Top Picks for Aiming Towards College -

Summary and Note - Our frugal homeschool high school curriculum choices for science, math, English, social studies and more.  This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.

Early spring is my favorite time of year.  I especially love how things are still slowed down at this time in our home.  

My teen is finishing up some of her winter activities, we still wake up later, and there's time for a good read out in our garden. 

Last year at this time we were busy applying to colleges.  

I am so pleased that we were able to homeschool all the way! 

Is your teen college bound?  

Each of the colleges that my daughter applied to treated her well, and respected her homeschool education.  We worked to fulfill her college entrance requirements while keeping our homeschool nurturing and our own.

Are you looking for that one special and frugal homeschool high school curriculum resource that your teen still needs?

Today I'd like to share our top picks for homeschooling to college and how we kept our homeschooling approach all the way.....

Our Eclectic Approach

We are eclectic homeschoolers, who love unit studies, and lots of hands-on learning, and art mixed in with our academics. We have used a number of the homeschool high school Oak Meadow courses, which are project based, with lots of hands-on-learning, with similarities to Charlotte Mason.  

While I am sharing our choices for senior year, these also reflect  what we did throughout the high school years.  

We chose the homeschool curriculum that we wanted, and just made sure that they fit with our freshman entrance requirements.  

Fitting your teen's college entrance requirements is key.

I hope our top picks will inspire those of you who are in the planning mode.  These are our favorites....what are yours? 

Just because these are our choices, does not mean they are the best ones for your teens.  AND of course there are MANY ways to homeschool towards college, dual credit, going to a community college or trade school, entering college from middle school and more.

For our teen, we wanted her to have the high school years to focus on high school studies and activities, and not focus on dual credit so much.  That gave her time to grow and enjoy her teen years without a lot of pressure.  


For math, we are staying with an old favorite, Switched On Schoolhouse (SOS)  and are doing their Algebra II course.  It is complete, with clear explanations. 

I like how this course is structured, with regular quizes,  giving my daughter practice in test taking.  She will need this, wherever she goes to college.  I also like how it gives the student instant feedback, and also grades the lessons for me!  What a plus!  And it even helped to prepare for the math SAT's.

Math Tutoring Options

All of the Alpha Omega Publications programs offer tutoring (including Monarch, Lifepacs, and SOS). It can be purchased by the half hour, from teachers who specialize in each subject area.

We used this tutoring  last year.  It helped us a lot, and also gave my teen practice in discussing math with her tutor.  Great for critical thinking, too!


We are doing Physics this year,  and are using SOS (Switched on Schoolhouse) from for that.  It became one of our favorite homeschool high school curriculum sources for both math and science.

We loved the hands on learning my teen received through their labs.  Update - Their labs are now done on the computer.   

The typical requirements for college entrance include two science courses, usually Biology and Chemistry.  (My daughter is a science kid, so that is why we are doing an extra science course.)

I made sure that all of our science courses included a lab, as most colleges require that.   And we definitely took advantage of SOS's tutoring, for this subject as well, as I really needed the help for the teaching!


We have used Oak Meadow for all of our high school English courses.  We love this program, as it is complete, is written to the student,  with little or no prep needed from me.  

It inspired wonderful, meaningful talks about literature, is well organized, and it also promotes creativity.  It uses living books for all its literature, and helped my teen to develop excellent essay writing skills.  For more info, please go to  Oak Meadow Literature and Composition II.   Best of all, it made literary analysis make sense to my teen.  Horray!


 We will be taking on a new adventure for homeschool high school social studies curriculum this year, by taking an online course in Government from Northwestern College

This will  give my teen college credit, and more importantly, experience in doing a college level course.  

Social Studies is an area where my daughter is strong, which is essential for her first college level course.  

This will be our big new experience for the year!  AND that is why we are sticking with some of our old favorites at the same time!

I mention this, just to share how we did our foreign language program in earlier years, 9th and 10th grade.  It was so nice to not have a language to study during senior year!!

First, we chose a Spanish 1 class from a  regional school program in our area, Highline Choice Academy, which offered it twice a week, and that worked out well.  

For the second year, we went with the homeschool version of Rosetta Stone (RS).  I liked the homeschool version best because it had grammar, as the regular RS version did not.  

Also, our college choices preferred the homeschool version.  Then my teen took a test to validate her learning, which was offered by the college, as two of her college choice options required that for "validation".  

My teen's interests and preferences guided her choices all the way!  They became high school electives, and helped influence our homeschool high school curriculum choices in other subjects, too.   

What are your favorites and top picks for homeschool high school curriculum?  Please share them in the comments or on facebook, and thanks for stopping by! 

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh schoolcollegegifted/2e and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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  1. Thanks for sharing the amazing list of curriculum. I am using online curriculum and I love it. My kid is attending an online high school. Congratulations Betsy for the selection of articles in Huffington Post.

  2. Hi Ashley! Sorry I missed your comment last month! I wish you and your teen the best in his work with an online high school. Our daughter liked using some online courses herself, as it gave her more independence. Thanks for stopping by,


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