The benefits of having a four-year plan are many. A four-year plan is a common tool for planning out a college-level study, however, bringing this to use for high school is a great way to maximize your time.
What are the benefits?
Having a four-year plan is the best way to maximize your high school experience. If your teen has an idea of what career or profession they want to do when they graduate, then you have the foundation on which to build a well-rounded four-year plan. The four-year plan is a great way to organize your high school credits, plan coursework and studies, get hands-on experience, and develop pre-college and pre-professional goals.
How to implement a four-year high school plan?
Create your long-term goals
Start the process by creating a goal for the future. This goal could consist of a career path, professional interest, job, or even a trade. Some teen’s take an interest inventory to help them determine where their strengths and interests align with particular jobs that are available. This is a great place to start if the future is still unclear.
Create a pre-professional or training goal
This goal brings into play the training or course of study that your teen must have after high school. If college is the goal and a particular course of study helps support those long-term goals, now is the time to elaborate on that. If hands-on training is needed for to actualize those long-term goals, then create that intermediate training goal now. Ask yourself these questions: Does your goal require college or vocational school? Are their specific courses of study? Does the college you are interested in have any prerequisites? Will the career you desire require experience?
Research the specifics
Take time to research the requirements needed to fill the career interests your teen has expressed. This often includes a formal study as well as hands-on experience of some sort. Once you’ve seen what is required, research ways that this study or experience can be incorporated into high school courses. These can be a simple as building the correct foundation to later study the core courses in depth. Discover ways that your teen can begin the path to their future career.
Develop your plan
Once you’ve determined the specific path to your long-term goals, you can begin to create your plan. The easiest way to begin is to work backward – goal – process to reach that goal – specifics involved – 4-year high school plan. Your plan should include a doorway to entering the path to your long-term goals. That may mean a science concentration or high school AP science courses for the teen who wants to become a microbiologist. Or this could look like courses on entrepreneurial training for the student who wants to start his own business.
High School Curriculum Guides
You can use the following homeschool high school curriculum guides to help you map out a course of study that will enable you to lay a foundation for future success!
Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been an education professor for over 17 years. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance writer, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 9-15) in a sweet tea sippin’, wrap around porch sittin’, sweet southern Georgia town. Jamie is also a contributing author at Online Education for Kids and MomSCHOOL