Welcome to Higher Path Academy – a Christian home school tutorial program serving grades 6-12 with a focus on ministry, missions, and leadership.

HPA was created by Leah Salyer, a teacher with experience ranging from Pre-K all the way through college as well as leadership experience in the fields of praise and worship, youth ministry, and women’s ministry. Her passion is to see the lives of home schoolers transformed through the love of Christ and engaging teaching methods that make learning fun, rewarding, and meaningful.

Or, in the words of one HPA mom, Jennifer Smith, “Higher Path Academy…the school that will teach your children to love to learn again.”


Leah believes that students thrive in an environment that is Christ-centered, challenging, and engaging. She encourages this positive environment by fostering a sense of community through relationships that are deeply rooted in Christ.

“The balance between relationship and a professional level of teaching is a unique treasure among the home school community,” said HPA mom Shannon Lane.

She loves incorporating innovative teaching practices and assignments (such as passion projects and choice boards) that give students the freedom and flexibility to showcase their God-given talents and abilities in a safe and supportive learning environment. Leah also believes in not simply teaching the curriculum but also equipping students with the skills they will need long after the class ends.

If you are looking for a welcoming environment that feels like doing school and life with your friends from youth group, HPA might just be the homeschool home you’ve been looking for.

For more information on HPA and Leah, please visit the About page or check out our Blog. To see the Schedule of Classes, click here.

Check out our growing list of resources for curriculum, websites, podcasts, apps, etc.

Looking for downloadable forms and information? Head over to our Academics page.

“I have had the privilege of being a part of church and school work for over thirty years. My oldest two children were home schooled through graduation.  My next two graduated from a private Christian school where my wife taught for ten years.  I also was the founding superintendent of HOPE Academy, a private Christian school in Indiana.

I offer my background to let readers know that we have been on every side of private education and have a depth of experience.  That being said, we had to make a tough choice for our youngest, who is a traveling athlete.  Upon the recommendation of some friends, we pulled our daughter out of school and enrolled her at HPA for her junior year.  What happened next was not only amazing, but a blessing.  Her grades improved, her attitude improved, her work ethic improved and her skill as a volleyball player improved.   We feel this is all because of the learning environment provided at HPA and the true love and care shown by the director, Leah Salyer.  

We recommend the school to anyone wondering about homeschooling.  Make an appointment, meet Ms Leah and have your child sit in on a few classes.  I am sure you will be pleased and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or concerns.”

-Dr. Lawrence J. Courtright, HPA Parent

Dr. Lawrence Courtright’s Story

“Higher Path Academy…the school that will teach your children to love to learn again.

After years of struggling, Rebekah is part of a learning environment that is full of laughter, love, understanding and no judgments. Mrs. Leah Salyer is a God-fearing woman who is filled with the love of teaching others. She has finally fulfilled her passion by teaching children. She created HPA to be a Christ-filled environment full of one-on-one learning, individual creativity, and helpful classmates that never leave students to believe anything other than that they can make great things happen!

Since being a part of the HPA family, I have watched my daughter grow into the most fabulous young lady who has learned to love learning all over again. Her passion for reading and writing has been amazing to watch. She looks forward to meeting her goals and wakes up every morning striving to be better than yesterday.

I owe all this to the power of a good teacher…Mrs. Leah Salyer, you are a true blessing to our family and each of those sweet kiddos that you get to love and educate everyday. We are blessed and we are better people for having you in our lives. Thank you…from the bottom of our hearts…thank you. We love you and are so happy that you had a dream and you picked us to be a part of it with you.”

-Jennifer Smith, HPA Parent

Jennifer Smith’s Story

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