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College Without High School: A Teenager's Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"Blake Boles has written a remarkable how-to handbook that is destined to change the lives of young people across North America. I highly recommend Blake's book to any middle school or high school student seeking more excitement and engagement in their educational journey. Smart parents should buy this book for their kids and be bold enough to encourage them to forge ahead ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by New Society Publishers (first published January 2009)
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There are some good basic ideas in here for a young person who needs help with prioritizing what they want to pursue in life and figuring out how to make that happen. Unfortunately it comes with a heavy dose of sanctimony and not a lot of helpful detail beyond the most basic brainstorming. The author comes across as a cool kid try-hard wannabe, the kind of person who unironically refers to "the surburbs" with a knowing tsk and calls his fellow citizens "sheeple." The tone was off-putting and the ...more
What a great read! His educational research was inspired by Grace Llewellyn and John Taylor Gatto, both of whom I find to be a bit extremist and not terrible concrete in their advice, but thankfully, Blake's book is very practical and inspiring. His approach to unschooling is very similar to my own. It's all about following your dreams and studying the things you love but also making a plan and setting goals. I found this so much more helpful than just a lot of talk about living wild and free. H ...more
Maybe it's because I've been unschooling for two years or because I realized about half-way through that college might not be right for me, but I really wish I read this book a few years ago. It's an okay read with an innumerable amount of resources and advice, all of which you can tailor to your needs. Some of the best advice does get drawn-out and complicated but it did cover everything.

I was skeptical about reading a book about being a teenage unschooler written by someone who never was, but
Inspiring and practical!
May 15, 2011 Littlevision rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers, parents, unschoolers, homeschoolers
Yay! Finally a less-radical book for those who still aren't sold on the concept of unschooling (or "self-directed homeschooling"). In College Without High School Blake Boles explains how you can unschool and still get into college -- and why it's a preferable and more fulfilling path altogether.

Boles' ideas are really exciting. Where Grace Llewellyn writes a book with more attack on the public school system and more inspiration for self-directed living, Blake focuses more on how to craft project
I found this book very informative. I was looking for something to help me plan for my daughters homeschooled high school years. It gave me a lot of ideas and concepts to era search. If you want your kid to go to college you and your child should should this book.
My parents NEED to read this.
I liked this, but after slogging through it (it's not really dull) for months, I decided that the reason I'm not that interested is because Katie's 3. It has lots of great ideas about furthering your child's education through extracurricular means, travel, research, etc. Even if I do keep Katie in traditional high school (someday), I'll still use some of these ideas for summers or supplemental education. It's very pro-"unschooling," so ignores some of the great parts of traditional high school. ...more
Jenny Wells
Now my first choice to recommend for practical guidance and understanding of why compulsory schooling is not the best, safe, or satisfying choice for high school students and how the path for independent, fulfilling, and project-based learning can be designed. A must for even veteran home-schoolers who need vision and help planning for the high school years that will bring life and not kill the love of learning cultivated in childhood.
When I read this book last night it really helped me to get excited for my adventures- gave me some motivation for the next 12 days. I think it was geared more towards those who have not yet decided whether or not to home school, but it still gave me a lot of information: success stories, suggestions on how to build a resume/transcripts, how unschoolers make way better competition than those who went to traditional school.
Christine Theberge Rafal
Inspiration for teens to unschool. Advice on how to acquire, and demonstrate acquisition of, competencies needed for success in college. Persuasive argument that a disciplined and passionate unschooler will not only stand out better in the ever more crowded field of college applicants but that she will enjoy her life so much more in the process.
I am so glad I found this book -- my hopes for the next four years for Emma have been greatly increased after reading this "guide" for unschooling high school. I am so excited for her -- and so jealous that this wasn't an option for me. I wish I could quit work and learn and explore and have wonderful experiences too!
I read this book with my teenage brother. Replete with practical advice, this book encourages kids to take initiative, take responsibility and get an education, by focusing the college prep years on results-centered interest-development (instead of relying on time spent in a classroom).
Great book! Looking forward to unschooling high school with Regan - starting in September!
Dana Bundy
Excellent reference book for prepping the kids for college. Lots of great ideas. So glad I read it.
Rebecca Anderson
So nice to see people thinking outside the traditional methods of doing things!
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May 19, 2011 Blake Boles rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm the author, so I'm a little biased. I liked it.
Deana Talbert
It was eye opening but I wanted more.
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