Guide Your Child Successfully Through High School

A Mentor Program for Homeschool Parents

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Homeschool Mentor Program for
High School Parents

A nine-month program open to homeschool parents nationwide

“Homeschooling through High School.” The sound of that is enough to make many parents panic. But really, it is not as impossible as you think! And you don’t have to figure it out alone.

You CAN have the knowledge and confidence you need to successfully homeschool through high school!

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BONUS! DEEP DIVE

High School Planning for Your Out-of-the-Box Learner 

NOVEMBER 8 – 7 PM

When planning your year for a child, with special needs there are a few questions from which you can build.

What are your child’s passions, interests, and skills?

What accommodations may your child need to better facilitate their learning?

How do I build in time for moving around/breaks?

What about using assistive technology or some speech-to-text software?

How do I choose a planner for my student and teach him how to plan?

This webcast will dive deeper into planning for a special needs student.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Kathy Kuhl
LearnDifferently.com

Kathy Kuhl provides creative solutions for parents teaching children with learning challenges. A veteran homeschooler and former teacher, she knows the help you need—and she provides resources, support, and insight to parents.

After homeschooling her son, a creative, distractible dyslexic with great perseverance, Kathy interviewed 64 homeschool parents of students with learning disabilities. She then wrote Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner, a handbook equipping parents to teach children with dyslexia, attention deficit, autism, giftedness, and other challenges. Her encouragement is rooted in experience, research, and biblical principles. She can help you customize your children’s education to fit their needs, strengths, and gifts. LearnDifferently.com

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NOVEMBER 14 – 7 PM

Launching Strong

You Have a Plan!

Life happens fast, though—and plans never survive contact with reality! The good news is that you can prepare for life. Good routines and habits, and an understanding of how life works, will prepare you to deal with the chaos and uncertainty of normal life. This webcast will teach you how to figure out which habits and routines to build now, and what you need to understand about how life works, to launch strong.

This webinar will teach you how to figure out which habits and routines to establish early to keep you going strong.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

Jonathan Brush
Unbound

Jonathan Brush is the president and CEO of Unbound, a homeschool graduate, and a homeschool dad of six. A first-generation homeschool graduate, he was director of admissions for a private liberal arts college for nine years and worked for more than ten years in non-traditional higher education.

Jonathan speaks to families and groups across the country about how to seek out and train for adventures and prepare correctly for the amazing opportunities available in the time and place that we live. He loves Unbound and Unbound students and dreams about new ways to connect them to each other every day.

Jonathan and his family make their home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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$ 397 one-time payment
  • 9-month Program
  • Monthly Webcast
  • Monthly Live Q&A
  • Weekly Small-Group Coaching
  • Course Notebook
  • Online Community
  • 3-Month Payment Plan Available
Great price!

More Resources For Homeschooling Teens

Homeschooling Through Highschool
You can teach your teen at home

Beginning the Journey

High School 4-Year Plan
An academically-oriented plan for homeschooling teens through high school

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Social Opportunities
Many opportunities for your homeschooling high school 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.

Mentor Program

Your Guide through High School

WALKING THE HIGH SCHOOL JOURNEY

With Hal & Melanie Young

Walking the Journey – Homeschooling in the High School Years
These years can fill parents with uncertainty and consternation as they deal with emotional, spiritual, and intellectual changes—all while navigating practical issues like transcripts, social life, record-keeping, and career and college choices.

This free webcast with Hal & Melanie Young highlights the importance of the high school years. Check it out now!

Hal and Melanie Young are homeschooling parents of eight and the authors of several books, including Raising Real Men, My Beloved and My Friend, and the Amazon bestseller Love, Honor, and Virtue. They host the podcast Making Biblical Family Life Practical and are popular conference speakers throughout North America, known for a focus on Christ, grace, and stories about practical application of the Bible day-to-day. They have six sons and two daughters, with four grown and four still sharing noisy, messy happiness in eastern North Carolina.

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We get it.  Even experienced homeschool parents feel that certain angst when high school enters the picture.

The struggle is real–and it’s not just about transcripts, college, and careers. 

