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Even though you could’ve sworn you just started homeschooling yesterday, you now have a high schooler on your hands. Every homeschooling parent dreams of stress-free high school experiences for their teens. After all, that’s one of the reasons you’re homeschooling them, to begin with. BUT, it’s tough being a teen and it’s also tough parenting a teen. There’s good news, though: we have plenty of information to make the journey easier.
Less tension, less stress, fewer worries. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Going into this article, you’re probably feeling a bit desperate for an anchor in the storm of high school curriculum and recommendations. All of the information out there is overwhelming. We will clear the storm, though, and give you an orderly approach to what probably feels like a mess right now. You’re wanting to walk away feeling lighter and more confident in this homeschooling adventure.
Well, you are homeschooling a high schooler now. And — you are so capable, even though you probably aren’t feeling it at the moment. Homeschooling a high schooler won’t be easy, but it’s absolutely possible to enjoy it! In four short years, your homeschool high school will be wrapping up with pomp and circumstance. Surreal, isn’t it?
So, for now, let’s take it slow.
Here is a summary of the main points in this article:
- The Importance of the High School Years
- A Road Map to Homeschool High School Graduation
- Resources for Homeschooling a High Schooler
The Importance of the High School Years
Not everyone realizes it, but high school is an important time in a person’s life. According to psychology, once a person turns 18, their personality settles into the person they’ll always be, like dried cement. High school shapes the kind of adult we become, as well as impacts our future educational pursuits.
Even far into the future for grad school applications, universities will be requesting high school transcripts. All that to say, high school matters.
When you’re homeschooling a high schooler, the weight of this realization can be intimidating. However, by following state guidelines and keeping thorough documentation, you will be fine. You will be able to send over anything future schools request, or better yet, send your graduate off with all of their homeschool high school paperwork when they move out so they can take control of his or her educational journey.
Whether you had to convince your teen to consider homeschooling or they had to convince you — or COVID decided for you — here you are and you’re wondering what to do now. Our guide will help answer your questions and steer you onto the most useful path for your situation!
- High school is both exciting and terrifying for students
- High school credits will be examined by schools years down the line
- High school GPA can affect admission to universities
- Clear high school documentation is often necessary even for entry-level jobs
A Road Map to Homeschool High School Graduation
There is such intense pressure on high schoolers these days. Everyone wants to know what their plan is for the future, what they’ve chosen for their career, where they plan to attend college and more. It’s honestly crazy to put that much pressure on a high schooler!
Many of us into our late twenties still aren’t quite sure of the exact answer. Most of us, even those who had clear career aspirations in high school, end up taking a practical, stable job that pays the bills, regardless of if it satisfies our high school dreams.
So, let’s ease up on the teens a little bit. It is just fine to not have a clear plan for the future right now.
However, a clear plan for their high school years will be invaluable, especially for fulfilling homeschool high school requirements. You can’t reach a new destination without proper directions! Our guide will provide suggestions and pointers for each year of high school!
Here are a few key points of a 4-year plan:
- Spacing out testing and preparation to prevent cramming in their senior year.
- Starting early with the SAT/ACT helps familiarize your student with testing for higher retake scores.
- Keeping track of credits and records will prevent stress with college applications.
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