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Organizations: International

International Association for K-12 Online Learning(iNACOL)

This organization seeks to improve K-12 online learning around the world. iNACOL is focused on meeting the needs of the online learning community, including gifted students. Its website includes a number of links to virtual learning resources.

Natural History Museum (London, UK)

The Natural History Museum's web site allows those interested biodiversity, minerology, paleontology, entomology, zoology and more to take a peak at the museum's collections. Read about current research or view live online lectures by professionals in the field.

Oak Meadow

Oak Meadow offers an affordable independent school experience for students in kindergarten to grade 12 through distance learning and independent curriculum. Oak Meadow designs progressive, experiential homeschooling curriculum that families can use independently or by enrolling in our fully-accredited, teacher-supported distance learning school.

Organizations: National

Carmel Institute

An independent study program for homeschooled students, Carmel Institute guides junior high and high school students through project-based, multidisciplinary curricula that is fully individualized to meet each student's interests and learning needs. The online school mentors students through individualized, multi-disciplinary, project-based curriculum that integrates the theory and practice of STEM into all core subject areas. Carmel Institute offers direct one-on-one instruction, supplemented with peer-to-peer interaction on collaborative projects.

Digital Learning Now!

Digital Learning Now! is a national campaign to advance policies that will create a high quality digital learning environment to better prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and careers. During the fall of 2010, the Digital Learning Council defined the elements and identified the actions that need to be taken by lawmakers and policymakers to foster a high quality, customized education for all students. This includes technology-enhanced learning in traditional schools, online and virtual learning, and blended learning that combines online and onsite learning. (formerly known as EPGY)

This distance learning program, developed by Stanford University and now available through RedBird Advanced Learning, is dedicated to the advancement of education among gifted students. Formerly known as the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY), provides computer-based K-12 courses in Mathematics, Language Arts, Science and Computer Programming that feature a combination of multimedia instruction and automated assessment to provide students with a highly-personalized, self-paced learning experience.

Renaissance Learning

This distance learning program offers a self-paced math curriculum from first grade through first-year calculus. Pre-tests identify areas mastered and those still requiring work. Program does not provide any instruction, but generates worksheets with problems in areas which require further work.

SIG Beyond Online Learning Program

This is an exciting 8-week online program for Gifted and Talented students. These courses offer students curriculum beyond what is offered during the school day, are wide-ranging in potential interest areas for individualized learning, and engage students in hands-on learning while applying school content through speaking, writing, researching, analyzing, reasoning and questioning.

Sloan Consortium

The Sloan Consortium is a consortium of institutions and organizations committed to quality online education. The purpose of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is to help learning organizations continually improve quality, scale, and breadth according to their own distinctive missions, so that education will become a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines.

The VHS Collaborative - Gifted & Talented

Formerly known as Virtual High School Global Consortium, this organization offers online courses for Gifted & Talented middle school students. They work to identify high school level courses that provide the stimulation and motivation gifted students need to stay challenged and enthusiastic about their learning. Online classes are 15-week semester courses that offer full credit for completion, and are instructor-led with a high emphasis on peer-to-peer collaboration.


WiloStar3D Academy is an AdvanceED/SACS fully accredited online school for gifted and talented students in grades 6-12. WiloStar3D uses 3D virtual worlds and immersive learning to enhance the educational process. Students create interactive virtual worlds as part of the curriculum and higher order thinking is addressed throughout the program. WiloStar3D also offers Avatar Storytellers, History Teleporters and KooKee Town, stand-alone immersive learning programs for middle school aged gifted students and schools.

Printed Materials: Books

Bears’ Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning

The most comprehensive, respected, and opinionated guide to the potential minefield of non-traditional education. As more schools bring the classroom to the student through mail, video, and the internet, the need for an accurate, up-to-date, and technically savvy resource is more crucial than ever. This is the guide for anyone looking to take the next step to advance his or her education.

Finding an Online High School: Your Guide to More than 4,500 High School Courses Offered over the Internet

This comprehensive guide from Vincent Kiernan, provides students, teachers, and educators with a road map to the rapidly expanding field of online high schools. Math, Science, History, English and even physical education - name the course, and this book will help you find it online.

Serving Gifted Learners Beyond the Traditional Classroom: A Guide to Alternative Programs and Services

Part of The Critical Issues in Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education Series, this concise guide provides an introduction to the various types of out-of-school programming recommended and appropriate for gifted and advanced learners. VanTassel-Baska includes overviews of mentoring programs, residential schools, summer opportunities, and distance learning. Readers can learn about alternative services for teachers, parents and gifted education program directors. Click here to read a review of this book.

Teaching Culturally Diverse Gifted Students (The Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Education)

Written by Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D. and H. Richard Milner, Ph.D., this guide offers practical advice for building gifted education programs that serve a rich diversity of students. This book features an overview of multicultural gifted education, effective teaching strategies and best practices that support a diverse population of students, and an effective model for building a diverse, successful gifted program. The book also includes a sample curriculum and an extensive listing of print and Web-based recommended resources.

Schools & Programs: College Affiliated

Academic Earth

Free video courses from leading universities, such as Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA and Yale. Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal extending high quality academic opportunities to people around the globe.

Brigham Young University (BYU) - Independent Study (Provo, UT)

This is a distance education program offering more than 500 university, high school, junior high school and personal enrichment courses to people throughout the world. BYU is accredited as an institution by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Courses can be taken through a paper/pencil version or an online version. The student studies the materials, submits lessons, takes a final exam with a proctor or at a testing center, and receives a course grade that can be transferred to the school of their choice.

