Laurel Springs was founded in 1991 by Marilyn Mosley Gordanier and a dedicated group of educators. For more than 20 years, our school has been a leader in developing quality educational home study options for students seeking alternatives to the traditional classroom setting. While the online education model has grown exponentially, our years of dedication and exceptional track record speak to our expertise in this field.
Our school focuses on the unique talents of individual students, as well as the power of a student’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Laurel Springs School evolved from a vision of creating a collaborative educational program for homeschoolers. Our founders felt strongly about providing an academic experience that met the specific needs of each of our students, in harmony with their learning styles, interests, and talents.
We started by offering text-based distance learning programs in 1991, and by 1994, Laurel Springs School became one of the first schools in the United States to successfully develop an online curriculum. As the Internet matured, we began to enroll many international students. We continue to enhance our courses, and invest in the most advanced online education tools, including a state-of-the-art learning management system, exceptional curriculum choices, and one-on-one support services with expert, caring teachers.
Our focus on academic excellence has enabled us to achieve major milestones. In 1998, Laurel Springs courses received a-g approval from the University of California’s governing body. Shortly afterwards, in 2000, our school became the first distance learning school to receive accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). That same year, Laurel Springs became an approved member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and many of our high school courses subsequently received Division I and II approval. In 2006, our school gained membership in the prestigious National Honor Society, and in 2011 we were invited to join the National Junior Honor Society. Our teachers and staff are proud of the numerous awards our school has received, including the United States Distance Learning Association Leadership Award and the United Nations Global 500 Award.
We embrace our global community of learners, who live in 60 different countries outside the United States. Our staff and teachers share a vision of personalized education that is inherent to our school’s distance learning model and attracts students whose schedules demand non-traditional school hours. Our international students complete their coursework without concern for time zone issues. Our school’s flexible schedule also appeals to students who are pursuing their goals as actors, dancers, recording artists, and athletes. All of our students benefit from a college-prep education, with a focus on pursuing their interests, goals, talents and dreams.