Homeschooling through high school offers a variety opportunities and choices. Still, as a parent, I’m nervous about it. I’ve spent the past few months reading and researching and reading some more.
At the end of my own junior year in high school, I was given a choice. For the first time, I was allowed to choose my classes for the following year. Electives.
Beautiful, wonderful, incredible electives – that’s how I saw it. The slightest bit of freedom was amazing and new to me.
I needed to complete another series of classes. I could take calculus to finish my math series. Maybe a fourth year of Spanish? I think not. How about art? Add two art classes for a series?
“Are you kidding, Sister Mary? Can I really take two art classes instead of calculus and Spanish IV?”
What? You didn’t know that I’m an artist?
Now, I’m looking at high school options for my homeschooled daughter. How do we do this? What will work best for her? There are tons of choices, such as satellite private schools, Waldorf distance high school, umbrella schools, we could pull together our own curriculum or unschool. She could take classes through a local group a few days a week to meet high school requirements or take classes through a local college.
It’s total freedom. And almost too many choices.
She can choose to spend her high school years not stressing, cramming and rebelling, but learning about her interests, pursuing her dreams or building a business (if she desires). She can have plenty of time to enjoy her life and learn what she needs in the process.
Homeschooled teens can create their own adventurous high school years and still get into a top college. Are you thinking it can’t be done? It’s been done many times over. Homeschooled teens are sought out by top colleges because of their unique education and self direction.
They are successful when they get to college. Read this for 15 Key Facts About Homeschool Kids in College.
Now, all that’s left is to design her life around what she is interested in learning and doing. Simple, right? It may not be as easy as it sounds, but it’s a direction. And a good one.
She’ll have freedom to learn and explore.
It’s like my art filled senior year in high school, only much, much better.
Connected Resources – Homeschooling through High School:
- Unschooled Teens Go To College
- American High School (online)
- Oak Meadow