Alabama Homeschooling Family Sends Six of Ten Children to College By Age Twelve

Hardings wsMONTGOMERY — A homeschooling family from Montgomery, Alabama is wowing many across the nation as six of their ten children have enrolled in college by the age of twelve, and the four remaining hope to do the same.

Kip and Mona Lisa Harding state that they are simply raising the “average family,” but credit their children’s success to homeschooling and encouraging their children to pursue their passions at a young age.

“We just felt like it was our responsibility,” mother Mona Lisa told reporters about the decision to homeschool. “That’s a big choice, and [we] wanted to be totally in control and make sure they had the right upbringing, and they accelerated because of it.”

When asked what she is doing that her friends are not, 10-year-old Katrinnah replied, “I guess I’m staying home instead of going to school, and I’m doing it faster.”

She hopes to take her college entrance exams next year.

Her 12-year-old brother, Seth, attends Faulkner University and is studying the Middle Ages.

“He’s got the highest average in the class,” assistant professor Grover Plunkett told NBC reporter Bob Dotson.

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Seth’s brother, Keith, 14, is a senior at Faulkner University and is a music major.

The four oldest Harding children have all graduated from college and are pursuing lucrative careers.

Heath Harding, now 17, was the youngest student ever to graduate from Huntingdon College. He graduated at 15 went on to obtain a master’s degree in computer science.

His sister Serennah, 22, is the youngest female physician in the U.S., and is pursuing a career as a Navy doctor.

Rosannah, 20, has been working as an architect since she was 18. She credits homeschooling and studying on her own for her success.

“We just [studied] at our own pace,” she told reporters. “Rather than a class of 30, we were a class of three. So, we each did it at our own pace and we just accelerated.”

His sister Hannah, 25, is now designing spacecraft as a mechanical engineer and holds a masters degrees in math and computer science.

While some may assume that the Harding family is all work and no play, the parents beg to differ. They state that outside of their accelerated learning, their children have normal social lives.

“All our children would have to tells us is, ‘You know, this isn’t fun any more,'” Mona Lisa stated, “and we’d do something about that.”

Her husband Kip agrees. He said that all children can succeed in life.

“It’s not genes,” he said. “All children are a national treasure, and all parents can do this.”

The family is now creating software to help other parents learn how to help their children excel in their studies. But Kip says that there is more to successful parenting than just encouraging one’s children in their thirst for knowledge.

“Love those kids,” he said. “Be around them as much as you can. Be that influence for your kids. … People just really need to take charge of their kids and love them to death.”


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  • Mary Waterton

    I’m pretty sure that neither the parents nor the children are geniuses. It’s a testimony to just how BAD the public school system really is.

  • thisheart

    Do not take this at face value. Family is highly connected to the military, which is highly connected to various mind experiments. What is presented may not be what is really going on.

    • sgtdabney

      @thisheart…you’ve got to be kidding me. Conspiracy theory? Seriously? Give me a break. Before the rise of the public school system and the dumbing down of America, this phenomenon was not unheard of. There are many examples in history of people entering universities in their early teens. This is just a great example of what human beings are capable when they are not being held back by a broken system and their peers.

      We homeschool our kids and all of them are reading several grade levels above their peers. I don’t see them entering college at 12, but they all have developed discipline, self-motivation and a passion for learning which is what really the above story reflects. The children are obviously incredibly intelligent, but more important than that, they have been given an invaluable gift from their parents, habits of self-discipline, a love of learning and diligence. That is what separates these kids from others. These are qualities only parents can give a child. They are to be commended.

      • Josh


        Conspiracy theory? How about conspiracy fact. The public education system is the conspiracy. Yes, it’s a broken system, but it’s not designed to work. After all, public education is a government run institution and you’re not meant to learn anything mind blowing in a public education system. Only enough to get by without the knowledge or intellect to challenge the system. People are easier to control when they have enough knowledge to follow orders, but not enough to challenge them. So, unfortunately we are meant to be dumbed down and that is how the people at the top like it.
        So yes I believe that when a person is effectively home schooled they have a big advantage over their peers and I believe you when you say that your kids have the advantage when it comes to where they receive their education.

    • Teatime

      Have to politely disagree! My family did this to some extent and several of my sisters and their kids have entered college early. It’s all about using your resources and planning ahead…. some colleges are cracking down at entrance age because home schoolers are taking advantage of the system and excelling, and they probably don’t like that! No military connections for my family at all, just a desire to learn and a drive to enjoy a challenge and not shying away from hard work! I commend this family for not being socially backwards in the midst, that’s the hardest part of this dance.

    • Meg

      Funniest comment. EVER.

  • Vivian

    IT’s all about allowing your child to pursue their individual passions while being very focused on specific standards to pass high-school equivalency exams or college entrance exams. I’m sure there are many things a child learns in a public school that these kids don’t know, and vice-versa. All public school students are limited to a certain curriculum that can vary from school to school and state to state. Teachers can’t possibly teach every single fact on the planet with regards to Social Studies, Math, English, Science, etc. Therefore, some higher-ups determine their curriculum and I think the average person would be surprised at how much variety that entails. Now, if you were to compress what you HAVE TO KNOW in order to get into college and meld that curriculum with what makes a child tick…you’d be very surprised at what can be accomplished. For instance, you can tailor a lot or their reading and writing assignments to include their interests. That way the child really learns and retains what their doing because we all learn better when we like what we’re studying. This is a very simplified explanation with poor grammar in the interest of making my point quickly. If we could tap into this system of learning and adapt it to the general population I think we would produce happier and more well adjusted human beings. After all…shouldn’t the goal of education be to produce humans who can be productive and love what they do for a living? The problem with our public school system is we try to be all things to all people. Why do all kids need Algebra? If a child hates it passionately then what are the odds they’re going to pursue a career where it’s a requirement? I believe basic levels of education should be mastered and then children should be split into groups where they can tailor their learning to fit their skills and interests (the Germans are pretty good at this). Homeschooling allows a parent to oversee this process pretty easily. A teacher with a class of new kids every year can’t possibly achieve this.

  • christine

    my granddaughter needs to be home school she has had 10 years of schooling. I would like to know what i need to do. thank you