ADVICE FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Often even experienced home school families are intimidated by high school. This is not the time to give up. It really is the time when all your hard work pays off. Students who have been home educated for a significant period of time have usually become very independent learners, but even newcomers can be highly successful if they are motivated. The student should be very involved in the choice of classes and curriculum at this level. The parent need not do all the teaching. He acts much more like a guidance counselor.
Outside sources of education may also be sought out. Some of these might be private tutors, community college classes, or classes at business locations; for example Driver's Ed at Sears, or cake decorating at Michaels. Some work experience can be very valuable during the high school years and can also yield high shool classes for credit.
An excellent resource for some online classes is http://dominquezonline.csudh.edu. These are college level classes and will count for college credit but many could be used for high school as well. On the website look at the Young Scholars program. Students at sophomore level or above are allowed to take courses here. The principal's signature is required.
Probably the most important thing to use over these next four years is a book called "The High School Handbook". It is written by Mary Schofield and is available from CHEA. This book includes information on educational goals, college admissions, transcripts, etc. It will also help the teacher know how to make elective "classes" out of the real life experiences the student is having. This is done by writing "course descriptions".
Most home educators want to help their students keep all their options open, including college if they so desire. One way to do this is to take college entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT. Another method is to have the student take a few classes at community college while still in high school. This usually only requires the principal's signature to a form stating the she believes the student to be capable of the course work. Taking such classes can be a good transition to help students adapt to higher education both academically and emotionally. The nice thing is that these classes will also provide credit toward college. Then the student can gain acceptance to many colleges as a transfer student.
If college is not the goal, one way to finish high school early while still complying with mandatory attendance laws is to pass the California High School Proficiency Exam. If all this looks overwhelming, don't fear! Help is available for all this as the family progresses. Study Eden Academy's Graduation Requirements (available on the Forms page), and call us to get some counsel. You can do it!