Preparing for High School and Beyond

Homeschooling during the high school years can be very rewarding. In many ways, the high school years can be the best time to homeschool. As parents we can build connections with our teenagers through our daily interactions and homeschool curriculum and resource choices. If your high schooler is looking to attend college or university after receiving their homeschool diploma, there are many great options! 

Preparing a Course Schedule

If you have been homeschooling since preschool, you may already have a favorite curriculum or you may know which ones work best for your child. But perhaps you need something new to prepare your high schooler for college. offers digital curriculum school boxes for ninth through twelfth grades as well as a variety of individual courses to support your homeschool journey. If you prefer everything planned out or want to pick and choose, is a great choice for your family. 

If you need help preparing your high school schedule, has “High School Help,” which takes you from finding legal requirements, making a transcript, choosing courses, and building a resume to making future plans with career exploration, testing preparation, and graduation. 

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Preparing Your High Schooler for Academic Tests

Many high schoolers start preparing for academic tests prior to making decisions about college or career choices. There are several options available in terms of academic tests. High schoolers can take: 

  • The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) 
  • The ACT (American College Testing) 
  • The CLT (Classic Learning Test) 
  • AP tests (Advanced Placement tests based upon courses taken as high schoolers) 

There are many ways that high schoolers can prepare for these tests, including resources available through and test prep companies like The ACT Mom. Another great way to prepare for academic tests is to take practice tests and participate in an academic competition. 

The NAHC is back! 

Registration for the second National Academic Homeschool Competition will open August 1, 2023. This academic competition will prepare homeschool families for college and career choices, SAT and ACT testing, and college financing. NAHC T-shirts for the first 100 to register. Is your high schooler ready? 

Preparing for College 

Colleges and universities are actively recruiting homeschool high school graduates. But where do you start as a homeschool parent? You are not only the parent and teacher but the guidance counselor for your high schooler. If you are a member of, you will receive access to Total College Success®, which provides step-by-step guidance, financial aid search tools, and expert tips for you and your high schooler. 
Not a member of There are over twenty free PDFs to help you prepare for high school and after. You can use these worksheets to track testing prep, create a transcript, create a course of study, and more.

Other Choices in Preparing for Life After High School 

If your homeschooled high schooler is looking to enter the workforce rather than attend college after graduation, you can still help them prepare using all these resources and more. has a career center, which highlights courses that are good for general career study or specific careers such as art, graphic design, and music. 

Does your high schooler need help preparing for college or work? Our children will need soft skills in order to succeed in life. What are soft skills? Soft skills, or people skills, are those that help people to deal with each other and themselves. A few examples include teamwork, patience, time management, and good communication. Skills4Students and the Success Skills for Christian Students Video Course and Book Bundle provide a Christian homeschool curriculum to help your high schooler develop those skills

What does your high schooler need to prepare for the future? Please let us know in the comments. Author

This article has been written by Kristen Heider. She is the Business Building Team Manager of The Old Schoolhouse® and the Social Media Manager of She shares more about her family’s homeschooling journey at A Mom’s Quest Teach

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