High School Curriculum Resources

CHN Newsletter on Homeschooling High School
This is a must see. Read here

Let’s Homeschool High School
This site details what you need to know.
Link here

National Homeschool Honor Society

Link here

Homeschool High School Graduate Diplomas & Transcripts

Link here for transcript templates.
Link here for high school diplomas.

Homeschool to College
by Diane Connors

First of all, let’s look at what a typical course of study is during the high school years.

Link here for Grades 9-12. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the year you want.

Homeschooling High School

Here are a few high school curricula that you can purchase, if interested:
Time4Learning (secular) Link here
Liberty University (Christian) Link here
My Father’s World (Christian) Link here
High School Online (free, secular) Link here
Keystone High School Link here
Laurel Springs High School Link here
Oak Meadow High School (secular) Link here
Aztec High School Link here
Calvert (secular) Link here
American School (secular) Link here

Getting a College Degree: Is It Worth It?

The following articles will give your family food for thought when considering if it’s worth the time and money to earn a college diploma in today’s world. There are pros and cons to doing so and it’s certainly something to research before making the commitment.

Articles

Is College Worth It?
Link here

Is a College Degree Still Worth It?
Link here

The Great College Debate: Is College Still Worth It?
Link here

A Comparison of the Pros and Cons of Going to College
Link here

Advice, Opinions and Facts About Homeschoolers and College

1. Whether a 2 or 4 year college/university, each one has their own admissions criteria.

2. I suggest that you (meaning your child/parents) decide which route you want to go; 2 year or 4 year school, to start.

3. Once you have decided where to begin, contact several colleges and ask them for their homeschool admissions criteria. Of course, write everything down when you talk to them on the phone or in person.

4. As for needing a high school diploma, that, too, will depend on the college’s criteria.

5. If you want/need a high school diploma, you can simply print one out and it “counts” since the parent determines when graduation occurs. Some colleges offer a blank copy that you can fill out online for free (you can ask if they do). Or, you can use this link or a similar one that you search for: high school diploma

6. What some colleges like as admissions criteria is a portfolio (with or without a diploma). Here is a link to give you an idea of how to compose a homeschool portfolio for college admission: http://www.mariannesunderland.com/2013/01/how-to-build-a-college-portfolio-for-your-homeschooled-highschooler/ and also and this and finally, this /.

7. It is common for parents to worry, at least a little, about their teen getting accepted into college/university, when they’ve been homeschooled. Why? Because we love our kids and want the best for them. If the teen wants to go to college, we, as parents, want to feel confident that they will gain admission. For parents who haven’t yet experienced their homeschooled child getting accepted into a college, please trust those who have gone before you. I don’t know of one single child who has been denied college admission! Quite the contrary; colleges are known to have open arms welcoming homeschooled children. Why?

8. While it is common for public/privately schooled high schooled teens to experience external pressures to “go to college to be a success”, it is not common for homeschooled children. Homeschool parents know that a successful college experience will only come from a student who WANTS to be a college student; the attitude in which they will want to maximize their academic experience in a field they have a passion for. Why else would one go to college?

Advice for making the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible for a homeschooled student is simple; plan well in advance and keep your documentation organized. That said, there are plenty of homeschoolers who have gained college admissions without doing portfolios, SAT’s, GED’s, or similar testing. Community colleges typically have very flexible admission criteria; they may want a parent-created diploma (print it out online), and a basic math and English placement test. The test is not for grading purposes, but simply to see what courses are most appropriate for any new student whether they are age 13 or 53.

Whatever path you choose to take; no college, delayed college, community college or starting at the university level – homeschoolers have a long time, proven track record of successfully attending and graduating from colleges across America. Relax, do your college admissions ‘homework’, and enjoy the ride! The road has been paved by thousands of homeschool college graduates who have gone before you, and you will continue to pave it for those who will come after you. Make it a memorable, positive experience!

 

English Grammar
Daily Grammar consists of 440 lessons and 88 quizzes, across grade levels. Use by ability or for review.
http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html

 

Civics
http://frontandcentral.com/k-12-trends/high-school-civics-cool-tap-interest-online-resources/

https://www.icivics.org/

https://betterlesson.com/community/directory/high_school/government_and_civics

https://freelyhomeschool.com/2017/08/free-civics-lesson-plans.html

https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/curriculum/high_school_us_government_civics.html

https://www.studentsofcivics.com/p/american-government-curriculum

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/homeschool-curriculum/

 

Math

https://www.mathplanet.com/

https://schoolyourself.org/

http://www.funmaths.com/math_tutorials/
https://study.com/academy/popular/free-online-high-school-math-courses.html
https://www.khanacademy.org/math/math-1-2-3

https://www.edx.org/course/subject/math

https://ocw.mit.edu/high-school/mathematics/

 

