Six Steps to Planning High School at HomeLisa Rupertus
Many homeschoolers worry about continuing to educate at home during the high school years. They worry their teens won’t be prepared for college or work after graduation. With a little thought and preparation, high school doesn’t have to be scary. It can even be a joy to spend these last few years with your older children before they fly the nest and become adults.
Talk To Your Teen
During the eighth grade year, I sit down with my rising freshman and start a real discussion. I want to know what they like about school and what they don’t. I ask what they think they will want to do after they graduate.
This is important because I want to know how to begin planning their next four years of high school towards that goal.
Learn What Colleges Are Looking For
We are planning on our children’s attending some sort of college—even if for a short time. So we took a good look at my son’s top three colleges to see what they want from students. There was a community college, a secular four-year college, and a Christian four-year college on our list. Each college had similarities but they also had some differences in terms of GPA, test scores, and high school coursework.
Develop a Plan
Once we saw what colleges were looking for, we started writing down a plan. Math, science and foreign language need to be taken in a specific order. This helped me pick curriculum that meets all the requirements for each school on our list. I had no idea that schools were looking for three years of foreign language because when I was college shopping they only wanted two. Things change over the years, and it really does help to set a loose plan for what to cover each year.
Find the test dates for the college entrance exams: PSAT, SAT, and ACT. We found that we missed one of the tests because I didn’t know local schools register a whole year in advance for the PSAT. Look online for information or call your local high school and find out the schedule so you are prepared. Colleges might prefer one test over the other (SAT or ACT), so it is good to look at individual school requirements when making this decision.
Keep Good Records
This is common sense, but honestly life gets busy. By keeping up to date with grading and your transcript you will avoid trying to remember it all in your student’s junior year. Get a notebook or folder, and keep track. Keep a list of extra curricular activities, trips, books, and courses. You will need that information when you are finalizing your child’s transcript.
Remember the saying Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day! Homeschooling is a marathon not a sprint. By keeping calm and cool you will find that it isn’t that high school isn’t that different than teaching the younger years. You can do this!
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