High School Planning: How to do it! Part 2

You need some long-term goals in your homeschool high school planning.

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High School Planning

You’ve already worked through Homeschool High School Planning Part 1. You’ve got your vision set: you know where you would like your teen to end up spiritually, educationally, emotionally, socially, physically.

NOW: What are your long-term goals for your homeschool high school planning?

What are some SPECIFIC goals you’d like for your teen to accomplish before graduation?

Do you want your high schooler to:

  • Be able to manage his/her own devotions?
  • Learn about British Literature?
  • Study some Philosophy?
  • Apprentice with a plumber?
  • Complete enough math to be college-attractive for a nuclear science major?   🙂
  • Know how to initiate and maintain a conversation with peers and professors?
  • Learn to ballroom dance so that he/she doesn’t feel awkward at wedding receptions?

Write your long-term goals.

This will help you with your short-term goal homeschool high school planning.

Short-term goals break the long-term goals down by year. You can create your short-term goals for each year of high school before you even start. (If you do, hold the goals lightly- God might have another plan, and His is best!)

We Sisters firmly believe that there’s not just ONE right way to homeschool. You want to develop your goals around your own high schooler’s gifts and interests.

With that in mind, based on what we’ve covered with our teens here are some suggestions for your homeschool high school planning (adopt or ignore as appropriate for your family).

Language Arts/Literature:

Over the 4 years we tend to cover British Literature, World Literature, Great Christian Writers, American Literature.   World Literature

Sometimes we do special topics, according to the kids interests: C.S. Lewis studies, Shakespeare, Movies as Literature, Plays, and sometimes a general mix.

Language Arts/Writing:

Each year we cover Research Paper, Essays, Creative Writing (poetry and short stories). Click here for the curriculum we have used with our kids, co-ops, and group classes.

Read more about a balanced, fun writing curriculum.


Algebra I, II, Geometry, Financial Literacy (higher maths or business math according to the teen’s strengths and needs).

Social Studies:

American History, World History, Civics, Economics, Geography, Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology), Special Topics of Interest. (Choose topics that can add *sparkle* and help create a college-attractive transcript.)


Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science (or Physics), Health (or Human Development), Specialty Courses such as

World Languages:

2 or 3 years

Fine Arts:

At least 1 year. (Click to see Sabrina’s popular Drama materials.)

Physical Education:

At least 2 years

Career Exploration:

Varied numbers of credits according to student needs. Our popular Career Exploration Bundle (and the FREEBIE-get-started Career Exploration in the Bible) are light-hearted, non-threatening ways to help your homeschool high schooler recognize what God has already done in his/her life and where He might be leading.


Varies according to student need.

Drivers Ed:

Oh, the joy!

Social Development:

Counts as extracurriculars- our kids are quite active in areas of their interest or areas we want them to develop such as service groups, ballroom dance lessons, sports teams, church youth groups and worship teams, choirs, rhetoric league, leadership teams, drama camps, etc.

Knowing what you want to cover over the 4 years helps you with short-term goal homeschool high school planning. Want some help with that?

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  • Human Development from a Christian Worldview
  • Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective
  • Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective
  • History and Philosophy of the Western World- A Christian Worldview Study
  • Career Exploration Bundle
  • Early Childhood Educationintroduction to psychology

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High School Planning


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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