Episode 66: Ann’s Timeline for Homeschooling High School

Overview: Hear Ann explain all the details of her timeline for homeschooling high school which guides you through the high school years.

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My timeline for homeschooling high school alerts you to everything that needs to happen during the high school years, so that you don’t forget or miss anything. This podcast episode discusses all the items in the timeline with my own commentary and insight, so that you are fully prepared for what you need to do.

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Episode 66: Ann’s Timeline for Homeschooling High School

Related Resources:

Download your copy of the timeline here: Ann’s Timeline for Homeschool High School Success

Here are SOME of the resources linked to in the timeline and mentioned in the episode:

Episode 17: Helping Your Teen with Time Management

Why Should You Homeschool High School? Crafting Your Mission Statement

Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Handbook for Research and Planning

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

Should Your Teen Go to College? How to tell if it’s a good fit

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

The Complete Guide to High School Course Descriptions

College Tour Do’s and Don’ts

TRANSCRIPT:

Introduction:
Hi, I’m Ann Karako, and you’re listening to Episode 66 of the It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School podcast.

Welcome to another episode of It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School, the podcast for real people. So you can confidently, competently, and even contentedly provide the high school education that best fits your teen and your family — and live to tell about it. I’m your host, Ann Karako, from Annie and Everything.com.

Welcome back to the podcast. I am happy to be with you today. Today, what I want to do is walk through a resource that I recently put up on my website. It’s called the Timeline for Homeschool High School Success. I created this timeline because a lot of people were asking for one, and I felt like I wanted to produce a timeline from the Annie perspective. However, I created everything that I wanted to go on the timeline and then I had somebody design it for me. It’s a beautifully looking document. I’m really happy with how it turned out, but I had a question from somebody who looked at it, and I realized there should have been a caveat at the beginning of the timeline.

And then when I thought about it more, I’m like, well, why don’t we discuss the timeline so that it can be explained fully as people look at it. So I’m going to record this podcast episode, and then maybe in the email where people receive the timeline, maybe I’ll also include a link to this episode, because I think it’s worth explaining some of these things so that they don’t seem intimidating — because you know, I’m all about not intimidating people. And if people are looking at this timeline and are like, “oh my goodness, I can’t do all of that.” Well, then that’s a problem and I don’t want people to feel that way.

So let’s get started with this walking through it, step-by-step with Ann’s commentary. It’ll be like those silly — you know, when you buy a movie on DVD or Blu-ray, and then they have all the stars watching the movie and doing a commentary — does anybody watch those at all? I certainly don’t, but that’s what this will be like, except we’ll be walking through the Timeline for Homeschool High School Success as created by moi.

Whoa, wait. As I started editing this, I discovered that I never finished my sentence about what the caveat should be at the beginning of the document. I also discovered that I never told anybody how to get the document so that they could have it for themselves and be following along as they listened to the podcast.

So you can get the Timeline for Homeschool High School Success at my website, annieandeverything.com. On the sidebar is a box that talks about it and you can put your email in there and download it instantly. You’ll receive an email from me with the download link. You can download it to your computer instantly so that you can have it either printed out or just follow it on your computer as you’re listening to this podcast. So definitely pause this, and go there and do that if you do not have this document in front of you.

But also what was that caveat that I mentioned? I just want to say this timeline is an ideal timeline. It is the timeline that helps everything go as smoothly as possible, but it is not going to be what everybody is able to accomplish. I don’t mean that it’s overwhelming in the sense that there’s lots to do, it’s just a matter of the timing, of when I put things on there. So I’m just going to give you a couple of spoilers here. For instance, every year there is a focus to concentrate on in addition to schoolwork; so, in the 9th grade that focus is getting used to homeschooling high school. In 10th grade, that focus is on career choice. In 11th grade, that focus is on choosing a college, and in 12th grade, that focus is applying to college and getting ready for college.

Somebody did complain and say, “well, my kid is never going to know what their career choice is by the end of 10th grade”, and that may be true. Here’s my thing, if you’re not trying to find it, then maybe they won’t. But if you’re making that a focus, then maybe they will.

But again, this is an ideal. If these things don’t happen for you on this time frame, on this schedule, don’t worry about it. I’m putting this forward as something to look at as a guide, not as a prescription for everyone — just wanted to make that clear. All right, back to what I was saying.

Middle School

Okay, so I am turning over the cover and the page that talks about all the legal stuff and getting right to 7th and 8th grade, and I even say on here during 7th and 8th grade, please enjoy middle school. Please embrace the freedom to explore and please only use grades as absolutely necessary.

