Successful & Famous People that were Homeschooled
Venus Williams is a homeschooler that has back-to-back wins at Wimbledon both in 2001 and 2000.
Back-to-Back US Open Winners AND Homeschoolers
Dakota Fanning in Steven Spielberg's "Taken"
Dakota Fanning
In real life, this precocious 8-year-old astonished a group of jaded reporters at Taken's press junket:

When asked simplistic kiddie questions about her work, Fanning responded with the articulation of a seasoned pro. How did the kid learn so much so fast?

"I'm home schooled, and I have a teacher that goes with me on all my movies," Fanning explains. "She's taught me a lot 'cause I've had her since I was in second grade, and I'm in fourth grade right now."
As narrator of all 10 episodes of the Sci Fi Channel miniseries, Fanning must've had to use her imagination to picture a world invaded by aliens. Er, didn't she? "Yeah, I kind of did," the young lady admits, though she adds matter-of-factly: "I had read some of the earlier scripts, so I knew what was going on."

After two years in showbiz, Fanning's finally shooting her first kid-oriented flick — The Cat in the Hat with Mike Myers. But don't expect her to approach that project with anything but the utmost seriousness, either. Even if she is still in Dr. Seuss's target age demographic.

"It's so true to the book and everything looks exactly like I pictured it," she says. "The sets and everything look absolutely amazing.
Jena is homeschooled and feels that it has helped her to excel in all of her subjects. She also loves to kickbox and likes to figure out her computer. Jena's main goal is to be a director. She feels that as a director you can put a little of yourself into every part.
Jena Malone was born in Lake Tahoe Nevada and moved to Southern California. Her mother was active in community theater so Jena got very comfortable around the theater at an early age. Jena loves math and has a great interest in the Renaissance. She also loves the music of all the great composers.
I'd be helping the teacher, like the teacher's assistant and helping other kids.

And there's always that one person who just doesn't understand, and it drags the entire class behind. So I was always going ahead, and helping grade papers and stuff.

"The great thing about homeschool is you can learn what you really need to learn, and you can take things that you're interested in. I take so many extra courses: creative writing and German, and I'm really interested in the Renaissance, and I can really get more in depth on it one year if I wanted to."
Nominations
* Golden Globe, 1998. Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie.
*  Independent Spirit Award, 1997. Best Debut Performance.
*  SAG Award, 1997. Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor.
Awards
*  Saturn Award, 1998. Best Performance by a Younger Actress.
*  Young Actress Award, 1997. Best actress in a Movie.
Jena Malone, the talented actress that has starred and played prominent roles in several movies and TV shows.
Josh Layne has been playing the harp for over a decade.

He was homeschooled by his mom, Marty Layne. Now in his early twenties, Layne has become totally devoted to this instrument. Why?

"Some people are addicted to chocolate, I'm addicted to harp playing!" he reveals.

This attitude allowed Layne to reach for the stars, considering some major setbacks.
Layne learned how to play at age 13, inspired from listening to harp music. He studied with a teacher he still learns from today, and found himself very involved with the harp. His family gladly helped him finance his expensive instrument. And the effort certainly paid off! Layne has three albums to his credit, many live harp performances on his resume, and a way to express himself.
"The harp is a very difficult instrument to play," he admits, adding that the preparation time for a concert can be as much as eight months in advance!

He rose to the challenge of financial complications (good quality harps cost over $14,000!). He also dealt with an important obstacle every musician must face: the long hours of practicing!

Luckily, gifted Layne has chosen something he loves unconditionally. A professional musician, Layne has never tired of playing solo performances.
Homeschooler Jennie Chancey was able to take advantage of the flexibility offered by homeschooling to learn how to sew.

She says, "My mother taught me to sew on the machine when I was eight....when I turned 14 and saw the Anne of Green Gables video series, I decided I wanted to learn to recreate vintage clothing for myself.

My mother then spent a good part of my eighth-grade year teaching me to make patterns from scratch and draping fabric on a sewing mannequin."
Back when I was homeschooled in the early 1980s, we didn't have online classes, let alone the internet. So I never had an opportunity to study that way. However, I now have the privilege of teaching students all over the world (including many homeschoolers) online through the Costume Classroom.

