12th Grade Online Curriculum
A personalized twelfth grade education is one where the student takes ownership of their learning. They have goals they want to reach and they use the right mix of technology and tools to achieve them.
It’s important to start by understanding what classes 12th graders take as well as the learning objectives for English, math, social studies, and science. On this page you’ll find a detailed description of the core 12th grade classes included in Time4Learning’s online program plus information on how to homeschool a twelfth grader.
What Should Twelfth Graders Learn?
In their last year of high school, 12th graders are focusing on required courses, strengthening academic weak spots, and using electives to explore potential careers. During the course of twelfth grade, students should:
- Take an English course that includes literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary instruction.
- Make sure they have completed at least Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry, and if so, use their senior year to take a higher math such as Precalculus or Trigonometry.
- Finish up any science courses they have not taken in previous high school years (most colleges expect at least 3 high school science credits).
- Finish up any social studies courses they have not taken in previous high school years (most colleges expect at least 3 high school social studies credits).
- Focus on electives that interest them and will prepare them for future college and career study (most colleges expect at least 6 high school elective credits).
- If they are college-bound, make sure they have completed two years of foreign language, one year of physical education, and one semester of health education.
12th Grade Curriculum Overview
A typical course of study for twelfth grade students include advanced math, language arts and a high school level science and social studies course. In addition, many students will take at least one elective such as foreign language, fine arts, or career and technical education courses.
When reviewing potential curriculum options for 12th grade, make sure that the program(s) you choose:
- Are based on academic standards.
- Are taught at a college-preparatory level.
- Can be customized to each individual student’s pace, learning needs, and schedule.
- Integrate technology in a way that prepares students for college and career modalities.
- Prepare students for college admissions tests.
- Give parents clear insight into student progress and provide accurate records of achievement.
Be sure to research the homeschool requirements in your state to ensure your curriculum of preference aligns with what is required.
12th Grade Math
By 12th grade, students should be thinking like mathematicians: reasoning quantitatively, using technology as tools for mathematical investigation, identifying patterns that solve problems, and showing how they came up with solutions.
Common courses for 12th grade math include:
12th Grade English Language Arts
High school senior English courses typically incorporate literary theory and reading comprehension, research, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The goal is for students to graduate with a fully developed ability to communicate in ways that demonstrate a strong command of the rules of standard English.
Questions that 12th graders learn to answer during this year include:
- How is history reflected through the literature?
- How does history impact the literature?
- How are the values of a time period reflected by the literature?
- How do common themes change throughout history in various time periods?
- How is literature an agent of social change?
12th Grade Social Studies
While the topic of study will vary from student to student, the overall goal of 12th grade social studies instruction is to develop historical and geographic awareness. Students learn to think critically about historical events so that they can identify relationships between themes and determine the accuracy, reliability, and importance of what they learn.
Time4Learning offers 12th graders the option to choose between these college-prep level courses:
12th Grade Science
Not every 12th grader will take a science course, but for any student who may potentially be considering science as a college major or future career, it is important to take at least 3 science courses during high school.
Seniors taking science in 12th grade often choose between:
High School ElectivesHigh school education programs typically give students the opportunity to take various electives each year. Time4Learning’s high school curriculum is no different. With 14 elective courses available, students have a wide-range of subjects and topics they can choose from. Those include:
How to Homeschool an Twelfth Grader
The 12th grade homeschool year requires some planning and preparation, but because there is no one more dedicated to your child’s success than you, the parent, you are already far ahead of the game. We know that you may be curious about:
- Homeschool laws
- Creating a schedule
- How graduation works for homeschoolers
- Preparing for college