High School Series

By: BTDT Homeschool

Homeschool High School doesn’t have to be overwhelming!
We are here to walk you through the entire process of homeschooling during the high school years from making a 4-year plan to graduation and beyond.

This series will have everything you need to keep you organized and on track!


Hi, we are Maria and Nicole. We have five children between our two families and have both homeschooled from the very beginning. We are here to help you through this journey as we have truly “Been There Done That”.

The three oldest:

Three of our children have graduated from homeschooling with high school diplomas and received associate degrees from the local community college at the same time. The oldest of the three has gone on to earn dual Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Political Science with a focus on Economics. The two other graduates are currently attending four-year universities. One is studying Biomedical Engineering and the other is double majoring in English and Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology.

The two youngest:

The two youngest are still in high school, following the footsteps of their older siblings. Inspired by their achievements, our youngest kids are motivated to earn their associate degrees while in high school. We’re excited to see them forge their own unique paths and witness their growth along the way.

Homeschoolers CAN still do all the fun stuff! Check out our kids’ Homeschool Prom:

Homeschooling at the high school level has been an incredible experience for both our families. We know that we have provided our children with a solid foundation and the necessary skills to thrive in life: at their 4-year universities, the workplace, and personally. We’re both so grateful for the opportunity to be actively involved in their education and witness their growth firsthand. It has also afforded more time to nurture unique relationships with each of them as they transition into adulthood and mature.

Making a personalized high school experience:

Making a unique and personalized high school experience for each of them has been one of the coolest things – and you too can do that for your teenager! Doing so will offer an opportunity to not only equip them with everything they need for college or the workforce but also tailor their education to match their individual interests and passions. And guess what? We’re here to do this together!

By personalizing their high school experience, you can ensure that their education aligns perfectly with their unique goals and aspirations. Whether they have a love for science, literature, art, or anything else under the sun, you CAN tailor their curriculum to ignite their passion and fuel their intellectual growth. By crafting a well-rounded education, you have the opportunity to incorporate not only core subjects but also electives, volunteering, and engaging in all those extracurricular activities that will now fit into their schedule.

Together, we can create an exceptional high school experience that caters to their individuality, fosters their growth, and prepares them for a bright and successful future. Let the adventure begin!

Each month, we will publish one episode for a total of twelve episodes to complete the series in 2023

Series Trailer

Series Trailer: Homeshooling High School Overview

Can my homeschooler get a diploma?
Do I need to teach calculus?
Can my homeschooler go to college?

01. How Do You Make a 4-Year High School Plan?

01: Making a 4 Year Plan-State requirements/Planning for their future

What do you need to know before you start homeschooling high school?
What are homeschool graduation requirements?
How do you plan for your homeschooler’s future?
Customizable 4 Year Credit Planner (xls)

02. High School Core Subjects and Electives

02: Choosing Core subjects & electives/Calculating credits

How to decide High School Core Subjects?
What electives should my highschooler take?
What constitutes as a high school credit?
See our Elective Idea List: the sky is the limit!

03. High School Documents

03: Documents- everything you need: Portfolio/Transcripts/Resume/Counselor Letter/Course Descriptions/School Report

How do you keep homeschool records?
How do you write a transcript?
What is a Counselor Letter and School Report?
Free Transcript Templates (xls and doc)
Document and Records Guide

04. Advanced Courses and Testing

04: Advanced Courses & Testing- Dual credit/AP/CLEP/Honors/DSST/ACE

Should your student take Advanced Courses and Testing?
Pros & Cons of

  • Dual Credit
  • CLEP
  • AP
  • Honors
  • DSST
  • ACE

05. College Entrance Exams

05: Exams- SAT/ACT/TSI/Accuplacer/CLT

What is the TSI and Accuplacer?
What’s the difference between the PSAT, SAT, and ACT?
How do I prepare my child for entrance exams?

06. Applying to Colleges/Scholarships

06: Applying to colleges/scholarships

coming 6/29/2029

How do I choose colleges to apply to?
How do I begin the application process?
Where do I find scholarships?

07. Extracurricular and Volunteering
07: Extracurricular/volunteering
08: Socialization/building friendships/dating 
09: First job/earning money/entrepreneurship
10: Driving/independence
11: Technology/social media/gaming
12: Time management/organization/dealing with stress/study skills

Top recommendations to read for earning college credit in high school:

Both of these books are filled with information on how college credit can be earned at home on a budget! Parents don’t need to have a college degree to guide their children towards earning credit. Even veteran homeschoolers will learn a lot:

1.Homeschooling for College Credit by Jennifer Cook DeRosa

If you want to help your child earn college credit, “Homeschooling for College Credit” by Jennifer Cook DeRosa is the perfect book for you.

It’s specifically designed to guide homeschooling families like ours in successfully earning college credit during high school and we have both found so much value in reading it – and continuously referencing back to it. From understanding the different credit-earning options to choosing the right courses and preparing for exams like CLEP and DSST, this book covers all the essential steps. Jennifer makes it easy to understand and implement her strategies. She breaks down complex concepts and provides real-life examples that make the entire process feel manageable and exciting.

It will help you gain the confidence and knowledge needed to help your child earn college credit and will open doors of opportunity for your high schooler’s future. Your homeschooling journey is about to get even more exciting!

Documents for High School Planning:

Check out our extensive listing of Elective Ideas
Scroll to Top