Carnegie Mellon - Open Learning Initiative (Pittsburgh, PA)

Open and free courses through Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative offers free access to various courses no charge. However, users do not receive credit and Carnegie Mellon does not provide any certification or verification of completion. Use the self-guiding materials and activities to learn at your own pace! Find a course you are interested in and click on "Get Started". If you want to keep track of your progress, sign in or create a new account. Otherwise click on "Look inside".

Center for Distance and Independent Study (CDIS) - University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)

Find gifted online courses for Middle and High School. Courses include both faculty- and computer-evaluated lessons. The University of Missouri-Columbia High School provides an accredited diploma program for students with a need for an alternative to traditional high school. There is also a Dual Enrollment program allowing qualified high school students to enroll in university-level courses offered through CDIS while paying only 50 percent of the normal University of Missouri educational fees.

CU Online - University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)

This distance learning program offers the University of Colorado's catalog of online courses. More than 200 core curriculum, elective and professional development courses in a wide range of disciplines as well as several online degree programs and certificates are offered.

Empire State College (Saratoga Springs, NY) - Center for Distance Learning

The distance learning program at SUNY Empire State College offers several different instructional opportunities. Programs include courses for matriculated and non-matriculated students and learning contracts for independent studies, certificate programs, and residencies.

Independent High School Program - University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)

With more than 100 courses to choose from for students in grades 9-12, this distance learning program through the University of Nebraska, Lincoln offers an online, convenient course delivery system coupled with the dependability of an accredited, university-based high school. The school's students can be in a home school environment, a learning organization, a traditional high school, or have a lifestyle of extensive travel. Students can transfer credits back to a school or organization of their choosing, or earn a fully-accredited, college-prep diploma. Graduates receive a diploma that meets the admissions standards of colleges and universities across the nation.

Indiana Academy Distance Learning Program - Ball State University (Muncie, IN)

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities' Office of Outreach Programs extends the institute's mission to other schools and students throughout the state using the most economical and effective technologies available. This also allows us to serve students around the globe who are in need of advanced courses. Through these various Outreach programs, the Indiana Academy strives to stimulate and enable vitality in educational programs for academically gifted students and teachers.

Indiana University Distance Learning

Indiana University Distance Learning Program is a recognized leader in distance education and technology-based instruction. Through the combined efforts of different departments, hundreds of courses are offered at a distance to students every year.

Indiana University South Bend - Distance Learning (South Bend, IN)

Indiana University South Bend offers high school students the chance to explore the campus in two ways: taking college classes while still in high school or becoming an IU South Bend student. A "to-do" calendar is also provided on the admissions page for students to refer to during their senior year of high school.

MathOnline - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (CO)

MathOnline allows gifted high school students the opportunity to take college courses, earning transferrable college credit upon successful completion of them. The courses are identical to the traditional courses offered to students on campus. Homework is completed on the same schedule as on-campus students, submitted through email or fax. There is no difference in tuition for in-state or out-of-state students.

Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MoVIP) - Missouri State University

The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program exists to help small rural schools in Missouri provide rigorous courses for qualified students when these schools cannot find or afford certified/qualified classroom teachers in a particular discipline.

New Mexico Highlands University, Dual Enrollment/Early Admission (Las Vegas, NM)

The Dual Credit Program allows high school students to enroll in college courses in postsecondary institutions (universities, colleges, and community colleges) prior to high school graduation, giving them enrichment opportunities and first-hand experiences with the requirements of college-level work. Dual credit students receive both high school and college credit simultaneously. Tuition and standard fees are waived by NMHU for students participating in this program.

Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University

This website -- the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University -- now contains more than 1 Gigabyte of writing-related material, with new material being added almost every month. The web site contains hypertext workshops and subject tutorials on writing research papers, resumes, and cover letters, huge collections of links to help users find information on the Internet, PowerPoint presentations about all aspects of writing that can be downloaded for use in classes or individual study, and a voluminous quantity of web pages that cover all aspects of writing – from cover letters to commas.

Open Yale Courses - Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript format. Registration is not required and no course credit is available.

Stanford Online High School (OHS)

The Stanford Online High School (OHS) is an independent school for academically talented and motivated students in grades seven through 12. Online instruction includes live, synchronous seminars on a college-style class schedule, encouraging independence, discipline and strong time-management skills. The varied needs, interests and exceptional talents of our students are accommodated by the flexibility of Stanford OHS enrollment options, which include full-time, part-time and single course enrollment. Students are supported by counselors, college counselors and academic advisors. Beyond the online classroom, students engage in a rich array of extracurricular, student-led clubs, homeroom, and assemblies. A two-week intensive residential summer program at Stanford University presents students with further opportunity to connect with each other and their instructors.

Talent Identification Program (TIP) - Duke University (Durham, NC)

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) identifies gifted children in 4th, 5th and 7th grades and provides resources to nurture the development of these exceptionally bright youngsters. Duke TIP is committed to serving this unique group of students by providing services and programs beyond what is offered in the classroom. Through Duke TIP, a whole range of activities and programs are accessible to parents and teachers to meet the individual needs of gifted children.

The George Washington University Online High School (Ashburn, VA)

The George Washington University Online High School (GWUOHS) is an independent private school for students in grades 9–12 who seek a rigorous yet flexible college preparatory program.

University College at Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX)

Texas Tech University offers educational programs to K-12 and college students, professionals and those seeking lifelong learning opportunities. Texas Tech’s distance learning programs enable students to pursue educational goals while providing the flexibility needed to maintain professional and personal commitments.

University Level Online Math and Physics

Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math & Physics courses bring motivated and academically-talented high school students together to allow them to explore their intellectual passions, develop analytic reasoning and creative thinking, and study directly with expert instructors. These online courses are offered throughout the year and give students the opportunity to take a broad offering of math and physics courses not typically offered in secondary schools. Courses in the University-Level Online Math & Physics programs are largely self-paced. Expert instructors are available for optional office hours to meet with students online and offer assistance as they progress through the course material. All courses carry Stanford University Continuing Studies credit, and students earn a Stanford Continuing Studies transcript. Formerly offered as University-Level EPGY and OHSx online courses at Stanford.

