Off-Trail Learning is for young people who aren’t satisfied with traditional education and want to blaze their own trails through life.

If you’re a highly independent, creative, or adventurous young person, then traditional education may not be a good fit for you. Instead of following the well-beaten path, you want to blaze your own trail.

Off-Trail Learning shows you every option for taking more control of your education, whether that means leaving high school to become an unschooler, purposefully skipping college, getting more out of high school or college without actually leaving, starting college early, joining a self-directed learning center, taking a gap year, attending a camp or travel program, or going back to school after being unschooled.

On our podcast you’ll hear discussions with dynamic young people and forward-thinking adults who practice and promote self-directed learning. (Subscribe on iTunes to never miss an episode.)

If you know a young person (age 14-21) who wants to take more control of their education, send them to Off-Trail Learning!

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Off-Trail Learning is a free website and podcast created by me, Blake BolesHere’s why I do it.

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Having a website with all the information you need to start the self-directed learning path is SO beneficial. I remember looking for something like this everywhere when I started and everything was half-done or required me to go to so many different places to find any semblance of the information I was looking for. Putting it all in one, easily obtainable place is great, and I loved how you address people from all walks of life that may be looking for different things but know that self-directed is the direction they want to go. Really phenomenal.”

—a teenage reader