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Homeschooling During the High School Years

August 15, 2009

Things can get a teeny bit complicated and technical as the years pass by. You suddenly have to worry about how you’re going to get into college, how you’re going to get your diploma, how you’re going to get into a top notch university, whether you will (or your kid) be able to become a doctor/lawyer/engineer, and so on. The list of worries are endless. I will try to address certain issues here.

  • The key to whizzing through the high school years is to find out your states graduation requirement. You can find the requirements online. Just type in your state and “graduation requirements” and tada, you should have it. The amount of credits differ from state to state. For example, in Florida you must have 24 credits in order to graduate while in Maine you only need to have 18. Isn’t that convenient?
  • Another issue of concern in the lack of a formal diploma that comes along with the home schooling baggage. You don’t get a diploma from your state or anything of that sort. You actually don’t even NEED a diploma. Most universities will accept you if you have a well kept transcript and record of your home schooled years. One great advantage that home schoolers have over regular kids is the amount of time which allows us to graduate (with an Associates degree!!) years before our peers. Dual enroll at a local community college!!
  • Dual enrolling, for those that don’t know, is attending college while in high school. That way you earn high school credits along with college credits. As the credits accumulate over time, you’ll be able to get an AA as well. It’s like getting a free degree :). Yes, dual enrolling is free!
  • FYI, one high school credit consists of 150 hours of working time. Either that, or the completion and mastery of a certain subject such as Algebra. Half a credit courses consist of about 75 hours.
  • “Courses” such as cleaning (Home Economics), cooking (Culinary Arts), studying Islamic studies (Religious Studies), memorizing Qura’an, studying calligraphy, gardening, sewing, any kind of sport (Physical Education) ALL count as courses. You MUST document them and have enough proof to show that you’ve actually done the things you claim to have done in order for it to be valid.
  • Taking SATs aren’t necessary. I really don’t think so, but then that is my personal opinion (I’m not in favor of ANY type of standardized tests for many reasons). If you’re looking to get into a good college, then maybe it might be better for you to take them (make sure you score high on them! Save thy home schooled name from disgrace!)
  • And again, if you STILL think it’s important to have a diploma (even though you can get your Associates while in high school) then by all means consider enrolling your kid into an umbrella program (which could be your local Islamic school). I don’t know of any particular umbrella program though. I know of NARHS, which provides you with a certified diploma. Read up on them: www.narhs.org. You can also consider sending your child to the local high school for the last semester. It’s all up to you.

These are just the basics. I recommend reading up on the subject. One of the BEST books on this subject is: High School @ Home: You Can Do It! by Diana Johnson. I got it from the library and loved it. I wish I didn’t have to return it :(. There are some AWESOME charts (transcript records, hour charts, reading lists) which you can make copies of and use through out. Simply amazing book. There are many books out there… If you’ve read a great home schooling book, drop me a comment :).

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  1. August 29, 2009 11:49 pm

    I didn’t know you could count Arabic calligraphy…subhanAllah! Jazak Allah Zainab for such precious insider info 😉

    Keep ‘spilling’ the beans.

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