Jill Harper, Founding Director
Jill Harper is an educational consultant and homeschool coach who is passionate about educational choice and finding a path that works for each individual student. She has been homeschooling her own children since 2003 and has been an advocate in the homeschooling community for years.
Jill began breaking away from the educational norm and deciding her own path when she took the California High School Proficiency Exam at age 16 and enrolled in community college. From there she went on to the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with honors with a B.A. in film studies. She completed the multi-subject credentialing program from National University, and is currently enrolled at UCSD extension working towards the certificate in college counseling.
Jill has been helping other families homeschool for over ten years. She was a founding member of SEA Homeschoolers, a national support group for secular homeschoolers, and she is a founding member of AHA homeschoolers, a smaller group that supports Asynchronous homeschooled students. In addition, she has been blogging about her own homeschool journey since 2008 at TAD Town.
Jill is well-versed in all things related to homeschooling including the various curriculum choices and homeschool styles. She is an expert in the area of homeschooling gifted students, twice-exceptional students, and students with disabilities, including both learning and physical. She also has experience with the classical homeschooling method and coordinating a homeschool curriculum with outside courses.
Jill also specializes in helping parents navigate the college application process. She has experience in working on transcripts and course descriptions specifically for homeschoolers. She is also familiar with everything related to financial aid including the FAFSA, the CSS Financial Aid Profile, and for California students, the CalGrant. She has experience with different college applications including the Common App, the UC application, The Coalition App, and for low-income high achieving students, the QuestBridge Application.
Jill has recently been through the college application process with her two oldest children and is getting ready for her youngest to start his high school years as a homeschooler. She is based in Southern California and is able to work one-on-one with clients in Southern California or online with clients in other areas. Additionally Jill travels every year to the midwest and Switzerland and is able to meet up in those area with anyone needing one-on-one help.
“Jill was instrumental in helping me get started with homeschooling. She is a wealth of information and was able to advise me in the best way to begin. Thanks to her and her support I am now on my third year of homeschooling and have never been happier with the way my child’s educational journey is going.”
“I was so overwhelmed with the college process. I was unsure how to approach it as a homeschooler and was in need of help. My teenager was also in need of guidance. Working with Jill was such a wonderful experience for both of us. We are so happy that we found her and thankful for all she was able to accomplish for us.”
“Dear Jill, thank you for everything you have done for my family. I honestly cannot state how much you have changed our lives. We were all struggling with school and my daughter’s learning disabilities and did not even know we had another choice. Through you we have discovered this whole other world of homeschooling and have been able to provide an environment for my daughter in which she thrives. Thank you again for everything!”