When the high school years were approaching for my children, I sensed a lot of concerns about what was expected of me by my state. What I chose to do is something that I recommend all home schoolers, who plan on educating their high schoolers at home, look into the state requirements for two things:
- What a credit hour equals – for our state it is approximately 120 hours or the completion of the course curriculum
- What credits are required – for our state, some of the main credits are that a graduate need 3 credits of math, 3 credits of history, 3 credits of science and others
What I found to be really helpful, once I knew what was expected, was putting a course plan together for all four years. This may sound overwhelming and challenging, but it was very easy and only took about 15 minutes, once I knew what requirements I needed to fulfill for my child's education.
Here is what I did:
- Earth Science – 9th
- Biology – 10th
- Chemistry – 11th
- Physics – if desired – 12th
- American – 9th
- World History – 10th
- Government – 11th
- I throw Geography into both our American and World History years
- Algebra I – 9th
- Algebra II – 10th
- Geometry – 11th
- Trig, Calculus or also other options – if desired, – 12th
- Consumer Math – this is so overlooked today and very important to ensure your children have money smarts – 11th or 12th
I then continued to look a the child to determine what other courses were necessary for that child, like foreign language (one of my children took two years of Latin, where the other is not taking any foreign language), electives (Bible, typing, photography, mechanics, etc.) based off the individual child.
After I had that planned for the four years of high school, I then began to divide down the amount of hours a week to complete the assignments. When talking to my high schoolers, they said they would prefer to work for longer periods of time on the core subjects, rather than put things away and get out other stuff. It has proven to be a big time saving factor for getting more done in less time.
Here is how I'm able to homeschool in 32 week, even in high school:
- I plan for 30, with two floating weeks for catching up on any projects that are behind. For a high school student that means a total of 4 hours a week for each subject to arrive at the 120 hours of work or for the assignments to be completed. If you do a 36 week schedule, you would need to schedule each credited subject for 3 hours and 20 minutes each week.
- Bible – 45-60 minutes a day of Christian living – prayer, Bible, journaling and a missionary biography
- Math – I would require 1 hour a day for 4 days
- Literature – 30 minutes Monday-Thursday, with 2 hours on Friday
- History – 2 hours on Monday and Tuesday
- Science – 2 hours on Wednesday and Friday
- Electives – 1 hour 4 days a week – I attempted to keep Friday as a 2 hour elective, since Monday-Thursday each week is a big work load.
I hope with these tips and encouraging you to get to know each individual child, their skills and their ambitions, it will help you to articulate your own successful high school plan.
Here are some of my most popular High School post that may help you in preparing for your high school journey (with giveaways):
- Tips for Planning Homeschool Sick Days
- Successfully Teaching Highschool Literature the Charlotte Mason Way
- Successfully Teaching Highschool History the Charlotte Mason Way
- Successfully Teaching Highschool Science the Charlotte Mason Way
- Successfully Teaching Highschool Bible the Charlotte Mason Way
- Successfully Teaching Highschool Photography the Charlotte Mason Way
- Successfully Making Mid-Year Changes to Your Homeschool