Getting Started with 11th Grade Homeschool

11th Grade Homeschooling Overview

11th grade can be stressful if your homeschooler has his or her eye on college. There are college achievement tests to study for, colleges to visit and decide on, and college essays to write. But even if college isn’t on your high schooler’s radar, 11th grade can be challenging. Some teens are getting their driver’s license, and some are taking academically tough courses. They also may be juggling work, extracurricular activities, and social outings with friends. It can all be a bit overwhelming for your teen.

As a parent, you are likely feeling the strain as well. Finding the balance between giving your teen the support they need and the independence they crave is one of parenting’s biggest tightrope walks. The best way to envision yourself as a homeschool parent is as a partner in their education. You and your 11th grader have the same ultimate goal: getting the most out of this homeschool year so that they will be prepared for life after high school.

One activity that can help with future college and career goals and can benefit your local community is if your high schooler starts regularly volunteering. Teens usually feel enthusiastic about giving back – – especially if the cause is something they are personally passionate about. Don’t forget to track your 11th grader’s volunteer tasks and hours, as these can be helpful when filling out college or work applications.

A typical course of study for eleventh grade homeschoolers includes either an algebra, geometry, or integrated math course, an English course, a United States history course, and either a chemistry, physics, or other science course. In addition, many students homeschooling in 11th grade will take a foreign language and at least one elective course.

Ten Tips for Homeschooling 11th Grade

  1. Stay on top of your student’s homeschool transcript. This will be one of the single most important documents you have as you begin the college application process.
  2. Most states allow homeschoolers to participate in dual enrollment opportunities where they can earn both homeschool credit and college credit for courses taken through those programs.
  3. Because teenagers have such varying natural sleep schedules, it’s common to adjust a homeschooling schedule to whatever time of day he or she works best – – even if it’s after midnight!
  4. One of the life skills that your teen will benefit from every day is learning time management. With all of the different activities and deadlines screaming for your 11th grader’s attention, they will need to know how to prioritize and plan out their time.
  5. 11th graders appreciate as much choice as possible in their coursework. Teens who have extensive input on the curricula and courses they take during high school are much more likely to apply themselves and do their best with their studies overall.
  6. Homeschooling high school doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the books and resources needed to homeschool a 11th grader are available for free or at minimal cost online, at your local library, via used bookstores, or by trading off with other homeschool families.
  7. Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
  8. Homeschool doesn’t have to be boring! There are so many different types, styles, and levels of curricula for homeschooling high school. Make sure to explore as many as possible to see which ones line up with your particular student’s learning style and homeschooling goals.
  9. Your teen is likely to need a listening ear this year. There are so many decisions to make and things for them to think through that sometimes what they want most is a sounding board for all their ponderings about the future.
  10. Many juniors take the SAT in the spring, so if you want to line up testing preparation courses or purchase test-prep materials, definitely do that early in the homeschool year.

11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

For parents looking for standards-based curriculum for their 11th grade homeschool, Time4Learning’s high school program is designed to help students achieve overall college and career readiness.

Time4Learning courses are presented within an automated, student-paced system that teaches the lessons, reinforces concepts, time-stamps online activities (for attendance), tracks progress, and keeps printable reports that can be turned into student transcripts or included with homeschool portfolios. The lessons combine multimedia lessons, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects that focus largely on developing higher order thinking and writing skills.

With Time4Learning, 11th grade homeschoolers have access to up to four courses at once. A typical choice of courses for 11th grade might include English 3, Algebra 2, Chemistry, and U.S. History. Parents and students can choose to customize their course choices based on skill level, interests, and overall high school plans. In addition to the core and elective courses offered by Time4Learning, parents will also want to verify whether other courses such as foreign language, career and technical education, physical education, or other electives will be needed to help their 11th grade homeschooler reach his or her overall high school goals.

Have other questions about homeschooling 11th grade? Visit our homeschool high school information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.

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