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Top 4 Questions About Homeschooling Your High-Schooler

The thought of homeschooling high school can seem daunting even to the most passionate homeschooling family.And, truth be told, many families start out without even the thought of homeschooling high school (at least not without a bit of fear and trepidation)… But it doesn’t need to be that way! Here are 4 of the most common issues related to homeschooling your high school aged student.

Top FAQs About Homeschooling High-School - What questions do YOU have about this homeschooling through this exciting and challenging season? Here are 4 of the most common issues related to homeschooling your high school aged student.

1. How do I know what to teach my high school student?

There’s lots of help in that area! First of all, graduation requirements are decided by your state only for the public school system, and they do not apply to your homeschool. You, as parent/teacher/principal, decide on what should be required. With that said, don’t go making requirements will-nilly, or go “soft” on your non-academically-oriented student.

First, check out World Book Encyclopedia’s Typical Course of Study While I suggest that you keep things simple, their resource will give you an overview of what academic expectations a student is generally expected to have.

Next, if your child is college-bound, begin to look at schools they may be interested in to see what admissions requirements they have. You can usually get this information at the school’s website; if not, make a quick phone call to the admissions office and ask them to send you the information through the mail. Here is an example of a state school’s requirements.

Finally, to “get moving,” please take a moment and read this wonderful article on approaching a high school course of study for your child, by Donna Young. She is one of the first homeschoolers I found on the web “way back when” and has lots of solid advice to offer!


2. How can I teach advanced subjects?

Not to fear, resources abound! First of all, check with people in your local support group to see what services might be available in your community. For example, when my kids needed high school science labs, our support group had enough teens in the same boat that we approached the local community college. They put a semester-long lab together, using a textbook that we had recommended, provided the lab and teacher, and “made it happen” for us. There was a fee, but it was much less than if we’d have had to buy all the equipment and supplies ourselves. Sometimes there are classes available in continuing education; sometimes the school will allow your student to audit a class (you, however, can give class credit for it).

When your child is in junior and senior year, many junior colleges offer joint or dual enrollment. This enables your high student to attend class in a college setting and get both college and high school credit at the same time! Ask around at local museums to see if there are fine arts or science classes available; and if need be, get together with some other parents of high school students and see what options you can put together as a team. Co-op classes, as these are called, are great ways to pool and use the wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities of the people around you!


3. What about transcripts?

The only thing that transcripts do is to put all that wonderful learning your child has experienced and put it in “school administrator-ese.” This was a hurdle I was initially intimidated by as well. If the thought of doing that scares you too, take a deep breath and relax. We’ve put together a transcript template form together and 1-page, easy peasy step by step directions to calculate a high-school GPA so you can put it all together!  Nope, it’s not rocket science – you CAN do this!

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4. Will they get into college?

They have as good a chance as any student in a traditional school! As the homeschool movement grows, more and more colleges see what good students homeschoolers are: out-of-the-box thinkers, self-starters, motivated, creative, knowing “how” to learn…everything that breeds success in higher-level academia.

  • According to a survey completed in 2004 and published by HSLDA, homeschooled students taking the ACT scored an average of 22.6, compared to the national average of 20.9, putting them ahead of their traditionally-educated peers. This study is still the largest research survey to date of home-educated adults.
  • Another study by Brian D Ray, included in the  Bibliography of Research at the National Home Education Research Institute, showed no support for the idea that parents need to be trained and certified to successfully teach their children.
  • A while back the New York Times put together a panel of admissions deans from Yale, Pomona College, Lawrence University and the University of Texas at Austin to answer selected questions from both readers and NY Times editors. These covered topics from standardized testing, financial aid, applying to college, etc…all from a homeschooling perspective. The post on their blog also includes updates, links, panelist bios, and readers’ comments. It’s long, but very good and a “must read” if you have high-schoolers or plan on having them. I’d encourage you to take a look when you can.

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6 Responses to Top 4 Questions About Homeschooling Your High-Schooler

  1. JES July 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    Great post! I am going all the way in our homeschool and haven’t looked back! It means sharing some great literature together for one thing! Thanks for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays ladies 🙂
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  2. Melissa Ruddy July 12, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    I wish I could have homeschooled my children, I think homeschooling is so much more adaptable to the learning style of the child. It would seem pretty daunting to homeschool through the final years and right before college but you have laid out a good plan with actionable steps that would answer some of my questions if I were a homeschooling mom. Good job.

  3. Kim July 12, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    Great list! I have been shocked, by how many parents decide to switch to brick and mortar school in high school. The most often reason cited is that “I can’t teach the upper level stuff”. I agree with you completely, there are a ton of resources to help you. Dual enrollment is a great option for upper level students. I saw this at The Homeschool Nook.

    • Pat July 12, 2016 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks, Kim! That’s been my experience, too, although I have to admit that when I started hs’ing, that was our game plan as well. So happy we stuck with it, tho!!

      The relationships we developed through our local homeschool association were definitely a factor. While it is true that “bad company corrupts good morals”, the reverse works as well. My kids wanted to graduate with the friends they had grown to know and love over the years, and so we had very little resistance on their part to staying out of a traditional school to finish their education.

      Appreciate you stopping by…have a terrific week!
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