Maybe your state requires you to grade stuff for your younger kids. If it doesn’t, then I would suggest don’t actually assign grades, but definitely correct stuff so you can know what is wrong and what isn’t wrong, then you can have an idea of what you need to keep working on.

But if I had it to do over again, I would not do grades, I would not give grades anywhere between kindergarten and 8th grade; I just wouldn’t do it.

Then in middle school, you can begin working on time management skills and independent learning, but have it be in baby steps. The goal is that by junior or senior year, your kid is doing 100% of the day on their own, but that doesn’t have to happen in 7th grade or 8th grade. It’s a process that we work towards. And in each step of this timeline, you will see that there are links to resources that will help you further with this.

So for instance, on the time management skills and independent learning, we’ve got a blog article about helping your teen with time management, actually that might be a podcast episode. And then we’ve got an article about how to teach the most important skill your child will ever need, which is about independent learning. So that will give you some ideas there for how to start working on these things, even in middle school.

The other thing you want to do during the middle school years is you want to decide if you will be continuing to homeschool through high school; that is number two under the middle school years. That is something important to think through before you get there, and there are resources included there to help you work through that decision.

Now, what about when you are beginning to prepare to homeschool high school — this also happens in middle school. If you decide you are going to homeschool all the way through high school, then what do you need to do to get ready? Number one, begin to think through your mission statement for homeschooling high school, do not skip this step. I have resources elsewhere, a blog article, probably a podcast, and other areas where I talk about creating a WHY for homeschooling high school.

I actually think I did it in our most previous podcast episode, episode 65, talking about how you can tell whether or not you’re successful. Well, the best way to tell is if you are fulfilling your “why.” So if you don’t have a “why” for homeschooling high school, it creates actually more confusion along the way. Your “why” is going to help you make decisions about everything. It’s also going to help you determine whether or not you’re being successful and there are lots of good reasons to create a “why,” all of which are listed in the article that I’ve linked to on the timeline, Why Should YOU Homeschool High School? Crafting Your Mission Statement, so don’t skip this step. Many people do; many people don’t think about it.

Please determine for yourself why you want to homeschool through high school and write it down and save it somewhere. Do this on a day when you have rational thought processes, you’re not in the sloughs of emotion or whatever.

And then number two, under PRE-WORK for Preparing to Homeschool High School, is decide if your kid is going to take any high school credits in 8th grade. So some kids do do this; some kids are ready to do this. That is fine. I have a podcast episode about it, which I’ve linked to on this timeline. The bottom line is I recommend it only for science, math, and foreign language and only if your kid is actually ready to be doing this. However, most kids aren’t, and it’s okay if your kid does not take high school credits in 8th grade.

If you do decide to do that, though, you’re going to need to figure out which ones they are. So how do you do that? Well, if your kid is taking high school credits in 8th grade, then you will need to start planning for high school probably spring of 7th grade. If your kid is not taking high school credits in 8th grade, then you will want to start planning for high school no later than spring of 8th grade.

And how do you plan for high school? Well, you are going to purchase and work through my book, Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School, a Step-By-Step Handbook for Research and Planning. So yes, that is listed here on the timeline at the spot where it is going to be most helpful to you. It’s going to guide you through the following steps. It’s going to help you research your state homeschool law regarding high school, it’s going to help you decide on your high school credit requirements, it’s going to help you plan core courses, plan electives for the first semester of 9th grade, to choose curriculum for the first semester of 9th grade.

So therefore you’re going to want to have all of this prepared before actually starting high school, which is why I say for most people, it’s going to be spring of 8th grade. But if your kid is taking high school credits during 8th grade, then you won’t want to wait to do this. You will want to have it all thought out by around spring of 7th grade or summer after 7th grade.

Ninth Grade

So from this point forward, we’re just going to talk about 9th grade and on, regardless of whether your kid has had credits or is taking credits in 8th grade or not, that decision now is in the past. Now we’re starting 9th grade and on the timeline, I say that the emphasis for 9th grade is getting used to homeschooling high school. So what I mean is, don’t think about anything else. Don’t worry about college yet. Don’t worry about college applications. Don’t worry about college tests, the SAT and the ACT. Don’t worry about scholarships. Don’t worry about financial aid. Don’t worry about the transcript. None of that is necessary yet.

