The next four years can be the best years of your teen’s life. Yet, we suggest that you start now to make your plan. There are a lot of “firsts” that will happen for you and your high schooler over the next few years and just so you don’t forget anything making a plan helps to keep it stress-free.
Starting to Homeschool High School Basics
We’ve shared the basic steps to get started homeschooling high school with you before, but just in case you’re new here we’ve included those basics again.
- Research your state homeschool laws and fulfill their requirements
- Discover the best way to teach, also known as your “Homeschooling Method”
- Understand your student’s learning preferences and what motivates them
- Take our Free Career Exploration Course in the summer after Middle School.
- Develop your general homeschooling high school plan. Ask your teen what their dreams are!
- Look for a curriculum that supports your teen’s future dreams and their learning preferences.
- Before starting some people like to organize their learning area, curriculum, final four-year high school plan, and daily schedule
- Before you get started take some time to rest, breathe, and make sure your teen is ready. Sometimes deschooling is a good idea.
Understand the Basics of Credit Planning
Part of your 4-year plan should include a general idea of which credits will be taken per year. This general plan will help ensure your teen’s high school transcript is well-rounded for universities by the end of their senior year. Additionally, credit planning gives you a chance to consider certain extracurriculars based on their scope. Learn more about homeschool high school credit planning here.
Make Your Four-Year High School Plan
Many homeschoolers find it best to establish their life goals as they enter high school and then tailor fit their entire four years of high school to maximize preparation for their future. We love to refer to this as the “Four Year Highschool Plan.” It’s a perfect way to get the most out of what you study during high school.
Plan for High School Driver’s Ed
If your teen is like most, they’ll be asking about how to get their driver’s license. As a homeschooled student, there are many ways to go about this. Most states require that your teen has some experience driving before they actually take their test. You, as the parent, can act as their teacher and make sure that they complete the necessary requirements or, you can hire a local driver’s education teacher or even find driver’s education help online.
Find your state’s driver’s education requirements here:
Grab a Free Teen Homeschool Planner
You may already use our regular Sanity Saver planner for organizing your homeschool, but did you know we have a teen planner too? This teen planner is free and downloadable, just like the original. Our student planner is the perfect tool for helping your teen take ownership of their learning, review their schedule, and learn how to become an active learner! Find the free teen homeschool planner here.
Plan for High School Record Keeping
High school is the most important time to keep detailed and thorough homeschool records. These records will be requested or reviewed for annual assessments (if required in your state), colleges, universities, and anything related to your high schooler’s academy journey. This article shows how to keep records for your teen, specifically which records you should document and how to compile a high school portfolio.
Plan for Senior Year
Don’t forget some of the amazingly fun aspects of Senior Year of high school! We’ve not only got the tools you need to do it right but great ideas for your homeschool graduation and senior trip ideas that will rock your world! You’ll also want to make sure that your high school transcripts are in order and that you create a homeschool high school diploma that looks amazing!
- Prepare for Senior Year
- Homeschool Graduation Ideas
- Homeschool Graduation Celebrations
- Homeschool High School Diploma
- Senior Trip Ideas
Plan for Graduation
High school graduation is one of the most important moments in a person’s life. Graduation signals completion of the base schoolwork required for most jobs in life, and offers your teen the chance to either continue on to college or perhaps look at college alternatives. Either way, there are a few things you may find helpful for preparing for high school graduation.
- High school graduation requirements by state
- How to graduate from high school early
- Free guide to creating homeschool high school transcripts
- Homeschool high school transcript template download
- Unschooling high school and college
- Homeschool high school dual enrollment in my state
- Dual enrollment guide for high school homeschooling
- How to write college essays
- Free online college courses for high school