Leaving a school:
- If withdrawing from a brick and mortar school, get a copy of her OFFICIAL transcript.
- See if DD has any teachers who would give her a letter of reference before leaving the school -- especially if from any past classes that were Honors or AP, or where DD worked hard and had a good relationship with the teacher (i.e., teacher knows her well and can comment on her academics, abilities, and character).
- Find out if this is a "no-going back" decision -- in other words, DD comes home for 11th grade, but wants to go back for 12th grade. Often, bouncing back and forth is NOT an option with the school district, as they will not accept the homeschool credits from 11th grade for DD to re-enter as a 12th grader, but would instead require her to repeat 11th grade under their coursework.
What you need to do to homeschool high school:
- Find out what your state homeschool regulations are, and follow those.
- Learn what your student's goals are post-high school graduation -- for example, if college-bound, then there are a number of things you will need to make sure you accomplish, many of these starting in 11th grade. Here is a "High School Time Table" to give you a big-picture idea of the different things to be addressing during homeschooling high school, and when to be dealing with those different things.
It would be helpful to know a few more details to know how best to advise you. For example, the smoothest transition might be to go with the public school virtual charter -- so no withdrawal from the school, the school continues to do the record keeping and transcript, and you are only mentoring completing the schoolwork.
If you need/want to withdraw from the school system, there are "umbrella" organizations (Kolbe, Chlonlara, etc.) that you pay to be your administrator and award the diploma.
If you are willing/able to do the administration aspect yourself, then you have more flexibility about what materials to use with your DD, and to meet whatever her needs are -- such as remedial or advanced work, or minimal credits due to health issues or heavy involvement in a sport or extracurricular.
Just to mentally prepare for what kinds of coursework you would be looking at, while it varies widely, here's a very general 11th grade line-up:
- English (most frequently a mix of Writing and Literature, but other options available)
- Math (on average, 11th grade is Algebra 2, but your student may be working up or down from that level)
- Science, with labs (on average, 11th grade is Chemistry, but your student may be working up or down from that level)
- Social Studies (frequently American History in 11th grade, but it may be something else)
- Foreign Language (usually working on the 2nd or 3rd year of a language, but this varies)
- Fine Arts, or an Elective
Not trying to pry, but the more you can share what the specific needs are, the more people can give you very specific information, and not overload you with details that don't apply to your situation. BEST of luck as you look into this! Warmest regards, Lori D.
Edited by Lori D., 21 October 2017 - 11:08 PM.