Home School High School:
Sophomore Year

So you have a home school high school student starting the 10th grade. What do you do now? Keep this sophomore checklist handy for easy reference and continue to follow your high school plan.

This year you'll be dealing with test preparation, more challenging math and science classes, finding clubs and organizations to join, volunteering, and possible internships.

High School Sophomore Checklist

  • Sign your student up for the PSAT.This test doesn't count this year, but taking it now will be excellent practice without the pressure of qualifying for the scholarship.The test is scheduled for October, but you'll need to find a testing location and register at the end of her 9th grade year. Check out my homeschool high school testing tips to learn how to prepare and plan for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.

    Start a calendar
    with important dates for standardized tests and college admissions, and financial aid deadlines.

  • Continue the college search.
  • Schedule college visits where you and your home school high school student can meet with representatives from the admissions and financial aid offices. Talk with students who are there. Take a family tour of the campus.

TIP: Prepare a list of questions to ask before you go. It's difficult to get a lot of specific information with telephone calls and web sites. Take advantage of your one-on-one time with the people who can give you the answers you need.

  • Continue scheduling challenging courses. This year they could be Algebra II, Geometry, Chemistry, Physics or Advanced Biology. Start a foreign language if you can. Some colleges now want students to have 3 or 4 years of high school foreign language.

  • Check with your top college choices. Make sure you're teaching the high school classes they require for admission. Be sure to check on the foreign language requirement.

  • Continue academic enrichment programs. Try workshops or camps that focus on art, music, or science. Drama classes may also be an option for you.

  • Continue extracurricular activities. Encourage your child to join a club or organization such as Key Club, 4-H Club, or a Homeschool Honor Society and run for office, if possible. Colleges like to see well-rounded students with leadership experience.

  • Review your high school plan before summer begins. Remember, it's okay to change your plan. Just make sure she has all of the required courses before she graduates.

  • Update your portfolio.
    • Report cards
    • Awards/honors
    • Church and community activities
    • Volunteer and paid work
    • Include job descriptions and responsibilities

  • Sign up for summer activities. This could be volunteering, a paid job, an apprenticeship, or a summer camp (drama, art, music). There are even horse camps out there for the equestrian in your family.



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