Ann’s Homeschool High School Curriculum Reviews

In the quest to be a confident and competent homeschool mom, we often start looking at homeschool high school curriculum FIRST. And we quickly become overwhelmed at all the methods and courses and possibilities out there, am I right?

Actually, it’s more important to determine your homeschool high school COURSEWORK plan first.

In other words, which courses will your teen be taking when? Have you planned out the four (or five) years of high school with a roadmap to follow, or are you winging it each semester?

Get your overall coursework plan together first, then come back here and start to look at reviews. Because it’s only after you’ve developed your plan that you can choose curriculum that fits it. Decisions about which curriculum to use out of all the possibilities out there become much easier to make when you know the direction you’re headed.

You see, it’s my job to help you along this path, to get you to feel CONFIDENT. The only way to do that is to take each step one-by-one, without trying to decide too much at once — and then you’ll feel much more capable of providing the high school education your teen needs. I believe you CAN do it!

So coursework plan first, then curriculum reviews after that. Mkay?

(If you now realize that you need information about high school coursework planning instead of homeschool curriculum reviews, LOL, then head to my How to Homeschool High School page and scroll down to the section on planning. That will get you the information you need!)

Or take a look at my book, which takes you step-by-step through the coursework planning process. All the info in one place, so you don’t have to hunt for it:

Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School

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But if you’re ready to proceed, then let’s do so!

Homeschool high school curriculum reviews for all subjects by an experienced homeschool mom who gives practical insight so you feel confident.

All Homeschool High School Curriculum Reviews

If you are ready to start deciding about which curriculum to use, you are in the right place! This page has links to ALL of my articles and podcast episodes about individual subjects and the curriculum options that exist for them.

Obviously I haven’t reviewed everything out there — I’m not Cathy Duffy nor Rainbow Resource, LOL — but there are lotsa high school curriculum choices that I do give my two cents about in the links below. AND there is also general information for how to teach each subject, which will also help as you make curriculum decisions.

When I look for homeschool high school curriculum options, I concentrate on just a few criteria that I prefer for our own homeschool:

  • not too much teacher involvement or preparation,
  • as easy on the budget as possible, and
  • usually of a fairly challenging difficulty level (although that varies by subject).

Most of the curricula reviewed below do meet these considerations (and when they don’t, I tell you). So you can be confident as you look through them that I only recommend what we ourselves would and do use! They are arranged by subject, so keep scrolling until you find what you need!

Quick Links:
All Subjects
Math
Language Arts
History/Social Studies
Science
Foreign Language
Electives
Classical Conversations

Information and Reviews about All Subjects

Some articles have information about all subjects, so I’ve made them a separate category here rather than repeating them in each section down below.

Overview: A SchoolhouseTeachers.com review that identifies all the reasons it is the best Christian homeschool curriculum currently available. Note: This article was sponsored by SchoolhouseTeachers.com but all opinions are my ...
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Overview: Afraid it's not possible to find a Charlotte Mason curriculum for high school, or even to use Charlotte Mason methods? I'm here to help with all of that! (Note: ...
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Video homeschool curriculum can be an amazing option, especially for high school. Your student can do the learning without your help! Kids will be more engaged and interested than with a boring textbook. Read to find out all the advantages and also suggestions for where to find it!
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This article tells how to teach independent learning to your kids of almost any age and gives ideas and strategies for this very important life skill.
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Independent learning has got to be one of the most valuable life skills there is. Teaching it to your kids will bring lotsa benefits to them AND YOU!
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The second in a series of homeschool reviews about our current curriculum. This one is for tenth grade.
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Homeschool reviews about all the curriculum our high school senior is using this year.
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Math Information and Curriculum Reviews

I used to be a secondary math teacher, so I have set a goal for myself to review as many homeschool math curriculum choices as I can. Below is what I’ve gotten through so far! Plus everything I know about getting your kids through high school math in your homeschool! Woot!