University of Alabama - Early College/Dual Enrollment (Tuscaloosa, AL)

Certain high-school students are allowed to enroll in college-level courses in order to earn credits that apply to both undergraduate degrees and high-school diplomas. Students who have exceptionally high grades and high ACT or SAT scores and who have strong endorsements from their high schools and parents may also be considered for admission without completing the senior year of high school.

University of Georgia - Gifted Endorsement (Athens, GA)

This is an add-on endorsement to a Georgia teaching certificate issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Endorsement courses are open to UGA graduate students; non-students may complete the program by applying to the UGA Graduate School for non-degree status.

University of Great Falls (MT)

The University of Great Falls, located in Great Falls, Montana, is dedicated to providing students with professional career programs and continuing education courses. This Catholic University upholds its gospel values within its tradition. Applicants can apply at anytime; students with a GED are also eligible. The Distance learning program hosts several complete degrees and over one hundred courses every year, allowing students to work online.

University of Missouri Center for Distance & Independent Study's MU High School (Columbia, MO)

The mission of the University of Missouri High School is to provide distance learning courses, through a variety of delivery methods, that will complement traditional high school curricula and provide an accredited diploma program for independent learners of all ages seeking an alternative to traditional high school attendance.

Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY), (Madison, WI)

WCATY offers many opportunities for talented students in Wisconsin. These include on-line programs during the school year, and enrichment and accelerated courses through their residential programs during the summer months. In addition, WCATY is the Wisconsin affiliate for the Midwest Talent Search.

Schools & Programs: Independent

21st Century Cyber Charter School (Exton, PA)

This public, tuition-free alternative school for grades 6-12 has been in existence since 1999. It provides all Pennsylvania students the opportunity to experience a quality curriculum, designed to meet their individual needs by enabling motivated students to accelerate their education or graduate early. The school is chartered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Athena's Advanced Academy

Athena's Advanced Academy offers a wide variety of fast-paced, exciting online classes for a community of gifted students learning at elementary through lower high school levels. Parents have the freedom to place their children into appropriate classes defined by abilities, not ages. Athena’s provides live webinars for most classes, moderated discussion boards, and activities promoting online peer interaction.

Chase Hill School for Writing and Literary Arts

The Chase Hill School for Academic Writing and Literary Arts is a small, distance learning school that provides high-quality tutorials for adults and children 10 and older. Tutorials offer genuine, constructive interaction between student and teacher and complete flexibility with regard to both assignments and genres, in order to accommodate each student's unique gifts and interests.

Cleveland Institute of Electronics (CIE)

This distance learning program features hands-on, self-paced correspondence courses including electronic kits that teach specific electronics subjects through associate's and Bachelor degree levels in electronics technology and engineering.

Connections Education

Connections Education® offers K-12 online public schools and online private schools (Connections Academy®) as well as a blended learning program for high school students (Nexus Academy®).


This organization combines online instruction from nationally recognized experts with the personal touch of local coaches, who offer students face-to-face guidance and support. Nationally recognized computer science educators provide online, College Board-approved instruction. Their AP Computer Science course includes a complete, year-long curriculum that includes video lessons and interactive, automatically graded assessments.

Eldorado Academy (Nederland, CO)

This private cyber school specializing in distance learning for grades K-12. The mission is to teach students to acquire and apply knowledge, encouraging them to think critically and communicate clearly as they become responsible, contributing members of our academic community and society at large. They welcome students of all abilities, backgrounds, and academic needs.

Gifted LearningLinks Program (GLL) at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern

Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) offers engaging gifted online courses and programs, including family programs, enrichment, core essentials, honors, and AP® courses for gifted and talented students in kindergarten through grade 12. Eligible home schooled, elementary, middle or high school students can accelerate and broaden their knowledge base any time and any place. GLL courses provide rigorous, individualized instruction helping gifted students to achieve their educational goals.

Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA)

Advanded PlacementTM gives students an opportunity to take college-level courses and exams while still in high school. IOPA also offers AP training for teachers as well as information for mentors. Courses are offered through Apex Learning and include both Essentials and Comprehensive Courses.

Oaks Christian Online School (Westlake Village, CA)

Launched in the fall of 2000, Oaks Christian School has experienced 12 straight years of steady growth—from 196 students in its first year to more than1,400 students that occupy their two campuses today. Now, online students can access this school's courses and the opportunities offered at Oaks Christian School. The school’s mission of being dedicated to Christ in the pursuit of academic excellence, artistic expression, and athletics was the impetus for expanding the on-campus school to serve students worldwide through an online school. Students that are seeking all the advantages of an online education and desire excellence in academics combined with core spiritual values and a brand name they can trust, may find Oaks Christian Online School to be the right choice.

Online G3 - Guinevere's Gifted Group

Online G3 offers accelerated online humanities classes for gifted students. As parents of gifted children, the instructors and moderators at G3 understand that younger children may be ready for the challenges of junior high and high school content, but still desire age-appropriate activities and accommodations for varied learning styles. G3 provides online peer interaction through monitored discussion boards and live webinars. Available classes include junior high and high school literature, Michael Clay Thompson grammar and vocabulary, U.S. History, mythology, and music history and appreciation. There are no age requirements for registration.

Pennsylvannia Leadership Charter School, University Scholars Program (USP) - (Westchester, PA)

A college preparatory program for gifted students, USP is a cyber-blended gifted program within a Charter School offering specialized gifted education curriculum for grades K-12. - American High School

American High School's virtual school program, VirtualEDU, offers quality, Internet-delivered online high school and middle school courses for students throughout the United States and internationally. Since 2004, American High School has enrolled over 8,000 students. Examples of students participating in our programs are athletes, gifted, homeschoolers, actors, traditional, at-risk, remedial, and/or those experiencing problems in the traditional classroom.

