United States Program

USA-mapWest River Academy offers you 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.

We support all styles of homeschooling, including: unschooling, child-led learning, life learning, relaxed homeschooling, eclectic homeschooling, unit studies and/or a standard curriculum. You may create a program that fits your family’s lifestyle and the learning styles of your children.

We offer Consultations to assist you with this process.

Our program is ideal for


West River Academy accepts students in all states. We have offices in California and Colorado. We are a California Private Satellite School (PSP) that registers with the California Department of Education each year.

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By enrolling in an accredited private school, you will be in compliance with your state’s compulsory attendance laws. In most cases, you will not have to file a notice of intent to homeschool or have to submit to standardized testing/evaluation.

After you enroll and pay the fees, you will receive a document that confirms your enrollment in West River Academy. You will also fill out a request for student records, which we will send to your child’s former school to complete the withdrawal process.

You can request an official transcript for any year that your child has been enrolled in West River Academy.

By enrolling in an accredited private school, you will graduate with a high school diploma and transcript. You can apply to colleges and universities as a private school student. We will forward your transcript as part of your application. West River Academy has an excellent track record of having our students’ diplomas and transcripts recognized by colleges, universities, technical schools and employers.

Our non-traditional, unschooler-friendly Graduation Program is a 6-month writing project, which you start during your last year of high school.

West River Academy Enrollment Fees

Annual Enrollment GraphicAnnual enrollment is $375 for one student. You pay $50 for each additional student in the family.

You may add a child to your enrollment during the school year by paying the $50 fee.

If you are part of a group of 10 or more students who work on their education together, you are eligible to enroll as a group. See our Group Enrollment page.

To get started, click the Enroll Now button (directly below). We welcome your questions. Contact us for a free 15-minute private consultation so that you can decide if we are a fit for your family. Call 949-492-5240 or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!


Our Unschooling Perspective

Holt - learning is activityWest River Academy fully supports you and the learning style you choose. We are ideal for families who unschool. We don’t sell, recommend or provide curriculum.

We applaud you for honoring your children and their reason for being on Earth as you include them in the discussion.

Read more about unschooling on “Our Unschooling Perspective” page.

Here are some websites we recommend:

  1. John Holt’s Growing Without Schooling at http://www.johnholtgws.com
  2. The Christian Science Monitor’s Feature Article on February 14, 2016: “Free-range education: Why the unschooling movement is growing” at http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2016/0214/Free-range-education-Why-the-unschooling-movement-is-growing
  3. Homeschooling Why and How at http://www.homeschoolingwhyandhow.com

“Children should not be stifled; they should, in fact, participate in their education..
~Jill, Palmyra, New Jersey  USA


“I am in control of my learning, my day, and my life. Being in control helps me understand who I am and what I want in my life.”
~Ben, Fort Collins, Colorado USA