WELCOME TO OUR PRIVATE SCHOOL SATELLITE PROGRAM!
Cynthia Simunovich is a wife, mother of six homeschooled children, grandma to three adorable little ones, and the Director of Branson Academy.
I received a B.A. in Theater Arts from UCSC and have over twenty years teaching experience in music and early education. In the last sixteen years, with the fantastic support of family and friends, Branson Academy has grown from a handful of students to helping hundreds of families! It's been an exciting journey!
Our family began homeschooling in the '80's as one of the early pioneer homeschooling families in California -- although we didn't recognize the distinction back then! In 1996 we filed our first R-4 (also known as the private school affidavit) and officially began home schooling as Branson Academy. We offered our PSP umbrella covering to other homeschooling families in 2004, and established Branson Academy Inc.
With the changes in education, especially the uptick in families discovering home based education as a viable alternative to the brick-and-mortar approach, I am thrilled to continue providing outstanding administrative support and student records management for the homeschool community.
My favorite part of our PSP is the opportunity to encourage parents in the amazing job they do every day to shape an individualized learning environment that meets the unique needs of their children.
Outside the day to day operations of a PSP, I love plucking sun-gold tomatoes from the garden, cooking with my husband, catching up on the latest science or education research, and serving in my faith community.
"Create a favorable environment
that will encourage the flowering
of a child’s natural gifts..."
"...discover the true nature of a child and ... assist him [or her] in [their] normal development..."
Dr. Maria Montessori
BRANSON ACADEMY SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES
INTERNATIONAL AND TRAVELING STUDENTS, AND OTHER HOMESCHOOL
FAMILIES IN STATES WHERE PSP'S ARE PERMITTED.
"Thank you Cynthia. I am excited for a new year! You have been amazing to work with. Thank you for all you do. I appreciate and love how you're always so quick to respond. :) "
J.S. Carmichael, CA
“We are thankful for your Independent Study school services and hope to stay with you all the way through high school.”
C.L. Paradise, CA
“Thank you so much for all your help through the enrollment process. I appreciate your help and support in setting up [our] home program. I have recommended Branson Academy to several parents who have children with special needs.”
M.S. Walnut Creek, CA
“I am so pleased with your input and obvious concern for my son’s education. We thoroughly enjoy the program.”
P.F. Salinas, CA
“I just wanted to thank you for being so supportive during this past year! It was an amazing experience. We had a great year. I would recommend home school and Branson Academy to anyone.”
G.P. Santa Cruz, CA
"Thank you!! We are so thankful for you and all your help for our family!"
L.H. Vacaville, CA
"Thank you so much for responding to all of my questions and in depth. It's a big help."
M.M. Henderson, NV
“This is so well organized!”
G.M. Sacramento, CA
“Thank you so much for all your time and involvement - it really helps hugely to have a travel guide!”
L.H. Los Angeles, CA