Laurel Springs is often called the “School to the Stars” because of its pool of famous alumni, yet their program works for all students. All children are “stars” in their own right - and the dream of parents is that each child reaches for and achieves their fullest potential. Many young actors, athletes and scholars are doing just that - they are turning to homeschooling because it offers the flexibility to learn while pursuing their dreams, and to pursue their dreams through learning!
Kristen Stewart, star of the upcoming film Twilight; Cole & Dylan Sprouse, who are the stars of the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody; and Hayden Panettiere, who plays Claire Bennet in the television show Heroes, have all been homeschooled in order to pursue their acting careers. What’s more interesting is that they’ve all chosen Laurel Springs School to meet their demanding schedules and demanding education goals, and they’re not alone (see list below).
Laurel Springs Former & Current Stars
Cole and Dylan Sprouse - Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Chloe Grace Moretz - Dirty Sexy Money
Erin Sanders - Young and the Restless
Emma Roberts - Nancy Drew
Taylor Atelian - According to Jim
Miranda Cosgrove - Carly
MacKenzee Rosman - 7th Heaven
Raven Simone - That’s So Raven
Dean Collins - 7th Heaven
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Ghost Whisperer
Sophia Vassilieva - Medium
Hyden Panetierre - Heroes
Erin Sanders - Zoey 101
Elijah Wood - Lord of the Rings, Bobby, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, etc.
Ashlee Tisdale - High School Musical
Lindsay Lohan - Mean Girls, Drama Queen, Freaky Friday, Herbie, etc.
Spencer Breslin - Harold
Emma Roberts - Mermaids
Josh Hutcherson - Bridge to Tarabithia
Isabella Acres - Horton Hears A Who
Kristen Stewart - Twilight
Najarra Townsend - Have Love, Will Travel
Thora Birch - Homeless to Harvard, Slingshot, American Beauty, Hocus Pocus
Rachael Leigh Cook - She’s All That, Josie and the Pussycats, Nancy Drew
Scout Taylor Compton - April Fools Day
Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide
Jordin Sparks - American Idol winner
Alanna & Gennelle Dedek
Jewel and Blaire Restaneo
A major concern for celebrity kids is "are they getting a quality education?" but this is also very true of homeschooling families. Laurel Springs School is the school of choice for studio teachers and children in film because of their customizable format, but this adaptability works for all students as well. Not only do homeschoolers benefit from receiving a quality education, they also benefit from the ready-to-use format of the school's program and curriculum, which includes all the basics, such as books, study guides, transcripts and diplomas.
The school views all its students as special and works with families to create a program and curriculum that works best for them. They offer:
1. Flexible Study Options
Study options include online and text-based courses offered through the Aurora course delivery system that allows students to view and work on lessons at their own online desk.
Teachers and staff work closely with parents, studio teachers, and students, so that they can connect from anywhere in the world through the Internet or by fax, phone or mail.
The program allows students to enroll at any time of the year and begin online classes immediately and students can sign on for an entire program or take just one semester, or one class.
Laurel Springs School specializes in customized curriculum, with students completing a Learning Style Profile that measures a child's talents, interests, and learning environment, as well as information processing. The profile is used to create the curriculum for each individual student.
2. College Prep High School Courses
In addition to Honors and AP courses, students can select one of two College Prep Tracks to follow to prepare for admission to higher education.
College Prep Track 1 is in preparation for admission into moderately selective colleges and requires 4 years of English, history, and electives, as well as 3 years of math, and 2 years each of science, foreign language and physical education.
College Prep Track 2 is a more rigorous course for applying to highly selective colleges. This program is similar to the other track but has more demands for science, foreign language, and science labs.
College Counseling is also provided by Enrollment Advisors to all High School students at Laurel Springs. They’ll even help with recommendations and college applications!
Over 85% of the students at Laurel Springs attend the college of their choice and many receive substantial scholarships. (The remaining students usually choose to pursue a career in acting, dancing or sports, many returning to college after achieving their professional dreams)
3. Full Accreditation & Offerings
Laurel Springs is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is an NISAC and NCAA approved distance learning program. They have also seen student matriculation to top colleges such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and many more.
Students can develop their own elective portfolio, which allows for student-designed electives such as research, apprenticeships, travel, conferences, private classes, religious studies, community service, and local community college courses.
The school offers transfer credits, dual enrollment, credit recovery and a high school diploma in addition to Honors and AP classes.
4. Exceptional Student Services with Support and Encouragement
Laurel Springs provides access to student progress so that parents can take on a supportive and encouraging role in the process.
A color-coding scheme details which lessons have been completed, which are in progress, and which are yet-to-be-started.
Teacher comments, updated grades and parent conferences are offered to help students and families to be aware of areas of strength and potential areas for growth.
Both coursework and technical questions can be handed through the online system or through email.
Graduates are also offered a well-deserved prom and graduation ceremony that celebrate their accomplishments as they head into their bright and expanding future.
What allow children to achieve their goals in life are a supportive family, and a home education program that is as diverse and flexible as they are. With a powerful message and core ideal of “academic and creative excellence," it’s no wonder so many “stars” choose Laurel Springs School as the educational companion that will help guide them into their bountiful futures.
To request a free catalog please visit their Website or contact them via phone at (800) 377-5890 or (805) 646-2473. More information and testimonials can be found on their Website.