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Hi! I could really use some help deciding which books are particularily helpful in preparing students to read the Great Books. For example, I read from the LCC site that Norse Myths help with the reading of the Hobbit. I asked for 20 or so just to keep my list manageable. I would really appreciate any help! Thanks.
Okay, to help alleviate the anxiety level of having to be your student's high school counselor/administrator, I've compiled a list of the deadlines/dates I could think of to create a general high school "time table". I know I have forgotten some things; hopefully others will add to this list as they remember things I forgot to include. Not on the list, of course, are your student's specific deadlines and dates for sports, arts performances, extracurriculars, etc. But, hope this helps! Warmest regards to all, Lori D. ETA: Each family's time table will be different!! NO one will be doing ALL of these, or necessarily at the times listed! The intent of this time table is to be a SUGGESTION. And even the best-laid plans can change during your high school years, so BE FLEXIBLE. UPDATED: July 2016 UPDATED: October 2017 UPDATED: September 2018 UPDATED: June 2019 _________________ HIGH SCHOOL "TIME TABLE" _________________ GRADE 8 During 8th grade -- OR -- summer AFTER 8th grade: 1. High School Plan: make plan with academic AND life goals to accomplish in the rapidly closing window of opportunity before high school graduation 2. Record Keeping: set up systems for record-keeping and making a transcript 3. Research Outsourcing: optional: research outside-the-home classes if that is desired/needed (local co-op classes; online classes; local high school classes; dual enrollment; etc) 4. College Board Test Info: optional: register at College Board website for a free account - receive free email reminders of important dates throughout each year of high school - access to free info on testing; college profiles; scholarships; financial aid; etc. - can also sign up for the free SAT Question of the Day (NOTE: For those with accelerated/gifted/advanced students, consider looking into AP, dual enrollment/dual credit/concurrent enrollment, and other advanced options listed below in the grades where these options more typically occur) __________________________________ GRADE 9 Throughout 9th grade year: 1. Life Skills: incorporate learning life skills 2. Extracurriculars: look for/student try out opportunities; log hours, keep records of awards, etc. for extracurriculars, community service, volunteer hours, etc. 3. Scholarships: web searches for "outside" scholarships to apply for -- yes! some are open to middle schoolers and young high schoolers 4. Research Outsourcing: research possibility of outside-the-home classes if desired/needed (local co-op or high school classes; online classes; dual enrollment; etc) _________________ AUGUST / EARLY SEPTEMBER 5. Testing - OPTIONAL PSAT • approach local high school to sign up for mid-Oct. PSAT (mid-Oct) as practice for it "counting" in 11th grade toward possible NM scholarship $$ • NOTE: some schools offer the PSAT 8/9 or PSAT 10 in the spring and require students under grade 11 to take those versions instead ACT/SAT • research/decide whether or not this student would benefit from multiple ACT or SAT tests throughout high school years • register online for choice of date and location for SAT or ACT • if doing multiple/early SAT/ACT testing, incorporate practice/prep in your schedule for the weeks/months before the scheduled test • if not doing SAT/ACT testing, consider other standardized tests (Iowa Basic, Stanford, CAT, etc.) for practice, usually administered in late spring _________________ JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 5. Testing - OPTIONAL standardized testing • register for standardized testing (Stanford, CAT, Iowa, etc. -- whatever type of testing you decided on, IF you decided to do testing) PSAT • register for PSAT 8/9 (the 8th/9th grade practice test for the "real" PSAT test in 11th grade PSAT and/or future SAT testing _________________ MAY 5. Testing - OPTIONAL PSAT • investigate PSAT testing (FOR FOLLOWING OCT.) at local high school (sign up and pay in late Aug./early Sept. to ensure a test will be ordered for you) • College Board: PSAT/NMSQT information and dates AP test • see schedule of important deadlines • tests administered at high school locations over 2 weeks in May • must sign up in advance with the school, usually in previous spring/summer or EARLY autumn -- NO LATER than Nov. 1st (schools order tests by Nov. 15) • note: Jan. is very late for being able to find a location that will accept your student __________________________________ GRADE 10 Summer BEFORE 10th grade: - If student has developed new interests/career ideas, adjust high school plan & course of study. - Possibly tour college campuses of interest, if an advanced/motivated student with specific goals. - Possible summer camps, academic camps, internships, or other opportunities in career field of interest. During 10th grade year: 1. Continue #1-5 from above in the 9th grade year 2. Career: optional career exploration, internship, or job shadow opportunities if desired/interested 3. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment: - learn about community college (or university) dual enrollment options - weigh pros/cons if DE is a good option for your student and future goals 4. Testing: - possibly investigate test prep courses, materials, etc. - possibly investigate est date(s) for which you may wish to your student up - begin prep and practice ACT: - test dates, day of test info costs, to register - test prep; Online Math Learning: timed essay tips SAT: - test dates, costs, to register - College Board test practice/prep - Online Math Learning OLD test essay prompts SAT Subject Test (formerly called: SAT II) - test dates, test day info - information, the subjects - test prep AP course and/or AP Test: • note: test scores from grade 11 are most effective for college admission • high scores from tests in grades 11 and 12 are most likely to be awarded college credit by the student's future college of choice • start research for deciding which test(s) student is ready for • start research spring/summer BEFORE the following May test date to find a local test site (local high school) that offers your desired test -- not all tests offered all years at all test sites • must sign up in advance with the school, usually in previous spring/summer or EARLY autumn -- NO LATER than Nov. 1st (schools order tests by Nov. 15) • College Board: explore AP classes and tests • College Board schedule of important dates for AP 5. College Research - OPTIONAL • College Fairs - look for when these are in your area -- usually mid-fall and/or spring semester • research colleges through books such as Colleges That Change Lives, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and The Princeton Review: 382 Colleges • research colleges through "match" websites • start looking at individual colleges and their financial aid statistics for money awards at College Data website (go to "college match", click on school, look at "money matters" statistics & college admission tracker statistics to see if school might be a financial match for your family) • also see general college statistics at College Board's Big Future (go to "find college"; enter specific school; when that page comes up, click on "print complete college profile" for detailed statistics about the college) _________________ AUGUST/EARLY SEPTEMBER 6. TESTING - OPTIONAL PSAT/NMSQT : sign-up • contact local high schools near you to sign-up/take PSAT at the school • get a state-issued photo ID (student driver's permit, driver's license, or ID) from your state MVD - note: need an official copy of the student's birth certificate -- which can take several weeks to get • or, make approved photo ID of your student at this time for admission to the test on test day AP test • If you have not yet arranged for an AP test location for the following May testing, start looking -- deadline for schools to request tests is Nov. 15! _________________ MID-OCTOBER 6. TESTING - OPTIONAL PSAT/NMSQT Take the PSAT as practice in advance of it "counting" in 11th grade toward possible National Merit Scholarship. AP test • If you have not arranged for an AP test location for the following May testing, start looking NOW! _________________ NOVEMBER 6. TESTING - OPTIONAL AP test • see schedule of important deadlines • by Nov. 1st -- double check with AP test location school that your student WILL be seated for the AP test(s) you signed up for with the school last spring or summer • OR -- If you have not arranged for an AP test location for the following May testing, start looking NOW! _________________ FEBRUARY/MARCH 6. TESTING - OPTIONAL PSAT-10 • this is the 10th grade practice test of the PSAT for those taking the "real" PSAT in just 6 months • sign up directly with a local high school • not available in all schools or areas _________________ MARCH/APRIL 7. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment - OPTIONAL • If interested in doing this option for the following fall semester, start process NOW for student admission and enrollment for classes _________________ MAY 6. TESTING PSAT/NMSQT - OPTIONAL • investigate PSAT testing (FOR FOLLOWING OCT.) at local high school (sign up/pay in late Aug./early Sept. to ensure a test will be ordered for you) • College Board: PSAT/NMSQT information and dates • PSAT/NMSQT is administered the following mid-October • PSAT is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for potential scholarship money for 11th graders who score in the top 99% of test-takers AP test - OPTIONAL • tests administered at high school locations over 2 weeks in May • must have signed up in advance with the school, usually the previous spring/summer/fall __________________________________ GRADE 11 Summer BEFORE 11th grade: - If student has developed new interests or career ideas, adjust high school plan & course of study. - Possibly tour college campuses of interest. - Possible summer camps, academic camps, internships, or other opportunities in career field of interest. - Possibly do career testing and research. - Research SAT or ACT testing; can start test practice/prep in the summer. (see above, in grade 10 for details) - Research AP tests -- see schedule of important deadlines (see above, in grade 10 for details) - Research colleges and financial aid During 11th grade year: 1. Continue #1-7 from above in the 10th grade year 2. Driving: practice student driving; investigate driver's ed/teen insurance 3. Work: help student create a resume if they are applying for a part time job 4. Writing: practice general writing and timed essay skills; write scholarship application essays 5. College Research: • start research process: look for student/school matches in degree programs, campus size/culture, financials, etc. • consider attending special college "tour dates" or "family days" for first-hand research -- or schedule your own tour College Search Process • College Fairs - look for when these are in your area -- usually mid-fall and/or spring semester • research colleges through books such as Colleges That Change Lives, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and The Princeton Review: 382 Colleges • research colleges through "match" websites • start looking at individual colleges and their financial aid statistics for money awards at College Data website (go to "college match", click on school, look at "money matters" statistics & college admission tracker statistics to see if school might be a financial match for your family) • also see general college statistics at College Board's Big Future (go to "find college"; enter specific school; when that page comes up, click on "print complete college profile" for detailed statistics about the college) _________________ AUGUST/EARLY SEPTEMBER 6. Testing PSAT/NMSQT • verify you are signed up with the local high school to take the PSAT • start prepping/taking practice tests (College Board: practice) AP Test • start searching for a school test location that will seat your student -- deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! ACT / SAT: • register at the test's website for possible autumn test date: ACT sign-up / SAT sign-up • start prep: ACT practice / SAT College Board practice SAT Subject: • register at the test's website for possible autumn test date: test dates _________________ OCTOBER 6. Testing: PSAT/NMSQT • take test -- test day info AP Test • line up a school test location that will seat your student -- deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! 7. Potential Service Academy Candidates • begin putting together packets, getting letters of recommendation / Congressional letters, and register for tests • several Service Academies have admission deadlines *early* (August/September) of grade 12, so start now to be prepared _________________ NOVEMBER 6. Testing: AP test • see schedule of important deadlines • by Nov. 1st -- double check with AP test location school that your student WILL be seated for the AP test(s) you signed up for with the school last spring or summer • deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! _________________ JANUARY 6. Testing: ACT / SAT: • register at the test's website for possible spring test date: ACT sign-up / SAT sign-up • start prep: ACT practice / SAT College Board practice SAT Subject: • register at the test's website for possible autumn test date: test dates 7. Potential Service Academy Candidates • begin putting together packets, getting letters of recommendation / Congressional letters, and register for tests • several Service Academies have admission deadlines *early* (August/September) of grade 12, so start now to be prepared _________________ MARCH 8. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment - OPTIONAL • If interested in doing this option for the following fall semester, start process NOW for student admission and enrollment for classes _________________ MAY AP test - OPTIONAL • see schedule of important deadlines • tests administered at high school locations over 2 weeks in May • must have signed up in advance with the school, usually the previous spring/summer/fall __________________________________ GRADE 12 Summer BEFORE 12th grade: - If student has developed new interests or career ideas, adjust high school plan & course of study. - College: Tour the "finalist" college(s) on your student's list. - Make college selections (of final 3-6 colleges (or more, if needed) -- be sure to include at least 1 "safety" school and 1 "match" school. - Possible summer camps, academic camps, internships, or other opportunities in career field of interest. - Consider doing career testing and research. - For more great ideas, check out this thread: "Summer Before Senior Year Things To Do" -- June 13 2019, mirabillis During 12th grade year: 1. Continue doing #1-8 from above in the 11th grade year 2. Regularly check deadlines for EVERYTHING _________________ AUTUMN 3. Testing ACT / SAT / SAT Subject — if student needs to take/retake, do so as early as possible in the school year ACT / SAT: • register at the test's website for early autumn test date: ACT sign-up / SAT sign-up • start prep: ACT practice / SAT College Board practice SAT Subject: • register at the test's website for early autumn test date: test dates AP Test • see schedule of important deadlines • start searching for a school test location that will seat your student -- deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! 4. End of High School: • Graduation: Begin planning for high school graduation ceremony or special event now • Senior Photo: Arrange for senior portrait photographs now 7. College - Scholarships: • send in "outside" scholarship applications and essays to meet autumn due dates _________________ SEPTEMBER 3. Testing AP Test • line up a school test location that will seat your student -- deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! 6. College - Financial Aid: • do online FAFSA application for financial aid • Oct. 1st = opening date for following school year of college 7. College - Admissions: • start college application form -- OR -- Common App (if required); requires: - copies of transcripts (yours, dual enrollment, high schools, etc. - all transcripts must be official transcripts sent directly from the schools - copies of test scores sent directly from ACT/SAT to the college - copy of course description document (if required) - family information and possible financial information - student admission essay (if required) - possibly: list of extracurriculars, volunteer work, community service, etc. - possibly: list of work experience, honors, awards, leadership activities - possibly: copies of certificates, documents, etc. -- do NOT send originals! - possibly: copy of a "disposable" portfolio -- do NOT send original documents! • apply to colleges with Early Application deadline in October _________________ OCTOBER 7. College - Admissions: • apply to colleges with Early Application deadline in October (usually Oct. 15 or sometimes Oct. 31) _________________ NOVEMBER 3. Testing AP Test • by Nov. 1st -- double check with AP test location school that your student WILL be seated for the AP test(s) you signed up for with the school last spring or summer • deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! 