West Virginia Virtual School

This school was created by legislation on July 1, 2000 to offer high quality educational courses via Internet technology to students. All the courses provide online instructors who guide students through the learning process and provide a solution when scheduling conflicts prevent students from taking a course when it is offered.

Schools & Programs: Math & Science Programs

Areteem Institute

Areteem Institute is an educational institution that develops and provides in-depth and advanced math and science programs for K-14 (High School, Middle School, Elementary School, and 2-year college) students and teachers. The Areteem Institute offers online classes, summer programs and teacher training. Students may attend the Areteem Institute part time or fulltime through these options: live and real-time face-to-face online classes; self-paced classes by watching the recordings of the live classes; and summer intensive and winter boot camps.

eIMACS - e-Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science

eIMACS, the distance learning division of the Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science (IMACS), is dedicated to delivering the highest quality interactive math and computer science classes for gifted and talented secondary school students. University-level, online courses include Advanced Mathematical Logic, University Computer Science, AP Computer Science, and Test Prep for the AP Computer Science and AP Calculus exams. eIMACS is based in Plantation, Florida, and serves students from across the US and around the world, including homeschoolers, students without access to AP Computer Science, and students who want to study advanced math and computer science at their own pace. For high school level courses for talented middle school-aged children, consider Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF).

Elements of Mathematics: Foundations (EMF)

EMF is a self-contained, self-study program from the Institute for Mathematics & Computer Science (IMACS) that allows gifted and talented students to complete all of middle and high school mathematics except calculus before leaving middle school. The EMF curriculum exposes students to subject areas not found in the standard curriculum such as operational systems, set theory, number theory, abstract algebra, and probability and statistics. For university-level, online courses in computer science and mathematical logic, consider eIMACS.

Idea Math (Various Locations)

The IDEA MATH program was created to help talented students who want to advance their problem solving skills - both to expand their mathematical horizons, and to maximize their performance in math competitions. They offer the following for students entering 6th to 12th grade: weekend program; winter program (AMC 123); summer program; and an online program.

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Online Distance Courses (CTYOnline)

The Center for Talented Youth (CTY) has served the needs of academically gifted students worldwide by providing challenging programs matched to their abilities. CTYOnline distance courses offer eligible students opportunities to accelerate and enrich their learning at home or at school. Students can take advanced math, for example, without having to take a bus to a high school or college and without having to miss other classes at their local school. CTYOnline offers gifted students in grades pre K-12 challenging academic course work throughout the year.

Russian School of Mathematics (Various Locations)

The Russian School of Mathematics is an award-winning, afterschool math program for K-12 students. The RSM programs help children of all levels build a solid math foundation and develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Their systematic curriculum and approach is based on the best practices of math schools in the former Soviet Union and Europe, adapted to the U.S. educational environment. More than 15,000 students attend branches across the country in a variety of after school and summer programs ranging from day camps to sleep away camps. Online courses are also available for students in locations without a physical branch.

Schools & Programs: Public

Babbage Net School

This online high school offers interactive courses taught by certified teachers in a virtual classroom featuring interactive audio, synchronized web browsing and a shared whiteboard.

Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District (BRRSD) (Bridgewater, NJ)

The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District offers a range of programs to meet the needs of gifted students. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) for grades K-6 provides for challenge within the context of the heterogeneous classroom. The other programs involve ability-grouping or homogenous classes: Academically Independent (AI) Classes for grades 2-6; Enrichment (E) Classes for grades 5-8; Honors Classes for grades 9-12; Advanced Placement (AP) Classes for grades 9-12. This school district has been identified as allowing acceleration for profoundly gifted students.

Desiderata School Inc. (Longmont, CO)

This online school provides a unique and affordable option for students to work toward a college-accepted, accredited diploma through Distance Learning and on-site Private School programs since 1982. Students complete coursework on their own schedule, at their own pace, with the regular attention and assistance of a private Sponsor. Students are treated as individuals with valuable talents and interests. Students and parents are afforded the opportunity to assist in the creation of a personalized curriculum specifically designed to enhance the student's own learning style.

ECOT - Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (Columbus, OH)

ECOT provides a valuable service for all Ohio students and families seeking an alternative to traditional public education. This public school for students K-12 relies is funded by the state of Ohio and tuition is free for all students. ECOT students are required to take the state's proficiency tests and all state-required tests. All teachers are certified by the Ohio Department of Education.

Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

FLVS is an established leader in developing and providing virtual education solutions to students throughout the country. This online school works in conjuction with public schools (does not issue diplomas) and is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.

Georgia Virtual School - Georgia Department of Education

Georgia Virtual School (GAVS) is part of the Georgia Department of Education's Office of Technology Services. GAVS is fully accredited and operates in partnership with Georgia parents and schools to offer high school level courses across the state, such as advanced placement, college preparatory, career and technical, and other electives to enhance the high school learning experience.

Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) (Boise, ID)

This online high school is a statewide, Web-based educational program set up under the direction of the Idaho State Board of Education and Idaho State Legislature to provide Idaho students with greater access to a diverse assortment of courses. This virtual high school was created to address the educational needs of all Idaho students: traditional, homeschooled, at-risk, gifted and adult learners. The IDLA is accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Illinois Virtual High School (Springfield, IL)

The Illinois Virtual High School is a cyber high school offering distance learning opportunities for students in Illinois. Their mission is to use new and emerging technologies that expand the boundaries of space and time to provide Illinois students and their teachers with increased equity and access to the highest quality educational opportunities.

