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Gap Year Design & Support

For ages 17-21: Graduating high school students, home/unschoolers, and college-aged young people who aren’t attending college

Instead of joining an expensive program, I’ll help you custom-design an affordable and meaningful independent gap year—you’ll learn more, grow more, and save thousands in the process. I also offer ongoing support while you’re taking your gap year, helping you stay on track as a self-directed learner.

I offer this service through my company Unschool Adventures—please visit Individual Adventures.


Check out these articles I’ve written about gap years and related topics:

Watch this short video where I explain the idea of postponing college to take a gap year. (I took first place award at the event!)

College Prep & Portfolios

For ages 15-21: Home/unschoolers & alternative school students

For non-traditionally prepared teenagers thinking seriously about 4-year college, I offer concrete guidance that will enable you to continue following your interests while also preparing for competitive college admissions. I also design beautiful portfolios that tell your educational story in a clear and compelling way.


Example portfolioa portfolio I built for a college-bound 16-year-old in 2018.

Grab a copy of my first book, College Without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College, online or at your local library. (Yes, I literally “wrote the book” on this subject.) 🙂

Unschooling Support

For ages 13-19: Home/unschoolers, both brand-new & long-time

For teenagers beginning their unschooling journey (or continuing it) I offer inspirational coaching to help you make the most of your freedom and opportunities. Since 2010 I’ve served as long-term coach to over a dozen unschooling teens and short-term coach to hundreds more.


Here are a few articles I’ve written about homeschooling and unschooling:

Here are some relevant podcast interviews:

Finally, don’t miss Launchpad, the email-based online course that I created for self-directed teens wanting to sharpen their goal-setting, motivation, and accountability.

Parent Coaching

For parents of all ages and stages.

Indie parents are resourceful, self-directed, and autonomous—yet even they can sometimes benefit from outside guidance. While I don’t have kids myself, my 200+ weeks of running programs for highly independent 14- to 21-year-olds gives me a unique perspective on how help your child transition from home into the world.


Parents, learn more about me by reading this profile, listening to this interview, and perusing my personal website.

To get a sense of my educational and parenting philosophy, check out my articles, starting with this one: What Does it Mean to Be Educated?

Next step: Read what others say about working with me.