Carol Becker
High School Consultant


Carol and her husband Jim homeschooled their son from 1st–12th grade and their daughter from K–12 using a variety of teaching options. The Becker’s son has just completed a master’s degree in Information Technology from Virginia Tech after completing a BS in Systems Engineering at UVA, and their daughter earned a BA with Highest Distinction in French from UVA. As a new High School Consultant for HSLDA, Carol relishes the opportunity to encourage and equip homeschooling mothers because they are raising the next generation of leaders.

During Carol’s homeschooling years, she established two homeschool cooperatives. The first encompassed History/Geography/Drama and ran for eleven years accommodating students from grades 2-12. With a BS and MS in Engineering, Carol also has a passion for science, which led her to form and direct a science cooperative when her son entered the high-school years. She successfully guided a group of dedicated mothers and homeschooled scholars through Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Convinced that homeschoolers must develop and hone analytical writing skills, Carol has shepherded two different groups of homeschooled students through a three-year original high-school English program consisting of Composition I with Lit., Composition II with American Lit., and British Lit. She also taught Algebra I & 2 and Geometry. Over the past eight years, Carol has coached high school juniors and seniors from the public schools to successfully tame the Timed SAT Writing essay, and she currently tutors writing students from middle school, high school, and community college.




Title:Building on a Sure Foundation: Staying the Course through High School
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:All
Description:As your child grows older, you may be considering high school at home — but you’ve got your doubts! Why is homeschooling high school a crucial decision for your teen? How is it possible? What help is available? We’ll answer your questions; but more importantly, we’ll encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home.

Title:Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four—Year Plans
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:How do you plan a program for your high school homeschooler? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about the need for a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four—year plan.

Title:Extracurricular Activities: Jazz Up Your High School Program
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:All
Description:Because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, adding extracurricular activities to your high school program will increase your teen’s enthusiasm and motivation during these years. Wisely choosing these activities provides opportunities for your teen to follow an interest, hone his talents, serve others, or simply enjoy new experiences. But, setting limits is important, too! Come and hear ideas and suggestions for you to consider as you explore the many different extracurricular options.

Title:High School Transcript Clinic: Practical Help and Tips
Length:1 hour
Type: 
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Creating a high school transcript is easy yet a vital part of your child’s high school records. In this interactive, practical seminar you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. We’ll guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPA’s). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts depicting other formats for you to consider.

Title:Homeschooling the College Bound: Successfully Navigating the Road to Admission
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:If your child’s post—high school plans include college, you’ll want to carefully plan out his high school years. This seminar will provide you with tips and resources to help you better understand how you can prepare your high schooler for the challenges of college, as well as aid you in helping him select and apply to colleges as a homeschooled student. You’ll receive information on making the most of a college visit, interacting with college admissions officers, and gathering the information needed for the college application.

Title:Important Pit Stops during High School
Length:1 hour
Type:General Session, Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents, Parents, Support Group Leaders, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:For preventative maintenance during the high school years, learn what important “to—dos” and deadlines to keep in mind. Major pit stops will include information about various tests, benefits and sources of outside classes, college search and application tips, alternatives to traditional college, and career and post high school paths.

Title:Preparing Your Teen for Life
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual, Teens
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills young adults will utilize the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided.

Title:Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Why is documentation of high school course work important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome; it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. Learn what, when, and how to track your student’s progress through high school.

Title:Teaching Options to Diversify Your High School Program
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:Once a child hits the high school years, a myriad of teaching options for providing high school courses becomes available: parent—taught classes, co—op classes, private tutors, community college courses, online courses, and correspondence schools. Each option is viable, yet which should you pursue for your child?

Title:The College Admissions Process: The Homeschooled Student's Guide
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education, Teens
Audience:Junior and Senior High Parents
Description:You are not only your child’s teacher, you are also his guidance counselor! Find out how to maneuver through the entire college admissions process, from narrowing down the selection of colleges to filling out college applications, applying for financial aid, and asking the right questions that will help you discern whether your child is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college.

Title:The Scoop on Tests for Teens
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:College, Education
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:Are you in a quandary as to what tests your teens need to take during high school? Do you know the array of possible tests—from college admissions tests; to tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment; to tests necessary for certain scholarships; to even career tests? When should they be taken? Where? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence.

Title:You Can Homeschool High School...If You Can Make It through Tomorrow!
Length:1 hour
Type:Workshop
Topic:Education, Encouragement, Motivational, Why Homeschool
Audience:New Homeschoolers, Parents, Veteran Homeschoolers
Description:As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling high school in the future), you may have your doubts about your ability…and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Is it too hard and no fun? Come for a lighthearted approach to homeschooling the high school years and find out how it can be filled with much hope and help…and joy.


HSLDA High School Consultants Carol Becker and Diane Kummer are available to speak as a team or individually. Carol and Diane would be pleased to discuss seminar topics in depth and assist you in choosing seminars that would benefit your group/conference needs. Day—long high school symposiums may also be arranged. Contact them to inquire about their availability at highschool@hslda.org


Since her workshops are offered as a free service to the homeschooling community, Carol simply requests that all of her traveling and related expenses be covered.


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