Graduating your homeschool student can seem very intimidating on the outside. But with all of the right information and correct steps, your student's homeschool graduation will be perfect! Even if you find yourself in a panic because you realize it's senior year, and you haven't really done anything in getting ready for them to graduate - or your student has changed their mind and has decided to graduate early - you'll have all you need by reading the steps below.
If your child is in the midst of senior year, and you find yourself in a "change of plans" situation, or you haven't planned well, or you just don't have a clue about college admissions, it's very difficult to quickly regroup in order to experience success. Don't fret! I have an emergency 12-step plan for families who haven't started preparing for the admission process prior to senior year. Here is a quick checklist for homeschool graduation, a panic plan just for those hopelessly-behind parents of seniors.
Drop all school and activities, and work on college applications.
Turn in application as soon as possible; transcript and test scores can follow.
Return to your regular homeschooling.
When you look at this list all it once, it can seem overwhelming. Take it one step at a time, and you'll be able to prepare your student for homeschool graduation as if you'd had a plan all along!
Hopefully, you haven't waited until senior year to start thinking about what classes your student should have to graduate. Ideally, during 8th and 9th grades, you'll want to be sure you know your state's homeschool graduation requirements. Using those you'll be able to plan out classes for your homeschooler to take during high school to make homeschool graduation a breeze. Be sure to look over your plan at least once a year to make sure you're on the right track. Below are the number of credits your student will need to graduate.
Four years of English (reading and writing at your child's level)
Four years of math at your child's level
Three to four years of social studies, including world history, U.S. history, economics, and government
Three years of science, and at least one science with a lab
Two to three years or more of foreign language instruction
Physical education is rarely required, but some colleges want two years, or half a credit per year for four years.
At least one year of fine arts: music, theater, art, dance, or a combination
Make sure your child has plenty of electives. Electives can be anything required by state law, required by parents, or any delight directed learning your child engages in. They could include Bible, driver's ed., keyboarding, logic, computer science, or your child's specialization.
Plan around having a crisis year by planning your student's high school courses. Make sure that you cover all subjects from the beginning! Don't wait until senior year to cover every subject, but begin with challenging classes from the beginning of high school, planning the courses for success.You can find lots of information in my articles Homeschool Graduation ChecklistandHomeschool High School: Four Years - Four Goals.
Don't forget to celebrate your graduate! Graduation brings many different ways to celebrate your child! My book, Graduate Your Homeschooler in Style will help you make your homeschool graduation memorable!
If you need more personalized help, please consider joining me for my Gold Care Club. You and I can talk every week, and I'll walk you through all of the steps to homeschool graduation.