Indiana University - Online and Distance Education

The university offers two undergraduate degrees in general studies, more than 195 university courses, and more than 100 high school courses and a high school diploma. This is an ideal program for the advanced, eager student who desires to get a head start.

Internet Homeschool

Internet Home School is a fully accredited online school, offering classes in math, English, science, social science, health, computer science, foreign languages and art history. Accepts students in grades K-12.

Kentucky Migrant Technology Project

This online curiculum offers lessons and testing for students in grades six through twelve. Courses are designed and created by educators and are aligned closely to state and national standards.

Keystone National High School

This distance learning program is a self-paced, independent study high school. Courses can be taken by correspondence or online.

Laurel Springs School

This distance learning program is an accredited, K-12 independent study program providing a variety of curricular options, trained teachers, college counseling, grades, diplomas, and official transcripts. Using a diverse selection of approved texts and technological resources, we offer families a specialized array of educational programs in a distance-learning environment.

Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ)

"The Maricopa Community Colleges are decidedly distinct, serving a quarter million students annually through colleges, skill centers and multiple campuses and sites. With more than 1,000 business partnerships, charter high schools, advanced health care training, biotechnology opportunities and unique career offerings, the Maricopa Community Colleges quickly respond to the training and educational needs of our changing communities."

Michigan Virtual High School (MVHS) (MI)

MVHS doesn't independently grant diplomas or course credit, but works in cooperation with individual school districts. Through MVHS, Michigan high school students can prepare for high-stakes tests like MEAP and AP Exams, take a variety of courses and learn any place there is a computer and Internet connection. We're here to help educators prepare our children for a lifetime of using increasingly integrated technology in their work and their lives.

Myron B. Thompson Academy (MBTA) (Honolulu, HI)

Myron B. Thompson Academy (MBTA) is an innovative competency-based K-12 public charter school that provides high quality standards-based curriculum to all students across the state. As a school for anyone, anytime, Thompson Academy offers greater flexibility for students in a non-traditional, educational environment. Hawai‘i E-Charter formally changed its name to Myron B. Thompson Academy (MBTA) in August 2002. This school provides online courses to students on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Hawai‘i.


This distance learning program offers only college-level math courses to high school students as well as college students from all over the world. It uses Mathematica, which allows students to truly explore and understand mathematical concepts.

Online and Distance Education Program - Ball State University

Wherever students are located, Ball State University will meet them with a wealth of learning opportunities, including more than 60 online degrees and certificates. Online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach at the main campus location.

Oregon Distance Learning Providers

This webpage lists numerous online learning programs through the Oregon Public Education Network (OPEN). OPEN's mission is to enable all of Oregon's K-12 schools to participate in a coordinated information network allowing for students and educators to reach technology based classes and resources.

Penn Foster Career School

This online school is one of the world's oldest and largest distance learning institutions. The school provides programs and services that are designed to meet the learning needs of the adult learner. Programs of study lead to specialized associate degrees and career-specific diplomas. Choose from more than 80 distance learning programs in today's fastest growing fields. Learn on your own time, in your own home, and at your own pace. Study guides and lessons will be shipped to your door, and are also accessible in PDF format for online study. You'll learn independently, but not alone - with unparalleled student services and unlimited instructional support.

Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (Midland, PA)

This public coeducational charter cyberschool serves students residing in Pennsylvania in grades K-12. Find a custom-made accredited curriculum, self-paced programs, online instruction, dual college courses and support activities to ensure academic success. The PA Cyber is required by the IDEA ’97 to provide a free appropriate public education to school age children who have been identified as gifted and in need of specially designed instruction.

Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School (Norristown, PA)

Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School is a coeducational public school in grades K-7 for Pennsylvania students. Students and parents connect to the school, the lessons, assessments, teachers, and each other online. Each student who enrolls in the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School will be loaned a computer system from the school—including a computer, printer, and other necessary hardware—and an Internet connection. As a public charter school, PAVCS does not charge tuition.

Regina Coeli Online Academy

The Academy provides Roman Catholic educators an online college preparatory curriculum that challenges the intellect and nourishes the spirit with the riches of the Catholic tradition. Courses are college prep level and provide opportunity for students to excel in specialized study or to enroll in a complete academic curriculum.

Scholars Online

Scholars Online offers a full college preparatory course curriculum in a classical Christian mold. Our rigorous curriculum includes up to seven years of Latin and Greek, and a full range of science, mathematics, literature, and writing instruction.

Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus

This distance learning program is a collaborative effort headed by the Southern Regional Education Board that allows users to search through distance learning courses from colleges and universities in 16 states.

TechOnLine Distance Learning

This distance learning resource provides e-learning solutions & resources for the electronics community. One option provides basic information on new technologies by companies to promote products. Another segment is the basic courses that can add to anyone's educational development.

The Distance Learning Program

This online school offers a comprehensive distance learning program to students in grades K-12. Students work at their own pace and can work ahead of their grade level if desired.

The Electronic High School (EHS) (Salt Lake City, UT)

This online high school has been in operation since 1994 and provides courses that are developed to match the Utah core standards and objectives. They are divided into Academic and Elective courses. Students are able to enroll any day of the year and work at their own pace until the course is completed. Courses in the Electronic High School are free to Utah students. The school offers a diploma to a Utah students and is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.

The University of Vermont - Continuing Education

This distance learning program offers AP courses via satellite to high schools in English Literature & Composition and Calculus. Both courses culminate with review and preparation for the AP exams in May.

The Writer's Jungle

This online class is a distance learning home study course for parents. Most homeschooling parents already have shelves of writing curricula to use with their kids. What they don't have is a cheat sheet for themselves that trains them how to teach this beast called writing.

University of California Online Courses

This website provides a list of University of California online courses as well as requirements to register.

Virtual Advanced Placement School (VAPS)

This program designed by Virginia's Department of Education provides the opportuny for students interested in taking AP classes in schools that do not offer AP courses. Applying distance learning technology, a variety of college-level and foreign language courses are offered.

Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (Exeter, NH)

The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School is New Hampshire's first statewide, online high school that is available, free of charge, to all high school students who live in New Hampshire.

Summer Programs: International

The World of Begabungs

The World of Begabungs offers an online, virtual summer camp for gifted students across the globe. Participants range in age from 12 to 16. All activities are based on the interests of the students, with the belief that if they can decide on their own, they are more motivated and will have more fun. The organization also offers an OpenSim-world in combination with Moodle, ePortfolio, and Wiki. This virtual classroom suite is available for projects, groups, classes and schools. Individual users are also welcome.

Summer Programs: National

Areteem Institute's Math Zoom (Various Locations)

Math Zoom is the flagship program of Areteem Institute, which offers several residential camps on various college campuses throughout the country throughout the summer. Areteem Institute’s historic Math Zoom Summer Camp offers an opportunity for bright and mathematically gifted students to expand their mathematical horizons, improve problem-solving skills, explore areas in advanced mathematics, make friends with talented students from around the United States and some foreign countries, and develop well-rounded skills for a future professional career. Students between the ages of 12 to 17 are encouraged to apply for any of Areteem's opportunities.

Maker Camp on Google+

This is a free online summer camp on Google+, with six weeks of making, building, experimenting, wrecking, and DIY fun. Participants make awesome projects with the ultimate makers at MAKE magazine, go on "virtual field trips" to exciting places, and more!

Summer Programs: NorthEastern Region

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) - Summer Programs (Baltimore, MD)

For students in grades 2 through 12, these summer programs offer eligible students from all over the country and around the world the opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience that results from bringing these students together is an integral part of the program. Some programs are offered at colleges and universities throughout the United States and beyond. The programs are typically three weeks long, and students take only one course.

Websites & Other Media: Commercial

APEX Learning Online Courses

This distance learning program offers online courses in many subjects, all of which are high school level, and about half are Advanced Placement. The instructors design each course based on the College Board Curriculum for Advanced Placement Classes.

Biology Labs Online

This site offers a series of interactive biology labs are available on a per-use, subscription basis. Prices vary between $7.80 for a single lab to $28.60 for 10.

Boxer Introductory Algebra, Boxer Intermediate Algebra and Boxer Trigonometry

Boxer math offers three home versions of their online course subscriptions including Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Trigonometry. You can compare BoxerMath to their state's math standards to see how much of the state curriculum is covered by BoxerMath.

Brain Chase

This five-week online summer learning challenge is disguised as a massive global treasure hunt for students in grades two through eight. The Brain Chase dashboard integrates instructional content developed by Khan Academy and myON. Each summer, a golden mechanical treasure will be buried somewhere on earth – and it will contain the key to a safety deposit box holding a $10,000 college scholarship fund. Pinpoint the treasure’s location first, and you’ll be the one on a plane to dig it up.


This online school is a private online learning center with a rolling admissions policy that offers courses and certificate programs for support for homeschooling on the secondary level, and support for high school and postsecondary study. CALCampus High School is nationally accredited by the National Association of Private Schools and is a candidate for accreditation by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).

Coast Learning Systems

This distance learning program features telecourses available on DVD for home use. These professionally produced educational series have been honored with numerous awards since their inception.

CompassLearning Odyssey

Dedicated to the promotion of student achievement, this distance learning school (grades PreK-6) seeks to integrate learning and technology into its online curriculum. Animation, audio, and video instruction enhance learning activities and students are offered the option of an assigned teacher. Compass also provides a free placement test for children - helping parents and educators determine appropriate course work.


This online Singapore Math and Science Tutoring company conducts live interactive classes using video conferencing technology to teach students mathematics and science from the comforts of their homes. All teachers are highly qualified and well trained in these curriculums.


E-gifted hosts a variety of live, real-time classes for kids which are academically rigorous with a focus on creative and critical thinking. They provide opportunities for parents to attend workshops, sign-up for consulting, and join an active learning community. E-gifted also offers "A Gifted Girl's Club," an online club in a digital classroom designed to empower smart girls and get them together to make lasting friendships.

This site gives personalized English instruction to students of all ages using the parents' curriculum of choice. A full English program (reading, literature, composition, language and research, and communications) is taught via e-mail and fax. Students begin at their ability level and are guided towards excellence in the above areas. There are links for dictionaries, thesauruses, and grammar databases.

ePALS Classroom Exchange

ePALS Classroom Exchange is the world's largest and fastest growing online classroom community, connecting more than 4.5 million users. ePALS helps learners of all ages become active members of the global community by giving them access to tools, resources and each other. Since 1996, ePALS has allowed learners to broaden their horizons, work together and form new friendships. By developing and offering barrier-breaking resources such as the Internet's first built-in webmail language translation, ePALS has allowed people in 191 countries, speaking 136 languages to have meaningful contact with each other. Our safety innovations, such as monitored email and profanity filters, have helped to make ePALS the leading provider of email technology in schools worldwide.

Fuel Education Online Learning

Fuel Education Online Learning (formerly Aventa Learning) is a top educational technology company, has an extensive K-12 online curriculum, including Advanced Placement courses. Classroom resources, independent study courses, credit recovery and test preparation supplements are available for students as well. There are also sections for teachers and administrators, which contain a great deal of useful information.

Global Student Network, LLC

GSN is a provider of Virtual Curriculum ideal for homeschoolers. Delivered online, this curriculum for grades 2-12 is rooted in the National Academic Content Standards. Global Virtual Curriculum offers a complete, affordable, and comprehensive online education solution.


