Going from High School to College - Planning Tips for your Homeschool

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Are you looking at homeschooling your teen this fall, and maybe feeling a little overwhelmed with it all?  We did, at first, too.  One thing that helped us was to create an overall plan for high school. Of course, it was tweeted many times....

Today, I'd like to share how we went about planning our high school years, with college prep in mind.

Aiming towards college, step by step, allowed us to prepare for the college admission process, yet still keep our focus on our nurturing homeschool, front and center!  

Our first step was researching....Have you seen my post on that?

 Fom High School to College - How To Get Started   

 This goes over our first step of college planning, which is to research the college entrance requirements.  

Once we finished that, we had a list of college admissions requirements in hand. This was crucial, as that became the central focus in our planning for the high school years at home. 

 Making an Overall Plan

With our list of admission requirements in hand, we began our planning.  Simply put, we sketched out what our high school years might look like.....

  We mapped out our best guesses of "what" courses we wanted to do "when.  We wrote it out on notebook paper. 

Our overall plan was very flexible, and revised and reworked every year, as life happened! 

Yet, it helped to guide us, and, for us, it looked something like this:


 9th grade

World History
Science - Biology with Lab
Math - Algebra 1
Elective - Photography?

 10th grade

Foreign Language - Spanish 1
Social Studies - More World History?
Math - Geometry
 aother elective

Take the PSAT
11th grade

Foreign Language - Spanish 2
SS - US History? 
Math- Algebra 2
  Elective - College Planner
Take the SAT or ACT


12th grade

SS - US Government?
Science - Chemistry
another elective - Speech and Debate?

  Yours could be similar or entirely different, depending on: 

1.  your college choices-admission requirements
2.  your homeschooling style
3.  your teen's unique interests and talents

My daughter, who is still loves nature study, took this one on campus.

Here's another example. My niece is going to a faith based college in our area, Northwest University.  This is how her high school requirements looked:
English - 4 
Math - 3 
Social Studies - 2 
Science - 2 
Foreign Language - 2 
Electives - 3

Let's Homeschool High School also has examples of high school requirements for college admission to ivy league colleges and more.

Then we put our planner away.....


 This was a very important step for us, as it helped us both, allowing us to focus on the year at hand.

High School Planners

There are many great planners out there, and here are some of my favorites:

1. A 4 year planner for high school, from A Well Planned Day:

high school planner

"Now, I’ll say right away there’s also a one-year planner available in case the four year one sounds overwhelming, but we took a leap to try out the longer version.  Wow…an excellent resource for my high schooler!" .......from The Curriculum Choice.

2.  Here is a free Homeschool High School Credit Planner Spreadsheet, from www.fivejs.com:

Free Homeschool High School Credit Planner

3.  Donna Young offers a free downloadable credit planner for high school below:

Plotting or charting your homeschooled high schoolers courses. 

4.  Let's Homeschool High School has many helpful downloads  including a Homeschool High School Planner for College Preparation,  and also a Community Service Log. 

 Thanks so much for stopping by! What is your favorite high school planner?  Please share in the comments.  This post was shared last week on Finishing Strong, and was featured this week.  Thank you.

Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

Have you seen my book on college yet?

Get my best tips on college from a homeschool perspective!  Make your high school planning easier! 

Kindle is $7.17 on Amazon  or read for free on Prime. 
In print on Amazon  for $9.19 

"This book guides the reader step by step through the maze of requirements for college AND gives the gift of comparing requirements for various types of colleges. I am beyond grateful for this book, and highly suggest it to every homeschool family regardless of the stage one is at. Being able to see a long-term educational plan, laid out so effectively, is a gift. 
.......Theresa Harmon, homeschool mom, WA state

What's included in the book?  

Check out the review on The Curriculum Choice.  

Thanks for stopping by,


Betsy is mom to her 20 year old daughter whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote a new e-book on college..   She offers free homeschool help and messages at BJ's Consulting

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  1. Hi Betsy, it's Jackie stopping by from the April Let's Homeschool High School Blog Hop. http://letshomeschoolhighschool.com/2014/04/01/high-school-homeschool-summer-planning/#comment-19814

    So glad you linked up with us

    I think coming up with an outline for all four years in high school is smart. It makes you think about what you need to take and when so your transcript will college ready at the end of the senior year. Thanks for sharing.

    Let's Homeschool High School Admin Team

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jackie P! I enjoy linking up with Let's Homeschool High School, and the blog hop each month. SO many great posts and ideas to try!

  2. Thank you for the planner links! That was just what I was looking for!

  3. Hi Kristenph,

    Thanks so much for your comment! My friend, Danielle, reviewed that planner on the Curriculum Choice, and loved it...So nice to hear that it was just what you were looking for! Great!

  4. I really think I'm going to buy that 4 year high school planner it sounds pretty amazing. It's great to see what folks are doing that are ahead of me in the journey! Also I wanted to invite you to link up with Finishing Strong Homeschooling Middle & High School it's a weekly link up on Wednesdays! http://aspiredliving.net/2014/04/09/finishing-strong-middle-high-school-2/ Have a wonderful day!

  5. Thanks, Kyle Suzanne, for stopping by, and thanks for mentioning the Finishing Strong blog hop. So many great posts there! I just linked up with a post on Preparing (my heart) for Graduation, last night. It is so nice to be a part of that community. I hope that you enjoy the 4 year planner, if you decide to try it. Have a great day!

  6. Thank you for sharing more steps towards college!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    1. Nice of you to stop by, Jill R, and to host the Thoughtful Spot every week!

  7. It's fun to see the high school plans of other homeschoolers. Some of the plans for homeschoolers say that 4 years of math and science are required for college, but this wasn't true for when I went to college. I think many homeschoolers overdo it, exhausting their teens when they could be taking electives that would help them towards their career choice.

  8. Thanks so much, +Susan Evans, for adding in and sharing your comments! I agree, not every teen needs to have so much math and science. It really depends on the particular requirements of the college. I like the idea of keeping an interest led approach to homeschooling high school, and finding time for those important, and fun, and meaningful high school electives! We had so much fun with videomaking!

  9. Did your daughter always know she wanted to go to college? My oldest is only in middle school but I know high school will be here before I know it but he insists that he has no desire to go to college... I'm afraid he might end up changing his mind and was debating about teaching him as if he was going to go to college. I'm so afraid that he won't be prepared otherwise.

  10. I don't think that any of our middle schoolers really know what they want to do at that age...My daughter did not know what she wanted to do, or whether she wanted to go to college then. By 9th grade, she knew. You are way ahead of the "game", by thinking about this when your kiddo is in middle school. I am working on a post about preparing for college, during middle school, which will be posted in January, in you are interested. I would be happy to chat further if you like, just message me on BJ's Homeschool page, on facebook, and we can talk more. So nice of you to stop by, Mother of 3!!


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