So...in the nine years we've been pursuing Independent Learning the local scene has changed so much it's barely recognizable. There are so many various types of learning opportunities for all ages and all interests using all different delivery vehicles and formats that it's hard for most people to truly get how many options exist.
For the purpose of getting something started here I'm going to begin with the tiniest tip of the iceberg and put down the offerings that first come to mind in the 30 minutes I have to spend today. Here you go. Look for updates as time allows.
Outschool (Various) Great Listing Service for Learning Experience Outside of Regular School
Quantum Camp (Piedmont, SF, Palo Alto): Pioneering the micro-school customizable model. Offering small group classes to independent learners during the academic year and summer camps off-season). Science and math classes for Grades 1-8.
School of Independent Learners (Mountainview): One on one classes
Kidizens (Los Altos/Palo Alto): Social Studies through hands-on Lego City Building
|Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta (Mountainview but travel): Language Arts Tutors and Teachers) Contact: Shu-Hsien Ho <email@example.com or Royd Hatta <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Mathnasium: (102 CA locations including Burlingame, San Mateo, RWC, Palo Alto, Mountainview and Sunnyvale): Franchised Math Small Group Tutoring; more progressive feeling and fun than Kumon or other traditional tutoring companies. Some locations have Homeschooling Hours (like the San Mateo location; if you go there please say I referred you)...if not, ask them to open a day up.
Riekes Center: (Menlo Park): that offers programs in , , and.
Thinkering School (San Francisco, Montara): Classes and workshops that encourage kids to Think, Make, and Tinker.
Communication Academy (Cupertino): Communication skills courses offering instruction and coaching from professionals in Public Speaking, Debate, Writing, and Math Olympiad.