Science

https://alison.com/courses/science

http://biology.org.ua/files/lib/Raven_Johnson_McGraw-Hill_Biology.pdf

https://homeschoolfreestuff.wordpress.com/science/biology/

http://nongnu.askapache.com/fhsst/Chemistry_Grade_10-12.pdf

http://nongnu.askapache.com/fhsst/fhsstadmin126-incsub.pdf

http://smsdhs.ss13.sharpschool.com/staff_directory/mr__lockhart_s_site/earth_science/earth_science_textbook_chapter_p_d_fs

Space + Science News – CNN.com
www.cnn.com/specials/space-scienceLive Science: The Most Interesting Articles, Mysteries & Discoveries
https://www.livescience.com/Science News | Daily news articles, blogs and biweekly magazine …
https://www.sciencenews.org/https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/ScienceDaily: Your source for the latest research news
https://www.sciencedaily.com/
 
Earth Science News — ScienceDaily
https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/earth_climate/earth_science/https://www.dogonews.com/category/science
 
discovermagazine.com/tags/earth-sciencetime.com/section/science/Science, Science Articles, Science News | Popular Science
www.popsci.com/science

 

Physics

Physics News — ScienceDaily
https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/matter_energy/physics/

Physics News – Phys.org
https://phys.org/physics-news/

Physics – Discover Magazine
discovermagazine.com/tags/physics

Physics – The New York Times
www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/physics?mcubz=0

Physics – Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/physics/

Current events – physicsworld.com
physicsworld.com/cws/events

Physics News for Students – Scholastic Science World
scienceworld.scholastic.com 

News | physics.org
https://www.physics.org/news

BBC – Future – Physics
www.bbc.com/future/tags/physics

Physics | Economist – World News, Politics, Economics, Business
www.economist.com/topics/physics

 

Language Arts

https://lifeinthenerddom.com/free-language-arts-curriculum/

http://howtohomeschoolforfree.com/full-online-homeschool-curriculum/

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/online_hs.htm

https://freelyhomeschool.com/2011/07/free-full-high-school-curriculum.html

https://study.com/academy/popular/best-online-high-school-english-courses.html

https://www.foresttrailacademy.com/online-high-school-courses.html

 

Literature

https://www.eachieve.com/OnlineHighSchoolCourses/English

https://www.edx.org/course/subject/literature

https://study.com/articles/List_of_Free_Online_English_Literature_Courses_and_Schools.html

http://learningpath.org/articles/Free_Online_Classic_Literature_Courses_from_Top_Universities.html

https://academicearth.org/literature/

https://letshomeschoolhighschool.com/2013/06/27/free-open-online-courses-high-school/

 

Literature books free online
http://www.textbooksfree.org/Language%20Arts%20and%20Literature%20Internet%20Library.htm
https://krauseinnovationcenter.org/happy-new-year-20-free-online-books-high-school-students/

 

Literature for High School – Reading Lists
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/high-school-literaturehttps://www.goodreads.com/list/show/478.Required_Reading_in_High_School
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/high-school-classics
https://blog.prepscholar.com/books-to-read-in-high-school
https://www.perfectionlearning.com/top-100-american-literature-titles

 

Writing Skills & Prompts
http://mps.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/MPS-English/CAO/Documents/PBIS/pbis-in-the-curriculum-HS-writing-prompts.pdf

https://www.bhamcityschools.org/cms/lib5/AL01001646/Centricity/Domain/131/Writing%20Prompts.pdf

https://education.depaul.edu/student-resources/academic-success-center/Documents/501writingprompts.pdf

http://recit.csduroy.qc.ca/pbougie/files/Writing%20Topics/HighSchoolPracticeWritingPrompts.pdf

https://www.dailyteachingtools.com/journal-writing-prompts.html

https://www.edutopia.org/article/50-writing-prompts-all-grade-levels-todd-finley

https://freelance-writing.lovetoknow.com/Teaching_Writing_Skills_to_High_School_Students

https://www.teachthought.com/literacy/41-resources-tools-and-apps-to-improve-writing-skills/

https://crackingtheabccode.com/develop-high-school-students-writing-skills/

https://thejournal.com/Articles/2015/06/25/15-Online-Resources-That-Help-Improve-Essay-Writing-Skills.aspx

http://www.readingandwritinghaven.com/how-to-teach-writing-in-high-school/

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/11-best-grammar-writing-apps-high-school-students/

 

Vocabulary

https://www.majortests.com/word-lists/

https://www.examword.com/high-school-word/

https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/165909

https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/137567

 

