How much does it cost to enroll?

The cost is $700 per year or $60 per month (for 12 months).

What do I receive for my enrollment?

You receive:

  • Our High School Handbook
  • Four evaluations with written comments and letter grades on your student’s work
  • English papers individually evaluated and returned within two weeks, if submitted electronically
  • One transcript
  • Email and phone counseling with your evaluator as needed
  • A diploma when all required high-school credits are complete

Can we do classes on-line?

You can submit papers via email or through a shared file system like Drop Box. English papers can be submitted as completed for quicker feedback, or you can submit all of them at the end of each quarter.

Do you have a half-year program?

Yes. This costs $350 dollars and includes only two evaluations rather than four.

Can we enroll for a single course?

Yes. Any single course costs $275. This includes the High School Handbook, four evaluations, and any needed email and counseling.

Do I get a discount for multiple children?

Because we provide each child with the same individualized attention, we do not offer discounts for siblings.

My student has already completed some high school. Will you accept the courses we have already completed?

We welcome transfer students and will work with them to accept as many courses as possible. We will also provisionally accept a parent’s transcript of a homeschooled student’s high school credits.

Do I have to use the curriculum you recommend?

No. We believe parents know their children best. While we strive to create and recommend high-quality curriculum, we know nothing is for everyone. Discuss your alternative choices with one of our counselors. We can adjust our requirements to fit with your preferred curriculum.

What are your requirements for graduation?

We require 21 credits and a satisfactory score on the SAT, ACT, or GED. If your state requires fewer credits, we will work with their requirements, if you prefer. Here is how those credits break down:

  • English 4
  • History
    • State 1/2 (If your state does not require state history, you may choose an elective instead.)
    • World 1
    • U.S. 1
    • Government & Economics 1
  • Math 2
  • Science 2
  • Physical Education 2
  • Health ½
  • Typing 1
  • Electives 6

Do we receive a transcript each year?

Yes. We provide you with one free transcript. You can order additional transcripts for $10.00 each (or five for $25).

Once we’re enrolled, can I contact a counselor with questions and problems throughout the year?

Yes. Our counselors are happy to help you with any questions, and if necessary can help you make adjustments to have a successful, happy school year.

Once we’re enrolled, can my student contact their evaluator with questions and problems throughout the year?

Yes. We encourage students to develop a relationship with their counselor, and they should feel free to contact them when they have questions.

What sorts of questions can we contact you with?

We can help you with questions about what work should be completed and submitted, about the curriculum we produce (including Lightning Literature and all syllabi), or about the evaluations you receive from us. You can also get in touch with us if you have struggles organizing your home schooling year or keeping on top of things. And certainly touch base with your evaluator if you want to do something different than our requirements.

Can I request a male/female evaluator?

Yes. If you believe your student would respond better to a man or woman, feel free to indicate that when you enroll.

Are siblings all placed with the same evaluator?

That is our default, but if for any reason you wish different evaluators for different students, that can usually be arranged.

My student will need remedial courses. Do you offer these?

In some cases, yes. For example, in math, students can work at whatever level they are ready for. They will still receive high-school credit even if the class normally would not be considered a high-school level class. In English, our Lightning Literature guides are meant to be completed in a semester, but we offer a Basic English syllabus that uses only one guide per year. Thus, your student will still be reading the classics but covering the work at a slower pace. For classes such as science, where only two credits are needed for graduation, students can take the class at half speed, so each credit is spread over two years. And of course, you can always choose your own curriculum and work with your evaluator for it to meet our criteria.

Should students handwrite or type their papers?

At the high-school level, we highly recommend students type their papers. Students need as much practice as possible to become strong typists. However, if circumstances dictate handwritten work, we still accept it.

For which curriculum do you carry syllabi?

In addition to syllabi for our own Lightning Literature, we carry syllabi for a variety of popular curriculum including Saxon Math, Jay Wile’s Science (“Exploring Creation With. . .”), and Streams of Civilization World History.

How do students earn credit for classes without syllabi (PE, music, home ec, etc.)?

Students keep track of the time they spend in these classes and their activities. If applicable, students also submit work samples. If the activities are appropriate, we award a quarter’s credit for every 37.5 hours spent in the class (150 hours for a full credit).

Can students take a foreign language?

Yes, we have a syllabus for foreign language, and we have staff who grade work in French, German, and Latin.

I want to enroll my student in a local class as well. Will that show up on their transcript?

Yes. Just send us the grade report from the teacher, and we will add the class, grades, and credit to the transcript.

Are you accredited?

We have chosen not to become accredited by the government or by an independent accrediting agency, because we do not want an accrediting body to dictate the courses, textbooks, and teachers that we must employ. Many colleges and universities are accepting students without an accredited diploma.


Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST / PDT

Contact Us
FAX: 360-835-8697
Phone: 800-348-1750  /  360-835-8708

Office Location
3140 Evergreen Way
Washougal, WA 98671

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