7. College - Admissions: • apply to colleges with a Nov. 15th/Nov. 30th deadline (see details above for October grade 12) _________________ DECEMBER 7. College - Admissions: • apply to colleges with a Dec. 15th/Dec. 31st deadline (see details above for October grade 12) _________________ JANUARY 7. College - Admissions: • apply to colleges with January deadlines or rolling admission (see details above for October grade 12) 8. Graduation: • plan / reserve venue for any special ceremony or celebration _________________ FEBRUARY/MARCH 6. College - Financial Aid: • deadline for many colleges to fill out FAFSA application for financial aid8. Graduation: • order: graduation diploma, cap & gown, announcements • have senior photos taken and place order for prints • plan and reserve any special "senior trip" or last family vacation _________________ APRIL/MAY 9. College - decisions / enrollment • deadline to accept final college choice is usually May 1st • possibly register for Fall semester college classes (may happen at summer freshman orientation day) 10. College - internships • some *college* internships have application deadlines a YEAR in advance • search now/apply for internships to be done during the summer *following* the college freshman year _________________ MAY/JUNE 8. Graduation: • optional ceremony, special event, celebration • write/send thank you notes for graduation gifts 11. College - prep to leave • begin to collect items for dorm living (often there are Memorial Day sales)
Welcome to the #1 of 2 "motherlode" of linked threads on high school topics. Enjoy exploring the amazing collected wisdom of The Hive! (In case links break, I have listed threads by their original subject heading, and have also provided the original post date and poster for search in various ways.) Warmest regards, Lori D. topics linked in first 2 posts of this thread CREATED: Aug. 2012 UPDATED & REORGANIZED: Sept. 2018 ======================== CONTENTS: HIGH SCHOOL MOTHERLODE #1: page 1 topics: High School Time Table (what to do/when for each year of high school) Teaching Executive Function Skills Preparing for High School Addressing Fears Getting Started Books & Resources Making a High School Plan Time Management High School on a Budget Expectations/Attitudes Accreditation / Cover Schools page 2 topics: tests -- info and comparisons on: - PSAT (National Merit Scholarship qualifying test) - ACT / SAT (frequent college entrance requirement) - SAT Subject (also called SAT II) - AP (Advanced Placement courses & tests) - CLEP (college credit by exam) - GED (high school diploma equivalency test) - ASVAB (military entrance exam) - Compass/Accuplacer (college placement test) - IB (International Baccalaureatte program / diploma), and comparison with AP ======================== High School Motherlode #2 -- pinned thread at top of high school board page 1 - transcripts / credits / grading & GPA - honors designation - record keeping / course description / letter of recommendation - graduation / diploma page 5 - homeschool subjects (English, Math, Science, Foreign Language, Electives) - making your own courses - extracurricular activities - outsourcing / online classes / dual enrollment Going to College Motherlode -- pinned thread at top of college board page 1 = college search / college visits / online college page 2 = college applications / Common App (including more on transcripts, course descriptions, etc.) page 3 = financial aid / scholarships / FAFSA and CSS Profile page 4 = Honors Programs / Internships / NCAA page 5 = heading to college / at college / overseas studies page 6 = alternatives to college / gap year / military / career exploration ======================== GENERAL TOPICS Reference threads High School "Time Table" (deadlines + what to do/when in each year of high school and for college prep) -- Mar 4 2012, Lori D. College [prep] checklist: heading into 11th grade, what should we be doing? — Jan 24 2018, mirabillis What do "seventh" and "ninth" grade look like to you? (brain development and goals for the average student for grades 7-12) -- May 31 2012, Colleen in SEVA Could you point me to a list? (what type of classes "count" for what type of subjects/credits) -- Aug 13 2013, MomOfOneFunOne Can you help me decipher some terms please? (defines: Honors, AP, “regular”, high school, and college) — Apr 15 2018, chocolate-chip chooky Explicitly teaching executive function skills (great descriptions of techniques for helping atypical learners, esp. in learning how to study/learn) -- Sept 30 2018, lewelma Preparing for high school (looking ahead from middle school) If you knew then what you know now (what would you do differently for Logic stage years) -- Feb 25 2009, MSNative High school parents: looking back what would be your ideal for 7th/8th grades -- Jan 15 2009, at the beach 8th grade goals: What skills do your kids need to practice before high school? -- May 14 2015, Chrysalis Academy Looking back (what you would do differently to prepare for high school work) -- Oct 19 2008, Guest Hypothetical question: What to do for the 4 years before public high school? -- July 2 2013, Walking-Iris How best to prepare for high school? — Feb 2 2016, Gwenny Pressing