Mission & History

A school built by parents.

Just like you, they needed an educational solution for a teen.

Amber’s Story

CompuHigh was created in 1994 by Amber’s dad, Stan. She helped him realize that many families really need an alternative to traditional school. Amber was a really smart girl who had always done well in school. But when she started high school, she was bored. And, the social environment became so uncomfortable that she felt afraid to walk through the doors there. Her parents withdrew her and began homeschooling. They could barely keep up with her academic needs; she devoured all the books and curriculum they gave her.

In the early ‘90s the Internet was still in its infancy. There wasn’t really even a World Wide Web at the time. But Amber’s dad saw the potential for the Internet to provide an alternative school environment and opened the world’s first online high school.

In 2005, CompuHigh Whitmore became accredited by NCA-CASI (now AdvancED) in recognition of the excellent education we provide to students.

Alina’s Story

Alina hated high school. She excelled in English, but hated math. She hated feeling humiliated in front of her peers. Alina did everything she could to avoid that feeling. When her mom, Ellen, learned that she was skipping school, she knew she had to find a better option. She found CompuHigh-Whitmore School online. A school with mastery learning and no chapter tests was a good fit for Alina. There were some bumps in the road, but gradually Alina started enjoying school again. She didn’t enjoy making revisions to her assignments, so she worked harder to make her assignments better for the first submission. Eventually Alina discovered that she really is smart. She just needed a different learning environment to shine. Alina graduated early and thrived in college. She had learned to work independently and take charge of her education.

Alina’s mom was so impressed with how CompuHigh helped Alina find her academic success that she wanted to make CompuHigh available to more students. Alina’s mom founded the charter school, South Carolina Whitmore School, using CompuHigh’s curriculum and online systems adapted to a public charter school. Alina’s mom helped SC Whitmore School become the best virtual charter school in South Carolina. So when Amber’s dad started to think of retirement, he knew the school he built from scratch would be well-loved and cared for in the hands of Alina’s mom and dad.

Today, thousands of students have benefited from this unique online learning environment, where students take charge of their education, and discover exactly how they are smart.

 

Whitmore School’s Mission

Whitmore School seeks to provide a supportive, challenging, and alternate learning environment. Students are encouraged to be in charge of their education, giving them the opportunity to develop creativity, independence, responsibility, time management and critical thinking skills. We emphasize mastery of all academic courses, allowing students to view themselves as capable of achieving their educational goals.

 

From the Blog

The Pro’s and Con’s of Micro-Schools and Homeschool Pods

August 4th, 2020 in , , ,

Written by Ellen R.

Virtual schools are taking on several new formats as a result of school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Micro-Schools are brick and mortar learning centers where small groups of students can “go to school” in a safe learning environment with adult supervision. Membership fees start at $250 month and tutoring fees start at $80 hour. Homeschool Pods are forming in neighborhoods all over the country. Organized and facilitated by parents, this option allows parents to take turns as the school facilitator. In this neighborhood option, there are usually no fees. Just neighbors being neighborly. Read more to learn 3 steps to choosing the right online curriculum for your children.

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Homeschool? Virtual School? Blended Learning? What are the Best Education Options for the 2020-21 School Year?

July 30th, 2020 in , , ,

Written by Ellen R.

Are you feeling lost in the confusion over your school options for the 2020-21 school year? Many parents are being faced with making decisions about their child’s education that are confusing and overwhelming. School Districts are faced with developing a plan that will allow children to “go to school” safely. The reality is that there are still many unknown factors of the COVID-19 virus.

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