Everything You Need to Know About Homeschooling High School Math

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Overview: There is help for math struggles in high school. Listen to a veteran homeschool mom and former math teacher share advice and ease your mind! Math struggles are no ...
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Overview: Get all the info you need to find the best homeschool math curriculum for high school. Lists types with pros/cons of each, plus curriculum reviews. Note: There are referral ...
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Overview: Find out what you need to know to homeschool math in high school with confidence. From a former math teacher who has graduated five teens! Math is one of ...
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Overview: It truly is possible to learn math fast with the Learn Math Fast curriculum for K-12. Read this review for all the details and discount code! Note: This article ...
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Overview: Use these homeschool high school math tips to reduce frustration and give your teen the best opportunity to succeed. Note: this post is sponsored by My Math Assistant, but ...
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Overview: Using an online math curriculum can be the perfect way for your teen to do math on their own. Unlock Math is a great choice with stellar customer service ...
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Teaching Textbooks 3.0 is an online homeschool math curriculum that may be just what you're looking for -- even for high school. And it's reasonably priced!
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Online math curriculum: a detailed comparison of CTCMath and Aleks. If you're stuck between the two, read this! Find out which one I prefer!
Overview: CTCMath is a solid online high school math curriculum, and its very reasonable price makes it a great fit for homeschool families. Note: I was compensated by CTCMath to ...
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Homeschool high school math has never been easier! Get behind-the-scenes info about Mr. D Math from an exclusive interview with Mr. D himself. Check it out!
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Overview: You don't want your kid to hate math for the rest of their life. Here's what to do about it. It may be a simpler fix than you think ...
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SAT Math Practice -- this is the BEST way to get it! And ACT, too! Build confidence in your teen so they can get the score they deserve. Check it out!
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Planning your homeschool math curriculum? Here's an inside look at our own math curriculum sequence from K-12. Budget-friendly!
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Language Arts Information and Curriculum Reviews

Read the first article before choosing ANY language arts curriculum. It contains vital information that many misunderstand.

Finding a homeschool high school English curriculum is not as hard as it sounds. Pick what you want your teen to focus on, and do the rest later. Truly!

What Should a Homeschool High School English Curriculum Include?

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Overview: Having trouble finding a high school homeschool literature curriculum for your reluctant reader teen? Here are my tips and recommendations. When your teen doesn't enjoy reading, the thought of ...
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Overview: Mom's involvement in her teen's homeschool high school writing does not have to be scary. Misti Lacy of WriteShop has tips and ideas to help! During the high school ...
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Overview: Helping our homeschooled teens prepare for college writing can seem intimidating. Misti Lacy from WriteShop is here to help with her wisdom! Ack, not only can it seem scary ...
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Overview: Want your teen to have more fun writing during the homeschool day? Listen for some great ideas from Misti Lacy of WriteShop. This episode is the first of three ...
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After spending three weeks talking to Kay Chance about writing, it seemed a good idea to share my own tips from years of experience and several kids, most of whom ...
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Writing is such an important skill, but it can be so hard to know how to help our kids do it well. Especially in high school, when everything seems to ...
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The WriteShop curriculum gives the homeschool mom the nuts and bolts she needs to feel confident about teaching high school writing. I've tried several homeschool writing programs, and this is the best I've seen! Everything is spelled out so both you and your student can enjoy the writing process.
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Homeschool high school writing curriculum recommendations and tips for how to grade your teen's writing and how to approach SAT / ACT essays. This part of language arts doesn't have to be difficult for either teacher or student! Also links to other resources to help kids at this age with learning to write well.
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We all want our kids to love reading. Teaching them to read is not enough; we must provide an environment that encourages them to enjoy books. Here's how!
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Trying to teach the five-paragraph essay in your homeschool? Here's what we do! Your teen will need to know this skill for the ACT and SAT writing tests.
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Last installment of a series about giving books as gifts. These are my picks of clean and encouraging good books for teens.
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A list of good books for boys ages 8-14 or so. All of them are boy-certified! And I frankly think they're pretty good, too! (And so do the sisters!)
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The third part in a series about giving books for gifts. My picks of good books for girls in the later elementary through middle school years.
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History / Social Studies Information and Curriculum Reviews

History and Social Studies are terms which are basically interchangeable when it comes to high school credits. So if you need 3 History credits (for example), some or all of those can be Social Studies courses, and vice versa.

