1. California Parents Rights

Information for parents and family members about becoming involved in the education of their children. Includes the legal rights of California parents to participate in their children's education and special information parents of students with special needs.

5 Paragraph Essay

Writing essays can strike fear in the hearts and minds of students of all ages, but it doesn’t have to. If you know what to expect and understand how to write a five paragraph essay, you will be prepared to tackle any essay writing prompt.

A+ Research & Writing

A+Before you can start writing, you have to explore the subject to find a topic, locate relevant information, analyze the issues and organize your arguments. These activities take more time and require different skills than the final step—writing the paper.  A+ Research & Writing's step by step section will guide you through this process from getting the assignment to writing the paper.

Advanced Placement (AP)

You might think that AP classes are tough, and you might be right. But that doesn’t mean that you aren’t up to the task. AP brings the college experience to your high school with the opportunity to earn college credit at thousands of universities. More students are ready for AP than you’d think. Roll up your sleeves and find out what AP can do for you.

Age Calculator

mathcatsHow old are you? Learn your age, to the day, hour, minute or second with this Age Calculator by Math Cats.

Americans at War: The Price of Freedom

PriceofFredmAmericans have gone to war to win their independence, expand their natural boundaries, define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe. The Price of Freedom examines how wars have shaped the nation’s history.

BLS: What Do You Like?

WhatDoULikeThe Bureau of Labor Statistics' Web site provides introductory career information for students. Most of the material on the site has been adapted from the Bureau's Occupational Outlook Handbook—a career guidance publication for adults and upper-level high school students that describes the job duties, working conditions, training requirements, earnings levels, and employment prospects of hundreds of occupations.

California Apprenticeships

The California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association maintains a website with a wealth of information about apprenticeships.

College Source

CollegeSource15CollegeSource Online is a database of over 100,000 digital college catalogs, institution profiles, transcript keys, and other critical resources.

EFC (Expected Family Contribution) Calculator

bigfutureStudents and their families are expected to contribute to the cost of college to the extent that they’re able. Use this Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator to:

  • • Estimate how much the student’s family will be expected to contribute for the year.
  • • Gain insight into the student’s financial aid eligibility. If you’re unable to contribute the entire cost of college, financial aid is available to bridge the gap.

FAFSA: A Guide to Completing

FAFSA-GuideIn spite of the warnings and alarmist articles about student debt, people with college degrees are better off in the job market and earn more over their lifetimes – about $1 million more.

And you can make a few smart moves before you ever head to college that will help your pocketbook considerably after you graduate. The first, foremost, and absolute most important of all those moves is: filling out the FAFSA.

Khan Academy

KhanAcademyYou only have to know one thing: You can learn anything.

Math. Science and Engineering. Economics. Computing. Arts and the Humanities. Start learning now at Khan Academy.


LanguageBirdThe University of California and the NCAA have approved LanguageBird as a college-prep online course provider. This means that a high school student can list LanguageBird courses on their transcripts and colleges will accept our courses for your high school credits. Courses can be used for credit recovery, to get ahead, to improve skills, or just for review!

Learning Styles

AboutStudents learn in many ways, like seeing, hearing, and experiencing things first hand. But for most students, one of these methods stands out. Why is this important? About.com research has shown that students can perform better on tests if they change study habits to fit their own personal Learning Styles.

Middle Class Scholarship

CAGovThe Middle Class Scholarship provides undergraduate students (including students pursuing a teaching credential), with Family Incomes & Scholarships for up to $184,000 to attend a University of California (UC) or a California State University (CSU) campuses.

Periodic Table of Technology

The Beacon has created a Periodic Table of Technology to teach about science and technology by showing how elements are used in everyday tech-use.

Plagiarism Tutorial

PlagiarismPlagiarism is the presentation of words, ideas, images, or creative works without giving proper credit to their originators. It is an academic crime—even when plagiarism is unintentional.

Purplemath – Algebra Resources

Purplemath’s algebra lessons are written with the student in mind. These lessons emphasize the practicalities rather than the technicalities, demonstrating dependable techniques and pointing out common mistakes. The lessons are cross-referenced to help you find related material, and a "search" box is on every page to help you find what you're looking for.

Read Print

Read Print, your online library, offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classics enthusiasts. You can keep track of what you’ve read and books you’d like to read, discover new books and get recommendations, discuss books & join online book clubs & groups and, best of all...it is entirely FREE!

UC Scout

UCScoutScout from University of California is a full-service online learning platform for high school students interested in Advanced Placement, Honors, credit recovery, or “a-g” college prep courses. Scout will help students on their road to graduation and provide them with a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for college.

Scout’s courses are approved by the College Board and University of California, where applicable.

United States & World Population Clock

US CensusThe U.S. & World Population Clock shows a series of projections for the resident population of the United States and throughout the world. This includes people whose usual residence is in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. These projections do not include members of the Armed Forces overseas, their dependents, or other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.

Visual MD

VisualMD-15The VisualMD site offers a rich, visual experience to learn, understand, and interact with health content on the Internet. Users can learn about the development and mechanics of the human heart, how it functions in the body, what can go wrong, treatment options, tips on how you can improve your cardiovascular health and expert audio commentary.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

WUEStudents who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state.

WUE members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Download a brochure here.

Writing: The Process

OwlThe Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.