How to Homeschool High School

We believe EVERY mom can confidently, competently — and even contentedly! — provide the high school education her teen needs. This is the place to start! Our common-sense, non-intimidating approach for how to homeschool high school will have you feeling like this is actually a doable thing in no time!

This page is a collection of links to all the articles, podcast episodes, and resources that are on this website that discuss these four aspects of how to homeschool high school:

  1. Preparing to Homeschool High School — big picture perspective to get straight before you start planning
  2. Planning Your Teen's Coursework & Curriculum — to make sure you're not missing anything important
  3. Organizing Your High School Homeschool — day-to-day aspects such as scheduling, grading, etc.
  4. Finishing Up and Graduation — what you need to know to graduate your senior

You can scroll down to find the section you need, or you can click the handy links just above.

This page is strictly for the nuts and bolts of how to homeschool high school, not the finer points like which exact curriculum is best for your needs or how to deal with your teen or apply to college. Articles about those can be found by choosing the topic you need from the menu bar above.

Just remember that there is no one right way for how to homeschool high school.

Some of the “experts” might want you to think so, but in reality you have LOTSA freedom to choose what is best for YOUR teen and YOUR family. It's OK to be ordinary; it's OK to be real — with foibles and mistakes and non-super-stellar kids. All of my kids got into college with scholarships — and we're as ordinary as you can get!

So all of the following articles are about how to homeschool high school — for REAL people. HUGS!

Preparing to Homeschool High School

It's Not That Hard to Homeschool High School

Overview: It's honestly not that hard to homeschool high school. Find the encouragement and resources you need to feel confident that YOU can do this! NOTE: This post was originally ...

Save Your Sanity While Homeschooling High School: Practical Principles for a Firm Foundation

Save Your Sanity is an encouraging resource to inspire and empower you at any stage of homeschooling high school. Ann's relatable style and no-nonsense advice will ease the pressure and give you confidence to get started -- or keep going! ...
Why homeschool? For us it was NOT about academics but about character development -- even through high school. Read this to understand why.
This post was originally published in 2015. It might be more relevant now than ever before! Enjoy! I'm going to start out by saying something that may come as a ...
Note: Guest writer Julie Polanco of JulieNaturally.com is a veteran homeschool mom, and in this article she shares from her experience unschooling high school -- which I have never done, ...
Note: This article from guest contributer Sara Dennis of Classically Homeschooling is chock full of super-helpful tips for homeschooling high school. Some of these I didn't know -- and wish ...
Overview: Starting to homeschool high school can seem scary, but with advice like this from a veteran homeschool mom, you'll do great! (NOTE: This article is the first of hopefully ...
Timeline for High School Success
Overview: Hear Ann explain all the details of her timeline for homeschooling high school which guides you through the high school years. It helps to have a plan, doesn't it? ...
Yes, homeschooling high school is doable and you can start whenever you want. But make sure you know your state homeschool law FIRST. In this episode I discuss why knowing ...
I start the new podcast off with a series! I want everyone to know this vital information about homeschooling high school right away. Knowing these five things will help ease ...
Taking the time to craft your homeschool mission statement for high school will be one of the best ways to ensure success. Read to learn why and how!
Overview: Taking the time to develop your homeschool mission statement for high school is one of the most important ways to ensure success and avoid unnecessary stress when homeschooling your ...
14 common questions about homeschooling high school have been answered here! Written by a veteran homeschool mom who has graduated four kids. Everything from credits to transcript to socialization to where to find support, and more! Check it out!
I'm normally a fan of one-stop shopping. But sometimes ya gotta go to a couple stores to get everything you need, am I right? Well, today you're going to have ...
Wondering whether it will be worth it to homeschool high school? The answer is YES YES YES for these 10 reasons! From a mom who has been there!!
Overview: Wondering whether it will be worth it to homeschool high school? The answer is YES YES YES for these 10 reasons! From a mom who has been there!!  My ...
If you are considering homeschooling high school, forget everything else you've heard and read this instead. No more fears, no more rumors -- just facts that will reassure and empower you.
I'm setting aside what I had scheduled for today to publish this post instead. Because I'm finding out that there is a HUGE need for a post like this. Let's ...
Are you thinking about starting homeschool for your family? Read this advice from an experienced homeschool mom so you don't make the same mistakes she did.
We've been at this homeschooling thing for quite awhile now. If you count the pre-school years, when I started teaching my daughter to read, it's been about 18 years of ...
Overview: It's impossible to have NO homeschooling regrets, but maybe you can lessen the list by avoiding the ones this veteran homeschool mom has. 20-20 hindsight is an amazing thing ...
Overview: Our homeschooling expectations can make or break our joy and our success. Get a reality check from a veteran homeschool mom! Did you ever expect something out of someone ...

Planning Your Teen's Coursework and Curriculum

Do this simple thing to know what it takes for a homeschooled teen to get into college. Ease your fears about homeschooling high school now!

