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Subject: High School Suggestions
Date Posted: 1/8/2009 7:17 PM ET
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Hi all, I have never posted here before, but just need some input in choosing my daughter's curriculum for next year.  She will be starting grade 9.  The curriculum we have used in the past I can see will not be a good fit in the future.  So many of the curriculum are so expensive...I am willing to pay if I am convinced it is worth it.  Have any of you homeschooled  through H.S. what have you used, and what have been your experiences?

Subject: High School
Date Posted: 1/8/2009 7:38 PM ET
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I homeschooled my son 1st grade thru the start of distant learning college classes, and my daughter for 10th grade because she needed to take a year off for medical reasons. 

I don't recommend "one size fits all" curriculums because each student has different strengths and weaknesses.  You know the kind, order 9th grade period. 

I prefer Apologia for science - book or DVD whichever style your child prefers. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Anatomy, Advanced Chemistry they are all great!

I used Saxon for my son (gifted Math student) and "Teaching Textbooks" - (the book/CD combo is a must) for my daughter, who needed a little more instruction.

I used a "Lifepac" for Literature, it was a workbook so it was good for my son;  I wasn't really impressed with it though.

We took Sign Language at the local School for the Deaf for foreign language.

Go to DonnaYoung.org for a TON of reference on the different programs. If you can afford it, check out Virtual High School!!  It is for public schools, but accepts home-schoolers too! It has dozens of online classes taught by public school teachers across the country. My daughter was able to take pre-vet this year ( as a Junior)  That's a course that there was no way I could teach her. This semester she's taking Animal Behavior and next year Forensics.

 

Date Posted: 1/8/2009 7:39 PM ET
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We have a few h.s. level stuff and use:

Here are some other high school curricula I plan to use:

We'll also use the local community college for dual-credit classes.  We may use some online high schools from various universities.  We may also use some talent search programs for online classes (they're very expensive, so we'd have to plan).

We also use these subscription-based services, with deals through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/:

HTH!  LMK if you need more input.

JC

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 7:14 AM ET
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Thanks for your input.  How does this work when it comes time for college?  Do you know what you have to supply?  If you use different curriculums for different subjects, how do you keep track of how much to do each day?  Where to start when ect.?

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 9:16 AM ET
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If you're doing an eclectic model, like I am, then you just have to do some major planning.  This is my sixth year HS'ing and I always plan 2-3 years out.  As my son does more high school work, I'm laying out the scope & sequence for all four years of high school.

This year I switched from using my own Excel spreadsheet for tracking (and I had used K12 for a long time, so I used their online tools) to using Homeschool Tracker Plus.  I wanted something more "formal" for report cards and especially transcripts.  Plus I needed more power to lay out DS's work weeks.

With HST+ I can tell when we're scheduled to finish a course.  We're never all "lined up" with courses on the calendar.  My son has courses from 5th grade to 10th grade (he's 10) and he goes through each one at various paces.

The "easy" way to figure out how much to do when is to first take a look at the number of lessons in a course (sometimes you have to come up with this on your own if there's no teacher plan or lesson numbers).  Then set up your school year.  Then decide what day(s) you'll do each course (and figure how many of those days in your school year).  Then just divide everything up depending on a course is a semester-long, or year-long one.

For instance, my son started TT's Geometry this week.  He (and DH) do one lesson Monday through Friday.  There are 110 lessons, and we don't have many breaks in the schedule from now until summer vacation (we school year round).  So they'll finish Geometry in Mid-July in time for our vacation.  Then DS will pick up with Algebra II when we return.  Then I'll figure out the "school year" for that course through fall & winter.

As for college admissions, you will need:  SAT/ACT scores, a transcript, and a portfolio.  Some require admissions interviews and/or essays.  Many community colleges require Math & English placement tests (ours does, especially for those in high school taking courses).  If you do some CC classes for dual credit, that also helps with university/4-year college admissions.  In some cases, when a child goes to college full-time, they enter as a sophomore or junior when they've just graduated high school.  Many homeschoolers ditch high school courses altogether and do CC courses, or online college courses.

So from their freshman high school year, you want to keep good records for both the transcript and the portfolio.  If they're college-bound, then you need to look at what colleges require for admission - how many years of science & math, do they require a foreign language...etc.  If your state has h.s. graduation requirements, you also need to figure that in.  Some states require state history or U.S. Constitution/Civics.

I would plan on having your student take the PSAT as h.s. sophomore.  As a HS'er, you can sign up directly through the publisher.  For instance, I signed my son up for the ACT directly through them this year (he's not "6th" grade by age so he can't take it with the talent search yet).  Then in the h.s. junior year, have her take the ACT and/or SAT (whichever will be required for college admissions). She can take it again in the fall of her senior year to try and improve.

