Homeschooling Through High School 

I had someone ask me some questions recently about homeschooling, high school and college and I remembered my intentions to write about it way back when Alexis graduated in May.  I am no expert.  I know that there are others that have more experience than I do but I want to share a few things that I have learned.  

As your child gets closer to high school, it’s a good idea to look into what subjects are required to graduate in the state.  Although Mississippi laws are not very strict, many colleges may require certain subjects be on a transcript.  I always keep a record every year for my girls.  It had daily lesson plans and grades written in the back.  I know some don’t keep up with grades but my advice would be to start in ninth grade.  This will make it easier to put together a transcript for them.  You can find examples of homeschool transcripts here  ( www.hslda.org).   There are many ways to do it but basically it is a list of all the subjects they completed and the grades.  Most transcripts would include a GPA and ACT score.  I also included the grade scale I used.  When Alexis registered for dual enrollment at Co-Lin, they were very cooperative.  The first time I went, the advisor made some suggestions about her transcript and ask for it to be notarized. 

That brings us to dual enrollment.  Juniors and seniors that have taken the ACT can begin to take college classes.   We are blessed to have a community college right in Simpson County.  We waited until senior year to begin college classes but I really don’t recommend that.  Economically it is a great value compared to prices of regular tuition.  Alexis took five college classes her senior year.  She did her classes on-site but online classes are also an option.  I think being in a classroom was a great experience for her.  She had to become totally responsible for assignments, studying and managing her time.  Dual enrollment students are considered college students.  When Alexis decided to attend Co-Lin after graduation, she did not have to reapply.  She just registered as a full time student.  It made for an easy transition.  She received a scholarship for her ACT.  It’s not a full scholarship but helps a lot.  There are scholarships to apply for but you have to search them out and watch for deadlines.  

Many people worry about the diploma issue.  Do they need it?  The answer is no or in our case it was no.  An application, transcript and ACT score:  those things were needed.  I made Alexis a diploma to display at her graduation party.  I printed it off the internet.  

Homeschooling throughout  high school advice:

1. Keep records 

2. Take the ACT, starting in tenth grade to do dual enrollment as a junior.  Not only will your child get an early start on college but it also gives them a different experience in learning. AND a big plus…..you don’t have to grade their papers anymore.

3. Encourage a part-time job.  They will love having their own cash and it teaches money and time management.

4.  Seek out scholarships.  

5.  Enjoy the flexibility of homeschooling.  It changes as they get into college.  

6.  Encourage them to maintain their friendships.

7.  Don’t panic if your child does not know what they want to do in life.

8.  If you are not comfortable teaching a subject, get help.  There are DVDs, computer programs and other resources available to help get your child through chemistry and physics.  We did Dive CDs for Saxon math.  Alexis actually found college algebra to be quite easy after her homeschooling math background. 

9.  Enjoy your time with them.  It goes by so fast.  I remember the day Alexis handed in her last test. I cried because I knew that season was over.

My next blog will be on celebrating the graduation, the fun stuff! 

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
 

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