Homeschooling for Academic Reasons - Opportunities
"We Love Math & Science" houses a variety of resources for those students who have special abilities in the Maths and Sciences.
"Opportunities" lists plenty of places where homeschoolers can and do excel!
"Identify" gives basic information on a variety of topics including: Identifying the Gifted Student, Gifted Assessment, Is Intelligence Quotient Important?, Academic Assessment, Learning Styles, and being Gifted with Disabilities (Twice Exceptional)

In the last 20 years, increasing numbers of families in the United States have chosen to educate their children at home. Many opportunities exist for these students. When looking at opportunities, verify that as a homeschooler you will qualify, if you are told that you do not qualify, ask why. If you are not satisfied with answer, discuss it with other members in your support group. If your support group does not provide you with a satisfactory direction, you can try some of the contacts on our support page. If you are not comfortable with or do not receive a response from any of the contacts on our support page, you can contact an attorney.


Academic Opportunities
Talent Searches
Summer, Scholarshhips bnd Grants

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Search for Extra Terrestrials At Home
SETI@home is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.

BITS, BYTES & BOTS Join us for a unique computer experience in Boulder. BITS, BYTES & BOTS offers your child a buffet of digital treats. School age children embark on journeys in robotics, video, and web design.

Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) invite K-12 students to take part in ExploraVision, one of the largest student science competitions in North America. Now in its eleventh winning year, the purpose of the competition is to encourage students to create and explore a vision of a future technology.

Invent America!
INVENT AMERICA! is a nonprofit K-8 education program, launched in 1987, that helps children develop creative thinking and problem solving skills through a fun, unique and proven learning tool-- inventing! Our global high-tech workplace is rapidly changing. Today's workers need the ability to think, analyze and develop creative solutions to new and unique situations. INVENT AMERICA! gives educators special tools to help them encourage these critical skills in kids, to prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century.

West Point Bridge Design Contest
The United States Military Academy offers the West Point Bridge Design Contest. Design a virtual bridge and win a scholarship! The purpose of the contest is to provide middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering.

iSPACE is an emerging interactive science center that will be the home of the Challenger Learning Center of Cincinnati

Odyssey of the Mind ® is an international creative problem-solving program for students of all ages

First Lego League League International
Introduces children around the world to the fun and experience of solving real-world problems by applying math, science, and technology.

MIT's OpenCourseWare - Massachusettes Institute of Technology offers a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world.

The NASA Robotics Internship Program is an intensive resident summer program of higher learning for college undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing professional and leadership careers in robotics fields.

Talent Searches  

Rocky Mountain Talent Search
A program for academically able and highly motivated 5th - 9th grade students. Rocky Mountain Talent Search (RMTS) is an academic talent search program providing opportunities for assessment, recognition, and special summer programs for academically talented youth.

Could You Be a Davidson Fellow?
Davidson Fellows are extraordinary young people who have completed a significant piece of work in mathematics, science, technology, music, literature, or philosophy that has the potential to benefit society. Davidson Fellows have an opportunity to serve as role models and mentors to other profoundly intelligent young people. To learn more about how you could become a Davidson Fellow visit our website.

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
The CTY Talent Search -- for students of exceptional promise. Second-through eighth graders apply to the Talent Search and then register to take tests (at nearby locations). The CTY Talent Search opens doors to a world of opportunities, programs, and resources, all developed with the needs of highly gifted children in mind.

The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University is a continuing project dedicated to developing and offering multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses. Combining technical and instructional expertise, EPGY provides high-ability students of all ages with an individualized educational experience, optimized in both pace and content. Through EPGY, students have access to courses in a variety of subjects at levels ranging from kindergarten through advanced-undergraduate.


Eta Sigma Alpha
A homeschool honor society sponsored by the Home Education Partnership of Texas. The purpose of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among home school students.

American Mensa

National Merit Scholarship
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts two academic competitions for recognition and undergraduate scholarships

Summer Programs

Stanford University Summer Institutes
The EPGY Summer Institutes at Stanford University are residential summer programs for students ages 13 through 17. Course descriptions are available on the EPGY website at:

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Summer

Astronomy Camp

NAGC provides a list of Summer Programs, Enrichment Programs, Summer Camps, Academic Programs and Special Schools.

Concordia Language Villages

Scholarships and Grants

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000 through the will of Jack Kent Cooke. When he died on April 6, 1997, Mr. Cooke left most of his fortune to establish the Foundation. Their Mission is to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. The Foundation awards scholarships that total as much as $50,000 per year, and receives approximately 1,000 nominations for each program, making them among the largest and most competitive scholarships in the country.

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