Homeschooling for the First Time in High School

July 9, 2018




Dear Friends,


"I have a 10th grader I'm withdrawing from public school next week, and I've never homeschooled. Can you help me get started?" We hear this question quite frequently as more families are choosing to begin homeschooling after parents have removed teens from private or public high schools. Some families will homeschool for a year or more in order to graduate their teens. These families usually have a firm conviction that homeschooling is the right step, even though they have questions and uncertainties about how to do it.


This may be your situation or that of someone you know.  In either case, first-time homeschooling parents can explore ways to get connected, find teacher training, see the bigger picture, and step up to documentation to confidently homeschool teens.


Our new newsletter format gives you the flexibility to read an entire article exploring "Homeschooling for the First Time in High School," or you can browse the summaries below to find a section of interest.

Get Connected




As you begin the transition to homeschooling, you may have many things on your mind: catching up on lost academic ground, tackling your teen's motivational issues, addressing special needs, fostering encouragement, creating an effective learning environment, choosing curricula, guiding toward a career, and pulling all these pieces together. The larger homeschool community can offer experienced advice for first-time homeschool parents and effective ways for your teen to recover, regroup, and begin to flourish at home. Continue reading.

Find Teacher Training



Attending a homeschool conference in your area is an excellent way to take advantage of teacher training. Conferences bring in full slates of speakers who offer workshops in their areas of expertise. Continue reading.

See the Bigger Picture



High school's purpose is to launch teens into the adult world, and homeschooling offers a variety of engaging ways for students to prepare for every sector of the job market and higher education. Continue reading.

Step Up to Documentation



Recordkeeping is very important during the high school years, but it needn't be a fearful undertaking! Good records open doors of opportunity for your graduate. Continue reading.


The high school newsletter is taking a brief summer vacation in August, so look for us in your inbox in September! We'll be going beyond academics?highlighting the fun things to include during high school.


We would love to meet you in person as we speak on high school topics at these events!

  • July 12–14: AFHE (Phoenix, AZ)—Diane Kummer (speaking at both the preconference and the conference)

  • October 19–20: GRHE (Roanoke, VA)—Carol Becker and Stacey Wolking

Enjoying the summer weather,

Carol Becker, Joyce Blankenship, Diane Kummer, and Stacey Wolking

HSLDA High School Consultants


Our e-books will help you homeschool through high school with confidence!


Develop a High School Plan is the first in Carol and Diane's Homeschool through High School with Confidence series. Learn how to choose courses, assign high school credits, evaluate course work, and improve time management for you and your high school student.



Simplify Your Recordkeeping and Transcript is the second in Carol and Diane's e-book series. This in-depth e-book helps you streamline the recordkeeping process and produce a professional transcript you'll be proud to present to college admissions officers, employers, and military recruiters.

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