How to KNOW What Your Teen NEEDS to Get Into College

Overview: Do this simple thing to know what it takes for a homeschooled teen to get into college. Ease your fears about homeschooling high school now! Many of the articles ...

Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School – a step-by-step handbook for research and planning

You woke up recently and realized that your tomorrows are now TODAY. That kid who was just born yesterday—really!—is all of a sudden ready to start high school SOON. And you are feeling like a deer in the headlights, panicked ...
Episode Title: Understanding the Carnegie Unit and How It Relates to Homeschooling High School Show Notes: Welcome to a new episode of "It's Not That Hard to Homeschool," where we ...
Entering adolescence is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming phase of life. As teenagers journey toward adulthood, they face numerous challenges and opportunities that shape their future. Alongside academic knowledge, it's ...
Homeschooling is an incredibly rewarding endeavor, but it can also be financially challenging. One area where you can free up some funds for homeschooling materials is by optimizing your grocery ...
Back to school 7 tips for scucess
Are you looking for some amazing back to homeschool tips so you can get the year off to a good start? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here are ...
learning centers
Calling all homeschool heroes! Are you ready to transform your home into an epic learning wonderland? It's easier than you think with Learning Centers. Learning Centers are a great way ...
30 Engaging Summer Activities
Summer is here! As a homeschool mom, I am ready for the break, and yes, we take the summer off. We don't school year 'round, thought I know many families ...
Explore a typical course of study
Are you familiar with the typical course of study for high school students? It’s critical information you should have so that you can design an effective course of study for ...
Taking part in a homeschool convention can be a challenging experience, especially for those who have never attended one in the past. If you’ve been questioning how to make the ...
Overview: Guest contributor Sara Dennis shares how to take any curriculum and create your homeschool lesson plans from it, so that you know you'll get through it in the time ...
Overview: You CAN create fun electives for high school for your homeschooled teen. Listen (or read) to learn how! Guest podcaster Sara Jordan shares how she creates fun electives for ...
Overview: Guest contributor Sara Dennis from Classically Homeschooling walks us through creating the perfect high school homeschool schedule, so you and your teen can work together smoothly and get ‘er ...
NOTE: Today we have a guest writer -- because I have no clue how to create your own homeschool high school curriculum, LOL. But Amy Sloan from Humility and Doxology ...
Overview: All about homeschool high school credits -- how to calculate them, what counts and what doesn't, and more. Ease your mind! I love alliteration; can you tell? LOL But ...
As they get older, it is wise to include our teens in the homeschool high school planning process. They deserve a say in what they do, especially since we want ...
You can be swimming along and then things aren't going so well anymore. Homeschooling high school is all about adapting, and so you may realize that it's time for something ...
Overview: Use these simple ideas to make homeschool fun during the high school years. Your teen will be more motivated to learn! Includes a video. Note: Video sponsored by Teaching ...
When you're a newbie and you start looking at curriculum and there is SO. MUCH. OUT THERE. And you wonder how you will ever get started homeschooling high school with ...
After you've researched your state homeschool law and college requirements, then it's time to get to the nitty gritty of which courses to put into the plan and which order ...
One of the biggest fears about homeschooling high school is about missing something important. "I'll mess my kid up for life because I didn't know about a key requirement!" Nope, ...
Yes, homeschooling high school is doable and you can start whenever you want. But make sure you know your state homeschool law FIRST. In this episode I discuss why knowing ...
If you're stumped wondering what a credit is and how to assign them to your teen for their homeschool transcript, this podcast episode is the one you need. It will ...
Is your eighth-grader ready to earn high school credit for their transcript? Many moms want to take advantage of their homeschooling freedom and get a head start on high school ...
You've heard about "teaching from rest," but you're in the high school years now. How does the idea translate to homeschooling your teen? Read to find out!
Overview: Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie is a must-read that not only provides powerful insight about successful homeschooling in general but can be adapted to homeschooling high school, too ...
Overview: Do you feel overwhelmed about creating a high school homeschool curriculum plan for your student? This post breaks it down into manageable steps so you will gain more confidence ...
English, Science, and Math, Oh My!! Planning the core courses that will be listed on the transcript for your teen's high school requirements can seem intimidating on the front end, ...
Are you in the thick of curriculum planning? Read about my own methods for choosing curriculum for our homeschool.
Overview: Are you in the thick of curriculum planning? Get a list of criteria to help you choose. With a free printable to keep track of your research! Textbook or ...
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.
Overview: 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. When was the ...
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!
Are you getting frazzled trying to teach all of your children every homeschool day? I've been there. Early on in our homeschool career, I realized I could not be all ...
Do you know your child's homeschool graduation requirements? The author tells you what you NEED to know -- and you may be suprised by what she says!
What if I mess up homeschooling high school and my child doesn't have everything he needs to graduate on his transcript? I had this question myself, and I hear it ...
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!
Overview: Everything you need to know about high school electives for homeschoolers, plus a list of ideas and curriculum suggestions. Choosing high school electives for your homeschooled teen is the ...
Are you wanting to homeschool high school but afraid your teen won't get good college preparation? Read to see how you can be SURE you're doing enough!
Overview: You can be sure you are doing good enough college preparation with your homeschooled teen when you keep these simple things in mind. Why are you afraid to homeschool ...

