Planning High School with College in Mind





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NOTE - This post is taken from chapter 2 of my book on homeschooling high school with college in mind.  (Don't miss the sale at the end of this post)

As homeschoolers, we are already experts in planning. We have searched for and chosen curriculum each year for our kids. We have decided on which subjects to focus on and how to teach them to our kids. 

Planning for high school, with college in mind is really no different, except for one important thing.....Now your teen has their college entrance entrance requirements to fulfill.  Finding out what your teen's core requirements will be, was discussed in chapter one, "Researching and Getting Started".



Starting classes, freshman year.

This was overwhelming to us at first. What we did to combat that, was to plan ahead and lay out a tentative overall plan for the high school years.  

Making this plan helped us in 3 ways..

1.  First, if I had this plan to follow, I would be less likely to forget a requirement or two, and have to scramble in senior year, to fit it in. 
2.  Secondly, it freed my teen to focus on building her interests, because our core studies were already set in mind and on paper.
3.  It gave us confidence to push forward, and enjoy the high school years.


Making an Overall High School Plan

My teen was  a big part of our planning.

With our list of admission requirements in hand, we sketched out what our high school years might look like.....with our best guesses of what we wanted to do when.



Our overall plan was flexible, and revised and reworked every year, as life happened.  Yet it was a helpful guide for us, and ours looked something like this:

 BJ's 4 YEAR PLAN

My Teen's Requirements

4 English
2 Sciences with Lab
3 Math with one Math-oriented Science in Senior Year
3 Social Studies
2 Foreign Language

+ Electives to equal 24 - 26 credits

My teen's first day on campus.
____________________________

 9th grade

World History
English (lit and composition)
Science - Physical Science (good prep for bio next year)
Math - Algebra 1
Elective 
PE
________________________________________________________
 10th grade

Foreign Language - Spanish 1
Science - Biology with Lab
Math - Geometry
English (lit and comp)
 PE/Health 

Take the PSAT
________________________________________________________
  11th grade

Foreign Language - Spanish 2
 US History 
Science - Chemistry with lab
Math- Algebra 2
English
 Elective 

Take the SAT or ACT

___________________________________________________________

12th grade

 US Government
Science - Physics
English (lit and comp)
2 Electives 
PE

Take SAT or ACT again if needed
______________________________________________________


Your plan could be similar or entirely different from mine, depending on:

1.  Your college choice's admission requirements
2.  Special requirements for prospective math/science majors
3.  Your homeschooling style 

Then we put our planner away....




Aiming towards college, step by step, allowed us to prepare for the college admission process, while keeping our focus on our nurturing homeschool style, front and center!  


Building in the fun!

This post is from the second chapter of my book.  
I am offering the Kindle version on Amazon at $5.17 through April 9th, just to celebrate that spring is here!  

Do you ever wonder if you are missing anything regarding homeschooling high school?


My book includes everything that you need to plan our high school at home, including college stuff, just in case your teen decides to go there. 

Chapter Titles include:

Researching College Entrance Requirements
Planning High School with College in Mind 
Choosing High School Curriculum
Assigning High School Credit
Making Your Transcripts (Calculating the GPA, etc)
Electives and College
Writing the College Essay
Course Descriptions and Reference Letters
Preparing your Teen for College Writing
Don't Forget the FUN!


For more info - How Do You Homeschool High School with College in Mind? by Heidi, mom of high schoolers

"If you are planning on homeschooling high school then Betsy Sproger's guide is the one you want.....It is an affordable and quick reference to help you plan and navigate homeschooling high school......


Thanks for stopping by!  

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now college junior, whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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