Independent-Study Courses by Correspondence


The following information on independent-study courses is abstracted from school catalogs. Further information can be found by conducting a search for "distance learning k-12" in Yahoo:

Duke University's Learn on Your Own. Duke University offers academically talented students the opportunity to take accelerated courses in their hometowns. Courses currrently offered are "English Language: Use and Origin," "Reflective Writing," "Microeconomics," and "Precalculus Mathematics," which consists of four separate courses. Duke TIP, Learn on Your Own, PO Box 90747, Durham NC 27708-0747, 919-684-3847,

Florida Department of Correspondence and Distance Education. More than 40 high school courses are available through correspondence, and six are available through email. Florida Department of Correspondence and Distance Education, 2209 NW 13th St., Suite D, Gainesville, FL 32609, 800-327-4218, 904-392-1711,

Indiana University Division of Extended Studies. Accredited college and high school courses offered using distance learning, Internet, email, video, CD-ROM, and correspondence.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School. Students may enroll in undergraduate college courses for credit as well as take the offered high school courses, which include courses in the fields of agriculture, art, business, career planning, computer science, driver education, English, family and consumer science, industrial education, languages, mathematics, music, photography, science, social studies, and study skills. Courses in English, for example, include The American Short Story, The Short Story, Basic Expository Writing, Basic Grammar, Intermediate Grammar, Effective Reader Skills, General Literature, Multicultural Literature, Writing a Research Paper, and an English course for each grade level 9-12.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School has developed an online course management system, which they call Way Cool. Students submit their work online. Graded comments are posted on Way Cool, where students can read instructional comments.

More than 50 courses are offered online. It is possible for a student to earn his or her high school diploma entirely online. The school offers a general diploma program and a college preparatory diploma program.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Extended Education and Outreach provides lifelong learning opportunities to people in all 93 counties of Nebraska, all 50 states, and more than 125 countries.

Accreditation: Nebraska Department of Education and North Central Association Commission on School Improvement.

Address: Office of Extended Education and Outreach, 900 N. 21st Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-88500. Telephone: (402) 472-4425. Web site is at

North Dakota Center for Distance Education offers courses for students in grades four through twelve.

Students can submit lesson work by mail, email, or fax. NDIS is placing its entire curriculum online on the Worldwide Web. Presently, 75 courses are available online.

NDCDE is sponsored by the state of North Dakota. It is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is the fourth largest high school member of the University Continuing Education Association. Students can earn a high school diploma through NDCDE.

NDIS enrolls students in all 50 states and many foreign countries.

Address: North Dakota Center for Distance Education, Box 5036, Fargo, ND 58105-5036. Phone: (701) 231-6000

North Dakota Center for Distance Education

Texas Tech University. High school students may enroll in undergraduate college courses for credit as well as take the offered high school courses, which include courses in the fields of accounting, agriculture, algebra, biology, business, child development, computer science, correlated language arts, economics, English, family studies, fine arts and art studies, food and nutrition studies, French, geometry, health education, journalism, Latin, law and legal studies, mathematics, music, peer counseling, physical education, and physical science.

Address: Texas Tech University, Division of Continuing Education, Box 42191, Lubbock, TX 79409-2191.

University of Wisconsin-Extension. The Independent Learning Program of the University of Wisconsin-Extension offers nearly 600 correspondence courses, including ones for high school students, enrolling almost 13,000 students each year. High school courses are offered in the areas of art and art history, astronomy, biology, business and economics, English, French, geography, German, health, history, Latin, mathematics, meteorology, music, physics, Polish, political science, Russian, social studies, Spanish, and study skills.

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Address: University of Wisconsin-Extension, Room 104 Extension Building, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706-1498.

University of Missouri. The university offers regular correspondence courses such as Readings in the Short Story. Email to

University of Vermont. The University of Vermont's Distance Learning Network offers advanced placement courses to high school students in Vermont. Sites for receiving the courses are all currently in-state, but they are planning to expand coverage outside Vermont.

California Migrant Education Portable Assisted Study Sequence. This program, begun in 1978, is primarily for students who move from school to school during the school year.

Address: California Migrant Education Portable Assisted Study Sequence, 2314 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA 93721.

Jefferson County High School. As of September, 1995, the Jefferson County, Colorado, High School program and/or curriculum materials were being used in 131 school districts/agencies in 19 states. In 1996 Jefferson County High School began operating an independent-study office, providing opportunities for students to meet their needs through independent-study work by correspondence.

They also offer online courses. Students participate in numerous group interactions online real-time with other students, their teachers, and mentors using FirstClass. Internet-based Education Program Coordinator, Jefferson County Public School District, Denver, CO - 303-982-6945, diderry@jeffco,

Address: Jefferson County High School, 911 South Brook Street, Louisville, KY 40203. Email request can be sent to

LetterLinks. The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University sponsors LetterLinks Program for academically talented students. "The program provides two options for distance learning: the Center's LetterLinks courses in mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities for students in six through twelfth grade and the LetterLinks/EPGY on-line math courses for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The LetterLinks/EPGY courses are offered jointly by the Center for Talent Development and Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) and provide an opportunity for students to participate in completely computerized mathematics courses that use commonly available personal computer equipment and an Internet email connection." (LetterLinks 1996-1997 catalog)

LetterLinks honors-level courses include Creative Writing, Futuristics, Introduction to Philosophy, Latin, Literary Analysis, Geography and the Modern World, Mathematics and Computers, Non-Fiction Writing, and Psychology. Mathematics courses include Algebra, Geometry, and Analysis. Advanced Placement courses include Economics, European History, Language and Composition, U.S. History, Literature and Composition, and Art History.

LetterLinks/EPGY mathematics courses include K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus A, Calculus B, and Calculus C.

The Center for Talent Development has been accredited as a "Special Function School" by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Address: LetterLinks, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University, 617 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, IL 60208-4175.

Greater Vancouver Distance Education School. This distance learning school offers courses for grades 8 through 12. Click here to see their Guidebook:


Gridlink International School. This school offers courses for overseas pupils designed to provide them with British GCSE and A level qualifications preparing them for British university entry. The Internet and email are used. Course materials, including educational software, are provided by Gridlink. Many courses are offered.

Address: Gridlink Ltd, Frensham House, New Street, Honiton, Devon EX14 8BZ, England, (44)1404 42445,,

Intec College. This distance learning college, located in Capetown, South Africa, offers high school courses. Their Web site is at

More than 68,000 students are currently enrolled in Intec courses from across South Africa and throughout the world.

Address: Intec College, P.O. Box 19, Cape Town 8000, South Africa. Email address is

Phoenix Special Programs and Academies. Phoenix Special Programs originated in 1926 as a correspondence school. In 1969 it became chartered by the state of Arizona as a private non-profit organization. It now serves over 10,000 school-aged youth and adults throughout the world, offering correspondence classes leading toward a high school diploma. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Address: Phoenix Special Programs and Academies, Inc., 3132 West Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85017-4589, 1-800-426-4952.

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