Not since his baby days has your child made such huge leaps of development. Your high school freshman is still an older child. Your high school graduate will be a young adult.

And the foundation you lay in these years will prepare him to excel in academics, relationships, career, and life.

This is why HEAV has founded its High School Mentoring Outreach—to pair an experienced parent who has been there with a small group of parents just starting the journey.

Get the Confidence You Need.

Even if you have years of experience homeschooling, the thought of “high school” can make you feel stressed—or even a bit of panic. With HEAV’s mentoring program, you’ll get help with all the big questions AND get small-group coaching and shared experiences to make sure you’re getting it right. 

  • Help your teen discover his strengths and set goals.
  • Learn the ins and outs of college or career prep.
  • Develop an individualized four-year plan.
  • Get a handle on record-keeping, transcripts, and testing.
  • Explore social aspects and extracurricular activities.
  • Get coaching and feedback from an experienced mentor.
  • Relax about those high school years!

 Do you wish you

  • Were sure your child will be prepared for his future?
  • Even knew what direction he wants to go?
  • Knew the simple answers to questions like transcripts and diplomas?
  • Were confident your high school plan was “right?”
  • Had a sounding board with a parent a step ahead of you?

Meet with Your Mentor

Connect with an experienced guide and with other parents who are starting right where you are.

Clarify Your Goals

Careers, college, record-keeping, transcripts, social life, driver's ed, and extracurriculars—we'll cover it all!

Create Your Plan

Week by week, you'll know your student is on the right track to accomplish his long-term plan.

Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire.

W.B. Yeats
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Discuss All the Topics that Concern You

The HEAV Homeschool Mentor Program is a nine-month program where you will have small-group coaching, informative monthly webinars, live Q&A sessions, and access to a whole host of resources.

You can have the knowledge and confidence you need to successfully homeschool through the high school years!

Our mentors are veteran homeschooling parents that have the experience and knowledge to help you in your journey.

October 3 at 7 p.m. ■ Webcast
Plan Your Year

Beginning something new can feel exciting and purposeful, but also scary and chaotic. Having a plan will help you move through the year smoothly and with confidence.
This webinar will teach you how to easily plan your school year, and how to hold that plan lightly when life happens.

Topics to be covered:

  • Preparation for high school
  • 4-year plan
  • Core subjects
  • Electives

BONUS

Monday, November 8 (New Date!)
Deep Dive Live Webcast: Special Needs ~ Kathy Kuhl
“Planning High School for Your Out-of-the-Box Learner” How to consider your child’s passions, interests, and skills to determining curriculum and evaluation methods

  • How to use appropriate accommodations – for instance, audio books
  • Building in time for breaks
  • Using assistive technology
  • Student planner sand teaching how to plan

November 14 at 7 p.m. ■ Webcast
Launching Strong ~ Jonathan Brush

Life happens fast—but you have a plan! Unfortunately, your plan won’t survive contact with reality without a little support from a foundation of good routines and habits that will make life interruptions a little better and less chaotic.
This webinar will teach you how to figure out which habits and routines to establish early to keep you going strong.

Topics to be covered:

  • Use and management of current technology
  • Research skills
  • Setting goals
  • Time management and deadlines

December 5 at 7 p.m. ■ Webcast
All About Testing & Looking Forward to Graduation

In this webinar, we will first talk about the kinds of tests upon which colleges, scholarship application offices, military recruiters, and trade schools often rely to gauge an applicant’s readiness for their programs.

Then we’ll pivot to discuss everything you want to know about the graduation process.
From the difference between a GED and a homeschool diploma, to how to commemorate your child’s achievement, we’ve got you covered.

Topics to be covered:

  • Testing for college credit
    • AP
    • CLEP
  • Tests for college admittance and scholarship applications
    • PSAT
    • SAT
    • ACT
    • CLT
  • Special needs
    • Testing with accommodations
  • GED
  • Diploma
  • Ceremony
  • Regalia

January 9 at 7 p.m. ■ Webcast
Record-Keeping

Good record-keeping is essential to keeping a peaceful heart in the day-in, day-out work of homeschooling. Your records are more than a checklist of requirements; they are your step-by-step reminders of the successes and milestones that will encourage you to “keep on keeping on.”

