Wherever you’re at in your homeschool journey, the next step seems daunting – and never more so than entering the high school years. That’s why we’ve compiled these resources to help you step into the next season with confidence.
Highly Recommended High School Helps
These one-day seminars, held throughout the year, give you hands-on knowledge about record-keeping, college prep, and other high school opportunities.
CHEC founded the Apprenticeship, Mentorship & Entrepreneurship Program to promote life-preparation opportunities for students beyond K-12 education that will adequately prepare them for their God-given life calling. Conferences, seminars, and an online find-a-mentor database provide resources for you as you seek additions (or alternatives) to college.
The Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference is a mega homeschool and family discipleship gathering, held annually in June. You’ll find workshops geared to equip you to stay the course through high school.
The Home School Legal Defense Association’s website is full of practical tips, lists, and encouragement for parents homeschooling their students in the high school years. You can also download a PDF of their Homeschooling through High School brochure. And check out this helpful section of video tutorials for high school how-tos.
High School Requirements
- College? Research colleges they’re interested in and plan your high school curriculum around what it takes to get admitted to that college. Keep in mind that colleges typically put more weight on ACT/SAT scores than homeschool transcripts, so make sure to study adequately for these tests.
- Not college? If they do not plan to go to college, you can set your own requirements. Help them use their high school years as a time to pursue their passions, develop entrepreneurial or relational skills, and discover a life-long love of learning.
- College + NCAA? View more information on the NCAA requirements.
The HSLDA Homeschooling through High School brochure has great information on pages 4-6 regarding setting high school subject requirements. For more information on college admission, college entry testing and test preparation, and high school requirements, see the High School chapter of CHEC Guidebook.
College & Distance Learning
Many high school students pursue higher education for dual credit: completing college-level courses in high school to receive both high school and college credit.
- Lumerit Scholar Unbound (formerly known as CollegePlus) helps students earn their bachelor’s degree without debt, on their schedule, with the flexibility to pursue what they’re passionate about outside the classroom.
- Verity College is a Christian college that offers distance learning through affordable and flexible credit.
- The Master’s University offers discounted rates for dual-enrolled students.
College on a budget:
Distance-ed and homeschool-friendly colleges:
- Accredited Online Colleges
- 2017 List of Accredited Online Christian Colleges
- College Planning – Review Career Path
- Calvary University (distance education)
Traditional College Admission Tips:
- Check with prospective colleges for high school requirements.
- Outline a realistic plan to meet these requirements over the next four years.
- Consider instituting a grading system in ninth grade if you have been unaccustomed to grading in the lower levels.
- Adopt a transcript form that you will use and keep up-to-date throughout the high school years (see transcript section below).
High School Graduation & Diplomas
Learn more about homeschoolers and the military on the HSLDA website.
Testing (in preparation for college)
If your student is preparing for college, make sure they’re also preparing for the correct college entrance tests. Learn more at these links:
- Explanation of tests at HSLDA.org
- Article: ACT vs. SAT
- Article: SAT vs. ACT
- ACT information and registration
- SAT (and PSAT) information and registration
- Khan Academy: free official SAT prep
- John Baylor Test Prep
- Smart Scholar SAT resource guide
- FACE (offers PSATs to all students)
- Classic Learning Test (CLT) (This is a new test, so make sure your preferred college accepts results from the CLT before choosing this option)
If you take the SAT or ACT, be sure to use the code “Homeschool” in the school section. (This applies to both those who submit a Notice of Intent and those who enroll in the CHEC Independent School). When you register, use these codes:
- SAT: 970000
- ACT: 969-999 (this is specific to Colorado)
- PSAT: 990699
A transcript is a record of a student’s high school work. A transcript must include:
- personal information such as full name, birthdate, grade level
- grade in course
- GPA and cumulative GPA for each year
- specific courses taken for each year
- credits per course
- total credits
- Some higher education and workforce training programs require the student’s social security number to be listed.
- HSLDA Fast Transcript service and Transcript Review (for members)
- Thehomeschoolmom.com: helpful how-to’s and free template.
- Howtohomeschooltoday.com: free transcript creator.
- Letshomeschoolhighschool.com: free template
- Donnayoung.org: free template
- The CHEC Independent School: free transcript templates for members
For sample transcripts, instructions, GPA calculation, and more, read the High School chapter of the CHEC Guidebook.
- Resume Writing Guide: Step-by-step explanations and links to further information for creating a resume.
Career direction options include taking an assessment on your own or taking the assessment and working with a consultant.
Please note: The inclusion of any companies listed here is meant to be a service to our constituents and does not constitute an endorsement by CHEC.