Whether your looking for school and homeschooling support or helpful college guidance tools, these links will direct you to some of the best resources available along with some safe surfing tips when using the Internet.

Practical help for academic institutions everywhere and links to local colleges and universities.


Local Colleges and Universities

Albright College, Reading, PA

Alvernia University, Reading, PA

Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Penn State Berks, Reading, PA

Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA



Adventures in Education: Free college planning resources, financial aid information, career guidance, and money management tips.

Affordable Colleges Guide: All the Not-For-Profit universities and colleges in Pennsylvania that offer online college programs.

College Board: The SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT and the Advanced Placement Program (AP).

College Resources for Students with Disabilities: Support, advocacy, and assistive technology to facilitate the transition to higher education.

Common Application: Complete one application to submit to any of more than 700 colleges and universities.

Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: Brought to you by the U. S. Dept of Education Office of Post secondary Education.

Discover Business: A comprehensive guide designed to help you learn about different business degree and career options, scholarship and tuition help, and test prep resources.

Next Step: Helps students plan for life after high school.

Peterson's Guide to Colleges and Universities: Find the right university and learn how to prepare for tests like the ACT, SAT, or GRE.

Working and Training in PA: PAsmart is a new workforce development initiative that helps connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in Pennsylvania.


Financial Aid

FAFSA - Federal Student Aid: Find grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.

Fast Web: Fastweb is your connection to scholarships, colleges, financial aid and more.

FinAid: Guide to financial aid.

Standards & Information

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Regulates, funds, and supports education in Pennsylvania.

333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126

Pennsylvania State Standards
Standards children should meet in every subject at specific grade levels.

Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU)
The Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) provides programs and services to public school districts, nonpublic schools, and other human service organizations of Berks County, Pennsylvania. The BCIU also is a liaison agent between the schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

1111 Commons Boulevard, P.O. Box 16050, Reading, PA 19612-6050
fax: 610-987-8400


Curricula and Resources

ThoughtCo.- Homeschooling
Get advice on motivating and transitioning your student, plus keeping track of finances and teaching different age groups.
Donna Young has collected printables and resources for home, homeschool, and classrooms.

Home to thousands of quality, hand-picked resources including homeschooling lesson plans, unit studies, software, webquests, websites, and more.
Resources for excellent civics education. This website connects award-winning, comprehensive curriculum on the Constitution to daily civics news and student discussion.  

The Learning Network: Teaching & Learning with the New York Times
Provides teaching ideas, lesson plans, and more using the news as a base of learning.

Montessori Homeschooling
Helpful information and resources for establishing the Montessori-type learning environment in the home.

PBS Kids
Many fun, educational, interactive games for kids. For teachers:

Reading Eagle - Newspaper in Education
Free newspapers for classrooms, the Reading Eagle-sponsored spelling bee (homeschoolers welcome), Reading Eagle tours.


Advocacy & Support Groups

Home School Legal Defense Association
"HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms."

National Home Education Legal Defense
"NHELD, LLC examines and explains the history of the law pertaining to homeschooling, and the authority of parents to instruct their children... It is important to note that the governmental authority to regulate education, as well as all other issues not specifically mentioned in the Federal Constitution, is left up to the states."

Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA)
"PHEA is an inclusive statewide coalition of home educators whose primary purpose is to provide accurate information and advocate for Pennsylvania home educators."