I used Clonlara for a while, but that was a long time ago... at least ten years now I guess.
I was very impressed with their resource suggestions and the community spirit of the school and the other homeschool parents (newsletter, etc.).
It was rather costly then, but I believe it was far less than some other programs...but they don't provide books and resources, only suggest them.
The teachers at the school were easily available to answer my questions. I'm sure this would be better now with more widespread use of the internet.
They had good guidance as far as state laws are concerned. They know what they're doing. Signing up with them is a way to be more official as far as your legal position, if that's a consideration.
My only reservation would be that if you are on a tight budget, you can find the resource suggestions in other ways. I would subscribe to H.E.M. (Home Education Magazine) and connect with those folks as much as possible. And you may live in a place where there are other ways to be legal, so that part isn't a necessity for you.
To sum up... it depends on your needs. If you need to have an official curriculum and affiliate with a school while "unschooling", I'd recommend them for sure. If you need resource recommendations, community spirit, testing, etc. then there are other ways to get those.
You won't be unhappy with them, it just may not be necessary.
I did it for one year with my then-14 year old son. We did kind of a mix of unschooling and eclectic schooling, and I really liked Clonlara's philosophy.. in theory at least. However, I began to feel that it was foolish of me to pay money for no curriculum ( we did the standard enrollment rather than compuhigh). Plus, I decided that for his last few years of schooling, we would move away from the unschooling approach to something a bit more structured in preparation for college/the work force, etc.
Basically, I really liked the idea of Clonlara. But this year I put money toward a curriculum. It's working out better for us. http://www.keystonehighschool.com/...
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