Once we started homeschooling, there was never a question about whether or not we would continue all the way through high school. We’ve had quite enough of public school system, thank you very much! However, with both of my daughters, we did do a short dual-enrollment period (three months or one trimester) when it came for them to learn how to drive. I don’t plan to do that with my son as I would rather steer clear of the public system altogether, especially in his high school years. Look at all that is going wrong with our public schools today. It’s a mess! My teens don’t need to be a part of that.
Here are just some of the benefits we’ve experienced homeschooling our teenagers-
- They learn in a physically and spiritually safe environment, which makes it easier to keep their values and faith intact.
- They have more time to read for pleasure and to read great classics that are no longer an emphasis in public education today.
- Their education is personalized, tailored to their specific interests.
- They actually get enough sleep! When I was a teen in high school, I came home every afternoon and took a long nap. Then I was up to all hours doing homework. My kids don’t have homework keeping them up. They get to bed at a decent hour and wake up when they’ve had enough sleep. What a concept!
- We maintain our closeness as a family and I get to cherish every day with my teens before they leave home.
- We can vacation as a family without the pressures of missing school. Guess which is more valuable in the long run? Creating memories together as a family.
- They become strong independent learners, and that is going to serve them well in college. They also learn how to work in a team (it’s called family) and that will also serve them well in college. Win, win!
But how do we homeschool high school?
We have partnered with an incredible private school called, Liahona, who offers a unique online/distance program that we absolutely love. Through Liahona, my teens receive a faith-based education covering history, science, English and math. These are actual classes streamed live. My kids decide whether to watch each class live or recorded. Liahona is extremely flexible with homeschoolers and respect and value the roles of parents.
Now, my oldest daughter earned an actual high school diploma, through Liahona, by being an accredited student and by plugging in her other high school credits that she has earned in two years of public high school before we pulled her out to homeschool her. BUT my youngest daughter, who has homeschooled all the way through high school was recently accepted into a university as a homeschooler. She submitted her Liahona transcript, which included 18 credits (when added up). 16 of those were from Liahona, and the rest were through her dual-enrollment classes which was an art class, driver’s ed and a vet class, plus two additional classes she took through online high school (computer tech and financial lit). She also submitted her ACT score, and the required essays. That was it! BTW, they only asked for 15 credits so in reality, she could’ve gotten by with just her Liahona base classes. She did not have to submit a portfolio, but I think it’s a great idea to keep one through the high school years, just in case.
My son will be able to earn extra credits through Liahona (accredited) if he takes piano or other music lessons, plays a team sport, etc. So it is possible to earn these credits in other places than our public schools.
There are other ways to homeschool through high school, but this is the route we have taken. Here is a page to check out for further high school homeschool help.