Home-Schooling for High School

Updated: Mar 1

How to Set Up Home-schooling for High School


Here is how you could get started with planning a student’s high school homeschooling.


1. Know your student

The first step is to plan your student’s future. Unfortunately, some parents do not know what their kids prepare to do or where their interests lie. Besides, your child may not even fully understand what he wants.


Help your student set a path by establishing goals and preparing them for such purposes. You can contribute to this by identifying their interests and skills early on and incorporating them into a program. Helping your child to recognize their skills will also help keep them engaged.


Ask your student about post-high school plans and possible options. Not everyone has to go to university. Not everyone is interested in getting a college degree. Help your student explore alternatives such as a vocational apprenticeship or military service.


2. Know your state requirements


Look up the school attendance and testing requirements for homeschooling in your state. Each state has different laws. Note that many states require a curriculum that is comparable to that of a public school.


Some states such as New York, for example, require annual testing only for high school students whereas, In Georgia, testing happens in years 3, 6, 9, and 12. Knowing these state requirements is crucial in designing your homeschooling program.


3. Find out what standard high school education should provide

The High school education intends to get children ready for a career path, or the post-secondary education program they wish to pursue. Consequently, you need to consider the requirements that your student will have to meet to acquire a high school diploma or equivalent or to get into a university or college.


Keep in mind that many good colleges have programs with limited slots.  So, if your student’s goal is to get in one, you need to know the credits and activities, extracurricular, or otherwise, that would give him/her a good change.  It is also essential to look up admissions policies for for student that were home schooled.  Supplies For High School


4. Explore homeschooling methods


There are generally four types of high school homeschooling programs.

The first is a traditional program in which the structure is somewhat like that of a conventional school setting. Parents usually purchase curriculum, textbook, and tests and give lessons, quizzes and general assignments. For this, parents can work with an accredited homeschooling institution for guidance.


On the other hand, the second, which is online home school programs involve giving your child access to prerecorded videos from which they can learn. Students can take the test online, as well. An academic adviser administers this program, so with this method, the parent’s job is more of a facilitator or supervisor than a teacher.


The third type is the hybrid learning program. This program utilizes a combination of online learning programs and traditional programs.


The fourth type is the most unconventional. It is not even technically a program. It is called unschooling, which mostly consists of elective classes, extracurricular activities, and internships. When considering this type, make sure that it will not hinder your student’s post-high school education plans.


If you have any questions or would like to leave any comments, please do so below.


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Thank you for reading.

Pat Bracy


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