PeachyDoodle Posted February 6, 2018 Share Posted February 6, 2018 Experienced mamas, I could really use some help. It's my first time posting on the HS board. We're just starting to think about high school for dd12, but as I try to build a big picture of our goals for these last few years, I find myself wondering exactly how much freedom we're going to have to pursue topics of interest to her. She is definitely college-bound. And obviously that requires a certain amount of hoop-jumping to meet the minimum admissions requirements. For some subjects (e.g., math), the pathway is pretty well-defined (although she will be through algebra 2 before ninth grade, which presents its own issues, but that's another conversation). But for others, there seems to be more leeway. For example, four units of English would traditionally include a couple of years honing writing skills and working on various genres and literary devices, followed by a year of American lit and one of British or maybe world lit. What if she'd rather study, say, epic poetry? Or Southern American writers (Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, etc.)? Can we do that? I would love to give her a high school experience that takes full advantage of our ability as homeschoolers to follow her interests. But the last thing I want is for it to jeopardize her chances at getting into college. Will a unique, personalized course load help her stand out as a student, or will it hinder her? Should we save our exploration for electives? Just to be clear, I'm not talking about "relaxed" homeschooling or unschooling here. I fully intended for all of her courses to be rigorous and challenging. I'd just like to tailor them to her interests while still ensuring that she learns what she needs to know. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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