After years of providing college admissions assistance, I have come to understand that the apprehension involved with homeschool high school is less about high school and more about college. Families are worried about hurting their child’s college opportunities. As a result, they totally stress over high school and that which should be a wonderful final chapter in their lives together at home becomes a gauntlet.
There is a better way!
I’ll be honest in that I was a rule-keeping woman. Give me a checklist and I guarantee that all those little boxes would be marked off!! However, in his wisdom, God blessed me with a risk-taking man. Over the course of a lifetime together, I’ve become comfortable taking risks, ignoring the rules when they hurt my children, and seeking hard after truth no matter what strange place I find it. Here are some things that I have learned through the years that can help you relax about high school:
Know all the rules, then decide which ones to play by.
However, before you can break the rules, you need to know what they are. As a homeschooling parent and teacher, it is important to understand what colleges expect in incoming freshman. It is also vital that you understand that different tiers of colleges have vastly different requirements.
By understanding what these requirements are, you can decide up front what tier you are preparing your child for.
Some students need to keep all doors open in their high school program. These intellectual drivers must be challenged to be happy and will only reach their potential at a grinding school. They need the full complement of AP classes, standardized tests, and a great resume. Their life is full and that is what makes them content.
However, even for this type of student, they can decide that enough is enough. For example, some colleges require homeschoolers to take 5-6 SAT Subject tests even though that is not the case for other students. Your family can make the choice to jump through this crazy hoop or you can decide to mark those colleges off your list. It really is a choice.
Some students are creative and need time and space with which to pursue their art form, be it creative writing, oil painting, ballet, or opera. Their wonderful gifts could be crushed by being overloaded with AP-style science classes. Don’t make the mistake of trying to fit a creative student into a mold.
Some students are more laid back and need a relaxed campus environment where there is plenty of time to explore non-academic interests. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Given that scenario, it makes no sense to bludgeon a child through high school with loads of high-level classes and tests.
Would you like to know the rules so you can decide how you want to play the game?
My digital class, High School Counseling 101, is a 4-hour class that will begin to answer those questions for you. If you are ready to let go of the stress of high school and make informed decisions on academics, extracurriculars, and testing, this is the class for you.
Look Who’s Talking
This just came in from one of the participants of my More Than Resume Building Home study course:
“This is a class I wish I had taken when my son was 10 years old!! Being a person who continuously searches out information to improve the education of my children, this is honestly the most informative, thought-provoking, straight forward, detailed class I have ever taken. Not only does Jeannette cover an extensive amount of information, but she does it with such care and generosity. If you’re looking for an easy rode, you won’t find it here! Jeannette will challenge you to set the bar high for your children to be all that The Lord created them to be. Jeannette’s services have provided much guidance down a path that was complicated and confusing to us. This class has truly been refreshing water for a weary soul.”
Jeannette Webb is a college consultant who works with students from around the world. If you want to help your student avoid common mistakes when planning for college, check out her FREE guide.