Hello everyone! Tialla Rising here, ready to answer a great Ask A Homeschooler question! This question is from Eliza.
“I am currently in a new public high school (because I moved) and feel like I’m not learning anything and I could do a better job teaching myself. I have 2 more years left. If I homeschool I will practically be teaching myself, but I am smart and extremely motivated. With that said, what are inexpensive resources you recommend? I want to take AP tests, so how do you prepare for those? How do I find other homeschoolers in my town? Can you still do Dual enrollment course if you homeschool? What are some websites with free material? How much does it cost to homeschool? My parents are concerned about scholarships. How does the collage application process work? Sorry for all the questions, and thanks in advance for the help!”
Wow, Eliza, it certainly sounds like you are looking at everything involved with homeschooling. Good for you! Many teenagers just want to be homeschooled without figuring out what it really entails.
Since you have several questions here, so I am going to break them down one by one.
What are inexpensive resources you recommend?
First off, I would recommend Time4Learning. It does come with a price, but it really is a great program and pretty in-depth and challenging.
Here are a few more curricula choices in our High School Curriculum directory. Their prices vary, so I don’t know for sure if all of them are inexpensive. However, please note that your education IS worth the price. I completely understand a tight budget, though.
I want to take AP tests, how do you prepare for those?
I highly recommend taking an AP course to prepare for your tests. You can find a huge range of AP courses here at CollegeBoard.
If you would prefer not to take the courses, then you can prepare for those tests by using AP Study Guides and Prep Books. Barnes and Noble has an extensive supply of them online.
For more information, we have a couple of articles covering AP and CLEP tests, both of which help cut down on college class expenses.
I would suggest googling your city name + “homeschool group.” For instance, I live in Flagstaff, so I would Google “Flagstaff Homeschool Group,” “Homeschool Group in Flagstaff,” “Homeschoolers in Flagstaff,” “Local Homeschool Group in Flagstaff,” etc. You might even try switching out the word “group” with “co-op.”
If you’re concerned about socialization, this fun article might give you a laugh or two, as well as answer some questions.
Can you still do dual enrollment courses if you homeschool?
Yes, absolutely! In fact, pretty much all the homeschoolers I know take courses at the community college as well. Just fill out the application as usual, talk with an advisor, take the placement test, and choose your course! Of course, there may be a few more steps than just that, but it’s really a simple and easy process for homeschoolers.
I would also recommend taking a look at this article to find more sources with free materials.
If you want to find other free materials, I suggest Googling the specific item you’re looking for + the word “free.” For instance, “Free Emily Dickinson Poetry.” Most of the time, you can find items like that in easily downloadable PDFs.
How much does it cost to homeschool?
The cost of homeschooling truly depends on which resources and curriculum you choose to use. However, my mom (a homeschooling mother of five) has told me that she never spent more than $500 a year on curriculum – and that curriculum included books and resources for each child. It wasn’t $500 per child, it was $500 total.
Still, the cost is directly affected by which program and curriculum you go with. It could easily be less than that for one student.
My parents are concerned about scholarships.
No worries, lots of scholarships are open to homeschoolers. We have several articles on the subject.
Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at http://www.tiallarising.com.