through the middle years of homeschooling: how do you do it? -- Nov 11 2014, Chrysalis Academy Addressing Fears about homeschooling High School The "There Will Be Gaps" thread -- June 2 2013, swimmermom3 Damn...now things are starting to feel real -- Jun 28 2015, SparklyUnicorn To all you people with 8th graders (or there abouts) (encouragement of what to do in 8th to get ready) -- Nov 18 2008, Nan in Mass For those of you with 8th graders considering homeschooling high school (encouragement of what high school can look like) -- Jan 30 2008, Nan in Mass Will I ruin my kid's life by homeschooling for high school, and other questions -- Apr 1 2015, NoPlaceLikeHome Talk to Me About High School Fears (will my homeschool transcripts/records be accepted by colleges?) -- Mar 11 2009, debbiec Teaching a high schooler next year.. I am terrified! (encouragement of what is needed, how to plan) -- Nov 30 2014, kfeusse Approaching high school, confidence flying out the window (can I do it at home? what about outsourcing? extracurriculars?) -- Oct 21 2014, Calming Tea How do you plan high school for the child that you've got? (big thread; how to support interests AND complete academic credits?) -- Jan 21 2015, Chrysalis Academy Please describe the reality of homeschooling high school (time commitment; typical day; what do you do) -- June 1 2016, EKT Homeschool vs. Public (or Private) High School vs. Classical Conversations Challenge Pros and cons of homeschooling high school — Aug 2 2016, Jean in Newcastle Just curious: why do you send you DC to public school [for high school] (discussion on why/why not homeschool high school) — June 2 2017, extrafor6 Rising 9th grader wants to try public school — Feb 1 2018, Tumbatoo When you teen decides, “I think I want to try high school next year.” (experiences?) — Sept 21 2016, Elfknitter.# Classical Conversations Challenge for high school - experiences? -- May 19 2017, diaper joys ======================== GETTING STARTED Overview/Topics to Start With Can someone link me to a nice 4-year overview for high school? (lots of topics: planning, required credits, tips, info on tests, etc.) -- Feb 22 2014, Halcyon I need a guidance counselor (addresses fears, tips on planning, ideas for outsourcing, info on tests, etc.) -- Mar 20 2015, SaprklyUnicorn Starting over again - homeschooling in 8th-12th grades questions (good overview of all the "getting started" topics) -- Oct 14 2014, snipsnsnailsx5 My son is starting high school this year (linked resources, tips, and gentle steps from posters on getting started) -- Jan 13 2013, faiths13 High school curriculum, where do I start?? (how to decide what credits to do, and then how to select curriculum) -- Dec 26 2012, mamakelly Homeschooling high school... where to begin? (links to threads on specific topics: getting started, curriculum, credits, transcripts, etc.) -- Oct 14 2010, iwjeanie Where to start? Which resources, etc.? -- Jan 23 2013, profmom Soon to be high schooler (where do I start?) - Feb 7 2010, scrapbabe Books and Resources Need book suggestion for help in homeschooling through high school -- Feb 7 2009, Debbi in Texas High School at Home (books/resources to help?) -- Mar 9 2009, Pensguys Homeschooling High School (suggest books for overall planning/getting started) -- Jan 19 2009, Chelle in MO Homeschooling high school with limited resources (need resource ideas) — Jan 20 2018, Entropymama High School on a Budget Free homeschool curriculum and resources (mega list, all ages, including high school) -- Feb 20 2017, shinyhappypeople A free high school curriculum list -- May 24 2014, Karen Looking to outsource: need ideas to make it affordable -- Nov 11, 2017, diaperjoys Homeschooling high school with limited resources -- Jan 20 2018, Entropymama Homeschooling high school on a very tigt budget, the duct tape and WD40 way -- Jun 8 2016, frugalmamtax Is this even possible: homeschool high school for free or very cheap -- Sept 13 2016, Um_2_4 Rigorous high school (esp. 9th and 10th) on a shoe string -- Jan 24 2016, Calming Tea High school on a budget? -- Sept 30 2015, Calming Tea s/o Minimalist schooling: poverty schooling? (ideas for all grades, as well as high school) -- Dec 28 2016, frugalmamatx How would you home school high school without internet and lots of driving? — Nov 29 2015, Pen ======================== PLANNING / SCHEDULING General Discussions The breadth vs. depth question -- July 7 2010, swimmermom3 Broad vs. Focused study in high school and how to find balance? -- Mar 18 2013, Kfamily Are we all