Typical Course of Study High School Program

Charting Your Course

Typical High School Graduation Requirements

Planning ahead helps prevent gaps (every homeschool parent’s fear)! Here is a list of subjects and the number of credits that are typically part of a high school program.

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High School Program Course Guidelines

4 credits – Language arts (literature, composition, grammar, vocabulary)

3 credits – Social studies (geography, U.S. and world history, government)

3 credits – Mathematics (algebra, geometry, consumer math, trigonometry, calculus, etc.)

3 credits – Science (physical science, earth science, biology, chemistry, physics)

4-8 credits – Electives such as Bible, physical education, home economics, health, typing, computers, woodworking, or art.

Ninth Grade

Bible: (see below)

Math: consumer math, pre-algebra, or Algebra I

Language Arts: grammar, composition, Introduction to Literature, or high school vocabulary

Science: physical science or earth science

Social Studies: geography, world history, government

Foreign Language: choose according to interest and availability of materials or tutors

Electives: (1-2 classes, see below)

Tenth Grade

Bible: (see below)

Math: Algebra I, geometry, or Algebra II

Language Arts: advanced grammar, world literature,

Practical writing

Science: biology or physical science

Social Studies: world history

Foreign Language: same

Electives: (1-2 classes, see below)

Eleventh Grade

Bible: (see below)

Math: geometry, Algebra II, advanced mathematics/precalculus, applied mathematics, or business math

Language Arts: Shakespeare, American literature, advanced composition, pre-college vocabulary

Science: physics or chemistry

Social Studies: U.S. history, government, or economics

Foreign Language: optional

Electives: (1-2 classes, see below)

Twelfth Grade

Bible: (see below)

Math: business math, Algebra II, advanced mathematics/precalculus, or calculus

Language Arts: Shakespeare, European literature, journalism, pre-college vocabulary, speech, and drama

Science: physics or chemistry

Social Studies: government, economics, sociology, psychology

Foreign Language: optional

Electives: (1-2 classes, see below)

Elective Options

Computer science

Keyboard skills



Home economics

Family living

Auto mechanics

Woodshop and carpentry



Arts and crafts

Physical education

Record the time spent on each elective and include ALL proficiency tests and evaluations from tutors, mentors, and instructors. Record text(s) used, results of tests or evaluations, and possibly a write-up by the student.

**Bible Study – Design your own study for Bible, or use a Christian curriculum publisher. You might visit a Christian bookstore to select topical studies.

**Foreign Language – Most colleges require two years of foreign language studies. However, check with the admissions office of a potential college to find out their specific requirements. Many students can easily begin their foreign language studies in college.

Tutoring is an option chosen by many families if a foreign language must be mastered prior to high school graduation. Local community colleges offer evening and weekend classes in conversational language. These can be challenging and fun.

Rosetta Stone is a very popular foreign language option, available on CD or download, or through online subscription.

Berlitz is a familiar name in foreign language instruction. Look for their curriculum on computer software as well as audio CDs.

The Learnables is another “user friendly” foreign language program. It offers about seven different languages with CDs and books.