You have just made a plan for high school, and now you are starting to implement the plan. Let’s first see how the plan is going to work by giving it some time to happen before we start looking too far ahead. That’s one thing about this timeline, each year has an emphasis for it and they build in logical progression. Let’s not put the cart before the horse though. Let’s not try to move through this progression too fast. So in 9th grade, the emphasis is literally just getting used to homeschooling high school — developing your schedule, developing your routine with your kid, communicating with your kid all the way through.

So for example, under 9th grade fall, it says plan the schedule of lessons for your teen based on the curriculum that you’ve chosen. So after having worked through the Cure the Fear book, and you’ve chosen curriculum for 9th grade, or at least for fall semester of 9th grade, now you need to plan out their lessons.

In 9th grade I highly recommend that you just plan everything for the beginning of 9th grade. Plan out their lessons, what are they going to do each and every day, in each and every subject. And then as your teen begins to work through those lesson plans, you are going to keep working on developing independent learning and time management with them in small baby steps.

So again, I do suggest at the beginning you plan everything out, but then you can begin to have them start to flex with things or to plan a single subject for themselves or, “Hey mom, I want to change the time that I start school in the morning.” You’re always dialoguing with your teen and that’s even a step on the timeline, dialogue frequently.

Also, mom, please do your best to stay on top of grading their work. There will be a resource coming, hopefully soon that talks all about grading. I do give a session at the Great Homeschool Conventions about that. So that would be something else to maybe look forward to for the 2022 season.

You’ve got some things to get used to doing in 9th grade and one of which is staying on top of the grades that now they do have to have. Okay, if you’re unschooling, maybe you’re not doing grades, but I’m going to just talk to the majority here who are giving grades for high school. Grades will go on the transcript for most students. So this might be something, especially if you haven’t given grades before, this might be a part of getting used to homeschooling high school that you need to do and that is totally fine.

As we get close to the end, middle to end of fall semester of 9th grade, now you’re going to start choosing electives and curriculum for spring semester. Anything that’s not a year long course, that’s just a spring semester course, you’re going to want to choose those sometime during the fall and the curriculum for that too.

You’ll notice on the timeline that curriculum for anything gets chosen right before it’s going to be used. I do not advise you plan out curriculum years in advance. I advise that you research and choose curriculum shortly before the start of the semester in which it’s going to be used. Teens change so much, so yeah.

During this time, when you are getting used to homeschooling high school, when you’re starting 9th grade, you’re in the middle of fall semester of 9th grade, I highly recommend that you purchase and read my book, Save Your Sanity While Homeschooling High School: Practical Principles for a Firm Foundation, because it’s as you get into homeschooling high school that sometimes you run across stuff that you’re like, “oh, I didn’t anticipate this.”

This book was written for that, to help you manage those expectations. You go in with a set of expectations — we all do — and then you kind of run up against them and you’re like, “oh, was this actually a reasonable expectation after all? I’m not certain.” That’s what the book Save Your Sanity is going to help you with.

Towards the end of the semester, obviously, you’re going to calculate fall semester grades and record. I do suggest that you create grades each semester. And then at the end of the year, you’re going to average two semester grades to find a final grade. That’s the way transcripts are generally set up. There’s no hard and fast rule about that. But I think that is something that colleges see most of the time.

Then, when we’re talking about spring semester of 9th grade, you’re going to continue to plan the schedule of lessons for your teen. Keep working on developing independent learning and time management. So maybe they’re starting to take over a little bit more of their schedule.

You’re going to begin dialoguing about career choice. Obviously, this could happen at any time, although I didn’t put it on the schedule for fall; I’m still like, let’s put stuff off, let’s take it one step at a time. So in fall semester of 9th grade, we are just working the plan, trying to find the places where the plan breaks down so that we can adapt it and develop something that’s going to work well.

now, when we’re getting into spring semester, maybe now we can start dialoguing about career choice because it’s going to be something that you’re going to perhaps want to develop an understanding of, before you start searching for colleges. So I’m actually getting ahead of myself now; hold that thought. Just begin dialoguing about career choice in the 9th grade year.

You can by this point look at your graduation requirements that you created using the Cure the Fear book and determine if any changes need to be made. Because now that you are working the plan, you are beginning to see if you need to adapt it or not. Then at the end of spring semester, you’re going to calculate spring semester grades and record those. You’re going to choose all electives and all curriculum for fall semester. This is probably going into the summer after 9th grade now.

I’m going to suggest that you consider an elective for career exploration to plan that for fall of the 10th grade year. That you look into job shadowing and internship opportunities, something like that to set up, if that is something that you and your kid are going to be interested in.

