly fast pace but also will help me learn Russian. I have certain complication when it comes to languages and writing. do you have any suggestions?

  13. Jamie says:
    Posted March 19, 2015 11:27 pm

    Hi Armani,
    I hope you can find what you need. We aren't a school, but we do provide a lot of information to help you homeschool. Check out our curriculum directory for a listing of tons of great homeschool options!

  14. Jamie says:
    Posted March 19, 2015 11:26 pm

    Hi Cassandra - you might want to try a personal tutor if you need extra help. Homeschooling is great to help you focus... as long as you are self motivated.

  15. Armani Dawson says:
    Posted March 19, 2015 9:16 pm

    My name is Armani and i am 18 years old and might get kicked out because of my attendance and im trying to find a online school that will accept me so i can graduate

  16. cassandra says:
    Posted March 16, 2015 2:41 pm

    hi I need help I cant seem to focus in a public school with a bunch of people I prefer to be at home or in some other school that doesn't have many students and plus my grades are really low I cant seem to bring them up as much as I try I just cant seem to bring them up please I need help ... can u help me?

  17. martha says:
    Posted December 30, 2014 10:38 pm

    I'm 17 about to be 18 I suppose to be graduating this year but my mom put me in homeschooling last year I only have one state test left but I got pulled out of home school I really want my diploma can someone please help me

  18. Jamie says:
    Posted October 1, 2014 8:38 am

    This site is actually not a provider of homeschool curriculum, but rather a resource for guiding parents and students through the process of homeschooling high school. If you are new to the idea of homeschooling in the high school years, you may want to check out our "Absolute Beginner's Guide To Homeschooling High School," which will hopefully enlighten you on where to start your homeschooling journey. We have many other resources here at including a full high school homeschool curriculum directory, a directory of online high schools, forums for asking questions and sharing concerns, and tons of articles and resources to guide you through most any step of the process of homeschooling high school. We hope you will explore everything our site has to offer and that we can be a genuine help to you as you start your homeschool adventure!

  19. Baddie says:
    Posted September 29, 2014 11:14 am

    I want to do online coarses

  20. Jamie says:
    Posted August 20, 2014 2:30 pm

    Hi Desiree, I completely understand your situation. You can feel free to look at the resources that we have here on LHSHS. It sounds like you are almost to your goal! Just keep working at it, and you'll have that diploma in no time!

  21. Desiree says:
    Posted August 16, 2014 7:36 pm

    Hi I have a problem. See I never finished high school. I'm 18 n my class graduated last year. I had only one class to go but ended up having my son. I couldn't balence a new born and school but I will do any thing for my diploma. I only have one class to go before I'm finished and maybe a couple end of the year senior tests. So what can I do.

  22. pandahoneybee says:
    Posted April 1, 2014 2:20 pm

    We are using Time4Learning for high school this year and loving it. Why don't you check it out to see if there is something that will fit your needs.

  23. angela brown says:
    Posted March 31, 2014 4:52 pm

    Looking for on line school for my 16 yr old daughter

  24. Jamie says:
    Posted March 26, 2014 11:08 am

    Hi Hailey, so glad you joined us... I'm sorry to hear that you are struggling. I would suggest finding out what your state guidelines are for homeschoolers, then determining which type of online curriculum you think will be best for your learning style. Once you've determined that check out our curriculum directory. There are alot of free offerings there, and others that are very affordably priced! If you have any other questions - hop on over to our student forum and ask away!!

  25. Hailey Vesper says:
    Posted March 26, 2014 6:16 am

    I'm in high school 9th grade and I'm failing all my classes second semester this year. I'm thinking of taking online classes so I can work at my own pace. I needed information or suggestions on what I should do. Any ideas?

  26. pandahoneybee says:
    Posted March 24, 2014 12:04 pm

    Daisey, I would say to look over the online resources that are free and listed on the site. I am not sure what your current situation is...but if you dropped out of school you can look into going back to the grade level that you last completed. Since you are technically an adult I would think that a simple GED test would get you on your way to going onto college or other specialized training school you are interested in pursuing. I wish you best of luck and if you have any further questions please PM me!

  27. Daisey says:
    Posted March 24, 2014 9:16 am

    Hi im 18 alomst 19 and was in foster care as a child, i never had a chance to graduate but now id like to try, what do you suggest for someone with no parents or guardians?

  28. Victoria Felder says:
    Posted February 24, 2014 1:32 am

    Im not happy at all in school I need to go to school online ive made my decision.

  29. Jamie says:
    Posted January 16, 2014 7:40 pm

    Hello Nick, we are not a curriculum provider. We have an extensive listing of homeschool resources in our homeschool directory. Why don't you check it out to see if there is something that will fit your needs. high school curriculum directory

  30. Nick says:
    Posted January 16, 2014 5:35 pm

    I'm in 10th I need a online schooling thing that you can unroll one day and start that week

  31. Jamie says:
    Posted January 9, 2014 12:38 am

    Hi Embeat,
    Our site is not an online school. However, we do offer alot of tips to help you find the perfect homeschool. Check out our curriculum directory to see if you can find one that is right for you!

  32. Embeat Meharie says:
    Posted January 8, 2014 10:15 pm

    i want to take online classes and am in high school.

  33. Jackie says:
    Posted November 23, 2013 10:39 pm

    Hi Joyce,

    Our site is not a school. We offer many resources for homeschooling a high school student. We do have a curriculum directory listing various curriculum and online resources. I suggest you take a look at it. Time4Learning now offers high school courses.

    Let's Homeschool High School Team

  34. joyce moon says:
    Posted November 20, 2013 6:36 pm

    Need online as son was taken out of public school due to peer pressure and low grades.

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