crazy? How can a kid get everything done in high school homeschool? -- Mar 16 2010, titianmom To parents of freshmen, sophomores next year (4 types of college admissions, and why you have to plan ahead in the high school years) -- Apr 25 2014, Nan in Mass NOT planning for college (options? how would that change high school?) -- Feb 19 2016, shinyhappypeople What is a "good" education? -- Jan 16 2019, zyxwvut Making a High School Plan Looking forward toward high school (time line, planning credits, how to make a plan, picking curriculum) -- Jan 2 2016, Sebastian (a lady) When formulating a high school plan (what factors to consider?) -- Feb 10 2010, razorbackmama To parents of freshmen, sophomores next year (4 types of college admissions; why you have to plan ahead in high school) -- 25 Apr 2014, Nan in Mass How many credits / college prep & graduation requirements How many credits for all of high school? -- Dec 16 2016, Garga 5 or 6 classes a year per year in high school? — Sept 30 2014, LNC Hold my hand: help with 9th grade plan? -- Apr 16 2017, Lucy the Valiant Advice for 9th grade planning (includes discussion on over-scheduling, balance/not burning out student, etc.) -- Nov 28 2016, popehj Frustrated with meeting college requirements vs. our own -- Sept 13 2011, Kfamily Another transcript issue for us: # of credits (will 30+ credits be too much?) -- Aug 31 2018, Evanthe Graduation requirements (how to plan credits over high school; college prep set of credits; what an English credit looks like) -- Aug 31 2017, provenance61 Time Management How do we get all of the things we want to cover crammed into 4 years of high school? Looking for advice from seasoned moms — Feb 19 2018, housemouse OMG! Please tell me this is typical and it gets better -- Sept 28 2016, reefgazer A homeschooled day week in the life of a teen -- May 4 2015; Quark Please tell me this is typical and gets better -- Sept 28 2016, reefgazer High school planning angst - time, credits, depth, oh my -- Dec 5 2015, Chrysalis Academy Too many hours doing school work vs. just being a kid -- Feb 27 2016, dereksurfs Typical length of hours for academics in high school? -- May 30 2017, j_thurm Specific Ideas for Scheduling Planning 4 or 5 days/week? Some other method? -- May 12 2012, OHElizabeth Scheduling questions -- how much in a day? (ideas for not overloading/keeping a balance) -- Aug 14 2014, Brandicm Scheduling: time on task vs. set amount of time/subject vs. predetermined assignments -- Aug 28 2014, g1234 Scheduling -- Nov 7 2013, Woodland Mist Academy I'm toying with block scheduling (last post includes links to more threads on block scheduling) -- Aug 30 2012, Jean in Newcastle ======================== EXPECTATIONS / ATTITUDES Various Teen Topics Seeking advice on teen boys :) — Feb 12 2018, lewber How organized should a 16-year-old be? — April 9 2018, borninthesouth How much do you interact with or talk with your high schooler throughout the school day? — Mar 20 2018, hopeistheword “Why Aren’t American Teenagers Working Anymore?” (link to article; sparked much discussion) — June 11 2017, Melissa M Helping our young adults find the “bright side”? — June 1 2017, swimmermom3 Depth and Passion? (how to help your student develop this?) — Feb 21 2018, Jazzy Is anyone else’s senior just worn out? — Mar 22 2017, Attolia Interest-led AND college-bound? — Feb 6 2018, PeachyDoodle Attitude Smart yet unmotivated teen — Jan 24 2018, leeannpal How do you handle an intentionally difficult high schooler? -- Nov 30 2017, Sharon37217 Homeschooling a reluctant teenager -- Dec 30 2017, 2ndGenHomeschooler How to deal with a teen that doesn't want to do anything -- Aug 31 2015, GypsyHomesteader Tired of dealing with this kid (bright, NOT motivated, behind -- just graduate him?) -- May 2 2016, razorbackmama Accelerate / skip a grade / graduate early Red shirting an accelerated learner? (discussion covers several topics on this subject) -- July 17 2018, JRmommy 2e high school - pushing a highly-gifted low-energy teen -- Apr 29 2017, tj_610 If your child is accelerated does s/he graduate early? -- June 5 2015, JadeOrchidSong Graduate early (gifted)? (your experiences?) -- Aug 22 2016, StephanieZ Has anyone decided last minute to graduate their junior early (posters pose good questions to think through) -- Oct 28 2016, prairie~phlox Skipping junior year? (any repercussions with earlier PSAT or ASVAB tests and declaring a grade?) -- May 18 2015, jetzmama I can't decide whether this is my DD's 9th or 10th grade year -- Aug 17 2018, Calming