Homeschooling for High School? (Gulp!!!)
So, you’re thinking about homeschooling for High School …. You said at the beginning you were just going to take it a year at a time, but here you are 6, 7, 8 years later and you’re still homeschooling your children! Now you’re faced with an even bigger decision: “Can I homeschool for High School?”
If your child is in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, now is a good time to start thinking about your options, and homeschooling for high school is a great one!
This past summer, PA homeschoolers had their 16th annual “High School At Home Conference” in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for families with junior high or high school level students. The conference focused on various aspects of homeschooling for High School, including: PA homeschooler’s diploma program, teaching foreign languages at home, career preparation, positioning students for scholarships, public speaking opportunities for High school students, online classes for High school students, CLEP exams, AP classes, preparing for college, and much more!
My friend and fellow homeschooler, Laura, from Philadelphia, PA attended the conference. I asked her what her impression was of the session and what her thoughts were on homeschooling her children through high school. Here is her response:
“I really enjoyed the conference. The seminars were very practical and informative. PA Homeschoolers chose a wonderful variety of speakers. I especially enjoyed listening to Jeannette Webb’s seminar : “10 Mistakes Homeschoolers Make When Preparing for College, and How You Can Avoid Them All”, and Debra Bell’s seminar: “Merit Scholarships for College: Positioning Yourself to Succeed.” Some of the speakers gave information on helpful websites for homeschoolers of high school students. PA Homeschoolers also had great basic resources for sale such as: The Guide for PA Homeschool Diploma and The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens. Information was presented on various classes available to teens to make homeschooling easier for the parent. Several colleges had tables with information for parents. There were vendors there as well. Also, snacks and a buffet lunch were provided.”
“Coming to the conference, I expected to feel very overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling for high school. Instead, I left feeling that not only could homeschooling high school be done, but it could be done well. I came out of the seminars with great ideas to help me make sure my daughter learns a lot; I also learned ways to help my daughter look like a good applicant for many colleges and qualify for scholarships. I realized that what we are currently doing at home has already been great preparation for the high school years. Having just completed teaching my daughter’s 7th grade, I was glad I went to the conference when I did. There is a lot of preparation that can be done in a student’s 8th grade year. I would definitely recommend the conference to parents considering homeschooling their children for high school, even if their child is currently in the 6th grade. It was very helpful.”
It’s nice to know that there are conferences such as this one to help support parents considering homeschooling for the High school years. Also, for parents considering this route in their child’s education, the conference provided a great way for families in similar walks of life to connect and share ideas.
If homeschooling for high school is an option you are considering, a conference such as this one may be beneficial to you as well. PA Homeschoolers has planned another High School at Home Conference at the same location in Carlisle, PA. Early-bird registration rates are available. The PA Homeschooler’s web address is: www.pahomeschoolers.com. Information on the conference can be found by clicking HERE.
Copyright February 21, 2012 by Gwen Fredette