Our progressive education high school program offers a stable high school community for home school students. We will foster independent learning, community service, career-path development, and life skills. Parents pay annual tuition and all programs are included in the cost. Walnut Grove Coop collects evidence of course completion, teaches students organization and task management skills, and provides emotional support to families while accomplishing these goals.

Walnut Grove Coop homeschool High School programs are designed to allow for multi-disciplinary study so that learners are credited for work in more than one area during the program time. Students can achieve 6 or more credit hours in our programs. Parents’ home school will remain as the school of record and will maintain transcripts but our staff is available for transcript consultation services.

Our high school program offers these subjects each year:

  • Social Studies (1 credit)
  • English Language Arts (1 credit)
  • Science with Labs (1.5 credits)
  • Math Virtual Classroom and Math Tutoring (1 credit)
  • Foreign Language (1 credit)

We also provide a variety of electives or supplements for additional credit (generally 1-2 credits), which may include:

  • Financial Literacy/Consumer Math
  • Digital Media & Marketing
  • Health Education/Physical Fitness
  • Various Career Pathways
  • Pillars of Adulting

Each program day also includes a lunch break, staffed support time for coursework completion, and on-site volunteer work opportunities. Optional after-program clubs are offered on demand and may include additional costs but are often free. These clubs include Yearbook and Photography, Role-Playing Games, Volunteer Service Club/Leos, and Gardening & Foraging. Some clubs may contribute to the completion of elective credit hours.

Learn more about the costs of the program and review the details to register.

What is the 2024-25 schedule?

Our schedule of coursework targets days and times for main class content that is delivered by instructors. Any time listed as “Academic Support” is generally spent working independently toward course credit. There are 36 in-class weeks in our program year. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all program days but attendance is recorded by their homeschool and ultimately is a family decision. Here is the 2024-2025 Program Day schedule.

Click links for course descriptionsTuesdayWednesdayFriday 
9:30-10:30ELA/Social Studies: 2 credits
American Literature/Civics
(note 2-hour session block)
Science: 1.5 credits
(note 2-hour session block)
Science with Lab – Biology
Academic Support, Electives,
or Community Service
ELA/Social Studies: 2 credits
(note 2-hour session block)
Science: 1.5 credits
(note 2-hour session block)
Science with Lab – Biology
Math: 1 credit (independent study)
Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II,
Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus
Statistics, and Foundational Skills
12:00-1:00Academic Support, Electives,
or Community Service
Academic Support, Electives,
or Community Service
Spanish: 1 credit (2-days)
Spanish I and Spanish II
1:00 – 2:00Spanish: 1 credit (2-days)
Spanish I and Spanish II
Elective: 1 credit
Trade Skills & Career Pathways
Course Work Time for
ELA/Social Studies
Science or Trade Skills
2:00 – eveningOptional ClubsOptional ClubsOptional Clubs
Please note that lunch/social time is free for those who participate in any programs that day.

Our programs offer three in-person days on campus. For course credit, participation in class, and for some subjects, independent work in the Google Classroom is required. Partial participation for non-credit hours is an option. During Academic Support hours, learners may receive support for coursework with staff, work with staff to develop soft skills or complete community service hours. Also during Academic Support hours, parents can schedule advisory sessions. Attendance will be tracked with systems for program work, volunteer hours, and internships.

How does the admission/entrance process work?
  • Candidates will complete an entrance interview.
  • Admission Advisors and families will co-create an academic plan each year detailing academic and/or service work to be completed.
  • Potential Project-Based Learning (PBL) plans can also be outlined detailing which credit hours will be completed per semester.
  • Learners can earn up to 5-8 credits per year in a variety of subject areas by completing work both during program time and work done independently which will be assigned in Google Classroom.
  • Optional: A Service Project Plan will be defined for volunteer hours and possible mentorships or internships will be available for application. Volunteers can earn more than 50 hours per semester for special accolades.
  • Transcript services are provided to blend our coursework with other coursework completed. Accredited transcript and diploma service coordination is available but not recommended for most.
How will Parents be involved?
  • Parents are involved in all steps of the entrance process with Admission Advisors. Parents should plan for a 2-hour entrance consultation as well as a 2-hour mid-year consultation. Additional advisement hours will be available by appointment.
  • Parents are responsible to create and maintain transcripts that include services offered at Walnut Grove Coop as well as others your student may take. We provide consultations to help you design your transcripts.
  • Parents will organize any programs not offered by Walnut Grove Coop, such as Foreign Language Study or other specific graduation requirements not achieved in our programs, and report completed credits and grades for transcript documentation if that option is selected for your learners.
  • Parents will be invited to demonstration events to view group work products and celebrate accomplishments.
How does matriculation occur?
  • Learners will be assessed on their completion and mastering of the academic plan, including their PBL and Service Projects with a rubric-based model. Evidence to support the completion of credit hours will be gathered and documented.
  • Appropriate credit hours will be assessed following each semester. Each learner’s homeschool maintains the authority to grant credit for work accomplished.
  • Within our programs, we will not formally apply designations such as freshman or senior, nor grade levels. We will document each learner’s path in terms of their mastery and completion of projects.
  • Each learner is evaluated for their contribution to group projects or work. Learners will not be forced to participate in a group project or work to earn credit.
What are the graduation requirements?
  • We help you, as an individual homeschool plan, develop, and execute coursework for graduation.
  • Details vary by state, but generally, we use the local public school guidelines as a baseline to advise coursework.
  • We use your specific graduation requirements for a diploma coupled with the accreditation agency’s overview.
  • As an example, please refer to this Graduation Requirements table outlining local graduation requirements coupled with the possible credits to be earned in our programs. Homeschool families in Delaware are not required to follow these guidelines. Families should plan course completion and records according to the intended options following high school, such as trade or college admission standards, which vary by institution.
  • Customized Diplomas are available upon graduation for an additional fee. Accredited diploma services are available but are not required for most.
High School is more than Single-Stream Coursework
Electives and Life Skills

Walnut Grove Coop can help provide training for the transition into adult years.  In a group setting, learners can broaden their skills in the areas of finance, mental and physical wellness, and the day-to-day skills to be productive citizens.  In some instances, this may also fulfill some career pathway work. Some of these services are offered on-site while others are coordinated with external agencies.

Graduation Support Services

Walnut Grove Coop will provide support in navigating and ending the high school experience.  We can help explore options such as college, military, trades, entrepreneurship, and even what to do with a gap year.  Transcript-building consulting services are available as well.  Office hours will be available on an as-needed basis. We will support your efforts to fulfill the graduation requirements in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

  • Gap Year Supplement
  • Military Service
  • College Planning
  • Trade Networking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Resume Building
  • Interview Skills
  • Vocation