Ambassador, Teen Advisor
GHF Ambassador Wes Beach worked in public schools for 32 years, mostly in high schools, and in a private school for one year. He taught science, math, and English, and directed programs for gifted and “at-risk” kids. He wised up in 1993, left the system, and has since then directed Beach High School, which consists of a home office and an attitude–the attitude expressed in his book Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling and Self-Directed Learning: Documentation and Life Stories. He is at present the Teen Adviser for both the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) and the HomeSchool Association of California (HSC); he served on HSC’s board for two years. He has spoken at many conferences, written a number of articles, is an outside consultant for the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, and in 2005 received a Distinguished Service Award from the California Association for the Gifted. Wes earned a B.A. in physical sciences and mathematics at UCLA in 1961 and an M.A. in educational counseling at USF in 1987. For more articles by Wes, please check out the GHF Articles page on Teens and College or see his posts on the GHF blog. To learn more about his GHF Press books, check out his Amazon Author Central page.
You can learn more about Beach High School and alternative education options, including the myths surrounding high school and beyond, on the website, and you can also follow Beach High School on Facebook.