Here is a list of resources we find valuable in pursuing interest- led education. It's growing all the time!

If you'd like your teen to get a high school diploma for directing their own education and pursuing their passions, consider applying to Pacific Sands Academy!
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Alternatives to School This website discusses in depth the world of self directed learning. You can read here about the case against school and alternatives to school.

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Thrively We use Thrively to help identify the genius in every student. Students complete a self assessment- that they can then reflect on to figure out how to pursue their education.


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"Woke Journalists" Here is a link that links out to several out-of-the-box thinking Journalists and organizations. If you want to explore off the beaten path of the current mainstream media, or you want to see some alternative views- check out what some of these people and organizations have to say.


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Future Learn-- tons of high quality classes, from various universities and specialty organizations.

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ThinkGrowth.org.
Learn something new every day. This is a blog post with lost of links that bring you to various interesting places to learn something new!

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OpenCulture.com One stop shop here. Free online courses; free movies, free certificate courses, free audio books, free textbooks, free kids education. And this is a piece of Michelangelo's handwritten grocery list. How cool is that?

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Coursera The world's best courses online for free. 557 Courses, 107 partners.

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Zinn Education Project: I can UNDERSTAND pessimism, but I don't BELIEVE in it. It's not simply a matter of faith, but of historical EVIDENCE. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give HOPE, because for hope we don't need certainty, only POSSIBILITY.

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Wattpad Writers, readers, clubs, community-- great place for young writers!
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Hardcore History He's been called a lot of things, but no one says that Dan Carlin is boring. His two long-running podcasts are among the most popular in the world. Part storyteller, part analyst, Carlin has mastered the art of looking at subjects from multiple angles and dissecting and thinking about them in original ways. He isn't afraid to go deep or to inject historical context into modern debates. Whether it's history or current events he's discussing, his passion is contagious, his approach refreshing and his ideas tickle your brain in all the right places. He'll make you mad too. You'll like it.

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Out school offers live online classes about so so many topics-- from executive functioning to manatees, to accents, to art, to politics to public speaking. Each course costs money- but we at Pacific Sands can give you credits for completing these courses!


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Artyfactory Free art lessons for anyone who wants to learn more about the visual arts, or enhance their artistic skills.


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British Pathe 85,000 videos of filmed history.. the good and the tragic.

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Daily Good: News that Inspires. You can sign up for daily doses of Daily Good, or just go check out their website for inspiring stories about generosity, everyday heroes, nature, work, science and technology, mind and body or business.

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Big History Project Explore 13.7 billion years of shared history and consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity. From the big bang to modern day to where we are going in the future, big history covers it all.

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A Great Pinterest Page. Meet Cynthia Williford. She is a homeschooling mom to teens and younger kids- and has put together an amazing pinterest board. Animals, Astronomy, economics, you name it... a zillion links.

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Scarleteen Sex Education for the real world. Inclusive, comprehensive and Smart Sexuality information and help for teens and 20's.

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Duolingo Learn Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French for free.

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Smarter Every Day: Exploring the world using science. You Tube Channel. a lot of interesting random videos: flipping cats, dragonfly wings, skipping stones, whip scorpions.

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Molecraft-- Exploring chemistry in Minecraft. Here's a Smithsonian article about it.

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Screened work at home job leads.


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Hip Hughes History This Guy makes fun educational videos about US Govt, the Constitution, World History, Elections, etc... He's a high school Social Studies teacher who homeschools his own kids.

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Learn Liberty Academy. Free, online educational programs to help you learn about the most critical questions facing our society. Programs are designed to help concerned citizens become empowered citizens.

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Foldit.. Solve puzzles for science. Check out this story about how some gamers figured out something about HIV, that scientists had not been able to solve.

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This Links you to a free 10 week poetry course, created by Alicia Bayer. It's meant for kids- so it may be a little young for many teens. But check it out.. I bet there are things in there you don't know!


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Code School. Another Coding website. Teaches web technologies with screen casts, coding challenges, etc... Ruby path, Java Script path, HTML/CCS path, Java Script Path. There is a monthly fee.

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Minecraft Homeschool. learn through Minecraft. Learning is Fun. Teamwork required.

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100 Useful YouTube channels "for teachers"
Another link that will lead you to all kinds of interesting channels (even if you are not a teacher!)

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Darwin and Design
This class looks interesting- mixture of biology, social sciences, anthropology, neuroscience.

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Broadway HD Online streaming service to promote and preserve live theatre.