Authoritative Guide to Transitioning to Homeschool High School

Another in our Authoritative Guide Series: Transitioning to Homeschool High School. The Authoritative Guide series shares in-depth guidance on how to homeschool high school.

Authoritative Guide to Transitioning to Homeschool High School. It's not that hard to start homeschooling when your kids are teens. Here is help.

Authoritative Guide to Transitioning to Homeschool High School

It is becoming more popular to start homeschooling for high school. Families who have had their children in traditional school settings are switching to homeschool high school for several reasons:

  • Opportunities to develop a talent or interest
    • Locally, we have worked with teens who transitioned to homeschooling at high school level so that they could spend more time out of a classroom and into developing those interests. For instance, some of our teens have been dedicated goals for college-level:
      • Swim
      • Dance
      • Educational interest (such as an interest in robotics that would not be able to be explored fully in a traditional setting)
  • The largest percentage of families who are homeschooling (this includes high school) is concerns about school environment: safety, drugs, negative peer pressure, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.
  • Some parents are not satisfied with the academic instruction at the local schools.
  • Some parents that we know start homeschooling at high school level so that they can spend educational time in unique settings:
    • World schooling
    • Missions work
  • Now there is COVID-19. The pandemic closed the traditional schools and most American families were homeschooling for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. According to a poll in Real Clear Opinion Research, 40% of these families plan to continue next year.

Thus, a number of people are transitioning to homeschooling high school, either for one year or for the entire run. 7Sisters is here to help. (BTW- there are six of us 7Sisters, so who is the 7th Sister? YOU are! We are all in this homeschooling adventure together.) In this post we are going to help you get started with the homeschool high school adventure with these topic:

What is the right way to homeschool high school?

You might hear lots of opinions on the right way to homeschool, but we would like to assure you that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school! One of the beauties of homeschooling is that you can tailor the course of study to meet your teens’ and your family’s needs. Explore the posts on this site and lots of our friends’ sites for ideas. Feel free to contact us with questions.

Transitioning to Homeschool High School: How do you start the process?

It is wise to follow your state guidelines for officially pulling your teens from the local system. If they are transitioning from a private school, it is usually as simple as notifying the principal. If they are transitioning from a public school there may be a little red tape. The best thing to do is check the state requirements at Home School Legal Defense’s website.

If your teens will be starting their sophomore, junior or senior years next fall, you may want to request their records. The rules for record requests vary from district to district. Remember, those records belong to you, so even if you run into an obdurate administrative assistant you may persist. On the other hand, you can usually reconstruct the credits and grades your teens have earned by looking at their report cards.

For help on creating your own transcript for this year, refer to our helpful advice:

Take a look at the records or report cards with your teens. Have a discussion about their goals for:

  • After high school
  • For the next year

Homeschooling high school can include practical life skills.

Transitioning to Homeschool High School: Define Post-Graduation Goals

While teens often are not clear about their post-graduation plans, it will help if you can have a general idea up front if your teens are:

  • Planning on training for a trade
    • If they will most likely head for a trade, you may adjust the academics to more average high-school level and concentrate on finding trade preparation opportunities and apprenticeships. We will discuss this further below.
  • Planning on college
    • If they will most likely head for college, then they will be wise to pursue a college-preparatory level of academics. We will discuss this further below.
  • Planning on military

Transitioning to Homeschool High School: Trade-Bound Teens: Planning Next Year

Give yourself a treat and listen to these Homeschool Highschool Podcast interviews:

Planning the year:

Concentrate on life preparation, job skills preparation and less-rigorous academics. You will need to cover basic academics.

(Note: 7Sisters Psychology and Human Development courses are created at Average Level- Level 2 and all our Literature and Writing Guides, Health and Financial Literacy courses include instructions for adapting for an average learner.)

You can also find online courses with our friends at:

Choosing curriculum: See this section later in this post.

Individualized education help teens develop interests and abilities.

Transitioning to Homeschool High School: College-Bound Teens

Planning Next Year

Sometimes parents who are starting to homeschool their high schoolers worry that their teens might not be able to get into college. No need to worry. Homeschoolers get into college all the time! In fact, Khan Academy points out (exactly what we have found in our local area) that colleges are often seeking out homeschoolers.

College-bound teens need to build a college-attractive transcript. This involves:

The type of college your homeschoolers are aiming for will determine the types of courses and transcript that they will work on:

No matter which college your homeschool graduates choose, they will need to go into college with some solid study skills. They would be wise to develop these skills during high school.

Some of the most important skills include:

Whether you plan to send your teens back to public or private school after a year or continue homeschooling through graduation, you will benefit yourself and your teen by keeping records. You can do this as a:

Choosing curriculum

There are many choices for curriculum for homeschool high schoolers. Here is a post to get you started and a downloadable “How to Choose Curriculum” guide.

It might be helpful to decide if you have an educational philosophy that you would like to follow. Here are a couple of posts to help you clarify (do not get too hung up about this):

We, of course, are fans of 7Sisters curriculum since teens have been vetting and field-testing it for years. All 7Sisters curricula is adaptable to different levels so that teens with high goals earn powerful credits for their transcript in a no-busywork, meaningful way. We offer:

We also know that there is not ONE right way to homeschool high school or ONE right curriculum. Take some time and enjoy exploring the many choices. There also are many digital courses available, for instance:

You may also join a supervising organization.

Most of these will help with the advising, record keeping and transcripts. Some can help with college recommendation letters if your teen has attended group classes.

  • Supervising organizations take several forms:
    • In-person, college-model/hybrid schools. They may be called umbrella schools or charter schools. (Of course, the formats may be different for the upcoming school year, but traditionally these organizations offer classes one or two days per week, with homework and assignments for the rest of the week- just like a college would do.)
  • Online schools:

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Authoritative Guide to Transitioning to Homeschool High School

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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