There are some online groups for HS'ing in high school.  I know of one great one on Yahoo that's for HS'ing for college admission:

groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool2college

From the group's description on the home page...

<<This is a group for homeschooling parents to freely discuss issues related to preparing high school students for successful transition to college. Posts can include but are not limited to preparing the child for high school course work, selecting books or curricula or programs, reviews of any particular curriculum and how it helped (or failed to help) your child, extracurricular activities including sports and music and driver's ed, identifying potential colleges, how particular colleges treat homeschoolers, college applications, preparing for and taking the PSAT/SAT/SAT II/PLAN/ACT and AP tests, preparing and submitting transcripts, financial aid -- and now we're being blessed by reports from homeschooled students who have made the transition to college.>>

That also reminds me of the CLEP/AP route you can also take and earn college credits.  It's another way to save time and money for college.  It also helps with admissions.

JC



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Date Posted: 1/23/2009 12:31 AM ET
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I really liked the book Senior High:  A Home Designed Form+U+La by Barbara Shelton.   She lays out how to do what the above poster is suggesting in a clear format.    We knew my son was going to start at our local  junior college so I actually didn't keep any records...just threw his work in folders in case anyone ever wanted to look at it....though I wouldn't recommend that.   Just to let you know it really depends on whether or not you are sure of the college you will attend.  If you have one picked out I would check their requirements and be sure you meet them.

Susan

By the way...we also loved Apologia for Science.   I don't think you can beat it.

 

   

 

 

Date Posted: 1/25/2009 10:16 PM ET
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A great website to check out is www.HSLDA.org  The site will give you info specific to your state. They have a lot of info about H.S.Highschooling. I live in a school district that is not very fond of homeschoolers so I am a member. If I were to ever have trouble with the district or social workers (because someone saw my child outside during school hours) I would immediately call them and they would handle it for me.

Christine

I have been teaching highschool for a few years. I really like Lightning Literature, Apologia sciences, Math U See, Answers in Genesis has a great deal to draw from!

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 9:35 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/28/2009 12:43 PM ET
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As an update to my posts above, I've recently joined two more Yahoo Groups about HS'ing high school and pre-college:

groups.yahoo.com/group/hshs

groups.yahoo.com/group/hs2coll

My son also received a scholarship to attend the Illinois Virtual High School and he started a Web Design class last week.  He loves it and it's a good introduction for him to having an outside teacher and deadlines.  It's also an "in" to both IVHS and IMSA - Illinois Math & Science Academy, which he'll need in the future.  It was the first time IMSA/IVHS has given scholarships specifically for homeschoolers, so we are very grateful.

JC

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 5:38 PM ET
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"My son also received a scholarship to attend the Illinois Virtual High School and he started a Web Design class last week.  He loves it and it's a good introduction for him to having an outside teacher and deadlines.  It's also an "in" to both IVHS and IMSA - Illinois Math & Science Academy, which he'll need in the future.  It was the first time IMSA/IVHS has given scholarships specifically for homeschoolers, so we are very grateful."

Very cool, JC.  Congrats to both of you!

I live in the general area of IMSA and have a friend whose  daughter was accepted there a couple of  years ago.  She decided not to go because she wanted to try out for cheerleading instead.  My friend was really conflicted about letting her daughter choose cheerleading over IMSA, but ended up deciding it was her life and her call.  I'm not sure I agree, but then many of my friends don't agree with my decision to home school, so who am I to say?  :o)  (Oh, and she made the cheerleading squad.)

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 8:06 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/28/2009 8:48 PM ET
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Becki - out of state students can register for IVHS - Illinois Virtual High School, but the tuition is more than for in-state residents.  IVHS is a run by IMSA - Illinois Math & Science Academy.  IMSA is a public boarding high school in "Chicagoland" for those who gain admission.  I assume it's only for IL state residents since it's a public school.  I don't know if an IMSA's student's school district pays for them to attend, or if it's just general state education funds.  I know other states have them.

Here are the links:

ivhs.org/index.learn

www3.imsa.edu/

I know of many kids statewide who gain admittance to IMSA.  We're "downstate" and kids who are academically advanced have a good shot of getting in.  They try to balance the students around the state.  So many are from Chicagoland because then they aren't very far from their families.  My DH does not want to send our DS off to Chicago at age 14 or so, but it may be one of our options.

For now he's just taking a course at IVHS, but since it's connected to IMSA, that may help his application in the future should we need it.

JC

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 11:04 PM ET
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