High School Guide

Summary:  This article describes my book, a guide to homeschooling high school, which I wrote after helping my homeschooled daughter get into college.  It has my best tips in it for homeschool transcripts, course descriptions, assigning homeschool high school credit, etc, plus tips for getting into college, if that is where your teen is headed. 

Are you considering homeschooling your teen or are you already doing that?  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 your high schooler.

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 SO much easier!  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.

When I began homeschooling high school I wished that there were ready made planning printables that I could use as a guide for high school, and just fill them in.  

I could not find any, so I made them myself!

Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition includes all 12 of these downloadable High School Planning Printables, which include:


The paperback has them in the book, or they can be downloaded for:

-  Making a high school plan

-  Curriculum planning

-  Credit recording form 

-  Transcript form with step -by-step instructions

-  College entrance requirements for your student, just in case they decide to go there.

-  P.E. Form

-  Course descriptions recording form and more.

You can put together a nurturing high school program and it can still be interest led.  Really, even in high school!

Our daughter explored hands-on science projects to save the salmon in our local creek.

She also made videos and entered them in a contest, enjoyed irish stepdancing, learned to make freezer jam, and made lots of homeschool high school friends.

Here is the link to Video-Making, our simple homeschool high school elective that we put together ourselves.

My book includes a form for making your own homemade high school courses, too.

That's the fun of electives.  And homeschoolers have much more time to do them, then their public school friends.

There's time to explore new things.

And it is a great time for your teen to discover their own interests and gifts.

If your teen is college bound, it can be your guide for that, too.  Knowing the details about that can free you up to do high school your way for your teen, like we did.

But how?

My mission is to encourage and equip moms who come after me, so that they can enjoy the benefits of homeschooling high school, as my family did.  That's why I wrote this book.

This book outlines 10 easy-to-do steps for planning high school at home, and more, including:

>Chapter 1 - How to Start Homeschooling if you are a Newbie

>Chapter 2 - 101 Reasons to Homeschool High School

>Chapter 3 - Researching and Getting Started

  Chapter 4 - Planning High School and Making a 4 Year Plan

>Chapter 5 - Choosing Your High School Curriculum

>Chapter 6 - Three Ways to High School Credit

>Chapter 7 - Making Your Teen's Transcripts

>Chapter 8 - 100 High School Electives

>Chapter 9 - Making Homemade Courses

>Chapter 10 - Writing a Winning College Essay

>Chapter 11 - Course Descriptions and Reference Letters

>Chapter 12 - The Common Application - Your GUIDE

>Chapter 13 - Preparing Your Teen for College Writing

>Chapter 14 - Dealing with College Testing SAT/ACT

>Chapter 15 - Top Sources for College Scholarships

>Chapter 16 - Dealing with “Those Questions” from Others

>Chapter 17 - Don’t Forget the FUN!

The good folks at Lit Pick, a great place to find quality, faith based books for your kids and teens, were kind enough to review my book.  They gave it 5 stars.  

Thank you, Lit Pick.

They reviewed it here:

What are people saying about Betsy's book?

Amy, mom of 5 boys from Rock Your Homeschool says:

"Watch your fears about homeschooling high school vanish as you read this book!  I was nervous wreck and put off planning for high school.  Betsy put me at ease with her encouragement and experiences, and the printable forms are invaluable!"

Anne Campbell from The Learning Table and Mom of 3 says:

"Homeschooling High School just got easier with Betsy Sproger's helpful guide to all you need to know in homeschooling high school with college in mind."  

Shelly, mom to 12 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."

Heidi, homeschool mom of 4 from Starts at Eight says:

"What I Love about this book is that it gives you actionable things to do along the way.  From your choice of courses, to keeping records, how to calculate credit and more!  It is an affordable and quick reference to help you plan and navigate homeschooling high school with college in mind."


To encourage families to homeschool high school in their own unique way.

And keep high school FUN!

While making the college process easier to do.

My book shows you how to:

Put together your own unique High School Program


Deal with trade schools, community colleges or college admissions without fear!

This book is based on my experience helping my teen get accepted by each of the colleges on her list with scholarship offers. 


- Mostly, I am a homeschooling mom, just like you, wanting to be with my child day -to-day, and instill in her our faith based family values.  And encouraging her to develop to be the best that she can be.

 - BS in Occupational Therapy with Concentration in Education

-  Homeschool Consultant to the Kent School District
  working with college bound high school families

- Worked directly with teens and young adults who had learning issues

-  BUT the most important thing was being a homeschooling mom for 14 years 

-  6 years of creating interest-led homemade courses: for my kiddo, putting together things such as video-making, and turning high school activities, and nature study, into high school credits!

-   Proven ability to prepare teens for college level work, shown by my daughter earning Dean's List     grades starting in her first quarter.  How about that for homeschooling!!  Now, earning high grades is not the most important thing in life.  I just wanted to share that to encourage you, and to see that homeschooling our teens can really prepare them well for college.


My daughter got into all of the colleges on her list, with scholarship offers.  She submitted her homeschool transcript, which was accepted by each of the colleges. 

She is now a college grad who graduated a few years ago. She earned a degree in Communications and Political Science interests she grew in her high school years at home.

Her outside activities and homemade electives  lead her to this major. And most importantly, she had a great college experience and has many options for future employment.

My book is your guide to homeschooling high school, plus how to apply to college, all in one!

No need to purchase an expensive course.  I keep my prices low to make my book/ebook available to families who are frugal, like us!

Take it step by step and study it, one chapter at a time.  And my book is not a PDF.  It is bound together, so you can hold it in your hands, and turn to the page that you want to read.

Homeschool your teen while keeping your nurturing homeschooling style that you love.

Click below to see what is in the book:

Homeschooling High School with College in Mind - 2nd edition

Paperback on Amazon 
Kindle on Amazon (Goes on SALE regularly)

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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