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Beautiful Feet's modern history curriculum is a great choice for high school. Read my detailed review to learn the benefits of this literature-based study.
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PAC is a homeschool high school world history curriculum that is easy to use and will get the job done. Your student doesn't always have to study high school history with unit studies, long book lists, and the obligatory timeline. My daughter will be working at her own pace, with time left over for her own interests!
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Science Information and Curriculum Reviews

Overview: Homeschool science experiments, even in high school, do not need to be as intimidating as you may think. Read this to ease your mind! We tried doing dissections, we ...
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Overview: ChemExplained is an amazing choice for a homeschool chemistry curriculum for high school. Read all the reasons why -- with a video! Note: This review was sponsored by ChemExplained, ...
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Video homeschool curriculum can be an amazing option, especially for high school. Your student can do the learning without your help! Kids will be more engaged and interested than with a boring textbook. Read to find out all the advantages and also suggestions for where to find it!
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Wondering if doing science reports is worth it for your homeschool? We love 'em! Read to find out why!
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Foreign Language Information and Curriculum Reviews

Which foreign language should your teen study? Here are great reasons for choosing Latin through high school. It has advantages over other languages that you may not have thought of before. Read this before you decide!
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This is way more exciting than boring flashcards! Help your kids expand their learning of homeschool Latin during the Challenge years of Classical Conversations!
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Electives Information and Curriculum Reviews

Planning for high school electives in your homeschool is nothing to stress over. Here is all the info you need about them, including a list of possibilities and curriculum recommendations! Check it out!

Planning High School Electives for Your Homeschool

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Overview: When you want a personal finance curriculum for high school that isn't the same outdated information you've heard before, check this one out! Note: This post sponsored by Personal ...
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Phew, those pesky tests are so intimidating, but they can make a huge difference in how much you have to pay for college! They are an integral part of preparing ...
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Got a teen driver? Here's a driver education activity to do together that will bring home the benefits of careful driving.
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Homeschoolers have a great opportunity to incorporate ACT and SAT practice into their school day. Read to see how we did it.
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Homeschool High School Elective Curriculum - Career Exploration by 7 Sisters is a great way to help your teen figure out what they want want to do in life and earn credit at the same time.
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PAC high school economics is an EASY homeschool curriculum choice that also has lessons for learning life skills -- review from a veteran homeschool mom!
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A free market economics homeschool curriculum can be hard to find -- if you're concerned about which type of economics your kid learns, check this one out!
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Classical Conversations Information and Reviews

We participated in Classical Conversations from Fall of 2015 through Spring of 2018. I was exposed to all of the Challenge levels due to either having a kid in them or directing. We did eventually decide that CC would not be a good fit for us to continue, but I think the following information is still helpful to those who are involved in it now.

Which foreign language should your teen study? Here are great reasons for choosing Latin through high school. It has advantages over other languages that you may not have thought of before. Read this before you decide!
Overview: Choosing to study Latin through high school can make good sense for several reasons. Seven of them, in fact! Ad astra per aspera. What does that say, you ask?? ...
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Are you in Classical Conversations Challenge A and feeling overwhelmed? Read this for encouragement and tips to make it GREAT from a mom who has been there!
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This is way more exciting than boring flashcards! Help your kids expand their learning of homeschool Latin during the Challenge years of Classical Conversations!
Overview: Homeschool Latin instruction moves fast during the Challenge years. Some supplemental practice can sure help! Note: This post was sponsored by Rosetta Stone. I received the product for free ...
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Have a struggling student?  Learning how to memorize the periodic table will quickly teach them new memorization techniques so they can have greater success in all of school -- and life!  Check it out!
Overview: Your child can learn helpful memorization techniques as they memorize the periodic table! Note: I was given free access to the course Memorize the Periodic Table for purposes of ...
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If you're needing a Classical Conversations review, look no further. We're in our first year with the Challenge program, and I've detailed what's working and what's not working for us -- so you can make an informed decision for your family!
Overview: My own Classical Conversations review as I evaluate at the midyear what things are working for our family and what things are not. After years of eclectic homeschooling, where ...
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A Classical Conversations homeschool student gives an inside look at her Challenge A notebook!
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Wondering if doing science reports is worth it for your homeschool? We love 'em! Read to find out why!
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Are you needing some ideas for choosing your core curriculum? We're doing Classical Conversations this year and adding some extras of our own!
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Interested in the Classical Conversations homeschool curriculum? I've listed some of its pros and cons for our family -- take a look!
Overview: Read about some of the Classical Conversations pros and cons as I describe why we chose it for our family this year. For the first time in several years, ...
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