So again, 9th grade is mostly getting ready or getting used to homeschooling high school, deciding if you need to adapt anything and beginning some elementary forays into the thought of career choice, and then setting up an elective for career exploration for fall of 10th grade, which makes 10th grade emphasis “career choice”.

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OK, now back to the Timeline.

Tenth Grade

So in an ideal world, I set up this timeline to represent the best way — even ‘best’ is a word I don’t necessarily want to use — the way that things flow easiest. Maybe let’s put it that way. If you can follow this timeline in regards to when career choice happens, and when college research happens and all of that, it does tend to flow easiest.

That doesn’t mean that it’s always going to work out this way, and that was the question the person asked me. It was like, “we’re not going to be able to choose a career at the time that you specify.” But you won’t, if you don’t make it a priority, that’s for sure. If you’re not exploring the options, then yeah, maybe you won’t be able to; but if you are exploring the options, then maybe your kid can develop a career choice by the end of 10th grade. This is definitely going to be when it is easiest for that to happen as far as the rest of the flow. If it ends up going later than that, no big deal, not a big deal. But let’s work during 10th grade to see if we can narrow that down. So that’s the emphasis for 10th grade.

In the fall of 10th grade, if you haven’t already done this, you’re going to start having the student plan some of their lesson schedule and follow it. You’re going to keep working on developing independent learning. Math is a great one to start with that they begin to maybe learn on their own. Continue to dialogue frequently and stay on top of grading. Continue working towards that decision for the student’s career choice; set up job shadowing or other experiences as you want to. You’re going to choose the electives and all curriculum for spring semester. You’re going to calculate fall grades and record. So notice that there is some repetition to this, and it’s not really that difficult to work through.

10th grade spring, and also into summer, have the kid plan more of their schedule and follow it. Continue independent learning with math; maybe try adding another subject or two. Continue to dialogue frequently, staying on top of grading. I do have resources for you if you don’t — there is an article on my website — but do your best to stay on top of it.

Now, early spring of 10th grade, I’m going to highly recommend, it’s here on the timeline, that you register the kid for the first time to take either the SAT, the ACT or the CLT. Choose one of those. We’re going to do this as a baseline during spring semester with no preparation needed. Just see how it goes. Your kid may not be used to taking these standardized tests depending upon which state you’re homeschooling in. And it’s a great way to test how they’re going to respond to the test environment. It’s also a great way to see what they’re naturally already good at, or what they do need more work in. And then you can focus your test preparation efforts towards what they actually need work on, rather than wasting time on stuff that they don’t need work.

As we are going 10th grade spring and into summer, the goal is to finalize that career choice by the end of summer. But again, if that doesn’t happen, it’s not a big, hairy deal. Sometimes it does take longer; but again, if you have been working them through a career exploration elective during this year, and you’ve been dialoguing about it, and you’ve been giving them opportunities to explore or job shadow or intern or do research or whatever the case may be, then maybe they are able to at least narrow it down to a type of field. “Okay, I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I want to go into the medical field.” All right, great. At least we’ve narrowed it down.

Again, you can reevaluate any of your graduation requirements and determine if you should make any changes. This might be determined by whether or not the kid is going to be going to college. See, this is one reason why it’s helpful to narrow down that career choice by the end of 10th grade summer, because that helps us know what to plan for junior and senior year, as far as going to college versus not going to college. And then if you want to change any graduation requirements, because they might not be going to college after all, then this is the perfect time to do it.

You’re going to calculate spring semester grades and record them. You’re going to choose electives and all curriculum for fall semester of 11th grade. And I’m going to suggest for fall semester of 11th grade, that you consider an elective for test prep so that they can be working on test prep, meaning SAT, ACT, or CLT prep with an actual course.

Eleventh Grade

Now we’re moving into 11th grade. The emphasis for 11th grade is now college selection. In other words, you’re going to research colleges. You’re going to find the ones that your kid wants to apply to. You have all year to do this, just like you had all year to explore career choice. In 11th grade, you have all year to explore college selection.

And this is going to be based on the career choice, which is why we put career choice first. But again, if career choice hasn’t happened yet, that is okay. It will however, shorten the timeframe that you can do the college research. The longer it takes to decide on the career, then the shorter period of time there is to do the college research and select colleges to apply to; that is totally fine. The timeline is, you know, perhaps the ideal, but isn’t necessarily the case for everybody. Totally fine.

So 11th grade fall — now, because it is 11th grade, we want the student to plan most of their lessons schedule and follow it. We’re going to continue with independent learning with as many subjects as they can. If they’re not ready for 100% yet, that is okay. Hopefully, by next year they will be.

