It IS Really Not that Hard to Homeschool High School





SUMMARY:  It's not that hard to homeschool high school!  Really!  Here are 3 ways to assign high school credit and none of them are difficult.  Homeschooling high school can give your teen a quality education.  And it does not have to replicate public school.  There are a few basic pieces of information that you will need to know.  But those are included here, such as info on the homeschool transcripts, homeschool high school core requirements, and sourcing your homeschool high school curriculum.  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.  And we found out it was REALLY NOT that hard to homeschool high school!

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

Does that sound to you like a difficult thing to do?

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.

Really.

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

...it would have saved us a lot of headaches for me!  And let's save you one!

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! 

b.  THE CURRICULUM CHOICE


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.

c.  RESOURCE REVIEWS LIST FROM GHF


Browse through all the resource reviews offered by the Gifted Homeschooler Forum here.  

Each of these reviews is written by a parent who has used them with their kids.  


You'll be surprised at how extensive this curriculum review list is, and this is not just for gifted kids or teens.

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 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.

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Transcripts includes a list of everything that needs to be on the homeschool transcript.  

If you would like a little help to put them together, check out my book below,  which has printables for transcripts and all the recording 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.
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Do you want a step by step guide to college, plus my exclusive guide to the Common Application for homeschoolers?  It is the top feature in my new book!

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

It gives you everything that you need to plan your high school homeschool for your college bound teen.  Plus how to help them get into the college of their choice.

Amazon for only $11.99
Paperback is on Amazon for only $11.99
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 Prep
- How to make your own homemade courses
 Included are also 12 homeschool high school planning printables to make your record-keeping easier.

10 easy to do steps to homeschool high school with college in mind. And it really is NOT that hard!!  

This book does not tell you how to homeschool high school.  Instead it gives you guidance for doing it your way!  

Keep your nurturing homeschool style and showcase their accomplishments to the colleges!

Recommended by: 
Lessa Scherrer, Certified College Counselor
                               from College Inside Track

"Betsy has a wealth of understanding and knowledge to share with the parents of college bound homeschoolers.  She provides support, encouragement and step-by-step advice on all aspects of the homeschool high school and college application process. This book is a must-read for parents considering homeschooling high school and for parents in the thick of the application process."

And help for record keeping!  With my exclusive high school and college planning printables.



The high school and college planning forms include:

College Entrance Requirements Form
Overall High School Plan
Curriculum Planning Sheet
High School Credit Record Form
Transcript Form
Activities and Awards Form
Homemade Course Form
Writing the College Essay Form
Course Descriptions Record Keeping Form
Reference Letter Request Form
PE Record Form

For more information, click here - Frugal College Prep for Homeschoolers or to buy it here - my book on Amazon for only $11.99.  


And don't worry about forgetting things!



Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,
Betsy




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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