10th Grade

We're using an online charter school for 9th and 10th and then applying to an early college charter school for junior and senior year. Charter schools are a part of the public school system, so I have to follow their rules. We are not homeschooling through high school for several reasons. If you would like to know more about why, see my 9th grade post

Here are his classes:
Honors English 10
Honors Chemistry
Algebra 2
German 2
Health B (1 semester)
Game Design (1 semester)
3D Art Modeling (1 semester)

for a total of 6.5 credits

Hold Onto Your Guidance Counselor Cap, You're In For A Bumpy Ride. 
When you are a parent and homeschooling a high schooler, you need to put on your guidance counselor cap an awful lot. Always keep a 4-year plan to reference back to. Make sure you know what is required of you in your state. Some states don't require homeschoolers to cover certain topics, some do and that is important to know even if you never step foot in a public school. This is my plan so far. He's had some input, but at this point, he's not super interested in looking at the long term goals, so I've made it my job to give him some time to decide what he wants to major in and to put him in a good position to go for it once he has decided. 

4 Year Plan
English - 4 Credits

  • 2 Honors English Courses (Online Charter)
  • 2 Years at the Community College (2-4 Credits)*

Math - 4 Credits

  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus or Statistics

Science - 3-4 Credits*
  • Honors Biology (Online Charter)
  • Honors Chemistry (Online Charter)
  • Astronomy with Lab (Community College)
  • Conceptual Physics with Lab (Community College)

History - 3 Credits
  • Honors World History (also covers Geography requirement)
  • U.S. History (2 semesters at Community College)
  • American Government & Politics (2 semesters at Community College)

Foreign Language - 2 Credits
  • 2 years of German (Online Charter School)

PE - 2 Credits
Health - .5 Credits
Computer - 1 Credit

* Depending on the University Admission Standards each Community College Course could count for 1 semester or 1 year of high school courses. The standard across most districts is a 3 credit CC course is equal to 1 year of high school courses. However, my school district states that a 3 credit CC course is equal to 1 semester. 

To graduate high school, he will need to make sure he gets at least 3 sciences with 2 labs to get the Advanced Diploma. Most Universities require Biology, Chemistry and Physics. He's taken Honors Biology last year and is currently in Honors Chemistry through the online school, but virtual labs are not always accepted by universities. To get a full 3 credits of science in for his high school requirements, he'll have to take 2 sciences at the CC (which also covers his General Ed Requirement for Science for the AA) and both of those will need labs to cover all requirements. 

He requested Astronomy first, so he'll schedule that as soon as he's allowed to take an elective. Then, he'll take a Conceptual Physics with Lab (for non-science majors) to complete the Biology/Chemistry/Physics requirements most universities have.

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  1. Love your plan for your high schooler. We actually compress it a bit and start taking Community College courses in 11th and 12th grades. It's worked out well for our 1st 2 homeschooling kids and they will graduate high school with their AA degrees. My oldest daughter did a study abroad gap year, then transferred to a 4 year university.


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