Cynthia Simunovich is a wife, mother of six homeschooled children, grandma to a growing tribe, and 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. 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!

I love helping parents discover how their children learn, find the resources they need, and encourage them in the amazing work of shaping and customizing a learning environment for their children.

Our family began homeschooling in the ’80’s as one of the early pioneer homeschooling families in California!

In 2004 we offered our PSP umbrella covering to other local homeschooling families and incorporated. Branson Academy Inc became a “family” business with a son designing our first website, daughters helping with filing and data entry, and hubby creating Excel spreadsheets! As our children began their own careers and households, I transitioned from homeschool mom to full time director of our PSP and now employ part-time office and data entry support.

Thousands of parents are re-discovering home education as a viable option for their family, and I am thrilled to continue providing outstanding administrative support, student records management, and coaching for today’s homeschool community!

Outside the day to day operations of our PSP you can find me plucking sun-gold tomatoes from the garden, hiking with hubby, catching up on the latest science and education research, and serving in our faith community.

​Come homeschool with us, and enjoy the journey!

“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



” 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

“ Thank you so much for all your time and involvement – it really helps hugely to have a travel guide! ”

L.H. Los Angeles, 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 offering a free consultation. It was very helpful and you made [my daughter] and I confident in her moving forward with an alternative/early graduation for High School. “


” 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

​“ 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 for your time you took to meet with me the other day and the follow up you compiled — it helped greatly. “

M.I. Upland CA