"Are you going to homeschool high school?" a well-meaning person asked me and my oldest daughter, who was at that time a mere 5 years old. My response was, "Well, I don't know yet." What I was really thinking was, "Can't we just get through kindergarten????"
When the time did finally come to consider high school, the answer was a resounding "YES, we are going to homeschool high school!"
What an awesome time high school is. We are finally getting into some really cool topics and subjects and I would hate to miss out on them.
Do I know everything there is to know in order to teach high school subjects? Of course not. My children don't expect me to know everything. Quite often I am learning right along side of them.
Don't let your limitations stand in the way of home schooling your high schoolers. There are always other people out there who have the knowledge you need.
There is also peer pressure to consider at this age. I know it was tough when I was in high school. I have heard that it is fierce now.
Why, then, would I take my budding teenager who has never been in a classroom with 35 other students at one time before, and toss her into the middle of it now? The pressure put on teens now-a-days is unprecedented. Why not take these four years and provide them with even more formation and strengthen their resolve to know and defend their faith?
"But what about their social life?", you might be thinking.
It is true, this is a very social time in a young person's life. Use that natural social ability to get them involved in activities in your homeschool group (if you have one), in your church and in the community.
There are so many possibilities for social interaction, I think that you will find that too much socializing is more the problem than not enough.
"How do you deal with those really tough subjects?" might be your next question.
There are many possibilities. In our area, quite often there is a parent with a particular interest who volunteers to teach a group of high schoolers. In the past we have had parents teach:
We have been very blessed to have such a wide range of topics covered. Hopefully you can find others in your area who might be interested in doing the same.
Another option for those hard-to-teach subjects is the local community college. My daughter and two of her friends took speech through the community college and it was a fine experience. The book was awful, but we worked through it. The teacher loved having students in her class who were enthusiastic about learning and who took pride in giving well-prepared speeches.
Look into your local college and see what they offer. Many times they are more than willing to let high schoolers into their classes. As a bonus, you earn high school and college credit for the same class.
Depending on your situation, there is also the possibility that your high schooler can take a class or two through the local high school. You would need to decide if this is something you are willing to do and then contact the local principal to find out how they feel about it.
What about those transcripts? Well, I've decided to cover that subject on a page of its own, so if you are interested in homeschool transcripts then you can go here.
Finally, I thought it would be best to let you hear from some high school students and graduates themselves. What a better way to get a feel about how to homeschool high school than to hear about it from the student's point of view.
There are so many ways to homeschool high school that I hope you take the opportunity to read through each of the testimonials. I tried to find students with a variety of backgrounds to show you the many varied faces of the homeschool high school.
As always, if you have more specific questions about how to homeschool high school, you can contact me.