International students: Earn an accredited U.S. diploma!
Marcos lives in Mexico. When he was preparing for high school, Marcos wasn’t satisfied with the local school options, so he and his family researched other opportunities. Marcos wanted three things: to study in English at an accredited U.S. school; to have the flexibility to train, compete, and travel with his Ultimate Frisbee team, the Krakens; and to have the freedom to work at his own pace as well as the challenge of learning how to study independently. He’s been successful on all counts and is heading to college next year.
“Distance learning isn't easy. It requires an incredible amount of discipline, focus, and the ability to plan ahead and organize your time. My teachers have been amazing. I'm impressed with the amount of feedback they give me, how fast they grade my work, and how constructive and positive their comments are. Something I wasn't at all expecting when I enrolled was that I'd interact with other OM students. I've made some good friends!”
Want an education that feeds your intellect and your heart?
Paresa and her family live on a farm in Texas, and she loves doing daily chores and caring for their animals. That natural compassion led to Paresa’s dedication to volunteer work and public service. Oak Meadow allows her to create a schedule that accommodates her interests. For example, she works with a local political action group (block walking, registering voters, and informing the public), and she’s a regular volunteer at her local library. Her teachers recognized her leadership skills and excellence in academics by nominating her for the National Honor Society.
“While many students may thrive in the typical classroom setting, others, like me, do better when they have more freedom with their education. Distance learning not only allows you to learn from the traditional assignments you are given, but also from the experiences you discover through your own endeavors.“
Be free. Sail the seas! Bring your education wherever you go.
Alex and his family enjoy a unique lifestyle: for the last couple of years, they’ve lived on a sailboat and traveled around the Caribbean Sea. To Alex, who formerly attended a traditional school, one of the best things about being enrolled in Oak Meadow is the ability to schedule his education around his life, rather than the other way around. Check out these FAQs about Oak Meadow high school, including the use of technology.
“I can do all my schoolwork offline, using internet only for research, turning in assignments, and communication with my teachers. This makes doing schoolwork in remote locations, with limited internet access, possible. I plan out my work each week so I have tasks to accomplish everyday, five days a week. I do schoolwork in the mornings and evenings so that the bulk of my day is available for other activities. It's much better than being stuck in a classroom eight hours a day. I feel I’m getting an even better education while also having the freedom to enjoy life.”
Are you an experienced distance learner, but want more structure?
Until she was 11-years-old, Becca was “unschooled,” meaning her family allowed her to learn on an informal basis and to pursue activities like dancing, horse riding, and soccer. She eventually wanted a more structured school environment, and her parents discovered Oak Meadow. Enrollment provided a rigorous academic framework, but also the chance for Becca to pursue her passion for travel. As a junior and senior she studied abroad in Scandinavia (where she earned Life Experience Elective Credit for a language immersion program), Europe, and India. Becca learned how to relate and integrate those experiences back to her Oak Meadow studies.
“Oak Meadow has allowed me to become responsible for my own education. I’m the one who must make sure I get my work done and that I understand it. I think giving young people a chance to become more independent and responsible is the best thing a school can teach. Oak Meadow also has given me the opportunity to learn things that extend far beyond the printed textbook.”
An actor's life for me! Pursue your passion while earning credit.
Seth has been homeschooled his entire life, but as high school drew near he wanted a more structured school program with the support of experienced teachers, and to earn an accredited high school diploma. Seth says Oak Meadow is a great fit because it allows him to be involved in the things he loves, while staying focused on his future academically. Learn how our college counseling staff supports students with the college application process.
“Ever since I was young, I’ve had a passion for the arts, specifically, the performing arts. Every year I participate in several full scale musical theatre productions. Weekly I take dance, voice, and acting lessons, and musical theatre classes. In addition to my passion for being onstage, I’m also an intern in the education department of a local performing arts center, which broadened my interest in the administrative side of putting on a production. Oak Meadow has allowed me to chase my dreams!”
Gain a vigorous education beyond traditional school walls.
Euan attended traditional school growing up and was a successful student, but he thought a distance learning program would better help him meet his music goals: to study cello at a performance conservatory, then to pursue a graduate degree in conducting. According to one of his Oak Meadow teachers, Euan also has blossomed as a scholar, citing the way Euan learned to weave his musical background into the analysis of a complicated poem.
“If you already know what you want to do in your life, a distance learning program will help you manage your own schedule while you work towards your goals. My Oak Meadow teachers are kind and supportive, and they understand my crazy schedule, especially when I have competitions and concerts to conduct. I also appreciate their insightful comments and feedback on my academic work. They always encourage me to think deeper.“
Set goals and do what you love, without missing school.
When Paige moved with her family from the U.S. to France, she enrolled in Oak Meadow so she could study in English while learning about different cultures around Europe. With an eye on college, she has been able to take the necessary prep courses while experiencing French life and the local arts, such as wine-making and bread-making (her Advanced Study Project focused on those artisenal crafts). She has traveled on her own to Portugal, Germany, and Canada, integrating her academics with what she absorbs when visiting other countries.
“I wouldn’t be able to travel or pursue my hobbies nearly as much had I been at a traditional school. I’ve also become closer with my family, healthier (I have time to exercise, cook my own food, relax with my art), and more independent and self-reliant since enrolling at Oak Meadow.”
Train hard. Compete well. Student-athletes, you can do it all.
Nora has been riding horses since she was six-years-old, and she is now an accomplished equestrian. As a dual citizen of the U.S. and Cambodia, Nora was recently named to the national equestrian team of Cambodia in show jumping and dressage, and she will compete at this year’s Southeast Asian Games. She says that Oak Meadow has given her the time, discipline, and focus to stay on track to reach her athletic goals (Oak Meadow is NCAA approved). While Nora’s parents chose Oak Meadow for the same reasons, they also wanted to be sure she got an education that would prepare her well for college.
“Oak Meadow helps you learn how you learn. You can dive in and work on one subject for a few days or even weeks, instead of doing a little bit of everything daily. It’s truly flexible, not just regular school on a computer, like many online schools. Distance learning gets you into the habit of doing whatever it takes to learn what you need to know, and it lets you come face to face with your interests and dares you to take them as far as you can. You learn to be a leader, not a passenger, of your own life."