Accredited and Affordable K-12 Private School
Serving Homeschooling and Unschooling Families for Over 24 Years

West River Academy was founded in 1993 by Peggy Webb, a mom who was looking for an umbrella school that would give her the legal status she needed, while allowing her the freedom to work with her children as she saw fit. She couldn’t find what she was looking for, so she decided to create one! She was sure there would be others looking for the same type of program, and the next decades of growth proved her to be correct.

West River Academy developed into an international, accredited and affordable K-12 private school, serving homeschooling and unschooling families of all ages and grade levels, all over the world, with headquarter offices in California and Colorado USA.

You will have the ultimate in FREEDOM and SIMPLICITY. You will enjoy complete freedom to homeschool in a way that fits your family — from a traditional curriculum on one end of the spectrum to unschooling on the other, and everything in between!

You can devote your time and effort to your family’s education while we take care of the legal and administrative requirements.

Supported by West River Academy, your young child or teen can learn at any time and in any place — and graduate;with an accredited High School Diploma and official transcript.

With their accredited diplomas and transcripts, our graduates have pursued business and technology careers, agriculture, sports, arts and entertainment fields, entrepreneurship, military service, college, university, and technical and vocational schools.

How Can We Help You?

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Contact us by calling 949-492-5240 or email us at

Expert Support for Your Educational Journey

Homeschooling veterans, mother-daughters team Peggy, Karen and Stacey will support you as you design a program to fit your children’s interests, abilities and goals. You can count on us through their elementary, middle and high school years, as they earn academic credits and graduate.

West River Academy Team

From left: Rachel, Peggy, Stacey, Karen

We welcome you to West River Academy!
“I’m Peggy Webb, Director of the Academy — a 25-year homeschooling veteran and an unschooling specialist. My daughters, Rachel Nishikawa, Stacey Nishikawa and Karen Abe, are life-long homeschoolers and unschoolers. Together, we are committed to providing families around the world with educational freedom.”
Please contact us for a free 15-minute initial consultation so that you can decide if we are a fit for your family.
We look forward to hearing from you!


West River Academy Is International

We provide students in many countries with a legal way to opt out of public school. Learn more about our international program.

Our international students receive the legal backing of a private, accredited school in the United States as they pursue their educational goals. Documents can be customized and legalized to meet government requirements.


West River Academy students in Entre Rios, Argentina

West River Academy students in Entre Rios, Argentina

“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to you for all you do to keep West River Academy as a wonderful alternative to the traditional public school systems. It gives families maximum flexibility in choosing the curriculum appropriate for their children.  Good luck in your continued success!”

~Gail, Fairbanks, Alaska USA

“I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity of being myself and being free.”

~Catrina, age 17, Bucharest, ROMANIA