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Homeschooling high school can feel scary in the beginning. I worried that I was going to make some critical mistake that was going to ruin my daughter’s chances of getting into a ‘good’ college. I spent months reading everything I could about preparing homeschooled high school students for college until I felt confident that I could do this, and do this well. Thankfully, there are a few truly reassuring high school resources to make the process a little easier.
I know that I am not the only mom that worried about homeschooling high school. I hear those familiar homeschool mom worries all the time.
If you are excited to homeschool high school while also losing a bit of sleep, take comfort. You are not alone.
I will share my favorite high school resources, but first want to explain my personal goals for homeschooling high school. Every family approaches homeschooling differently and there is no one way that is best for every student or family.
The freedom to tailor the educational plan is one of the things that makes homeschooling great.
In a way, preparing to homeschool high school requires us to plan in reverse. We need to have an idea of what our children want to do after we hand them their diploma. We don’t have a crystal ball (wouldn’t that be helpful?), so we need to make our best guess after lots of discussion with our kids.
My homeschool mom responsibilities:
- Provide a curriculum that challenges my daughter
- Ensure my daughter completes all college pre-requisite classes
- Help my daughter determine her career path
- Maintain all of the paperwork necessary for college applications including transcripts, course descriptions, reading lists, and work samples
My homeschool student’s responsibilities:
- Be an active participant in her education
- Work hard and do her best
- Ask for help when needed
I have no doubt that my daughter will have no trouble getting into college if we both do our parts and take advantage of these awesome high school resources.
High School Resources for College-Bound Homeschoolers
High School Resource Books
Anytime a mom tells me that they are concerned about helping their homeschooler get into college, I point her straight to The HomeScholar. Lee is a treasure chest full of information and seems to know just about everything related to homeschoolers and college.
This book provides exactly the information that the title promises:
- Getting Ready – Lee explains how to plan a college prep curriculum.
- Getting In – This book breaks down exactly what it takes to get into the college of your child’s dreams.
- Getting Paid – Scholarships definitely help reduce the tuition bill. Lee explains how to get as many scholarships as possible.
It is actually possible to graduate high school with an associate degree, however Homeschooling for College Credit is useful even if your student wants to take just a few classes at your community college. This book covers pretty much everything you could ever want to know about homeschooling for college credit.
Some of the chapters cover:
- 30 (!) ways to earn college credit
- Dual enrollment advice
- How to graduate your high schooler
- Strategies for completely free tuition
Jennifer Cook-DeRosa will be speaking at the Carolina Homeschool Conference in August 2019. If you live in the Raleigh area this is a great way to have your questions answered by the expert.
Online High School Resources
The High School Solution contains more than 52 hours of homeschool help for middle and high school, access to exclusive resources, and monthly LIVE workshops with Lee Binz.
This is a great resource for making sure that you start homeschooling high school on the right foot. It is a bit pricey, but comes with lifetime access and a 30 day guarantee. If you want to skip all of the research on individual topics, this is a way to get the information directly from one of the leading experts.
I highly recommend subscribing to The HomeScholar email newsletter. The newsletter is completely free and is full of great tips. Occasionally there is a free webinar or course available through the newsletter.
I researched the admission course requirements of several colleges and created a high school planning template. This template is available free! I am a visual person and it really helped me relax about homeschooling high school to see all of the requirements laid out on a single piece of paper.
One mom on Instagram even remarked that homeschooling high school felt less overwhelming after seeing the planning guide.
Are you homeschooling high school with an eye on college? What are your favorite resources?
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