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Thinking about Homeschooling Your Teen?
Whether you have been homeschooling for years or pulling your teen out of a public or private school, there is much that goes into the decision to teach your teen at home.
Here are some things to consider as you explore the homeschooling option. We encourage you to explore the information and resources at the links below.
- Homeschooling high school requires parents to make a significant commitment to plan, teach, evaluate, and document their teen’s course work. Although there are many options for courses, how much time are you willing to devote to teaching your teen at home?
- Because this is a partnership, how does your teen feel about homeschooling high school at home with you?
- Will you and your teen have a network of support as you homeschool? Have you investigated opportunities in your community for support groups, possible co-ops, outside courses, or dual enrollment courses?
- What is your commitment to homeschooling? Is this a last resort or a viable option in your mind? Your attitude is a huge factor on the success of this venture because there will be bumps in the road.
Once you have had an opportunity to discuss these issues and have decided to embark on your homeschool high school journey, then Carol Becker and Diane Kummer, HSLDA’s High School Consultants, are available to answer your questions, suggest appropriate resources, offer a listening ear, help you consider options, and encourage you in the process! HSLDA members may call or email Carol and Diane whenever needed. Consider them your resident guidance counselors. Not yet a member of HSLDA? Join now
Why homeschool in high school? Check out these reasons
Developing a Plan for High School:
- Developing a High School Plan—This short video will get you started.
- A Guide to Homeschooling thru High School Brochure—This brochure lists three high school plans.
- State Homeschool Law —Consult your state’s homeschool laws as you map out a plan to teach your teen
Information on Finding Curriculum
- Complete Curriculum—Some homeschool publishers offer complete curriculum packages including student textbooks, teacher guides, answer keys, and test/quiz banks.
- Online Courses
- Correspondence Schools
- Individual Subject Curriculum—Find samplings of high school material in 40 subject areas.
Career Guidance, Electives, Evaluating Credits, Grading, Recordkeeping, Testing, Transcripts and Supplements:
- Career Possibilities for Teens—This short video guides parents to help teens to discover viable career paths.
- Diplomas—Look over 20 FAQs about homeschool diplomas.
- Electives Versus Extracurricular Activities—This short video explains how both work together to develop your teen’s talents, abilities, and interests.
- Evaluation of High School Credit—This short video describes three ways to determine high school credit.
- Grading: Evaluating High School Course Work—This short video discusses how to award grades with confidence.
- Recordkeeping for High School—This short video gives an overview of the types of records to keep and tips to stay on track.
- Tests for College-Bound Teens—This short video suggests guidelines about when to take these important tests.
- Transcript Preparation Tips—This short video will explain how to get started.
Homeschooling through high school is not only a possibility—it can also be a reality for you and your teen. We enjoy supporting parents of teens, so let us know how we may help you.
Carol Becker and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Consultants