Homeschooling High School
Even parents who have homeschooled for many years sometimes question homeschooling high school. Here are some resources to help you navigate homeschooling the high school years. If your student is considering college, take a look at our college preparation and admissions resources. For students interested in military service, visit our page for homeschoolers joining the military.
Do you have a student approaching or already IN high school at your house?
What if I told you that there is an all-in-one resource that will raise your confidence level and give you all of the tools that you will need to provide an excellent high school education for your teenage child AT HOME, preparing him for college (if desired) and a productive future, without all of the trappings of the public high school? Would you consider giving it a try?
Join the Upper Level Homeschool class and get 13 weeks of step-by-step instruction - all the information and resources necessary to teach your high school level student - delivered straight to your email box! The Upper Level Homeschool course teaches you how to prepare your teen for college and adult life. The first 5 weeks includes:
- Mapping a 4 Year Course of Study
- Designing a Course for High School Credit
- Outsourcing Difficult Subjects
- Starting & Maintaining a Transcript
- Establishing Good Study Habits
Most weeks the lessons will also include hyperlinks, worksheets and even curriculum samples for you to use. Find out more:
Upper Level Homeschool Course
Online High School Programs
* Our listing of these schools does not imply endorsement. Please research and use wisdom research when choosing an online school. There are several websites listed under Miscellaneous Helps that can help you evaluate online schools.
ALEKS - Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking. ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor. Although not every subject is covered, there is a wide selection of courses available with an emphasis on math and business.
American School - The American School has been offering educational programs by correspondence for over 100 years. Their goal is to give each student personal attention, including the personal grading of examinations. Tuition is very affordable
Citizen's High School - Citizens' High School provides quality coursework for people to earn a high school diploma from an accredited program. They observe a year-round calendar and students may begin and complete coursework and grade levels at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home or wherever their travels may take them.
K12 International Academy - The K¹² International Academy is an accredited, private online school that offers the world-renowned curriculum from K¹², the market leader in online curriculum programs for grades K-12. K12 also offers a virtual public school; be sure you understand the difference as the virtual public school is under the umbrella of a local school district.
Laurel Springs School - "Laurel Springs School, founded in 1991, is an accredited private school offering distance learning college preparatory curricula and teacher services for grades K-12. Located in Ojai, California, Laurel Springs serves students in all 50 states and in 43 countries. Current enrollment is 3,000 students, with more than 2,000 students preparing for college in the online high school program. Laurel Springs uses web-based communication tools, a standards-based curriculum, and personalized instruction to offer students the highest quality home education experience."
Liberty University Online Academy is a web-based curriculum specially developed for students in grades 3-12 and supported by Liberty University. LUOA offers a turn-key home learning system with proven curriculum that is simple to use. Features:
- Online academic support through a unique faculty/student messaging system
- Automated lesson planning
- Instant grading feedback
- Flexible, yet structured program, customized to meet the needs of each student
- Biblically-based, Christ-centered curriculum
- Rolling enrollment: enroll and start classes at any time of the year
- Qualified academic support with your personal academic advisor
- Record keeping and transcription of all student work
- Access to Liberty University’s extensive online library services
Oak Meadow - Oak Meadow publishes homeschool curriculum materials adapted from the Waldorf method and has an accredited distance education school. For over 30 years, Oak Meadow has created independent learning materials for families around the world. Through experience, Oak Meadow provides a firm foundation for academic excellence, while offering new opportunities for learning. They offer a unique hybrid of accredited standards delivered with imagination and heart. Visit their website to request a catalog and view sample lessons, or call their office in Vermont to speak with their supportive staff.
SAT/ACT Test Prep
The Wall Street Journal calls Grockit "an inexpensive and more enjoyable way to study for big tests". From their reviewer:
For the sake of testing, I focused on the SAT and plunged back into the depths of reading, writing and (gulp) math to get a sense of what students see and do on Grockit.com. In a short period of time, I found myself wanting to go back to the site to get better at certain sections or to earn more Experience Points, which result in badges and unlock new levels of study, both of which can be optionally posted to outside networks like Facebook or Twitter.
Total Transcript Solution
The truth is, you don't have to spend hundreds or even THOUSANDS of dollars to create a winning homeschool transcript that will WOW the colleges! You can do it yourself and this wonderful book by Lee Binz can help. Total Transcript Solution will guide you through the process of creating high school transcripts using the same method that earned Lee used for her sons.
Lee is a regular homeschool mom who two years ago struck gold. She discovered how to convert four years of independent homeschooling into transcripts that earned both of her sons full-tuition scholarships at their first choice university! For more information, visit Lee's website.
High School Ace - The Academic Homepage for High School Students
Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+u+la - Book by Barb Shelton of Homeschool Oasis; great for preparing your child for life after high school
How to Study - We all know that studying is a skill to be learned, not a talent one is born with. From Taking Notes in Class to how to succeed on an Essay Test, this site gives useful and practical ways to succeed. When you click a link, scroll down to see the results - the page will not appear to change when clicking links since what changes is out of site below. The site is provided by two education professors who developed more detailed study skills programs that can be purchased from the site.
Build a high school transcript - Building a high school transcript can be a daunting task. It doesn't have to be. Teascript enables you to create a professional transcript in minutes instead of days.
Homeschool-Entrepreneur.com - Give Them a Running Start! High School is the perfect time to learn how to start a home business, especially if you home school!
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Homeschooling High School
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How to Homeschool in High School
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Our Entrepreneurial Homeschooler
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Diploma Mills: Degrees of Deception - FTC consumer alert advising consumers how to avoid getting scammed by a diploma mill for a high school or college degree.
Important Questions About Accreditation, Degree Mills andAccreditation Mills - From the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
National vs. Regional Accreditation - Explains the basic differences
Information about Diploma Mills - From eLearners.com, this article explains how to recognize Diploma Mills.
Understanding Accreditation - "Will employers value the online degree you have received? Will you be able to transfer credits from your online course to another institution? Will the online program you select provide a rigorous and worthwhile educational experience? A key to answering these questions is an understanding of accreditation and the accreditation process. This article will provide you with the basic information you need to make wise and informed decisions when selecting an online program or course."
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Taking Charge - "Should we homeschoolers be worried about getting conventional credentials? Are homeschoolers' futures jeopardized because the path to a conventional diploma is less clear-cut than it is for a student in a conventional school? Why and how is the process of getting a diploma becoming more complex? What choices do we have?" This article by Larry and Susan Kaseman addresses these questions.