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Home-schooling high school: Am I doing enough?

Sometimes a parent will ask me if the curriculum they are using is rigorous enough for high school. One mother told me that her child is taking Algebra and Chemistry and she was happy with that, but she was certain the English curriculum wasn’t enough because it was a junior high program that she was working on with her whole family. She was very concerned about this because her child was high school age at 15 years old.

Using a Curriculum that Fits

You can use any home-school curriculum that fits yours and your child’s personality and needs, regardless of what kind of a curriculum that may be! You can tailor the program to fit - you and I know that as home-schoolers we don’t always use things quite as written. You might use a curriculum that says it is “Junior High” and it may be perfectly appropriate for high school if you’re supplementing it or asking your child to take it to the next level. Whatever you do, make sure it is challenging for your student but not completely overwhelming. If your child is high school age, their course can be counted as a high school credit. However, if a junior high credit is being worked on by your junior high age kid, then it’s not going to be considered a high school credit. If your child is high school age, regardless of the curriculum they’re working on, the course will count as a high school credit.

Think about it. If your child was in public school and was quite behind in something like English and doing remedial work, what would happen? They would go to high school daily, take a remedial English class, and that remedial English class would count as high school credit and appear on their high school transcript. You can do the same thing. Even if you have a child working at a remedial level, you can give them high school credit on their home-school transcript if they are high school age. Just remember that when they’re not high school age and you’re using a multi-age curriculum as the core of your studies, then that’s not going to be a high school level course. If the course requirements exceed a junior high requirement when your child is in junior high, then it’s probably a high school level curriculum you should include on the high school transcript.

Don’t hold your child back because of one lone subject, either. Sometimes I see home-schoolers doing that with English, but usually I see them holding back a child because of their math skills. Home-schoolers will think that since their child hasn’t started Algebra they can’t possibly be considered a high school student. I encourage you not to hold your child back a grade because of just one subject - keep the whole picture in mind. Even gifted children can be levels below their grade level in a subject! The beauty of home-schooling high school is you can meet your children where they are at, and tailor the curriculum to them.

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