A Plan for Homeschooling High School

Are you homeschooling high school for the first time? Not sure where to start? Realizing that your teaching responsibilities just became more complicated can be overwhelming, to say the least.

But don't worry - all you need is a plan. And thanks to the internet, the information you need is easily accessible.

To help you figure out which classes to schedule for each grade level, follow these steps.

Step 1: Find out about your state's high school graduation requirements.

I've found that the quickest way to get these details is to do a web search. When I type, "Alabama graduation requirements", the search results usually display a direct link to a list of course requirements.If that method doesn't do the trick, then go straight to your state's Department of Education web site.

In their SEARCH box, type "graduation requirements". You'll find out how many credits are needed for each core subject and the number of total credits needed for a diploma.

Some states, such as Alabama, even offer an advanced "college prep" curriculum for high school students planning to continue their education.Which brings me to...

Step 2: Check the admission requirements.

Make a list of potential colleges and universities your student may want to attend, then check the admission requirements for each.

I've already researched many college and university web sites. One thing I've learned is that they are not all created equal. Some are easy to navigate, but some can be so difficult that you forget why you were there in the first place.

So here's a helpful hint:

In the SEARCH box on your college's site, type "admission requirements for freshmen".
That should get you results.

Generally, the recommendations for college prep courses are very similar to the high school graduation requirements. However, they may vary in the number of credits you need in subjects like foreign language or history.

Please look at the foreign language requirement closely. Traditionally, 2 years has been the standard, but now some want you to study 3 years or more in the same language.

This is a general guideline for college bound students:

English 4 years
Math 3 or more years
Science 3 years
Social Studies 2 or 3 years
Foreign Language 2 or more years

Once you do your research for the specific core classes you should put in your plan, you can then add other requirements like physical education, health, computer, art, music, and other electives.

One more tip:

Don't limit your child to the basics. If possible, try AP classes or add another credit in science or foreign language. Colleges encourage potential students to go "above and beyond" the minimum requirements.

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