It has been so much fun to interact with students interested in historical costuming--especially those who do not have sewing classes available locally.
As you can see in the pictures, my homeschool students are having a wonderful time creating their own historical gowns. Melissa, who shared the pictures, wrote, "I had a basic knowledge of sewing before I started the class, but absolutely no confidence in my skills. Your encouragement gave me that confidence! Now, I'm looking at dresses in movies, catalogs, etc., and thinking about how I can reproduce them myself. I think this course is great for home-schoolers! It was so nice to stay right here at home and get the full benefits of personal instruction."
Their father, Richard Williams, is the son of a Louisiana sharecropper. He learned to play tennis by reading books and watching videos.
Venus and Serena were both homeschooled and learned tennis at the early age of four.
Alyssa is a very talented up-and-coming movie director, with a cast of unique actors.
When I was 12, I made another movie, "The Christmas Caper", and it had about ten guinea pigs in it. It won first place and Best of Division in the Cannes film festival.

Then the next year I made another film called "Guinea Pigs From Mars", and it also won first place at the Cannes.

Then I made a short for Nickelodeon called, "Figure it Out: Guinea Pig Style".

After that I worked for six months on my most involved guinea pig movie, "Carrot Wars", a spoof on "Star Wars." HBO commissioned "Carrot Wars" and also bought rights to my first three guinea pig movies, to show on the HBO Family Channel.

I recently formed my own production company, Milbo Productions, and have been selling copies of the "Carrot Wars" video to customers all over the World from my web page (click on a guinea pig photo).
Liz Kroboth is a perfect example of Alternative Paths to College. She was a homeschooled student who took almost two full years of college courses while she was in high school through the CPCC Concurrent Enrollment Program in Charlotte, North Carolina. Not only was Liz a student at the college, she got involved with student government in a big way.
Tony Zeiss, the president of the college in a recent interview on the Zone said, "Liz served as our student body president 2000-2001.

She was home-schooled and was very prepared for this leadership role.

She served on our board of trustees and had to learn to move with ease from working with peers to working with some of the community's top leaders and policy makers."
I see going to CPCC as one of the major landmarks in my life. First of all, it allowed me for the first time to interact on a daily basis with a diverse group of people; people in their 20's, 40's, sometimes even 60's, people from many social and economic backgrounds, people from all over the world, and people with different value systems.

In spite of the fact that I was much younger than most CPCC students, I met many highly motivated and unique people, including a few close friends and my boyfriend.

In addition, by attending CPCC, I had the opportunity to be in a classroom environment, and I learned many skills which would became important when I moved on to the university, such as managing a course load, interacting with teachers, and how to write two papers, study three chapters and do a project all in one weekend: one word--coffee.
Zeiss went on to say, "Another former student government leader who was homeschooled comes to mind. She was April Prenninger. Like Liz, she was an excellent student, well prepared for life, a good thinker, and received a full scholarship to George Washington University for her junior and senior year".

Alyssa Buecker is an outstanding teenager.
The Homeschool Twins - Venus & Serena Williams
By adding the Australian Open title to the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open crowns she captured in 2002, Serena became the fifth player in history to hold all four championships at one time.
Serena Williams wipes away a tear during the winner's trophy presentation at the 2003 Australian Open.
But she doesn't just hang out. Like many other gifted young actors, she has found homeschooling a way to help realize her many talents. Before switching to it, she was in public schools, always in a gifted program, and admits
"The reason I started homeschool is I was so bored in school."
John Adams

Joseph Pulitzer

Ansel Adams

Robert Frost

Irving Berlin

Whoopi Goldberg

Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Hanson Singers

William F. Buckley Jr.

Jason Taylor - NFL

Todd Lodwick

Andrew Carnegie

Charlie Chaplin

Agatha Christie

Winston Churchill

Charles Dickens

Thomas Edison

Benjamin Franklin

Florence Nightingale

Woodrow Wilson

The Wright brothers

FDR

Alexander Graham Bell

Pearl Buck

General George S. Patton

Joan of Arc

Leonardo da Vinci

Wolfgang Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Claude Monet

William Penn

Abraham Lincoln

Theodore Roosevelt

Robert E. Lee

Douglas MacArthur

C.S. Lewis

Hans Christian Anderson

Mark Twain

George Washington

James Madison

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

Patrick Henry

John Paul Jones

Venus Williams

Serena Williams

Dakota Fanning

Jena Malone

Josh Layne

Jennie Chancey

Alyssa Buecker

Liz Kroboth
John Adams

Joseph Pulitzer

Ansel Adams

Robert Frost

Irving Berlin

Whoopi Goldberg

Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Hanson Singers

William F. Buckley Jr.