Having a handle on record-keeping is critically important whether your student is considering college or not, because none of us know what the future holds and where our legitimacy as homeschoolers might be challenged. But have no fear! This webinar will give you some simple tools and strategies that will make organized record-keeping easy.

Topics to be covered:

  • Notice of Intent (NOI)
  • Proof of progress
  • High school transcript
  • College transcript for dual enrollment
  • Portfolio of exemplary work
  • Reading list
  • Course summaries
  • Test scores
  • Academic and civic awards
  • Extracurricular experiences

BONUS
January (date and time TBD)
Deep Dive Live Webcast: Transcripts
Let’s explore the transcript-writing process by working through the mechanics together in an interactive process:

  • Assigning credit value
  • Calculating a GPA
  • Filling out the transcript

February 6 at 7 p.m. ■ Webcast
You Don’t Have to Do It All

You’ve developed your high school plan, checking off some typical subjects and figuring out how to turn your student’s interests into creditable courses. But panic sets in as you wonder, “How am I supposed to teach algebra, when I still resort to adding on my fingers?” Or, “ Japanese! What? I might be able to handle a little French or Spanish—at least it uses the same characters as English!” Let us assure you that you don’t have to know everything yourself in order to meet your student’s needs and interests.

This webinar will introduce you to a wide variety of methods for outsourcing those complicated courses in your high school plan.

Topics to be covered:

  • Tutors
  • Distance/online programs
  • Co-ops
  • Dual enrollment
  • Bartering subjects
  • Self-teaching through current media sources
  • Apprenticeships

March 6 at 7 p.m. ■ Webcast
Experiential Learning and Life Skills

Topics to be covered:

Coming soon!

April

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May 1 at 7 p.m. ■ Special 2-Hour Webcast
Beyond High School

We’ve covered a lot this year, and you are now confident you can homeschool through high school—but where is all this headed, and what comes next?

This webinar will get you started on exploring three paths for life after high school. We’ll cover college planning, career planning, and options for a gap year.

Topics to be covered:

  • College Path
    • Types of colleges
    • Alternative ways to earn credit
    • College visits
    • Applications
    • Paying for college
    • Accommodations for special needs
  • Career Path
    • Apprentices
    • Military service
    • Trade programs
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Experiential learning and life  skills
  • Gap Year
    • Travel
    • Short-term missions
    • Volunteering
    • Part-time and full-time work

June 8–10, 2023 ■ HEAV Convention

We can’t wait to get everyone together to celebrate the year’s accomplishments! Plan on meeting your mentors and co-members at a special celebration during HEAV’s Convention in June of 2023!

Preparation for High School (7-8 grades)

  • Review basics
  • Master reading comprehension
  • Master keyboarding
  • Tentative goals: college, technical training, military, career, entrepreneurship
  • Introduce high school courses
  • Ascertain interests/natural skills
  • Volunteer work

 

Discovery through Relationship Building 

  • Nurturing the parent/child relationship
  • Spiritual giftedness
  • Interests, talents, and abilities
  • Discipleship experiences
  • Understanding how God created them: strengths and weaknesses

 

Planning Your High School Course of Study

  • Core subjects
  • Electives

 

Important Peripheral Skills

  • Use and management of technology
  • Research skills
  • Goal setting
  • Time management and deadlines
  • Test prep

 

Opportunities for Outsourcing Instruction

  • Tutors
  • Distance/online programs
  • Co-ops
  • Dual enrollment
  • Barter subjects
  • Internet
  • Student-directed learning (e.g., YouTube, Skillshare, open source)
  • Apprenticeships

 

Tests for College & Scholarships

  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • CLT

 

Alternative Tests for College Credit

  • AP
  • CLEP

 

Required Annual Notifications and Assessments

  • NOI (Notice of Intent)
  • Proof of progress; test scores or assessments
Recommended Academic Record
  • High school transcript
  • College transcript for credit earned in high school
  • Portfolio of exemplary work (e.g. research papers, art portfolio, musicianship recordings)
  • Reading list
  • Course titles/course summaries
  • AP course information
  • AP/CLEP test results
  • Academic awards
  • Work experience
  • Arts/cultural events
  • Honor societies

