The teen years are a great time to homeschool your child. As your teen matures he becomes more self-directed and you as a parent become more of a facilitator and guide. With the plethora of wonderful homeschool materials available for high schoolers, this no longer needs to be a daunting task.
Course of Study:
First determine your course of study. Colleges want to see a well rounded student so a typical high school curriculum will include classes such as this. (Note - always check with the colleges your child is considering to see what they require for college enrollment).
- 4 units - language arts including literature, composition and speech
- 3 units - social studies including 1 unit of U.S. History, 1/2 unit of U.S. Government and 1/2 unit economics and one other unit such as civics, geography or world history
- 3 units - mathematics
- 3 units - science including 1 unit of physical science and 1 unit of biology
- 1 unit - physical education or 1/2 unit of physical education and 1/2 unit health
- 3 units foreign language, native American language, fine arts or career and technical education
- 5 units - electives
- Other electives may include classes such as keyboarding, Bible, shop, home economics, computer science, typing, auto mechanics, child development, psychology, sociology, welding, photography, dance or family living.
Many colleges require either the ACT or SAT so you may want your teen to do some of the following testing. Most of them have their own homeschool code.
- 10th grade PLAN test
- 11th grade ASVAB (given by military recruiters assessing career strength areas) PSAT/NMSQT - Preliminary SAT and National Merit Qualifying test, ACT in February or April
- 12th grade ACT retake in the fall for a better score
Keep the following records in a file to help with generating a transcript and high school/scholarship applications.
- Records of days present and absent
- copies of annual statements of intent
- copies of any testing results
- immunization records
- reading lists by grade
- copies of certificates or newspaper articles on achievement
- report cards from any classes taken at a public or private school or college level
- samples of school work in each subject area
- report cards for adding grades to transcript
- yearly student summary page (include subjects, textbooks used, extra-curricular information, comments and promotion)
- lesson plan books to refer to
You will need to generate a transcript. This is important whether or not your child attends college. The transcript then becomes a permanent record which should be kept forever in a safe or safety deposit box with important papers. HSLDA has a transcript service available for a fee or you can generate your own using a spreadsheet. (Sample Transcript)
The NDHSA recommends your transcripts include the following information:
- School information such as the school name, address and phone number, indicate that it is a home education program
- The parent/administrator name
- The student information including name and birthdate
- Either the anticipated graduation date, or when complete the actual date
- A listing of courses taken under each grade level
- The grade and credit recieved for each course
- Total credits learned each grade level and GPA for that year followed by a cumulative GPA
- Indicate any classes taken that are dual credit for high school and college credit
- A grading scale
- Signature of the parent/administrator
Computing Grade point Average (GPA):
- A - 4 points
- B - 3 points
- C - 2 points
- D - 1 point
- F - 0 points
Add up the scores and divide by the number of classes. A one semester course would represent .5 of a class. This number is the GPA. Extend the decimal point two places.
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