We homeschooled high school all the way through with our younger daughter. She took 60 credits at the local community college—some of them dual enrollment and some after graduation—and transferred to Virginia Tech, where she graduated with a degree in civil engineering.
If you would like to see how we tracked credits and created transcripts, see our 10th Grade Plan. For those homeschooling a non-traditional learner, Vanessa's 9th Grade Plan for a Non-Traditional Learner is helpful.
If you haven't checked out TheHomeSchoolMom's free homeschool transcripts, be sure to download the spreadsheet template. It is easy to plug in your courses and credits, and the spreadsheet calculates your GPA for you. I used this spreadsheet template to create transcripts for both of my daughters and used them at community college and universities.
Our 11th Grade Plan for a Prospective Engineer
For 12th grade my daughter planned to commit to the engineering program at the community college. For 11th grade, she eased into taking college level classes with 3 classes at the college and the rest at home.
Dual Enrollment (DE) English
Building on what we did the previous year with resources from the UNC Writing Center, the focus for her junior year was on composition through the local community college's ENG 111 course. Over the course of the semester, students worked to complete a research paper from the abstract topic proposal to the final draft. It was a challenging course that goes into the details of the process for a single paper instead of completing multiple papers.
Having completed both the Algebra and Geometry modules of VideoText, for 11th grade she took Precalculus at the local community college. VideoText covers Precalculus in its Algebra modules, but this was a nice way to start math at our local community college in a low stress way. Since credit for Precalculus does not count toward an engineering degree, we did not call this dual enrollment even though it was taken through the community college.
Dual Enrollment (DE) Biology and Lab
This is the 3rd of the 3 courses my daughter took at the local community college. Her preference was Anatomy, but BIO 101 & 102 were prerequisites.
This was the only course that I developed at home for 11th grade. We used Crash Course American History, HipHughes history videos, lectures (mostly from The Great Courses) and various online readings to supplement. We kept up with current events using CNN's Student News.
My daughter's Spanish 2 instructor tutored her own daughter and my daughter once a week in preparation for college level Spanish.
Technology was incorporated throughout the curriculum as part of each class.
Since my daughter was a competitive gymnast that spends approximately 20 hours in the gym each week, additional PE is unnecessary.
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