American History 1 for High School Online Class

Do you have a high school student who needs an American History credit? This live online class will explore American history from the founding of the country through the Civil War.

American History 1 for High School

This class is taught by Leah Courtney, a veteran homeschool mom and educator. She has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and special education and a master's degree in reading education. She's had the opportunity to teach in a traditional classroom, as well as in homeschool co-op groups, and through online classes.

American History 1 for High School Description

Covering from colonization to the Civil War, in this study of American history, students use primary source materials and detailed research in creating presentations, character studies, persuasive historical essays, and other assignments. The class will use fiction and nonfiction books as well as teacher lectures. By delving into the culture of the period studied, including art, literature, and music, and with a large focus on the WHY of events, students gain a real sense of the events and people of the time period.

Weekly homework reinforces the content taught in class and the teacher is available by email as well as by requested meeting times to assist students. Assignments are graded.

Included Literature

Students will need a hard copy or ebook version of the novels.

The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster

By Right of Conquest: With Cortez in Mexico by G.A. Henty

Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford

Poor Richard by James Daugherty

George Washington: A Biography by Washington Irving

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E.Ambrose

The Diary of a Forty-Niner by Chauncy Canfield

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Slopes of War by Norah Perez

This class will be offered on Wednesdays from 10a-11a EST.

American History 1 for High School Class Information for 2022-23

These are live classes. Each class will be recorded, so you'll be able to see it if you miss it. But there is not a separate option for just recorded students.

Students will be using Zoom and Google Classroom for classes. Class assignments and grades will be handled through Google Classroom. Students will need a gmail account to access Google Classroom.

Your student will receive grades, and these classes will be something you can put on your student's transcript. This class will be worth one year's history credit. Ultimately you, as a homeschooling parent, are responsible for assigning the grade. So you can override any grade your student earns because you know of any extenuating circumstances your student might have. Points will not off for late work. But if any work isn't turned in by the time midterm grades and then end of year grades are issued, That work will count as a 0.


Classes will run from the week of August 22 to the week of May 8.

Class Schedule:

Monday- High School Writing Basics  10a-11a EST
              General Literature 11:30a- 12:30p EST
Wednesday- American History 1 10a-11a EST
                    American History 2 11:30a-12:30p EST
                    World History 1p-2p EST
Friday- American Literature 10a-11a EST
            British Literature 11:30a-12:30p EST


There are three ways you can choose to pay.

Pay for the full year at once- $350

Pay one semester at a time- $180 per semester

Nine monthly payments of $45 a month

If you register for a class, it is assumed that your student will take the class all year long, and you'll pay both semesters or all nine months if you choose those options.


Please fill out the attached Google Form if you're interested. You'll receive a confirmation, and your student will be added to a waiting list. A minimum of five students is needed for the class to open. If the class does not have five students by July 15, the class will be closed and you will be notified by email.

Once the class has at least five students, you'll receive an email with a PayPal link to pay. Payment will be due by August 15, the week before classes start.