Recommended Extra-Curricular Records
  • Sports
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer experience
  • Public recognition
  • Arts/cultural event participation

Transcript
  • Credit value
  • Grading work
  • Dual-enrollment credits
  • Pre-high school courses
  • GPA calculation
  • Transcript service

Graduation
  • GED
  • Diploma
  • Ceremony
  • Regalia

College Planning
  • Types of colleges
  • Alternatives to college credit
  • College visits
  • College applications
  • FAFSA
  • Scholarships & grants

Career Planning
  • Apprenticeships
  • Military service
  • Trade programs
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Experiential learning and life skills

Gap Year
  • Travel
  • Short-term missions
  • Volunteering
  • Part/full-time work

We’re busy parents, too!

THIS PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED WITH YOUR FAMILY IN MIND.

Direct Talk

Clear explanations, on-point discussions, and honest answers.

Direct Plan

Consistent and convenient meetings and at-your-fingertips information.

Direct Results

A solid, flexible plan tailored to your child's strengths.

Yes, you can! “I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me."

~ Philippians 4:13
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Have Questions?

The entire program is online–a beautifully orchestrated combination of live webcasts, helpful Q&A sessions, and weekly small group coaching with your mentor and your “tribe” – four or five other parents who will be your companions throughout the journey.

Want to be a mentor?

If you have experience homeschooling a high school student and would like to learn more about becoming a mentor, click here.

Meet Our Veteran Program Mentors

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Denise Dalton

Denise is a mother, a grandmother, and a daughter of the one true king. Originally from California, where she met her husband of 31 years, she had the opportunity to travel to some beautiful places in their 20 years of service. They have seven wonderful children–six boys and one girl ages 10 to 30. The two eldest oldest are married, and Denise has two grandbabies.

Since they started homeschooling 19 years ago when the eldest child entered middle school, homeschooling has been a part of their everyday lives, allowing them to be a part of co-ops, homeschool sports, and support groups through their church.
You will most likely find Denise on the sidelines of the soccer field cheering on her kids, in the ballet studio watching her daughter, or searching Pinterest for more hands-on activities!

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Heather Traver

Heather is the wife of a Navy officer of 28 years, mother of 13 children (yes! All theirs!), and two grandchildren. After homeschooling for 17 years, some of her children went to public school to take advantage of athletic opportunities that were unavailable in her area at the time. Today, several children have graduated, and she teaches six children at home. She has used multiple curriculums over the years, including computer programs, online courses, and co-op classes. She is currently on the board for T.E.A.C.H (Tidewater Educators Association of Christian Homeschoolers), which hosts a prom and graduation. It is also the umbrella for Beach Breakers, a sports organization, where she coaches basketball and assists with volleyball.

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Crickett Brown

Crickett and her husband, Michael, have been homeschooling since their children’s education began. They are blessed with five children here on Earth – Erin (24), Holly (22), Claire (19), Wesley (16), and Lydia (12). Three of the five have graduated, homeschooled all the way through. Crickett’s homeschooling style leans toward the Charlotte Mason approach, using an eclectic mix of curricula.

Since moving to Virginia in 2003, the Browns have been actively involved in local and state homeschool communities. Crickett has organized teaching co-ops and served in homeschool support groups, a local youth theatre, a Keepers at Home group, and a Contenders for the Faith group. In addition to homeschooling her children, Crickett also finds time to serve as the Virginia State Coordinator for TeenPact Leadership Schools and as a Richmond Regional Home Educators board member.

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Michelle Robertson

Michelle has found it a great joy to teach and disciple her children while serving as missionaries in Africa; they returned to the states a year ago. Their eldest is starting his sophomore year of college, and the youngest is starting her senior year of high school. Through 15 years of homeschooling, the Robertsons have weathered many learning challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, sensory processing,
dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. They have seen the Lord’s faithfulness in guiding them each step of the way. It is Michelle’s great desire to encourage homeschool moms in their journey. She loves Jesus, the beach, the sky, and talking to homeschool moms.