Independent Learning Academy started as a co-op in Laguna Niguel at the home of Joe and Lesley Russell. The program was called Thursday Co-op, and it was made up of twenty-three families and 65 children who met every Thursday from 8-3pm in the Russell’s home. It was an incredible year filled with God’s provision and His many blessings. The co-op was comprised of many hard-working and talented moms who taught classes and cared for each other’s children.

In the fall of 2012 the vision of offering this program to all of Orange County became a reality with over twenty professional teachers and thirty classes to bless the homeschooling families of OC at the beautiful venue of Coast Hills Community Church. Founder, Lesley Russell, has worked over the past 16 years with young adults providing and equipping them with opportunities to learn and serve in their communities with various youth ministry programs.¬† Having received her Master’s in Secondary Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, Lesley has taught in various¬†locations and programs throughout the country. She and her husband, Joe, have enjoyed homeschooling their own four children for the past ten years.

Independent Learning Academy looks forward to partnering with you and your children to provide an exceptional educational experience for your students to embrace through engaging academic classes, enriching electives, and exciting opportunities within the community to both express themselves and to make a difference.