Home schooling throughout the high school years is
very appealing for many families. No one can underestimate the demands of High
School, especially in this competitive time for young adults, as they prepare
for college and their future livelihood. Families choose to homeschool during
these impressionable years for many reasons. Typical reasons often include:
to provide individualized instruction to
meet a students' needs;
to include religious or other important
values that are not offered elsewhere; or
to allow a student to work at their own
Working at one's own, or best pace
can mean many things for different families. Some students, who are struggling
may need "extra" time to complete work satisfactorily while other home schooled
students may want to cover a wider, deeper spectrum in a given subject area.
Preparing a high school curriculum for your
student can be a daunting task. No matter what type of student your child is,
you should focus on a strong breadth of courses for their High School years.
These usually include Core Courses such as Math, English, Science and Social
Studies, Foreign Language Courses, and many Electives. You may even want to
consider Advanced Placement and Honors Courses which allow students to
gain advanced standing or credit through colleges and universities. These
courses also give your student a deeper understanding of certain subjects.
professional educators and service team at
National High School understand the needs of homeschooling
families who must determine the appropriate high school program for their
children. That's why we've asked Keystone to help us understand the options that
students have during their high school years if they enroll in the Keystone
Here's what they told us:
are college level courses taken as part of a high school program. AP
courses offer advanced students the opportunity to take courses with more
challenging college-level content. Keystone National High School offers
Advanced Placement courses in 17 subjects, including English, History,
Economics, Mathematics, and Science. Students who complete AP courses are
eligible to take the AP exams, administered each May by the College Board.
These exams are scored on a scale of 1-5. Students scoring between a 3 and 5
may qualify for college credit at most colleges and universities.
require more intensive study than regular
courses, which is an important step in the preparation for higher education.
The Keystone Honors courses are designed with a variety of enriched
activities that give students the opportunity to expand their critical
thinking skills and written communication ability, also important traits to
have when entering college.
AP courses are available to junior or senior
high school students who have successfully completed advanced courses in
core subjects (including successful completion of an Honors course) and are
(or students) are not sure whether or not they are ready for AP classes,
students can take the
Keystone Honors Readiness Test. The exam contains 16 questions and
assesses a student's ability to interpret information, analyze situations,
and design solutions.
allows students to take college credit courses while still in high school.
This gives students the advantage of completing some of their basic and core
courses before entering college, which then allows them to graduate college
earlier or take additional specialized courses. Families interested in this
path need to check with the college of their choice for the regulations and
Colleges love to see applicants that have taken Advanced
Placement (AP) and honors classes as it distinguishes that those students
are hard-workers, committed to higher education and able to manage their
time. Both Honors and AP classes offer students opportunities to enhance
their learning and learn valuable skills during their transition from a high
school to college student. By using a structured program, the students can
develop their abilities in a supportive environment.
gives students the opportunity to complete the required coursework earlier
than through a traditional high school setting, allowing them to complete
their high school requirements at an earlier age. Most students who are
planning to graduate earlier do both accelerated learning AND dual
In addition to the AP, Honors, Dual Enrollment and Accelerated Learning
courses that Keystone offers, they also offer:
Flexible schedule and delivery of the curriculum (including online
or traditional correspondence courses)
Progress Reports and Observer Accounts for parents to track their
Simple fee pricing for tuition costs, which includes textbooks and
Option of full-time enrollment or supplemental enrollment.
Access to Student Services, which include:
One-on-one instruction from certified teachers, guidance and support,
and unlimited access to the greater Keystone community to create a learning
environment that supports the whole student.
- Teacher response within 24 hours to answer questions about
- Technical Support is available 24/7.
- Full Time Students also receive access to additional services
including an Orientation Course, a Learning Coach, and Tutoring (first
75 minutes FREE)
By providing college-bound students with resources, support, and advanced
options such as honors and AP classes, families can ensure that their child's
needs are not only met but that they are challenged, skilled, and prepared for
"Homeschooling was an adventure for me, and I can't imagine
childhood any differently.-
Jenny N., Polo, Missouri
My parents are very enthusiastic about reading and learning, and they wanted us
to have a superior education. When it came time for high school, [we] chose
because it had the best courses, the best materials, and made a lot of sense."
Homeschool student and Keystone Graduate
ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:
National High School, is an accredited independent study high school, serving
students in all 50 states and around the world and offers its courses both
online and by traditional correspondence. Keystone is accredited by the
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, the Distance Education and Training
Council, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and is licensed by
the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Keystone has been a leading provider
of quality independent study programs to homeschooling families since 1995.
You can review Keystone's features in greater detail by visiting Keystone's
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