Tea No outsourcing and now potentially no Dual Enrollment: WWYD? Graduate early? — Feb 17 2018, frugalmamatx "Just Average" Does anyone on this board have a NON-superstar high school student? — Jan 17 2015, Kinsa High school AS high school — Feb 16 2012, Kim in SouthGa Anyone just doing average work in high school? — Aug 1 2012, scrapbabe s/o “average” work in high school: when did you know that’s how it would be? — Sept 9 2012, JaneP I want to share some very average PSAT scores — Dec 8 2012, teachermom283 Launching an average kid — Sept 8 2017, Jazzy I would like to hear from moms of “average” kids who want to go to college — Aug 13 2012, Kris in Wis Anyone with extraordinarily average students attending college? — Dec 19 2017, dereksurfs I get so depressed reading some posts on this board (anyone else NOT have over-achievers?) — Feb 11 2016, kfeusse I need former slacker teen success stories today — Mar 9 2018, texasmom33 "Behind" (due to illness or other) / LDs (Learning Disabilities) Learning disabilities and college admission (and accommodations for tests) -- Feb 11 2017, AmyinMD Accommodations for teen with ADHD, anger, and depression — Jan 22 2018, Zoo Keeper Do you tell your student's online teachers about LDs? -- Jan 11 2016, AppleGreen Online high school for someone who is behind (due to illness) — Jan 30 2018, Joyce Gripe High school with a chronic illness -- Aug 15 2017, Chrysalis Academy Online high school for someone who is behind -- Jan 30 2018, Joyce Gripe Very behind in math: need some advice for best path forward -- Mar 8 2018, ILiveInFlipFlops ======================== ACCREDITATION / COVER SCHOOLS / STATE REQUIREMENTS Accreditation Can I get some clarification? Accredited vs not (is it the school/organization that is accredited, or can curricula be accredited?) -- Jan 9 2017, heartlikealion Accreditation: how important is it? -- Feb 12 2018, momof2cowboys In this situation would an accredited transcript be worth it? (not going beyond high school, or only to trade school) -- Feb 2 2018, HSmomof2 9th grade: seek accredited program or not (in case ending up at public high school or trade school) -- May 14 2016, blue darling Accreditation (how GA homeschoolers can be accredited) -- June 19 2012, Momto MERLD Accredited diploma programs for high school -- Apr 21 2017, HSmomof2 Cover / Umbrella Schools Using a cover school for only 9th and 10th: cons? — Mar 14 2018, MamaSprout Accredited diploma programs [cover school] for high school (which ones let me choose the curricula) -- Apr 21 2017, HSmomof2 NARHS: any experience with them? — Mar 8 2018, bluebonnetgirl Options for earning a high school diploma (what program/organization oversees credits and awards diplomas?) -- Feb 27 2016, Daria State Requirements Do you base [your homeschool] high graduation school requirements on local public school standards? -- May 15 2018, Innisfree Do I have to follow state [public school] graduation requirements? -- Dec 11, 2014 Veritaserum State requirements for graduation (do you follow public school requirements or not?) -- Apr 1 2016, Pronghorn Determining your graduation requirements (how/when did you decide?) -- Nov 12 2015, MissMousie Graduation requirements (what are yours?) -- May 9 2015, FreeIndeed College requires proof of meeting high school graduation requirements -- Dec 12 2016, Amoco California a-g California charter schools and a-g requirements -- Apr 16 2017, LAmom If you plan to apply to UC schools, list your courses here: another a-g thread -- Sept 10 2016, mirabillis UC a-g online vendors: a lot are being dropped -- Mar 20 2018, Calbear A-g -- July 4 2018, happycc College admissions requirement: accredited high school (CA colleges and a-g requirements) -- Feb 17 2015, Cakes Accredited high school diploma needed for community college (is this needed in CA or for a-g requirements?) -- May 31 2017, Virlizorchid99 New Jersey Is this too much for 9th grade? (NJ credit requirements + topics of college prep set of credits, how to include "extras", etc.) -- Jan 4 2017, CatholicMom Graduation requirements (translating NJ 5 credits = 1 credit + other topics) -- Aug 31 2017, provenance61 New York Anyone in upstate NY? Can you please fill me in? -- Feb 27 2018, EKT Tired of NYS -- Apr 19 2016, Blossom'sGirl NY wanting proof of high school diploma -- Oct 2 2015, Nancy in NH Pennsylvania Not exactly new, but need help (PA credit requirements + topics of blending public high school & homeschool -- June 26 2016, kozureokami ======================== topics / links continue in next post