Focus Tips by Grade for the High School Homeschooler

With the beginning of the homeschool year underway there are certain things parents should keep in mind to kick off a productive (and hopefully fun) school year. This might be the first year of middle school or the last year of high school, either way there are important milestones that need to be reached at each stage especially with high school homeschooling.

Middle School

Record keeping in the elementary years can be helpful, but it is not a necessary task. Middle school, however, would be a good time to start keeping record of what classes your student is taking and tracking volunteer hours. Look here to see the importance of volunteer hours and some great ideas on where to go- Tips For Homeschooled Teens- Building Volunteer Hours


Now is the time to focus on the core subjects which enable your students to start the high school years out right. There are many resources to find out which classes to take each year for language arts, writing, math, science, and history. It is also a good time to make a four year plan. Making A Four-Year High School Plan  Also, here is a great place to start when planning the high school years- Top 10 Homeschool Planning Questions


This is when students should prepare and register for the PSAT. Not only is it great practice for the SAT and test taking, but it can also assess your student’s future SAT score. This is very beneficial with planning for college and career. Here is some helpful information when considering the PSAT- The PSAT For Homeschoolers


Study for the SAT and/or ACT. There are many online programs to help you be as successful as you possibly can.


Each year of homeschooling is a special time spent with your child but senior year is an especially exciting year to celebrate. What needs to be focused on during the senior year?

Is your student planning for college? College Life Series: Financial Planning And Scholarships

If you haven’t already been looking at what college you would potentially like to attend then now is the time to do so. Prepare For The Visits: College Search  A fun part of the planning is visiting potential colleges! Tips For Homeschool Teens: College Visits

If your student is not considering college then another avenue they might consider is entrepreneurship. How to Become A Teen Entrepreneur

Senior Pictures- These aren’t just for public school students. Make them fun and personal. Include your student’s pets, friends, or even photos dressed up in their sports uniform if they are an athlete!

Senior Trips- Is there somewhere that your child has always dreamed of going? Now is the time to go there with them and create lasting memories. Homeschool Graduation: 5 Amazing Senior Trip Ideas

Don’t forget the party! Homeschool Graduation: Ideas For A Great Graduation Party



Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.

September 13, 2018


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