Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching High School Science

Homeschool High School Science

All in One Homeschool Resource for Teaching High School Science

For years, we’ve been doing science, taking walks, examining leaves, dissecting flowers, raising butterflies… all of it intensely fun. Yet now, (or in the near future) those “fun” science lessons are morphing into some SERIOUS high school science, for which we assume all “fun” is over. Let me tell you from experience, this doesn’t have to be the case, and you don’t have to fear the rigors of a high school science course!

Putting a Homeschool High School Science Course Together

First, you need to come to to terms with the fact that it’s okay for you NOT to teach your children. There are necessary times when we as parents become co-learners with our children, because not everyone is a scientist! We can guide, direct, and monitor their education while they receive knowledge from another source. Thinking of high school science in this way should alleviate the stress of feeling that it’s all up to you.

Second, use a curriculum that makes learning science interesting and fun. The best ones that I have found to do this, are the ones specifically written for homeschoolers.

Third, make up a schedule to help you highschooler know exactly how much they are to accomplish each week in order to finish by their chosen date.

Fourth, set aside a specific time to complete the “science lab” experiments within your curriculum. The lab is a vital component to giving your student a concrete foundation to key concepts. Some homeschoolers do “labs” on Fridays or once a month for several days.

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Practical Science Curriculum Suggestions

For some of you, even with all the helpful hints possible the thought of going it “alone” still petrifies you.  Don’t worry, there are many great homeschool curriculum resources that offer the complete package. These options either have courses on DVD, online, in person, or via computer, and they will instruct your student without any requirement on your behalf. We’ve compiled a great list of resources that should meet your homeschool science needs.

High School Science Curriculum Resources


Freshman Science Earth Science Text (if not taken in 8thgrade)
Planet Earth Video Series
Biology Text (College prep track)
Virtual Labs
Sophomore Science Online Biology
Virtual cat dissection
Chemistry Text
Chemistry Videos
Junior Science Chemistry (Free Saylors Course)
 GA Virtual Physics Course
Video Series
Senior Science (Additional Resources)    Specialized Biology, Chemistry, or Physics  (for science-based college majors)
 Environmental sciencesComplete Package Curriculum (easy for parent!)

We have organized these all in one homeschool resource by grade, however, you can teach these in any order that suits your homeschooler.

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Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]

January 29, 2013


  1. Jamie says:
    Posted July 23, 2015 6:13 pm

    That would, of course, depend on your student. You can choose which year to take those courses... Of course, if you plan on going to college you will definitely need to get Chemistry, Biology, and Physics under your belt!

  2. karla j williamson says:
    Posted May 2, 2015 10:53 pm

    Hello~Thank you so much for your wonderful web site. This is my 1st time on it. I am just needing clarification on the science plan. For freshman yr it lists both Earth Science and Biology. Sophomore yr lists both Biology and Chemistry. Junior yr lists Chemistry and Physics. It looks like Senior yr can be a choice. I need help with understanding this. Thanks.

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