Homeschooling Through High School
You’ve got this homeschool thing down pat. Schedules, free time, hands-on, unschooling, socialization—all covered. Worries about socialization and “keeping up” with public school are a thing of the past. Life is good. Then, suddenly—like the squealing brakes on the car of a brand-new driver—panic reigns once again. Your teen has hit high school.
There is no need to stress. The world of high school is a just a continuation of your homeschool journey, and it is not uncharted territory. Many have walked this path, and you will find much help and support as you navigate the world of credits, transcripts, diplomas, driver’s ed, career and college planning, and all that high school entails. As a whole, homeschooling is entering its third generation, and homeschool graduates have gone on to college, the workplace, the university, and the military.
Beginning the Journey
Many opportunities for your homeschool student to meet other students with similar interests.
Typical Course of Study in a Four-Year High School Program
A list of subjects and the number of credits that are typically part of a high school program.
Sample High School Programs
Three sample high school plans for a variety of post-secondary options.
Debra Bells shares the reasons her family was convinced to teach high school at home.
Homeschool graduate and blogger Maiya Drennen talks about the struggles teens go through.
Transcripts & Recordkeeping
Homeschool Recordkeeping for Your High School Student
Instructions on how to use the Quarter-Hour Report Form available above.
Awarding High School Credit
Here’s a quick overview of the two most common ways homeschoolers give high school credit; work accomplished and credit hours.
High School Transcripts: A Simple Checklist
The do’s and don’ts of creating a high school transcript.
Online Homeschool Transcript Service
HEAV offers a personalized, online transcript service. Get more information about this handy tool here!
Quarter Credit Hour Report Form (1916)[PDF]
Our form for keeping track of your high school transcripts in a handy PDF format.
Sample High School Transcript 1 (2272) [Word Document]
A guide to help you create a transcript.
Sample High School Transcript 2 (1498) [Word Document]
Another option for homeschool transcripts.
Diplomas & Graduation
Find answers to frequently asked questions, resources, information, and ideas on a successful culmination of your high school years.
How does a homeschooler get a GED or a diploma? Is one better than the other? Can homeschoolers get high school diplomas? Find out here!
HEAV Graduation Ceremony
This page has all the information you need to participate in the HEAV High School Graduation Ceremony.
Work Permit FAQ
An overview of state and federal laws that regulate your teen’s employment.
A guide to obtaining a driver’s permit, locating driver’s education programs, and more
Virginia Homeschool Sports
A listing of homeschool sports leagues in Virginia.
An overview of NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) eligibility requirements for homeschooled students
Links to information you need to know about the SAT, PSAT, and ACT exams.
ACT®/SAT® Practice Tests (FREE)
Free practices tests for the ACT, SAT, CLEP tests and more!
High School Students: Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three – An article by Mary Schofield
An overview of the many tests that are available and/or required for high school students.
Homeschooled Students and College Admissions
College Board’s webpage for homeschoolers about college selection, admission and more!
Other High School Resources
High School Resources for Homeschoolers
Here are more than 20 links to websites that have the information you can use for your homeschool high school journey.
HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School Resources
HSLDA has compiled resources to help you before, during, and after high school. You can also sign up for their free Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter.