4 Steps to Planning High School at Home

Summary:  This is a 4 step tutorial on how to plan your homeschool for your high schoolers.  Including tips on transcripts, curriculum and more.  Every mom can homeschool their teen.  We did it and our daughter is was not ruined! In fact, she loved being homeschooled. This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our homeschool, and here is my disclosure policy.  #homeschoolhighschool #highschoolplanning #highschoolcurriculum

When we began thinking about high school, it was more than a little daunting to us.  

We had been homeschooling for years but the thought of doing high school meant that we would have to make transcripts, assign high school credit and other things that we did not yet know how to do.

I checked out some homeschooling high school blogs, and talked with my friends, to get advice from them on where to start.  That helped a lot.  And we also continued with some of our curriculum favorites from our middle school years....

We went ahead and homeschooled all the way, and I am so glad that we did.  Homeschooling kept our family relationships strong, throughout the important teen years.

Today I'd like to share 4 steps for planning high school at home, based on our experience doing just that.  

Let's start with looking at the Core Studies and Graduation Requirements.  Then, secondly, let's look at how your teen's special interests and how they can help you craft your high school planning.  Next, let's talk about curriculum, then...

Finally, let's talk about the value of making an overall plan, or your best guesses for what to do for the high school years at home...

1. Core Studies and Graduation Requirements

When I talked with my homeschool friends about high school, they said to start at the end, not the beginning..

What?  Start at the ending?  

I recommend looking at where my teen might be heading, once she graduated from our homeschool.  By looking at what your teen will need to graduate, that will tell you what core courses will be needed, and that is a good starting point.

Since my daughter wanted to go to college, we researched the college entrance requirements at a few colleges that she might like to attend.  That gave us a list of core studies that she needed to complete.  I am writing an ebook all about that.

If your teen is not heading to college, you will likely have A LOT of leeway, as to what courses to do in high school.

Most states give the parents a lot of choice as to what to study during the high school years, and when to graduate your student from homeschool.  But some states do not.

So it's important to know the Homeschool Graduation Requirements for your state.  That way, we would know what was required, then we could add in all the extras, like electives, field trips, etc.  Below are resources for that, but keep in mind....many states do not set out a specific list of homeschool graduation requirements....

To find out more about homeschooling in your state, I suggest connecting with your state homeschooling group. This link lists all of them, throughout our country.  In WA state, for example, we got to decide these for ourselves.  But if your state has requirements for homeschool graduation, it is good to know that first.

Our second step was to consider what special interests my teen had, or was interested in developing...

2.  Special Interests and Electives 

My husband and I talked a lot with our daughter about her needs and interests.  My teen was excited about learning video-making, doing some photography, and taking irish dance classes.  

We made sure to leave lots of room in our plan for developing these interests.  If your teen doesn't know what they are interested in yet, they will have plenty of time to discover that during their high school years.

What are your teen's interests and gifts?  
High school at home allows us to foster, grow, and encourage them! And homeschooling gives your teen lots more time to explore their own interests and discover their talents and gifts.

High school electives and activities can also help with getting into college, and my ebook will have more info. on that.

Thirdly, here's how we chose our high school curriculum...

3.  Choosing your Curriculum

My teen knew she needed to complete her requirements in the basic subjects (LA, social studies, math and science).  But, we still did not forget about her interests.  They framed her electives.  

Here are two great resources for homeschool high school curriculum:

-This curriculum directory for high school is the most complete one I have seen.  And it includes TONS of links, with many reviews.

- The Curriculum Choice - Here veteran homeschool bloggers share curriculum reviews of resources that they used in their own homes.  I am on the author team there and share my favorite high school curicula there and also in my book below, too.

Finally, we went about setting up our best guesses for making an overall high school plan.....

4.  Making an Overall Plan

Involve your teen in the process.

One thing that really helped us was to create an overall plan for high school.  Of course, it was tweeted many times....

We just made our best guesses for what to do when...and wrote it out on notebook paper.  This helped me to feel confident, as I knew that I would not forget something that my daughter needed to get done before graduation.

For more information on high school and college, too, I invite you to join me on Pinterest  below.  Plus a post on Making an Overall High School Plan here.

I love getting your comments and I also offer free homeschool help on my facebook page with IM's.  Not that my daughter has graduated college, I have more time to answer questions from families.

And for more ideas on high school planning, I invite you to check out Marcy's article from Ben and Me blog called How to Start Homeschooling High School.

Have you seen my book yet called Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition?

Many of us considering high school feel overwhelmed with all the details that can be involved. 

Transcripts, GPA, assigning high school credit, course descriptions, etc.  It can feel daunting.  And that is why many families are leery of taking on high school at home.

So after homeschooling my dear daughter through high school, I put together a guide, full of all those important details for high school.

I want to encourage families to homeschool their teens, and get the benefits that we got doing that, for my daughter and for our family.

My book makes your planning easy.

With it in hand, you can concentrate on making the high school years at home nurturing and rich.

Then you can keep your own homeschooling style all along the way.  And be able to follow your teen's interests.

My guide includes over 100 high school electives and activities for your teen to explore.

This book is not just for those who are aiming towards college.  It is for any teen who is learning at home.

We all want to help our teens grow and give them the important guidance and encouragement as they grow into young adulthood. This book has Downloadable High School Planning Printables

For more info: please click here Homeschooling High School with College in Mind - 2nd Edition

For more information from my blogging friends on Planning Homeschool High School, click here for more great tips and helps to get you started.
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Betsy is mom to her college grad whom she homeschooled all the way.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book
Homeschooling High School with College in Mind - 2nd Edition.  She offers homeschool help through messages at Homeschool Help

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