It can be difficult to find the best homeschool curriculum for high school, but these were some of our family’s favorites.
The number of credits needed to graduate public high school varies by state. For homeschoolers, the amount required depends on factors such as state homeschooling laws and umbrella school requirements. Often, homeschooling parents set their own graduation requirements.
Assuming a student takes six classes each semester, 20-24 credit hours is a good guide. Following is some of the best homeschool curriculum for high school that we’ve found to help your student earn those credits.
High School English Curriculum
Four credit hours are typical for English. During all four years of high school, English credit usually includes literature and composition. It may also include grammar, vocabulary, speech, and writing research papers. We like to incorporate literature with history. We’ll read American literature while studying U.S. history or British and world literature with world history.
I’ve yet to find an all-encompassing curriculum that covers all of the subjects typically associated with English credit. Following are some of my favorite options for piecing the course together:
- Apologia’s American Literature
- Beautiful Feet (This is a good option for those who want to combine literature and history)
- Lightning Literature
- Word Up! Vocabulary
Check with your local Toast Masters club for speech. If you have an active homeschool community, you may find someone willing to teach a class for a group of homeschoolers.
Homeschool Science Curriculum
Three credit hours (including two lab sciences) are standard for science unless the student is going into a science-related field.
- Focus on High School Chemistry
- Science Shepherd Biology
- Apologia high school science or Physical Science (My youngest recommends Marine Biology.)
- My Fun Science courses
- Experiencing Astronomy
Also, be sure to check out Home Science Tools. Having quality lab equipment really makes a difference, and they have kits for many popular homeschool science courses.
Homeschooling High School Math
Four credit hours of high school math are the standard graduation requirements for most public school students. Most of the time, the courses include Algebra I and II and geometry. Pre-Algebra can work for a student who struggles. After geometry, consider options such as pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, business math, or trigonometry.
In addition to the well-known math curriculum by publishers such as Saxon, Alpha Omega, and A Beka, there are some fantastic online options for high school math, such as:
- Teaching Textbooks
- Mr. D Math
- My Fun Science (Yes, they offer math courses, too.)
- Khan Academy
History and Social Studies for High School
In most cases, students need three credits of social studies for graduation. These credits usually include world and U.S. history. They may also include classes for a four-year history cycle, special interests such as European history, World War I and II, or psychology.
- Dave Raymond’s American History
- Constitutional Literacy
- Geography Matters’ High School Bundle
- History Revealed
We also love adding Pin-It Maps to our history and geography studies whenever we can.
High School Electives
It’s typical for a student to have six or more elective credits. Those credits usually include two years of the same foreign language. Beyond that, you can assign elective credit to nearly any interest that your teen would like to explore.
In addition to local classes and interest-led studies such as photography or computer coding, some of the electives my kids have really enjoyed include:
Homeschool Health and P.E.
Finally, you’ll want to include at least one credit for P.E. and a half credit for health. For P.E., I just followed my teens’ interests. They enjoyed activities such as hiking, gymnastics, volleyball, and weightlifting. If you’re stumped for P.E. and your teen isn’t into sports, check with your local Y.M.C.A. Often, they offer homeschooling classes.
For health, I hands-down recommend Apologia’s Health and Nutrition. Megan loved it! She says it’s her favorite class ever, and I’m impressed with the depth and breadth of topics it covers.
If you’ve homeschooled high school, what were some of your favorite curriculum options?
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.