Jason Taylor - NFL

Todd Lodwick

Andrew Carnegie

Charlie Chaplin

Agatha Christie

Winston Churchill

Charles Dickens

Thomas Edison

Benjamin Franklin

Florence Nightingale

Woodrow Wilson

The Wright brothers

FDR

Alexander Graham Bell

Pearl Buck

General George S. Patton

Joan of Arc

Leonardo da Vinci

Wolfgang Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Claude Monet

William Penn

Abraham Lincoln

Theodore Roosevelt

Robert E. Lee

Douglas MacArthur

C.S. Lewis

Hans Christian Anderson

Mark Twain

George Washington

James Madison

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

Patrick Henry

John Paul Jones

Venus Williams

Serena Williams

Dakota Fanning

Jena Malone

Josh Layne

Jennie Chancey

Alyssa Buecker

Liz Kroboth
Jason was home-schooled during high school, although he played sports for Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jason Taylor starts at right end for the Miami Dolphins. He is married to Katina and they reside in Davie, Florida.
Jason worked with children's hospitals in Pittsburgh and Akron... Has participated in events benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis... Has assisted in building houses in Miami for Habitat for Humanity... Prior to the 1999 season, released his own calendar with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit First Book, a national non-profit organization committed to giving children the opportunity to read and own their first new books... Each of the last two years, has been a member of the "Crunch on Paralysis" team, along with Trace Armstrong and Zach Thomas, that made a donation for every sack and tackle they made to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis...
PRO BOWL: Was voted as a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad, the first such honor of his NFL career.
John Adams

Joseph Pulitzer

Ansel Adams

Robert Frost

Irving Berlin

Whoopi Goldberg

Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Hanson Singers

William F. Buckley Jr.

Jason Taylor - NFL

Todd Lodwick

Andrew Carnegie

Charlie Chaplin

Agatha Christie

Winston Churchill

Charles Dickens

Thomas Edison

Benjamin Franklin

Florence Nightingale

Woodrow Wilson

The Wright brothers

FDR

Alexander Graham Bell

Pearl Buck

General George S. Patton

Joan of Arc

Leonardo da Vinci

Wolfgang Mozart

Felix Mendelssohn

Claude Monet

William Penn

Abraham Lincoln

Theodore Roosevelt
PRESIDENTS-
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D Roosevelt
FAMOUS WOMEN-
Abigail Adams, Mercy Warren, Martha Washington, Forence Nightingale, Phyllis Wheatley, Agatha Christie, Pearl S. Buck
GENERALS-
"Stonewall" Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton
ARTISTS-
John Singleton Copley, Andrew Wyeth, Rembrandt Peale, Claude Monet, Ansel Adams
AUTHORS-
Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Irving Berlin, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis
COMPOSERS-
Anton Bruckner, Felix Mendelssohn, Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc
PREACHERS & MISSIONARIES-
John & Charles Wesley, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, William Carey, Dwight L. Moody, John Newton, Hudson Taylor
CHIEF JUSTICES U.S. SUPREME COURT-
John Rutledge, John Jay, John Marshall
DIVERSELY TALENTED-
Blaise Pascal, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Edison,Benjamin Franklin,Andrew Carnegie, John Stuart Mill

And Many More!

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I have been homeschooling since Kindergarten. 

I love having the time and freedom to pursue my  own interests, and that includes making guinea pig movies! I also enjoy  being able to be with my pets all day long.
"Carrot Wars" is a spoof on "Star Wars", which along with three other films, has been commissioned by the HBO Family Channel!
They don’t want a paycheck or a fancy dressing room; lettuce will be more than enough!
Alyssa has 14 guinea pigs, including Butterscotch Twinkie, Chocolate Cheesecake, and Winky. She has made many movies starring her furry friends, like her most current work on Nickolodeon: "Carrot Wars".
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