This website was built to make human connections between language learners and language teachers. Italki now has a global community of over a million language learners and more than a thousand language teachers, studying over a hundred languages. Hundreds of thousands of paid language lessons have taken place on italki, and every day, more and more students and teachers are discovering how quickly they can learn with personal online lessons.

PCS Edventures Online

PCS Edventures! is the educational adventure where kids discover how things work using exciting hands-on projects, safe and secure communication tools, and a powerful reward system to motivate students. Subject areas are diverse ranging from art to engineering and there is a strong emphasis on technological skills, computer and Internet use, and design skills.


This site provides thousands of interactive online quizzes, games, and activities in numerous subjects. Its technology allows students to evaluate their skills, track their performance and learn at a rapid pace. Engaging learning activities and robust self-assessment tools combine to provide students with a comprehensive framework for computer-based learning.

Riverdeep Interactive Learning

Riverdeep is a premier provider of comprehensive K-12 e-Learning solutions offering comprehensive courseware and supplemental curricula over the Internet and CD-ROM, assessment and management tools, and professional development. Riverdeep courseware and supplemental curricula is educationally sound and continually tested in school classrooms for effectiveness by our education team. Students can learn, practice, and apply basic to advanced skills and concepts integral to educational success.


SuperKids is a website for parents and teachers who want the best in education for their children. SuperKids provides: reviews and ratings of educational software; practical and fun tools for online and offline use; news about important educational issues; and views of visionaries and policymakers.


Time4Learning is an online resource that provides activities for students in grades preschool to eighth grade who wish to improve math and reading skills. This site offers homeschool curriculum, after-school learning, and summer activities for pre-school, elementary and middle school students. Online educational teaching games allow the student to work at their own pace, developing independence and efficiency. Parents can track their children’s progress and have access to printable worksheets for reinforcement, quizzes, and unit tests.

Typing Pal Online

Typing Pal Online offers a free basic typing course anyone can use. Typing Pal, a quick and easy way to learn keyboard typing !

World Wide Learn

This distance learning resource claims to be the world's largest directory of online courses, accredited online degrees, continuing education, online training, and online education. On their site, you'll find hundreds of online courses, accredited degree programs, certificates, professional continuing education and learning resources in 241 subject areas offered by educational institutions, companies and individuals from all over the world. World Wide Learn only lists online degrees and distance learning programs from accredited colleges and universities, and quality training programs from recognized institutions.

Write Guide, Inc.

This online instructional service provides private writing teachers who help with organizing a full-fledged writing curriculum or as a supplement to virtually any other course of study. Students work at their own pace with their own teacher, and all of the hand-tailored services are guaranteed within 24 hours.

Zoom School - Enchanted Learning

This online curriculum resource offers lessons in geography, biology, language arts and early childhood activities.

Websites & Other Media: For Fun

Kids Talk Radio

Kids Talk Radio is all about STEM, STEAM and STEAM++ (science, technology, engineering, visual and performing arts, mathematics, computer languages and foreign languages). Kids Talk Radio aims to provide workshops, afterschool and distance programs dedicated to helping students in grades 5 through 12 participate in high-motivational project-based learning. These services are provided at school sites and or through distance learning to local, national and international students and teachers. This site is also the home of "The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures."

Websites & Other Media: Informational

With the cost of college and student debt continuing to rise, this website provides information to help students find affordable college options and ways to save money. Visit the Resources > Spotlight section of this website to access a series of guidebooks for students with disabilities, Hispanic students, information about a 529 Savings Plan and how students can clean up their social media profiles. Under Resoruces > Financial Aid, readers can find articles, guides and videos. Also under Resources, there is a directory of introductory Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from top universities, as well as a guide to online colleges and eLearning excellence.


This free educational website is offered by Cornell's Adult University (CAU). Students access topic based study rooms that contain video-streamed lectures, links to specially selected websites, informative reading lists, and a place to chat with faculty and fellow CyberTower users.

"The web site and its tie-in line of books were established to provide quality information on education, both traditional and nontraditional. We aim to be the number one source of honest, unbiased information on degree-granting institutions worldwide. While our primary area of expertise is distance learning, and we do produce some of the best-selling books in the field, our ultimate goal is to help students, prospective students, hiring and HR officers, law enforcement, the media, and other people who need the truth about any aspect of education in the world today." The website includes an online catologue of books designed to help students and parents through the process of choosing a school, guides for investigating options, and a list of 100 colleges and universities that are "fully accredited, degree-granting, and Bear-approved."

Distance Education: Better, Worse, Or As Good As Traditional Education?

This study's purpose is to determine how effective distance education is compared to a traditional education. Test scores, homework grades, research paper grades, learning styles and student ages are some of the measured variables. This study concurs with the general body of knowledge that distance education can be just as good as traditional face-to-face education.

Distance learning 101

What is distance learning? How do I know if a school is legitimate? Can I take all of my classes online? How long will it take to earn a degree? How can I pay for it? Get the answers to these and all of your distance learning concerns at our Distance Learning 101 page. (

Education Corner

EducationCorner® is one the Internet's most comprehensive guides to the best education sites, resources and articles on the Web. All education topics and resources are sorted by subject and lifestage, so you can find precisely what you're looking for quickly and painlessly.

This website provides a variety of services to help potential online and distance learners find out about e-Learning and select the best courses, programs and degrees for their needs. eLearners DOES NOT PROVIDE THE COURSES - they simply point you to a wide variety of learning providers, and try to give you enough information about online learning to narrow your choices and make an informed decision.

Exploring Tomorrow

Exploring Tomorrow is an online course which teaches students foundational social skills that lead to compassion, love, humanity and leadership. Using the science of Behavior Analysis, each parent and student dyad learns how to select, monitor and achieve goals relative to their unique situation, interests and values.

