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If you're just beginning to homeschool or exploring new curriculum options, the huge market of materials and terminology may seem overwhelming. Click here for a concise explanation of the basic types of homeschool instruction and a helpful overview of evaluating and choosing curriculum.

There are often two responses to any list of resources: some readers feel overwhelmed by the vast array of options; others feel cheated that the list did not include every available option. We've tried to hit a happy medium with this list. It's not intended to be comprehensive, nor a "creme de la creme" elite ranking system. It's simply a concise start to your search for the right curriculum; and, of course, we encourage you to carefully evaluate any educational resources before allowing your children access to them.

After determining what courses are required in your state and any additional courses you and your student think he should take, you're ready to start selecting curriculum. Some people find it helpful to check out an overview of curriculum and course options.

Most people purchase a year's curriculum at a time, but some prefer to buy everything at once. If finances are tight, there are several ways you can tap into the used curriculum market. Invite your student to join you in investigating the educational opportunities below, and enjoy the journey together!

Need help choosing a high school curriculum?

If you are a member of HSLDA you can talk to your high school coordinator. You can use the Contact Your Staff section of the members website or call (540) 338-5600. Not a member? Why not join today and here are some reasons why.

Complete Curriculums

These publishers offer a complete package of curriculum from grades K-12 covering most or all of the subjects necessary for high school. Curriculum usually includes student books, teacher's guides, workbooks, and even tests and quizzes. Check out the publishers' websites for catalogs and online ordering.

Correspondence Schools

Correspondence schools offer a variety of courses for high school students. It's possible to take all of your courses at home, and the correspondence school will provide testing, grading, record keeping, and usually a teacher/consultant should you have any questions. Most correspondence schools will also provide transcripts as well as diplomas.

Online Courses/Distance Learning

There is a wide variety of online courses now available to homeschool students. These courses may be chosen “a la carte”—you pick and choose which classes you would like your child to take. The instructor spells out the requirements for the class, the method of evaluation, and the cost. Some online courses are more interactive than others—if interactivity is important to you, be sure to check this out before you sign up for a class. The University of Nebraska’s booklet, “Characteristics of Successful Online Students,” is a useful resource for parents and students that highlights the skills necessary to do well in online courses.

Course/Curriculum Providers
Advanced Placement Courses Online
PHC Prep

Advanced Placement courses are rigorous courses taken in high school but taught on a college level. (For detailed info on AP courses and tests see the home e-vent “How to Navigate the World of Advanced Placement Courses.” In order for homeschoolers to label courses as “Advanced Placement” on their high school transcripts, the course syllabus must now be pre-approved by the College Board AP Central. (AP is a trademark and to use it without approval is illegal.) Besides studying the course material, students also prepare to take an Advanced Placement test administered through the College Board. If students score well enough on the AP test, college credit can be earned for the course. Individual colleges set their own policies regarding which AP tests they recognize and what score must be attained to receive credit. For more information see Testing. The following individuals/organizations offer AP courses online to homeschoolers:

Individual Subject Curriculum

This list by no means covers all of the quality curriculum available, but it provides a starting point from which to investigate resources for high school courses. We will be adding to our curriculum resource list regularly, so be sure to keep checking back. As you develop your teen’s high school plan, you will consider both core academic courses as well as elective courses. This list includes ideas for possible high school electives.


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