It Is Really NOT that Hard to Homeschool High School -

It's not that hard to homeschool high school!  Really!  Homeschooling high school can give your teen a quality education.  And it does not have to replicate public school.  Be encouraged.

Are you homeschooling high school, or thinking about it for next year? 

We continued homeschooling our 2e teen through the high school years, as she was doing so well with it during middle school. 

My daughter wanted her to continue homeschooling as it allowed her to follow her interests, while still preparing her for college.

I was a little overwhelmed with all the new details at first.  But once I got into it, I found that it really was quite similar to middle school. 

Have you homeschooled middle school?  Then you already have most all the skills that you need to do that in the high school years.


We as homeschoolers search for and find the right homeschool curriculum for our kids.  Those same skills are the ones that you will need in high school.  

It just might be that you are looking for a tutor or an online program, instead of just the right curriculum.

And those of us who have been there, are happy to share our tips for high school.  

Looking back, I pulled together my best planning resources for the high school years... 

I wish I had had these organized for me when we started high school.  Today, I'd like to touch on 4 key things for your planning --high school:

  • high school credits
  • curriculum search 
  • core study requirements 
  • homeschool transcripts

Let's start with high school credits...

1.  Assigning High School Credit

You probably saw my post on Assigning High School Credits, but in case you haven't, click on the link above and here's a few tips on assigning credit.

It was not hard for us to assign high school credit.  There are 3 ways to do that, including:

1.  the Textbook method
2.  the Hours method
3.  the Mastery method

This post explains each of them, and all of your teen's work counts.   

That includes courses that you made yourself plus volunteer and paid work hours, internships, time spent reading, etc.  

We did a lot of different kinds of learning, and all of it counted.

Secondly, let's talk curriculum.....

2.  Curriculum Search Resources  

First, we started with our favorites from middle school.  I wanted to keep whatever was working  best for my daughter.  For example, we used SOS for math in middle school, and just continued with it for most of high school.  That was a no-brainer.  

When we needed to source a new subject or two, we turned to the curriculum search tools below.

a. CURRICULUM DIRECTORY at Let's Homeschool High School

This curriculum directory for high school is the most complete one I have ever seen!  And it includes TONS of links, too! 


This site is full of curriculum reviews, written by a team of authors (me, too) who have used the curriculum, at home with their families.  

There are reviews of curriculum such as Tapestry of Grace, IEW for literature and writing, Oak Meadow, a number of Charlotte Mason options, and tons and tons of many more reviews, too.  This site leans towards christian based resources, except mine are secular.

But before we ordered anything, we spent time talking about our teen's special interests. 

These influenced our choices for core studies and also became her high school electives.

High School Electives

What is your teen passionate about?  How do they spend their time, when they have free time?  What are their strengths?

My daughter wanted to learn about film making, and also had an interest in political science.  So we did some video making that one of her homemade electives. 

She learned how to make her own videos, and entered them in various contests.  Then we did a course in Government for one of her social studies requirements.

The beauty of homeschooling high school is that you get to build and nurture your teen's interests.  

And these interests helped us build her core studies as well.  But what exactly are high school core studies.....

3. Core Studies Requirements

Core studies are of course, the basic high school courses in math, English, social studies, science and foreign language.  

But did you know that what you choose for your family's core studies requirements is usually left up the the homeschool family?

Most states do not list what is required for a homeschool diploma, and we do not have to follow the public school graduation requirements.  New York and Pennsylvania do have specifics for graduating from homeschool.

So as a homeschooling parent, you can set up your teen's core requirements based on what is best for your student.  Unless you are in one of those picky states, as mentioned above.

Many families have their teens go directly into vocational training or right to employment. 

Some others do dual credit and get both their homeschool diploma and a two year college degree at the same time.  That is possible, with online resources, or through some community colleges.

Others families, like us, want their college bound kids to do high school first at home, and then apply to college after graduating from their homeschool.

And families with special needs teens who are not academically inclined, can set up a plan that meets their needs for independence in the activities of daily living. 

Now that we finished discussing core requirements, let's talk transcripts...

4.  Making your teen's High School Transcripts

Volunteering was a great way to get  work-related experience and colleges look for this on their applications.

Compiling your homeschool transcripts just means to record your teen's studies and classes in the form that the colleges are used to seeing.  

There are many templates you can use for making your own homeschool transcripts, and links to that are in the article below.

Homeschool Transcripts includes a list of everything that needs to be on the homeschool transcript.  It is in a popup on my blog, or you can access it in my book mentioned below.

If you would like a little help to put them together, there are high school planning printables in it, for the record keeping that you would want to do for your teen's studies at home.

Here's my little book, a guide to planning high school AND a guide to dealing with college, too.

I have gathered together my best tips for high school and put it into my new book, Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition

It gives you my best tips to plan your high school homeschool.  Plus how to help them get into the college of their choice, if that is where they are headed.

Paperback is on Amazon 
This book is an easy-to-read guide to college for homeschoolers, recently updated with 7 NEW chapters, including:

- My own homeschoolers guide to the Common Application
- How to write the Counselor Recommendation Letter
- Where to find college scholarships
- SAT/ACT- How to make your own homemade courses

For more information, click here - Frugal College Prep for Homeschoolers or to buy it here - my book on Amazon 

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers 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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