Continue to dialogue frequently, and be sure to stay on top of grading early in the semester.

We’re going to register for another time to take the same test that they took before. Just choose one test to focus on the entire time. I do not recommend jumping from test to test; just pick one, because then they can focus on the strategies for that test. And also then it doesn’t look different to them every time they go to the test center. That’s helpful, too.

Yes, they are simultaneously working through some test prep curriculum at this time, and that’s going to help them take the test. I actually recommend that you consider scheduling them twice for a test for 11th grade fall semester, one early and one later in the semester. Yes, that does mean more money outlay for you. But the more times they can take the test, the more they can get familiar with it, the better their score can be — just a thought.

We are also during this time going to begin researching colleges, and you’re going to look for those that have the major the student has decided on. That again is why the career choice happens when it does; this is why I’ve put it on the timeline.

The other thing that’s going to happen during fall of 11th grade year, is I’m going to recommend that you purchase my book called Taming the Transcript, which is an essential guide to creating your teens homeschool transcript from scratch. Now is the time to begin working on the transcript. We have put it off until now, because why clutter yourself with something that isn’t necessary yet?

You have been calculating semester grades and recording them somewhere; now you can take those and begin to work on creating the transcript. And my book will help you with that. And that’s a process. It doesn’t have to happen in a week’s time, especially when you started this early.

Then as we go into 11th grade spring, and also into summer, let’s continue with the student planning their schedule and doing independent learning as much as possible. Let’s continue to dialogue frequently and stay on top of grading. That’s going to happen every single semester.

Again, spring semester of 11th grade, let’s register for that same test they’ve been taking once or twice again in spring semester. Continue to research colleges, and there are links, by the way, on this timeline as to where to do that, also where to find the colleges that are going to have the major that your kid needs.

It’s not necessary though, to start visiting yet. I don’t recommend that you visit colleges until after you’ve sent applications and been accepted. Why go visit a college to find out you don’t want to apply? Well, that’s a lot of money to find out you don’t want to apply. I think that there are other ways to determine that; the virtual visits these days are amazing. One of the things that we did is took a look at the campus via Google satellite. You can see a lot and get a great idea of what a campus is going to look like just using Google satellite. How close it is to town, how big of a campus it is, how spread apart the buildings are. Are there lots of trees and plantings on campus, or is it pretty bare? Are you in the middle of the city or are you more rural? All of that can be seen via Google maps. You don’t have to take a visit by traveling several hours, getting the hotel room, eating all the meals out, spending all the gas; you just don’t have to do that. Anyway, I got off on a rabbit trail there.

Calculate spring semester grades when the time is right; now complete the transcript through 11th grade. Why do you want to do that? Because it’s going to get sent on college applications very soon now.

Another thing to think about is whether course descriptions will be necessary or not. I’ve got a link to a resource about those as well.

It is during the summer after junior year that the application windows for some colleges will start to open up; they didn’t used to do it that early. The earliest it used to be was like early September, but I don’t know if it’s due to COVID or what, but lots of colleges are opening their application windows into summer now. We had one when my last daughter was still applying that opened June 1st after 11th grade. So keep in mind after you’ve narrowed that selection of colleges down to which ones you want to apply to, be sure you’re paying attention to when the application windows open up, because you’re going to want to send those applications in at the earliest possible time.

That is my recommendation for getting the most scholarship money possible, while they still have scholarship money to promise. Later on, they’re going to have promised it already to a lot of kids who applied early, and so they’re not going to be — even for the same application quality — they’re not going to be able to promise as much money.

So let’s back up. This is another reason why trying to figure out that career choice, if at all possible, so that you could research the colleges, so you can have the choice narrowed down, so you can apply to these colleges at the earliest possible time when their application window opens. This is why the timeline is set up the way it is. Again, though, if it doesn’t work out that way, if you’re still trying to figure some of the things out like career choice, you know what? Then that might be a sign that your kid isn’t quite ready for college yet.

If they don’t know what they want to study at college, then maybe it’s they don’t need to go to college right after senior year. So that’s another thing about this timeline, which I don’t actually specify on here. So, something to think about.

As those college application windows open, you’re going to send those applications in, you’re going to request the test scores be sent to those colleges that are being applied to, you’re going to continue to reevaluate those graduation requirements that you set up and see if you need to make any changes. And, last but not least, you’re going to choose electives and all curriculum for fall semester of 12th grade. Now we’re done with 11th grade; eleventh grade was a big year.

