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Parent at the Helm’s September Book Giveaway: College Without High School

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College Without High School

A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College

By Blake Boles


One of the most wonderful aspects of getting to speak at conferences across the country is the opportunity to meet terrific people. I was fortunate enough to meet Blake Boles when we presented at the same conference in Salt Lake City this past spring. Our book tables were next to each other, providing us a bit of time for conversation, and upon seeing the title of Blake’s book, I knew it was one that Parents at the Helm would like. I asked him to contribute a copy for our September book giveaway, and he graciously said he would!

In case you don’t know Blake, he has worked extensively with teens outside the traditional high school environment, and designs and leads innovative trips through Unschool Adventures. Your kids are going to LOVE this book, and here’s why!

High school can be boring. High school curriculum can be frustrating and out of touch.

So what is the answer for young people whose creativity, bright ideas, and boundless energy are being stifled in that over-scheduled and grade-driven environment?

What would you do if you could go to college without going to high school? Would you travel abroad, spend late nights writing a novel, volunteer in an emergency room, or build your own company? What dreams would you be pursuing right now?

College Without High School shows how independent teens can self-design their high school education by becoming unschooled. Students begin by defining their goals and dreams and then pursue them through a combination of meaningful and engaging adventures.

It is possible to pursue your dreams, and gain admission to any college of your choice.

Boles shows how to fulfill college admission requirements by proving five preparatory results: intellectual passion, leadership, logical reasoning, background knowledge, and the capacity for structured learning. He then offers several suggestions for life-changing, confidence-building adventures that will demonstrate those results.

This intriguing approach to following your dreams and doing college prep on your own terms will be welcomed by students (and their parents).

Don’t wait! Register to win today!

Contest Details

CONTEST DEADLINE: Sep 30, 2010; 11:59PM (EDT)


HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST: To enter, submit a comment on the PARENT AT THE HELM August Giveaway blog article.

You are allowed one entry per book, with the exception of BLOGGERS: I know your pain! [g]! Blog about this giveaway, include the link to your post in your comment, and you will receive an extra entry in the contest as a thank you for all of your hard work! PARENT AT THE HELM is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by PARENT AT THE HELM on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any Web site or at any combination of these.

WINNER SELECTION: The winner shall be selected using’s “Randomizer” on the morning of October 1, 2010.

ODDS OF WINNING: You’ve got great odds! Odds are determined by the number of entries received.

OBTAINING YOUR PRIZE: We will contact winner by email only. PARENT AT THE HELM will make a reasonable effort to contact you on the day you are determined as winner, but we are not responsible for misdirected notification because of problems with the e-mail address you provide to us. If we cannot reach you, you may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. In addition, a winner who does not comply with the Official Rules will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

CONDITIONS: Your participation binds you to these official rules. By participating, you waive any right to claim ambiguity of said rules. All decisions regarding this contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by PARENT AT THE HELM. That decision is final. As winner you are solely responsible for any applicable federal, state and local taxes.

ANNOUNCING THE PRIZE WINNER: We’ll let you know who won on this blog after the October 1, 2010, drawing.

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10 Responses to “Parent at the Helm’s September Book Giveaway: College Without High School”

  1. The book sounds great! Not that I ever win anything . . .

  2. Barbooch says:

    My 15 yo daughter is doing this – freshman in college this fall, she'd be a junior if she were in high school.

  3. This book sounds so cool! I realized recently that we are very much unschoolers and I think this plan would be a great fit for my kids. Thanks for sharing the info and hosting the giveaway!

  4. Laurie says:

    Sounds excellent, and just in time for starting to think about my 13 y.o.'s high school choices.

  5. upstatelisa says:

    I have been wanting to read this book! My son will be in 'high school' next year. Would be great preparation for me and him!

  6. Dana says:

    This book sounds awesome!!!!!

  7. Melinda says:

    I've been in the box for a while, it's time to come out. I've even been wondering if college is a worthy goal.

  8. Ellen says:

    This book is exactly what we need right now — planning to follow our dreams!!!

  9. Cheri says:

    My son will be in high school next year and wants to continue learning at home. This will be a great help to both of us.

  10. Crystal Hallem says:

    I have wanted to read this one, might as well give it a shot 🙂

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