When our oldest was in eighth grade and quickly approaching high school, I was panicking. Could I really teach homeschool high school? Was I qualified? What about a diploma? How do I create an official transcript?
With all of the doubts and fears swirling around in my head, my husband and I headed to a homeschool conference to learn more about homeschooling high school.
Here are our top three takeaways from the high school seminars at the conference.
I am qualified to teach homeschool high school
No, I don’t have a teaching certificate. But, who cares more about my child’s education than her parents?
I found that I actually remembered more than I thought I did from my high school years. And the things I didn’t remember or never took, I either bought courses, created a course for the child to self learn or outsourced the learning.
Create a Course:
For example, one of my children was interested in film making. I don’t know anything about the subject, but I do know how to read reviews on Amazon and find good books.
After choosing a couple of good books, I went through them and developed a plan for combining the two books and what I would require for the class. Then, it was easy to create a daily schedule for the class.
Outsource the Classes:
I consider outsourcing the class to be letting someone else teach it. We used DIVE for teaching math and Red Wagon Tutorials for teaching science. Dave Ramsey taught the kids personal finance. We also attended a co-op where we did a variety of classes.
Sometimes, even with outside teachers, we still needed some help. After all, chemistry is hard! When we had a question that neither of us parents could answer, we looked to our community. Some people at our church were very helpful to us. We also utilized the online world. Our favorite place to look for science and math answers is Khan Academy.
I can issue a diploma
A diploma is simply a document stating that a person has completed a course of study. Once your child has completed the course of study required by you and your state’s laws, you can issue the diploma.
You could create your own, but I recommend purchasing one. They just look more professional. We purchased ours from HSLDA.
I can create a transcript
At the conference, we attended a class on creating a transcript. I think the biggest takeaway is that every high school does them different, so it is not going to matter if yours looks slightly different.
It is important to follow a basic standard format and to call it an “Official Transcript”. After we got home, I purchased Lee Binz’s Setting the Record Straight. It goes through everything you need to know to create a transcript.
It is pretty easy to create the transcript as long as you work on it every year instead of waiting until senior year! There is a lot of other stuff going on that year, so you don’t want to be scrambling to remember what they did four years ago.
After attending the conference, my husband and I both felt like yes, we could homeschool high school. And we did. We have successfully graduated three young adults from our high school.