Twelfth Grade

Twelfth grade, now the emphasis is applying to college, although maybe you got that done already summer of junior year; but no, there’s plenty of colleges that still do have the fall windows.

By senior year though, I recommend that a student do all of their lesson planning, be completely learning independently, a hundred percent in charge of their day, so that they can practice this while they’re still at home. You can help, but it’s no longer a case of “okay, kid, this is what you’re going to do.” Now, it should be a case of, “okay, kid, tell me what you’re going to do,” then let’s see if I can give you any feedback about that.

Continue to dialogue frequently, especially now that they’re doing things on their own. It can be easy to forget to dialogue about stuff; it can be easy to not get things graded, so continue to stay on top of that. You’re still the supervisor; they’re not grading everything, and so continue to just communicate with them.

Still, let’s register for the SAT, ACT or CLT — it’s not too late to send improved scores to colleges — again, once or twice. Depending upon how many times your kid has taken it before, depending upon what kind of score they’re trying to achieve, fall of senior year will probably be the last time.

And then after those tests are taken, or you might already know which colleges are being applied to when you register for the test. So however it needs to happen, get those scores sent to the colleges that are being applied to.

Continue to apply to colleges as those windows open into the fall.

After October 1st, you’re going to fill out the FAFSA, which is the free application for federal student aid. Do not skip this if your teen will be going to college. The earliest you can do this is October 1st, but you don’t have to do it right then. Do it as soon as you can after that, though; it can be helpful just to have it done and out of the way. As acceptances come in, make plans to visit the colleges that are at the top of your list.

All colleges are going to have a deadline when they need to have heard from the student by, as a yay or nay. Usually it’s kind of in the spring. So that gives you some time to plan which colleges to visit, but do start to make those plans. Keep in mind that some colleges do have competitions for scholarships that involve an on-campus visit to partake in the competition, so be sure you know what those dates might be. That might be helpful in planning those visits.

You’re going to calculate fall semester grades; you’re going to add them to the transcript, because any colleges that get applied to after fall semester are going to want to see fall semester grades.

Try to make the college decision as early as possible so that you can begin to prep for how much it’s going to cost and what you’re going to need to get ready to pay for it. But we’re still in school, right? So we’re going to choose electives and all curriculum for spring semester.

12th grade, spring into summer, continue with the student in charge of their life; guide as they request you to, or when it’s absolutely necessary. Continue to dialogue frequently, staying on top of grading. If you need to, register for another test session; this would be to get scores up, to qualify for a better scholarship, but this is only as necessary.

If appropriate, continue applying to colleges. It’s not too late if nothing else has worked out, or if your student is just now figuring out what they want to do, it isn’t too late. Is it ideal? No, it is not ideal, but it is not too late.

And then you’re going to calculate spring semester grades, which means if you’re calculating spring semester grades, your kid is all done with their work; you’re going to add these to the transcript. By this time you have probably decided on a college and let them know. So now you’re going to send a final transcript with all of your kids’ grades, all the way through all of senior year on it to the college that was decided upon.

And you’re gonna give your kid their diploma. Maybe that involves a party. You certainly all deserve it.

And then it’s time to shop for college supplies, if that’s where your kid is headed.

And that, y’all, is the end of the Timeline for Homeschool High School Success. It took us awhile to go through it. Sorry about that. I didn’t anticipate this would be that long, but I think it’s valuable to talk it through. Again, this timeline is the kind of ideal situation, but it’s not impossible. It’s not undoable. It’s not unrealistic. And I will say that out of five kids, they all reached the milestones in different places, but this is how I would try to make it happen, and then you have to adapt to your individual kid, of course.

So again, the timeline is recommendation of something to do that is going to work, but it’s not the be all and end all. So keep that in mind as well.

If you have any questions, definitely get in touch with me, [email protected] There’s going to be obviously a long list of resources for this podcast episode, go to annieandeverything.com and click on Podcasts at the top, and look for episode 66 to get access to all those links. Better yet download the Timeline for Homeschool High School Success. (Say that five times fast.) You can find it on the sidebar of my website, annieandeverything.com. If you put your email in there, then you can download this timeline and all of the links are clickable right in the document when you open it up on your computer screen. So that’s super helpful too.

Okay, this has been a longer episode than usual, again I apologize for that. Hopefully, this has been helpful for you though as well, and I’m hoping it will be helpful to anybody who downloads the timeline in the future. Have a great day and I’ll see you next time.

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