High School

High school curriculum should prepare students for college.  After completing high school, young adults might decide that college isn’t for them, but they shouldn’t be denied admission due to inadequate preparation.  It should be their choice. That means that families who homeschool through high school should pursue a rigorous college-prep course load so that higher education is an option. 

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My state’s law requires homeschoolers to teach subjects other than those required for college admission.  Combining college entrance requirements with required homeschool subjects such as health, occupational education, and art & music appreciation, this works out to a minimum high school curriculum of:

English English English English
Math Math Math Senior Math
Social Science Social Science Social Science Health & Occupational Education
Science Science Foreign Language Foreign Language
      Fine Arts & Academic Elective

These are minimums in my state.  Many students need more high school science and math to make timely progress toward their college majors.  Through 2011, only three math credits are required, but some colleges recommend a fourth year of high school math.  Beginning in 2012, high school seniors must also earn credit in a math-based quantitative course such as statistics or an algebra-based science course (chemistry or physics).

Here is one option:

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

English
   Composition
English
   Literature
English
   Literature
English
   Public Speaking
Math
   Algebra
Math
   Geometry
Math
   Algebra II
Senior Math
   Pre-Calculus
Social Science
   U.S. History
Social Science
   Geography
Social Science
   World History
Social Science
   State History
Science
   Biology
Science
   Chemistry
Science
   Physics
Science
   Marine Biology
Other
   Typing (Occ Ed) 
Other
   Fine Arts
Other
   Foreign Lang
Other
   Foreign Language
Other
   Accounting
Other
   Health
 
   Elective
 
   Elective

 

Another option:

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

English
   Composition
English
   Literature
English
   Literature
English
   Literature or Speech
Math
   Algebra
Math
   Geometry
Math
   Pre-Calc
Senior Math
   Calculus and/or Statistics
Social Science
   Geography
Social Science
   World History
Social Science
   U.S. History
Social Science
   State History
Science
   Biology
Science
   Chemistry
Science
   AP Biology
Science
   AP Chemistry
Other
   Typing (Occ Ed) 
 
   Algebra II
Other
   Foreign Lang
Other
   Foreign Language
Other
   Economics
Academic Elective
   Physics
Other
   Fine Arts
Academic Elective
   AP Physics

 

Another option — for students who aren’t inclined to attend a four-year university, is to use Running Start to complete the student’s Associate’s degree during 11th and 12th grades:

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

English
   Composition
English
   Literature
English
  College English 101
  College Speech
Use Running Start to pay for Associates degree, courses selected based on student’s interests
Math
   Algebra
Math
   Geometry
   Algebra II
Math
   College Algebra
Social Science
   Geography
   World History & Cultures
Social Science
   Civics
Social Science
   College Economics
Science
   Biology
Science
   Chemistry
Science
   AP Biology (health)
Other
   Typing (Occ Ed) 
Other 
   State History
Other
College
   Foreign Lang
Other
   Economics
Academic Elective
   Physics
Other
   College
    Music Theory

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