K12 - Online courses, online school, homeschooling

In many states, K12 Inc.’s inspired curriculum is available to families at no cost through virtual public schools and distance-learning programs. These are not tutoring programs — they’re full-time, tuition-free, public schools using K12 Inc.’s award-winning curriculum. K12 has partnered with these schools in the belief that all kinds of kids — from gifted children, to those needing a more flexible pace than what is possible in a traditional school — can achieve mastery of the key concepts and skills they need to succeed. It is this mastery that allows children to reach their personal potential.

Online Masters

This website is designed to provide impartial information about obtaining a master's degree online, offering information about programs based on topic and location.

This website is a comprehensive state-by-state guide that is a compilation of every full and part time college program offered online in America. It provides a directory of all college programs that students can take online apart from the more well known online schools. This database will be updated yearly and will always remain free and open.

This online curriculum resource features 348 Online Literature Summaries, notes, book notes, chapter summaries and booknotes for popular and obscure titles.

VIF International Education-Global Gateway Program

The Global Gateway system offers a simple integrated platform for K-12 educator professional development, lesson plans and classroom resources, digital badging for achievements and participation in an incredible collaborative community of global educators. Teachers anywhere in the world can learn to effectively integrate global content into their core instruction.


Every semester, University of California at Berkeley webcasts select courses and events for on-demand viewing via the Internet. webcast.berkeley course lectures are provided as a study resource for students and are not sanctioned as a substitute for going to the course lectures.

Websites & Other Media: Learning Tools

CLC Network (Christian Learning Center)

This organization provides online middle school courses for gifted students. Teachers develop multi-media curriculum and instructional methods in order to present concepts in a variety of ways. The online courses receive high marks from students, families and schools for their engaging style and thorough instruction.

Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Distance Learning

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) is a world class conservatory. Students attend from across the country and around the world to pursue bachelor’s, master’s and post-graduate degrees in music performance, theory, conducting and composition. CIM’s Distance Learning department has been presenting music education classes through interactive video conferences since 1998. Since then, the course catalog has developed to include more than 30 programs for students of all ages and teachers of all disciplines.


EdX offers online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. This non-profit offers courses in subject matter for math to music. This online resource is a result of the creative minds at Harvard and MIT.

Field Trip Earth

This web site is the global resource for teachers, students, and proponents of wldlife conservation. Socratic seminars place students in a large group discussion where their purpose is to solve a problem or discuss sides of a controversial issue. Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts, among which are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works. Students gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

Future School Online Learning Systems

Using a three-step study program, the Future School Online Learning Systems specialize in the subject areas of Math and English using a customizable study plan where parents and students can receive instant feedback. Their interactive online mathematics course assists students with all areas of mathematics: from basic concepts including numbers, shapes and time through to advanced theory in algebra, trigonometry, calculus and more. Students can study at a level appropriate to their abilities and progress at their own speed.


HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. HippoCampus content has been developed by some of the finest colleges and universities in the world and contributed to the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), another MITE project.

LIVE Online Math

LIVE Online Math offers math classes, workshops, and tutoring via LIVE, real-time sessions. Students meet “face to face” with the teacher and participate in a web meeting where video, audio, and an interactive whiteboard are used for learning activities. Classes meet regularly and offer a high degree of collaboration between students (in a small group setting). Tutoring is usually a 1 on 1 learning environment, but a custom program can be put together for a small group. Tutoring can also take on the form of a personalized learning program. All ages are welcome and services are currently offered through Algebra II. Video-based courses will be offered for the 2010-2011 school year.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Fab Lab

Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). Fab labs have spread from inner-city Boston to rural India, from South Africa to the North of Norway. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grassroots research. Projects being developed and produced in fab labs include solar and wind-powered turbines, thin-client computers and wireless data networks, and much more.

Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA)

This free online educational source offers advance placement testing, educational tools, complete curriculum from K12, loaner computer and printer, textbooks and materials, and guidance from an experienced teacher. Students study at their own pace and progress to the next course as they master the required skills for advancement.

OpenCourseWare Consortium

OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware.

PLATO Learning - Inspired Solutions for Teaching and Learning

PLATO Learning products offer self-paced intervention solutions for K-adult students, teacher-facilitated instructional supplements for K-12 educators and instructional solutions for educators and students. On this website, find online assessments that are tied directly to standards; bring learning standards to the classroom and fully integrating them with your instructional resources.

Socratic Seminars

Socratic Seminar participants seek deeper understanding of complex ideas through rigorously thoughtful dialogue, rather than by memorizing bits of information or meeting arbitrary demands for 'coverage. As listeners and readers, students will analyze experiences, ideas, information, and issues presented by others using a variety of established criteria. This information is provided by the Greece Central School District in New York. - Online French Lessons

This web site features live tailor-made French lessons with a trained teacher through your personal computer. All you need is a webcam and headsets. Take your lessons as you wish according to your free time, your needs or your desire, without being forced to book at set times.

The Khan Academy

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere. the Khan Academy has 1000+ videos on YouTube covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology and finance which have been recorded by Salman Khan.


Thinxygen provides gifted young thinkers with a range of learning materials (print books, digital editions and interactive guides) that cover challenging, exciting subjects often not taught at a school level. The materials are designed to foster readers' creative, lateral and critical thinking, encouraging dynamic synthesis of ideas and the creation of links between ideas and fields of study. Thinxygen learning materials are designed to be engaging, exciting and fun to use.

Virtual Math Lab (VML) - West Texas A&M University

If you need help in College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, or preparing for the math part of the THEA, ACCUPLACER or general GRE test, this is the right place. Note that you do not have to be a student at West Texas A&M University to use any of these online tutorials. They were created as a service to anyone who needs help in these areas of math.