Monday, June 9, 2014

The High School "Plan" - Part 3

I wrote about our 13-turning-14 year old daughter entering the 9th grade/high school years here, and continued to write about our goals for her and how it matched Classical Conversations Challenge program here.

Now, I'll continue with some other high school options.

  • Earn transcript credits, according to your state's high school graduation requirements (Michigan's is here)

  • Practice, practice, practice your chosen exam (ACT or SAT), score a perfect score, and go to the college of your choice for free.

  • Enter a virtual academy through a public school system, many of these offer early college credits, or graduation from high school with a high school transcript AND a transferable Associates Degree (some of our options here: Oxford VA, Madison Heights SOARCE and Homeschool Connections, Lapeer Virtual Learning Center, the new Lapeer Homeschool Partnership starting up this Fall)

  • Enroll as a part time student with your local public school, taking advanced or AP classes which can count on transcripts for credit, but are not considered "core" classes

  • Go through an umbrella program like Clonlara

  • Go through a correspondence school like American High School

  • Begin earning credits at the local community college or Christian college, while continuing homeschool high school bookwork at home

  • Complete homeschool highschool bookwork that can be used as credits on a high school transcript (example: Apologia Biology for that biology credit, Math U See high school math for math credits, etc.)  Mom or Dad counts study hours / bookwork completed and grades and creates their own transcript.

  • College Plus or CollegePrep - Dual Credit or Bachelors Degree plans

  • Clep testing while completing high school credits at home.  Or dual counting the CLEP tests as college and high school credit (i.e., if you know Biology enough to pass the CLEP exam and earn college credit, then why take it twice?)

  • Home school for as long as it seems right, and then when the student seems ready, enroll them in community college or a Christian college.

  • Apprentice or start an entry level position at a company that works in your student's chosen field of interest.  Student can work their way up and gain knowledge and skills in their chosen field.  The employer may have a program that covers some or all of the student's college costs, and may send them to college.

  • Classical Conversations high school classes - Challenge I through IV, which gives the 29.5 credits, including 4 Math credits, 4 Science credits (including Labs), and 4 foreign language credits.

  • Classical Conversations - adding to the earlier Challenge programs (A or B, or both), and Challenge I & II.

  • Pursue interest-led learning, or continue what works in your homeschool.  At transcript time, break apart your naturally integrated learning into categories (i.e., your student's participation in drama counts as a Visual/Performing Arts credit, your student's volunteer work at a vet clinic counts as a Biology credit, etc.)

  • Any number combination of the options above (can be mixed and matched)

Some of these plans may require transcripts, while some will not.  If you are enrolling early into community college, or joining a program like College Plus, then you most likely will not require transcripts or ACT/SAT scores; but may require some sort of entrance exam.  The best bet to find a program that fits YOU is to learn more about your options and decide which plan you want to take.  Remember your goals, and make sure that whatever path you and your student take, it should complement your goals - not give you hoops to jump through that take you away from your goals and values!

Last, I will lay out our Challenge A plan for our upcoming 9th grader and how we might count credits for 9th grade, and other things we have in mind for her...

Missed a post in this series?
The High School Plan:
Part 1 Background & Our Plan for Next Year
Part 2 The Heart of Our Goals & Why CC Fits
Part 3 A (ongoing) List of High School Options, for everyone
Part 4 How We Might Count Some Credits with ChA & Looking Ahead (College Plus?)

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