Homeschooling Teens

Work Permits

Peach Blossom School offers assistance to private homeschoolers throughout California who need a work permit. Email us for more information: peach.blossom.psp@gmail.com.

SAT/PSAT/AP Exams

Homeschoolers may register to take SAT tests at the College Board website. The high school code (CEEB code) for homeschoolers, including Peach Blossom School students, is 970000. You will need this code to register for one of these exams. 

To register for PSAT/NMSQT or AP exams, homeschoolers must locate a school willing to host the student for the desired exam. Some public schools will allow in-district homeschoolers to take the exams at their local public high school, but not all will. 

iLead is a public charter school that allows outside homeschoolers in CA to take AP exams through their school in-person in Orange County. Here are some private schools in the SF Bay Area that have been open to hosting homeschoolers for PSAT and AP exams in recent years:

El Sobrante Christian School, El Sobrante (PSAT only)

Elite Ooen School, San Jose

North Hills Christian School, Vallejo

Mentoring Academy, Oakland

School for Independent Learners, Los Altos

Legend College Prep, Cupertino

Cambrian Academy, San Jose

Pioneer Family Academy, Campbell (PSAT only)

Meira Academy, Palo Alto (young women only)

Mountain View Academy, Mountain View

Contra Costa Christian Schools, Walnut Creek

Valley Christian School, Dublin

Valley Christian High School, San Jose

Kirby School, Santa Cruz

St. Francis, Watsonville

Monterey Bay Academy, Watsonville

German International School, Mountain View (PSAT & AP German only)

Alto International School, Menlo Park (PSAT & German only)

Peach Blossom School can assist enrolled students anywhere in California to find a willing school in their area.

STOA Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate  (45 local clubs in California)

California High School Proficiency Exam

The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a testing program established by California law (Education Code Section 48412). If eligible to take the test, you can earn the legal equivalent of a high school diploma by passing the CHSPE. The CHSPE consists of two sections: an English-language Arts section and a Mathematics section. When you pass both sections of the CHSPE, the California State Board of Education will award you a Certificate of Proficiency, which by state law is equivalent to a regionally accredited high school diploma. 

California Homeschool College Seekers, Facebook Group

Homeschool and NCAA Academic Eligiibity Facebook group

California has over 100 community colleges which offer traditional academics, enrichment, and career training classes. These offer an affordable way to work towards a degree or gain skills needed to launch a career. Many homeschoolers begin taking classes at a community college during their teen years. 

For concurrent enrollment at Santa Clara County community colleges, see Santa Clara County page.

For concurrent enrollment at other San Francisco Bay Area community colleges:

        

Career Technical Education Centers

These regional centers throughout the state offer courses in many career paths including Culinary, Automotive Technologies, Computer Animation, Video Production, Interior Design, Veterinary Assisting, Fire Science, Small Business Administration, Carpentery, HVAC, Mobile App Design, Fire Science, and more. Funded by public school districts, many of the centers allow homeschoolers to enroll in programs at no charge or for a fee.

Travel Abroad

 

Unschool Adventures

Since 2008 Unschool Adventures has run long-term international trips and U.S.-based retreats for self-directed learners ages 14-19+. The ultimate goal of our programs is to build the skills, experience, and self-confidence that a young person needs to transition into independent adulthood.

Teen Missions International

Teen Missions exists to launch teens, preteens, adults, and children into lifetime missions involvement by training and mobilizing them to make an eternal worldwide impact now. Experience Medical Missions, Disaster Relief, TESL (teaching English as a second language) and more. Share Christ using Sports (Soccer, Volleyball), Drama, Music and Testimonies. Carry the Gospel using backpacking, motorcycles, and bikes. Work teams perform renovation/construction of churches, schools and orphanages.

Global Leadership Adventurers

Our summer programs for high school students focus on meaningful service work and pair cultural activities and excursions alongside volunteering. You also have an enviable choice: be an explorer and find your passion in service of a community-in-need, or be an enthusiast and fuel your passion on a project that builds on your interests.

Up With People

The Up with People program provides a rich global education and prepares our participants with skills and aptitudes that prepare you for success in a 21st-century world. Through our unique blend of international travel, host family living, community action work, and performing arts education, you will leave the program inspired to use your newly enhanced skills to make your mark on the world.

Projects Abroad

Seize the opportunity to travel, make a difference, and meet new people as a teen volunteer abroad! If you're 15-18 years old, we have programs designed especially for you.