Making Plans for Homeschooling Through High School

A few weeks ago I posted about the Homeschool High School Blog Hop that is beginning with some of my fellow Schoolhouse Crew members. Each month we'll have a topic that relates to homeschooling through high school. If you have a high school student or if you're thinking of continuing to homeschool through the high school years, you won't want to miss this collection of awesome ideas from some veteran homeschoolers each month. (By the way, it's hard for me to think of myself as a "veteran" and I can assure you that I do not have it all together. But it's great to get together with others who are on this same homeschooling path.)

This month's topic is one near and dear to my heart- planning for homeschooling through high school. I love planning. And when the time drew near to think about high school, I wanted to have all my ducks in a row for planning out our high school years. Here are some of the things that helped me as I thought through the years and made plans.

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Planning for college...or not

We don't subscribe to the idea that every kid is headed to college no matter what. I think our culture pushes kids to college when they don't have any idea whether or not God is leading them there. That can often result in school debt and in kids who have degrees they can't use. I think college can be great and have it's place. (I have a Master's Degree.) But I don't think God leads every kid on a path that leads to college.

Now, with that controversial paragraph thrown out...we have had our two (so far) high school aged kids follow a "college prep" track as far as what our local school system requires for a high school diploma. Our thought is that at the age of 14 or 15, you're probably not clear on exactly what God has planned for you. It's better to follow the path to a diploma that will allow you to get into college than to scrap the idea and then later have to struggle to get into college if that's the route you need to go.

Knowing the requirements

In order to make sure that we planned for a high school diploma, I took the time to find out our state's requirements for graduation. I haven't found any centralized web site for this. So I literally googled- What are South Carolina's requirements for high school graduation?- and I found the state educational website which gave me a nice listing for things my children would need to graduate- what courses, how many courses, specific courses. I took that information and made a checklist sheet of sorts on Google docs. On that checklist I add courses taken each year so that we can see exactly what's needed and what they have left.

Planning for homeschooling through high school

And those transcripts

The very idea of a transcript made me quiver when I was a year or so out from having a high school student. The idea loomed over me and made me truly fear this homeschooling through high school idea. The fact is, though, that high school transcripts aren't scary at all...if you do a little research.

If you are a US homeschooler, HSLDA is a great resource. It's a legal group that keeps a finger on all political events and decisions regarding homeschoolers. What's not well-known, however, is that even if you aren't an HSLDA member, the website has some great resources. This page- Homeschooling Through High School- has some great information about transcripts and about the legalities of homeschooling through the high school years. Once I understood the idea of the transcripts and what's required, I wasn't nearly as worried about it.

Resources for homeschooling through high school

Big Future by the College Board- great wealth of information intended for students to be able to read and use easily. There's information about testing, graduation requirements, choosing a college and much more.
HSLDA Homeschooling Through High School
Donna Young- This is an amazing site with so many household and homeschool printable forms. For high school she has graduation checklists, planing guides, transcript forms, and more.
Let's Homeschool High School- has curriculum recommendations, college lists, information about requirements and more
High School Prep Genius- This is a book that I had the opportunity to review the summer before Kathryne's freshman year. It's an awesome resource. It is geared toward the high school student and has some information for parents. The very best thing about it is that it helps the student set up a notebook that guides them through the four years of high school and into college preparation.

Once I thought through these areas, high school planning didn't seem as scary. For one child, we've chosen a curriculum that breaks down these requirements for us, tells us what requirements they meet, and lets us know what else we need to supplement with. It makes things easy. The other child isn't as easy. A one size fits all curriculum doesn't work for him. I'm picking and choosing, but I'm using the state graduation requirements as my guide. We still have done standardized testing for college admission- although the HSLDA site has lots of information about that as well. But we now head into each high school year with a little less trepidation and a little more excitement.

Don't forget to visit my fellow blog hoppers who will be offering other views, ideas, and resources for planning your high school years.

Meg from Adventures with Jude on Planning Your Homeschool High School
Chareen at Every Bed of Roses with thoughts on Planning to Homeschool through the High School Years
April from ElCloud Homeschool shares Homeschooling High School: Planning For High School
Debra over at Footprints in the Butter asks: You mean I have to PLAN our Homeschool High School?!?
Michele at Family, Faith and Fridays shares Here's the Plan
Lisa at Golden Grasses says Don't Panic! Homeshcooling High School Blog Hop
Debbie at Debbie's Homeschool Corner Planning Out a High School Program
Gena over at I Choose Joy! shares her The Top Tip for Planning Homeschool High School
Kym at Homeschool Coffee Break shares on Planning and Preparing for Success
Tess from Circling Through This Life shares on Planning the High School Years
Erica over at Be The One shares Planning and Record Keeping for High School
Jennifer from A Glimpse of Our Life on Planning For Homeschooling Highschool
Carol over at Home Sweet Life on Making A Plan
Wendy at Life at Rossmont shares thoughts on Planning for High School
Cristi from Through the Calm and Through the Storm shares on Making High School Plans
Wendy at Life at Rossmont shares thoughts on Planning for High School
Cristi from Through the Calm and Through the Storm shares on Making High School Plans
Dawn Oaks at Double O Farms shares Planning for the High School Years
Laura from Day by Day in Our World shares Planning High School Classes for the Homeschool Parent

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