Thursday, May 9, 2024
4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Biola University
La Mirada, CA

Parents and their teens are invited to attend this FREE, fun, informative evening on navigating high school and beyond. There are many different pathways open to homeschooled students after high school, and our goal is to give you an overview of several of them.

Our desire is to show parents that not only is it possible to homeschool through high school, but you can be successful and prepare your student for whatever God may have for him after graduation, including college. Teens are encouraged to come to learn more about the possibilities, the college admissions process, and attend the college fair, where representatives from colleges will be happy to meet you and answer your individual questions.

This event is FREE and open to the public, though registration is required.


4:30 p.m. The Sky’s the Limit, Durenda Wilson
5:30 p.m. Is Your Student College Bound?, Penny Ross
7:00 p.m. College Fair & Exhibit Hall Preview


Biola University Sigma Hall
13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639

Each suite includes two bedrooms, each with two twin beds, a sink, and mirror. With locking doors on each side, a jack-and-jill style bathroom, with a toilet and shower, is shared between the two rooms. There is a shared, large lounge with an attached kitchen on each of the three floors. Includes linens and 3 meals at the all-you-can-eat-cafeteria.

Courtyard Anaheim-Buena Park
(approx. 15 min. drive)
7621 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles Norwalk
(approx. 10 min. drive)
13111 Sycamore Dr., Norwalk, CA 90650

For more information about these accommodations and to make reservations, view our Accommodations Information.

Meet Our Speakers

Durenda Wilson

Durenda Wilson

With more than thirty years of home education experience, Durenda Wilson is a trusted voice and resource at homeschooling conventions and on The Durenda Wilson Podcast.

Durenda and her husband, Darryl, have been married for 34 years. They have eight kids (seven graduated so far) and ten grandchildren. As an author, speaker, and podcaster, her greatest joy is reminding parents how doable and effective homeschooling is and that they are qualified for the job! Her books include The Four Hour School Day, The Unhurried Homeschooler, Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart, and Raising Boys to Men.

Penny Ross

Penny Ross

Penny Ross taught her own 3 children at home from birth through high school graduation. She led a PSP at her church and now runs Tools for the Home Educator, an independent consulting business. She offers encouragement, support, and training through consultations, coaching, webinars, and workshops. Her specialty is in helping families clarify their homeschooling goals and then assisting them in mapping a pathway to success. Penny is married to her college sweetheart, Greg, and together they delight in seven grandchildren.


The Sky’s the Limit!, Durenda Wilson
These final years seem full of pressure and can feel intimidating. Every parent wonders if their kids will be prepared for college, if they missed something, or if their child will measure up. In this workshop, parents are encouraged to take a step back and consider possible post-high school options that might be a better fit for their graduate. Durenda is in her 19th year of homeschooling high schoolers and will share how she turned her children’s interests and experiences into high school credits and how combining subjects can help keep your high schooler motivated. She will also share the importance of parents moving away from a dominating role and more toward the role of a coach during this season.

Is Your Student College Bound?, Penny Ross
If you think your student might be headed to college, this workshop will provide an introduction and overview to the process. We will discuss the basics of higher education including the different types of schools (community college, UC, CSU, private college, Christian college, Bible college, and vocational school), admissions guidelines for homeschoolers, and a short primer on financial aid.

College Fair & Exhibit Hall Preview
After our great speaker sessions, we invite you to join us in our Exhibit Hall for our College Fair. Find the perfect match for your student, ask questions of the schools to find out what they are looking for, and enjoy the beginning of an amazing journey as your child starts to move into adulthood. Families must attend at least “Is Your Student College Bound?” to receive admission to the College Fair and Exhibit Hall.

Mini-Con Rates

Regular Rate CHEA Members
Life After High School Mini-Con Only Free Free
Parenting & Homeschool Conference Attendees Included Included