With the explosion of homeschooling, more families need access to high school homeschool curriculum packages. If a student chooses to do a boxed or all-in-one homeschool program, there is still enough room in lesson planning to make it uniquely yours.
High School Homeschool Curriculum Packages
Let’s face it, life can throw you a curve ball like it did me and I needed the help of laid out plans for my teen.
Besides, using a high school curriculum package doesn’t mean you have to use it exactly the way it’s laid out unless you are using an accredited school.
First, let’s sort out this mystery about the term accredited.
Accredited has NOTHING to do with curriculum. The term accredited applies to a school which voluntarily decided to meet learning standards with certain agencies.
Back in the day when I coached families whose student wanted to go to the military they had to have a diploma from an accredited school. That has now changed.
However, if you choose an accredited high school, your teen has to complete and have graded by the school certain parts of the courses. This is the only way for the school to maintain their accredited status.
Accredited is a way that some parents know that a certain standard is being maintained. Whether it’s teaching to excellence, credentialed teachers, or higher critical thinking ability, some families are of the opinion that accreditation is a higher standard.
It’s up to you to determine if that standard is high or as high as a private school which is not accredited.
In my 25 years of homeschooling, I’ve seen accredited schools which have too much busy work for my standard. The same can be said about a parent who has busy work for a teen that is not using an accredited school. A parent may feel that more is best and try to push a kid to be an overachiever.
Accredited and Not Accredited High Schools
On the other hand, I’ve also seen families who do not use accredited schools and their children entered college on full scholarships. As well, teens can enter 4 year universities without accreditation.
Homeschoolers who use accredited schools normally have particular reasons.
- Because record keeping is done, you may need to show records to an ex-spouse.
- Some families want to maintain certain standards between schools.
- In addition, some homeschoolers have had problems getting into technical schools because they didn’t use an accredited school. Although, it’s not required, some technical schools are not informed and want diplomas only from an accredited school. Your best bet is to ask ahead of time if your teen pursues this track.
- Also, some teens want the accountability with teachers, grading, and deadlines.
Next, let’s dive right into homeschool high school curriculum packages.
High School Curriculum Packages By Not Accredited Schools
The list below are high school packages from companies or a school which is not accredited.
A few more things to know is that with online or print curriculum companies you remain the teacher to guide your students. With accredited schools you use their teachers and adjust to the school’s schedule.
Granted, online schools have added in more flexibility, but again the pace is set to the online accredited school.
- Easy Peasy All In One Easy Peasy All In One is an online curriculum and not a school so it’s not accredited.
- Moving Beyond the Page Moving Beyond the Page is a curriculum and not a school so it can’t be accredited.
- Rod and Staff. Rod and Staff has high school curriculum packages and is not a school.
- Memoria Press.
- Study.Com Study.Com is an online curriculum.
- MasterBooks. Master books is not a school but a curriculum provider so it’s not accredited.
- My Father’s World. My Father’s World is a curriculum provider and not a school.
- Time4Learning. Time4Learning is an online curriculum and not a school.
- Discovery K12. Discover K12 is online curriculum and not a school.
In addition, some homeschool companies have set up an online school which is accredited so that they could offer their curriculum through it.
Option for Either Accredited or Not Accredited
Look below at some of the companies who have set up online schools so that their curriculum can be used in the accredited schools. You have choices when you visit the sites.
Your teen can do an independent type of study using their homeschool high school packages or choose their online schools which are accredited.
Accredited High Schools
Then, below are online accredited high schools using curriculum packages where your child makes a choice for electives.
Each school is different when they offer high school curriculum packages. Some allow you to choose a language arts portion and math portion; other schools have guidelines for what they consider the essentials.
Too, I know some families including myself used an online school when tragedy hit my family. Even so I added in my own subjects too. It was a way for us to pursue what my teen’s goals were at the time, but to have guidance as well.
Look at the total credits to graduate when selecting a school; choose a school with lower number of credits to graduate if you want to add in your own credits. This will keep it a doable load for you and your teen.
As you can see there are many paths in high school. Exploring options is key to fulfilling what a successful high school homeschool curriculum package looks like for each of your grads.
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