What Are The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling in High School?

Most people think of the pros and cons with homeschooling in high school as things like not being able to go to prom and not being able to socialize with your friend. Of course, we seasoned homeschoolers know that’s not true. But then what are the pros and cons of homeschooling?


  • You’re able to work on your time. If you have a sports practice every afternoon at three, you can do your schoolwork in the morning and be done in time for practice. Or you can do it after practice if you want. It’s all up to you.

  • You’re free from bad influences. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that in school you’re around a lot of bad influences. I won’t delve into details, but it’s better to distance yourself from those influences.

  • You can excel faster or take your time on something. In public school, you’re forced to work along with the class you’re in. If that means that you don’t understand something, they won’t stop to work on something– they’re going to continue on. And if you excel at that subject, you can’t continue on with your studies because you need to wait on the rest of the class.


  • You might not see your friends everyday. I know, it sounds horrible. However, I’ve noticed that seeing your friends after a week apart seems to be more special than when you see them everyday. This doesn’t mean you can’t talk on the phone with them everyday. Believe me, I do that a lot.

  • You can’t participate in school activities. Sometimes school districts will allow you to participate in school sports teams, but if you’re not in one of those districts, that means you can’t be on the varsity sports teams (by mayra). That’s why I quit soccer and cheer (which I still love and do in my leisurely time). There are some homeschool sports teams out there though, so look for them!

  • You might not be able to find some of your activities. It’s not that likely, especially considering how much the homeschooling world has grown in the past few years, but you may not be able to find your Doctor Who fan clubs or other things you may be interested in. Make sure to look on Yahoo Groups for these types of things, or try to do an online club if possible. It’s not the end of the world!

If you need any more help, check out these links:

Planning for High School

High School Athletics

And, remember, if you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to Ask A Homeschooler!

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Meg is a self-proclaimed bookworm with a fascination for the written word and foreign languages. By the time she graduates, she hopes to have at least one of her on-going works published. To see Meg's book reviews, visit http://youngadultbookworm.wordpress.com/.

April 4, 2014


  1. Evelyn Krieger says:
    Posted April 4, 2014 11:34 am

    I'd add to the pros: more time to pursue and develop your interests and talents.

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