Organizing Your High School Homeschool – Scheduling and Grading

Are the winter blahs tempting you to wander from your homeschool schedule? Here are tips for staying on track from a veteran homeschool mom.
Here we are, in the middle of the homeschool year. It's after the holidays, and there's a long way to go before spring break. This is when the winter blues ...
Overview: Guest contributor Lynna Sutherland is a veteran large-family mom who is amazing at keeping things organized and stress-free. Here she shares step-by-step instructions for using Google Calendar with your ...
It's January, when we all look at our lives and try to improve them. To become better people. Or at least to figure out how to keep from running out ...
Burnout is a thing among homeschool moms. The homeschool lifestyle is one of constantly giving and serving and going and doing, and it can be very hard to make time ...
Did y'all know that I work outside the home? Yep, for 20+ hours per week. And then I do this blog/podcast and my Facebook group, send emails, speak at conferences ...
Homeschool high school assessment doesn't have to be that difficult. There are varying options for evaluating your teen's learning and readiness to proceed.
Overview: Homeschool high school assessment doesn’t have to be that hard. Here are several options for how to evaluate your teen. Note: This post was sponsored by CLT, but all ...
Homeschool paperwork, especially grading, is a chore that can easily become overwhelming. This post gives great tips for keeping it under control, and it also tells you how to recover when you've gotten behind. Your student will still have an accurate record of their learning, even in high school!
Overview: Homeschool paperwork, especially grading, can easily become overwhelming. Read tips for keeping it under control and recovering when you're behind. This has got to be one of the most ...
If you need homeschool organization ideas, this is the place to be. 36 great articles with simple tips for organizing your curriculum and lesson plans, doing homeschool in small spaces, and more. Browse a few today - and then pin so you can read more later!
Lesson plans, grading, supplies, papers, books, cd's, workbooks, workspace, manipulatives, scheduling, etc. etc. etc. There's a LOT to keep track of when it comes to keeping our homeschools running smoothly ...
Are you frazzled and frustrated? Are you feeling behind, not only with your homeschool but in life? I can help. Join me for 31 days, as we look at one ...
Amidst the holiday fun, here are some homeschool tasks to think about doing over winter break. Doing them will make spring semester start better!
You may remember that I did a post last June entitled 7 Summer Break Tasks for the Homeschool Mom. Well, today I have a list of tasks for the homeschool ...
Do you get frustrated looking for the perfect weekly calendar planner? Try mine -- it's colorful and functional and FREE!
I am SO excited about the free printable weekly calendar planner I have to offer you today! I don't know about you, but I never can seem to find a ...
What should the homeschool mom do over summer break to prepare for next year? I've got a list of seven key tasks to help make next year great!
If you're not the type who homeschools year round, then your summer break is stretching out in front of you like a long ribbon, just waiting to be filled with ...
There is a dream on the horizon that many homeschoolers share.  It's like a mirage, and once you think you've gotten there, it's gone.  It stays ahead of you like ...

Finishing Up and Graduation

Homeschool Transcript Essentials: what you need and DON'T need!

Overview: Find out how to make an impressive homeschool high school transcript with a few pieces of vital information. Answers all your questions! You wake up out of a sound ...

Taming the Transcript: The Essential Guide to Creating Your Teen's Homeschool Transcript from Scratch (without overwhelm)

Taming the Transcript is for when your teen is ready to apply to college... And you are freaking out. What if you ruin your teen's life by doing it wrong? No freaking out necessary. It's really not that big of ...
Do you know your child's homeschool graduation requirements? The author tells you what you NEED to know -- and you may be suprised by what she says!
What if I mess up homeschooling high school and my child doesn't have everything he needs to graduate on his transcript? I had this question myself, and I hear it ...
Getting a homeschool high school diploma is a simple process that anyone can accomplish easily. Find out exactly what a diploma is and how (and where!) to get yours.
Overview: Getting a homeschool high school diploma is a simple process that anyone can accomplish easily. Find out exactly what a diploma is and how (and where!) to get yours ...
It's almost more important to know what a homeschool transcript is NOT, rather than what it IS, because many are confused about what goes on there. When you know what ...
A high school homeschool transcript IS not really that complicated. In this podcast episode we discuss everything you need to focus on.
Making a transcript for your teen IS not really that complicated. But just in case you're worried, in this episode we discuss everything you need to focus on to make ...
Overview: Contributing writer Sara Dennis takes us step-by-step through the process of planning a homeschool graduation ceremony. This information will help you to make yours wonderful! Do you have a ...
Dear Mom whose baby is a high school senior this year, I know it was just yesterday you were changing diapers or wiping crumbs. Or tucking in at night. Or ...

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