Homeschool High School with College in Mind

Summary:  How to go from homeschooling high school to college.  Making a 4 year homeschool high school plan, with college entrance requirements, high school electives, and SAT or ACT testing schedule.  It is not hard to homeschool high school with college in mind.  Note - 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.

Are you homeschooling a teen and wondering about their chances of getting into the college of their choice?

We homeschooled ours since she was 4 and helped her get into each of the colleges on her list, including an ivy.  It was not hard to do.  The key was in the planning.

But as homeschoolers, we are already experts in planning. We have searched for and chosen curriculum each year for our kids. We have decided on which subjects to focus on and how to teach them to our kids. 

Planning for high school, with college in mind is really no different, except for one important thing.....Now your teen has their college entrance entrance requirements to fulfill.  

Finding out what your teen's core requirements will be, was discussed in chapter one of my book, and is available to you as a free download below:

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This whole college thing was overwhelming to us at first. What we did to combat that, was to plan ahead and lay out a tentative overall plan for the high school years.  

Making this plan helped us in 3 ways..

1.  First, if I had this plan to follow, I would be less likely to forget a requirement or two, and have to scramble in senior year, to fit it in. 
2.  Secondly, it freed my teen to focus on building her interests, because our core studies were already set in mind and on paper.

3.  It gave us confidence to push forward, and enjoy the high school years.

Making an Overall High School Plan

With our list of admission requirements in hand, we sketched out what our high school years might look like.....with our best guesses of what we wanted to do when.

Our overall plan was flexible, and revised and reworked every year, as life happened.  Yet it was a helpful guide for us, and ours looked something like this:


My Teen's Requirements

4 English
2 Sciences with Lab
3 Math with one Math-oriented Science in Senior Year
3 Social Studies
2 Foreign Language

+ Electives to equal 24 - 26 credits

Yours could be similar or quite different.  It depends on the college.  Below is our 4 year plan, which includes the electives and testing schedule that we chose to do.  That will vary, too.

 9th grade

World History 
English (lit and composition)
Science - Physical Science (good prep for bio next year)
Math - Algebra 1
High School Activities (Irish dance, youth group)
 10th grade

Foreign Language - Spanish 1
Science - Biology with Lab
Math - Geometry
English (lit and comp)
High School Activities (Irish dance, youth group, creative writing)

Take the PSAT for practice
  11th grade

Foreign Language - Spanish 2
 US History 
Science - Chemistry with lab
Math- Algebra 2
American Lit (with essay writing)
 Elective Videomaking 
High School Activities (Irish dance, youth group, debate)

Take the SAT or ACT

12th grade

 US Government
Science - Physics
British Lit with essay writing
2 Electives 
High School Activities (Irish dance, youth group, speech and debate)

Take SAT or ACT again if needed

Your plan could be similar or entirely different from mine, depending on:

1.  Your college choice's admission requirements
2.  Special requirements for prospective math/science majors
3.  Your homeschooling style 
4.  Your teen's interests

Then we put our planner away....

Aiming towards college, step by step, allowed us to prepare for the college admission process, while letting us keep our homeschool style going. 

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Shelly at There's No Place Like Home says:

"This book is packed with valuable information, and it's written in an easy-to-read format for those of us who don't have the time to read dictionary-size manuals.  I truly believe that Betsy literally thought of everything and didn't think twice about including it! I will be recommending this book to all of my friends...."

Have you seen the encouraging Facebook group that I moderate at College Discussions for Homeschoolers?

Thanks for stopping by, 


Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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