I am writing this testimony to express my utmost satisfaction and gratitude for the wonderful experience that my daughter and I have received through Peach Tree Homeschool Academy. Under the guidance of Kim Engelke, the academy’s founder and director, our homeschooling journey has been nothing short of exceptional.

From the moment I enrolled my daughter in Peach Tree, I knew I had made the right choice. Kim Engelkes warm and welcoming nature immediately put me at ease. She took the time to explain and ensure all info I needed to move forward with my homeschooling plans.

One of the standout qualities of Kim Engelke is her vast knowledge and expertise in homeschooling. She possesses a deep understanding of various teaching methods and is always eager to share her insights and resources with parents. Kim’s willingness to provide guidance and support has been invaluable to me and my daughter as homeschoolers, making the journey far less daunting.

Furthermore, Kim’s commitment to creating a stimulating and engaging learning environment is evident in every aspect of Peach Tree Homeschool Academy. The academy offers a perfect blend of structure and flexibility.

What sets Peach Tree Homeschool Academy apart is the sense of community that Kim Engelke fosters. She schedules yearly meetings to help give you peace of mind, where you can talk about your school year and get some prospective as well.

In conclusion, I cannot recommend Peach Tree Homeschool Academy enough. Kim Engelke’s dedication, kindness, and expertise have made a significant impact on our homeschooling journey. My daughter’s love for learning has blossomed, and her academic progress has exceeded our expectations. Thank you, Kim, for providing such a nurturing and enriching environment for our family.

Dannette Tillery & Fiora Ravenwood

Our family was referred to Kim Engelke at Peach Tree Homeschool Academy when our previous umbrella decided to retire. I was admittedly nervous at first, after spending years with a well renowned reviewer who never missed the mark. I soon discovered that I had nothing to worry about! Kim’s previous experiences as a public school teacher, homeschooler, and reviewer, give her a unique perspective in guiding our family. She not only has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to share about general education and homeschooling, but also an abundance of advice about working with children/teens with disabilities. Kim understands learners from all backgrounds, styles, ability levels, and cultures. She celebrates the diversity in our children and advocates for their best interest. I think what makes Kim so special, is that she emphasizes a schooling or unschooling approach (depending on your philosophy) that is tailored to each of your children individually, while maintaining the utmost respect for your families’ beliefs and culture. At the same time, Kim provides your family with the security to know that you are protected in your right to raise and school your children freely- whatever that looks like for you. Kim is an excellent resource in meeting you right where you are in your homeschooling journey and both guiding and encouraging you as you navigate toward your children’s educational and professional futures. I highly recommend Kim Engelke and Peach Tree Homeschool Academy as an oversight to both the seasoned and unseasoned homeschooler.

Working with Mrs. Kim has been very helpful throughout the entire process. She was more than willing to answer any questions or concerns I had. I would recommend Peach Tree Homeschool Academy to anyone considering homeschooling.

We have been fortunate to have worked with Kim since our daughter began high school in the fall of 2020.  Beginning with the 9th grade, PTHA has served as our “umbrella” organization, overseeing our homeschooling program for compliance with the State of Maryland’s education requirements. 

Kim runs PTHA with professionalism and proficiency.  She does an outstanding job making sure that all the necessary legal documents for homeschooling are filed every year, without us ever having to think or ask about it.  

She schedules regular reviews and promptly responds to any questions via email or phone at any time during the school year.  Our phone consultations are always extremely helpful and informative, and she takes the time to make certain all our questions are addressed.

Kim never fails to be encouraging and regularly provides suggestions on a variety of educational and extra-curricular opportunities. 

Kim’s thirty years of personal experience with homeschooling and homeschool advising is evident in the broad and deep advice she offers. We have especially appreciated her insight on preparing for college, and how to highlight our daughter’s course work for college admissions.

Kim has been a tireless advocate, confident, and friend throughout our homeschooling journey.  She has our sincere gratitude for her efforts.  We highly recommend Kim to other homeschooling families or to any parents wanting to help their child succeed in high school and beyond.