History

https://www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/cms/lib04/SC01000609/Centricity/Domain/1662/TextBook.pdf

https://blog.prepscholar.com/the-complete-list-of-high-school-classes

https://www.verywellfamily.com/high-school-subjects-2610106

https://study.com/academy/course/high-school-us-history.html

https://hiphomeschoolmoms.com/homeschool-high-school-history-curriculum/

 

Accurate History Books
https://explorethearchive.com/accurate-historical-fiction-books
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-unbiased-book-on-American-history

https://www.mothering.com/forum/15-books-music-media/146429-accurate-history-books.html

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7659.Most_historically_accurate_historical_fiction

https://www.oddhistorian.com/10-best-books-for-american-history-buffs/

https://www.reddit.com/r/history/wiki/recommendedlist

 

Music

https://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-homeschool-curriculum-high-school-music-appreciation/

https://www.musicedconsultants.net/curriculum-examples.html

https://www.eachieve.com/OnlineHighSchoolCourses/Music

https://study.com/articles/10_Sources_for_Free_Online_Music_Courses.html

https://allinonehighschool.com/music-appreciation-2/

 

Art

https://thevirtualinstructor.com/lessonplans.html

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-new-website-offering-free-art-lessons-professors-artists

https://www.canvas.net/browse/otiscollege/courses/art-and-design-fundamentals

https://www.thoughtco.com/free-online-drawing-classes-1098200

https://academicearth.org/finearts/

https://www.edx.org/learn/art

https://study.com/articles/List_of_Free_Online_Art_Courses_Lessons_and_Tutorials.html

https://www.eachieve.com/OnlineHighSchoolCourses/Art

 

Geography

https://www.eachieve.com/OnlineSocialStudiesCourses/HumanGeographyClass

https://study.com/academy/course/geography-high-school.html

https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/geography/

https://allinonehomeschool.com/tag/geography/

http://www.homeschoolcollegeusa.com/geography.html

https://alison.com/tag/geography

 

SAT Prep, College Prep & Obtaining Working Papers
plus much more about teenagers, homeschooling and transitioning to adulthood,
can be found here: http://www.gomnb.com/email/newsletter/1413211402

 

Getting your Drivers License

https://driving-tests.org/connecticut/drivers-license-guide/

https://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=447872

https://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=244732

 

Transition into Adulthood

https://www.parentcenterhub.org/transitionadult/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5391995/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5391995/

 

GAP Year: Taking Time Off After High School & Before College
https://www.princetonreview.com/study-abroad/college-abroad/gap-year

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/the-college-solution/2010/07/20/8-things-to-know-about-a-gap-year

https://thinkingbeyondborders.org/choosing-gap-year-program-2018/

https://www.teenlife.com/category/gap-year/

 

Technical Schools
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_Technical_High_School_System

 

ACADEMICS: High School

Typical Course of Studies for Grade 9
https://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study-for-grade-9.aspx

Typical Course of Studies for Grade 10
https://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study-for-grade-10.aspx

Typical Course of Studies for Grade 11
https://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study-for-grade-11.aspx

Typical Course of Studies for Grade 12
https://www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study-for-grade-12.aspx

 

Curriculum options: online or textbook – Free High School Curricula
http://www.connectionsacademy.com/curriculum/online-high-school
https://www.coursera.org/
https://alison.com/
https://www.udemy.com/
http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/

 

High School Curricula (For Purchase)
Online program, priced very reasonably: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/high_school.html

The Thirty Best High School Online Curricula
Homeschool High School Accredited Programs (not free)
http://www.onlineschoolscenter.com/30-best-best-online-high-school-programs/

 

Free High School Online Curricula
http://learningpath.org/articles/Free_Online_Courses_for_High_School_Students.html
https://www.khanacademy.org/


Preparing for College – Timeline for Planning

https://www.petersons.com/college-search/planning-list-students-parents.aspx#/sweeps-modal


Early College Entrance
Many homeschoolers contact the Admissions office of the college they’re interested in attending and ask them for their homeschool admission process.  It’s quite easy, but each school is different.


Taking the GED

In the State of CT, there are guidelines to follow if you want to take the GED exam to obtain a high school diploma. Link here: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2620&Q=322370


Getting Working Papers – Your Teens First Job!

It’s a very fast and simple process.  Once your teen has been officially hired at their first job, they will need to obtain working papers.  Yes, even homeschoolers go to their local public school district superintendent’s office; the secretary processes working papers for all teens, all the time.  Easy peasy.
Details here: https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/minors/wgwrkpap.htm


Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Business in CT

https://core.score.org/node/1127764

 

Parent Resources (websites, books, etc)

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education Paperback – September 1, 1998

by Grace Llewellyn